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Comment yet naive and ungrateful. (Score 4, Insightful) 353

Where do I start with this? You signed an employee agreement. What rights does it give you? The company is paying you to develop code, provides the compute infrastructure, provides the business motivation based on their own research and enables you to improve your knowledge and skills. You are unwilling to leave your job, so you don't accept any risk. Yet, you ungratefully want all of the benefits of the code. You don't even seem willing to share a possible new revenue stream with your company. You are quite the piece of work.

Comment So cheaters are rewarded, customers get nothing... (Score 0) 322

...and Microsoft gets to pay support people to answer questions from people that never paid for their software. So dumb. Microsoft would be better off to cut these people loose and have them run Macs or Chrome or desktop Android. If someone is willing to run hacked XP or 7 for all this time, they're never going to be paying customers. So why support them? Why have market share if you never get revenue?

Comment Make age a strength (Score 1) 376

I did the programmer/manager/director thing ending about 10 years ago when I was in my early forties. Since then, I've been doing the consulting thing, mostly strategic and management consulting into large companies. I'll say one thing: It pays very, very well and if you know how to handle an interviewer, you'll rarely be out of a job. The hardest thing back in the day was to give up on the hands-on work. It's what I knew, I was very good and passionate about it. That said, kids today ( I mean kids under 30 ) have their own mind set and find it hard to relate to older people in the work place. Bottom line, I prefer working with my peers and by the time I hit 40 I noticed I wasn't really interested in what the kids were doing. So I moved on. I have never encountered age discrimination because I've always focused on (difficult) work that requires lots of experience and made sure that the interviewer got the sense of my laser-like focus on the statement of work and providing value to the customer. Every company worth a damn needs an old man. I just hope I'm not too old before I decide to pack away my FORTRAN user guide for good.

Comment 1 compile a week. (Score 1) 230

High school senior in 1979: 1) Get assignment on Monday 2) Write code on paper. 3) Wait for punch machine to get freed up 4) Type in code 5) Give teacher punch cards on Monday 6) Teacher takes a box full of cards on Friday 7) Teacher picks up cards Sunday night 8) Get paper results and cards at Monday class. 9) Rinse and repeat until it compiles. I wrote TWO great programs that semester :)

Comment Grow a pair (Score 2) 125

You hire someone and hand over a COPY of the keys. Rule #1 is that you ALWAYS know admin passwords and whatnot. That's not only for your comfort, it's part of due dilligence as your new guy might be hit by a bus on the way home after his first day. Then you step out of the way and do the important job of running the company. If you're not comfortable with this, reexamine your career path. It's time to let it go.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long