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my worst programming job

I hated working as a programmer at this metal castings place.  The plant itself was pretty cool, but my working conditions sucked.  I had to clock in at 7:30.  1 minute late and I was docked 15 min of pay.  Lunchtime was between 12:00 and 1:00.  If you clocked in at 1:01, 15 min of pay gone.  If you left at 12:25, you had to be back at 1:00.  If you worked through lunch, you were docked 1 hour of pay for lunch.  If you took lunch, you had to clock out.

My boss was diagnosed with bipolar about a month after I left.  That explained a lot.

I worked in a largish office, but became much smaller when crammed in with 7 women, 5 of whom were bona fide white trash.  They spent the whole time flirting with the floor workers and avoiding the fathers of their love-children.  No, I'm not exaggerating.

I was the only programmer, their jobs were typing up requests for data.  They would complain that I wasn't working as hard as them because I was typing as much, and I would just "stare at the screen" all day.  I started to explain what thinking was, but I quickly gave up.

Oh, and to top it all off, the girl whose desk was facing mine (open floor plan, no cube walls, just desks pushed up against each other) talked incessantly with a West Virginia accent.  No, she wasn't cute.  I wore my ear plugs all the time.  Radio/music, even w/ headphones, was explicitly forbidden.

I didn't have a CD drive in my computer.  I had to walk halfway across the plant (about 3 blocks), put the CD in the shared drive, and run back to my desk to use it, hoping that someone didn't eject the CD while I was in transit.

My bosses boss was a major egolomaniac.  He was really short and was always try to puff himself up to look better.  He claimed he was a database god, but had no idea what a primary key was. 

The databases were full of misspellings and inconsistencies, so queries were a huge mess.  It was my first full-time job, so I stayed much longer than I should have, because I didn't know any better.
Permalink Send private email nathan 
January 31st, 2006 9:44am
Can I prevail upon someone with access to add the following quote to the sidebar..

"I started to explain what thinking was, but I quickly gave up."

Thankee.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 9:51am
replying to this thread http://crazyontap.com/topic.php?TopicId=386&Posts=9 caused this whole rant to well up inside me.
Permalink Send private email nathan 
January 31st, 2006 9:51am
Damn, he's out-ranted me in lesser words.
It has to go into the sidebar.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:05am
I get a 404 error for that link
Permalink Send private email Geert-Jan Thomas 
January 31st, 2006 10:06am
the link works in IE.  *shrug*  it's Philo's thread about finding out the superstar programmer was less than stellar.
Permalink Send private email nathan 
January 31st, 2006 10:09am
WFM too.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 10:14am
Doesnt work in FF or IE at all.
Nathan, it's from your cache.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:16am
Works fine here.

Vineet, you are an incredible idiot.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 31st, 2006 10:17am
Duh, I flush my cache everyday; so I know the link doesnt work at all.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:19am
I've never clicked the link before.  It was blue.  Therefore, it couldn't be in my cache.  It worked fine for me.

Are you trying to troll, or something?  Because you're no good at that either.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 31st, 2006 10:20am
Grrr..
DNS prob.
This link should work - http://crazyontap.codaris.com/topic.php?TopicId=386
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:20am
It links to crazyontap.com which seems to have some dns problems..
This should be the right one.
http://crazyontap.codaris.com/topic.php?TopicId=386&Posts=9

Morons ;)
Permalink Send private email Masiosare 
January 31st, 2006 10:21am
DNS on www.crazyontap.com is still ummm flaky.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 10:21am
"I've never clicked the link before.  It was blue."

Apparently, my boss would have said the same thing. I expected a better answer from a person of your calibre.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:23am
If it's not in my history, Vineet sweety, it can't be in my cache.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 31st, 2006 10:24am
You can change the color of visited links to blue and still claim the same. I'm not impressed by your writing today; it's down a few notches. Or maybe it's that tummy upset again.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:27am
I nominate Vineet as most obtuse user of the day.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 10:35am
Yay! Finally I get to figure in the sidebar.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 31st, 2006 10:36am
Obtuse is not a good thing, its certainly not something to aspire to which to aspire.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 10:37am
Gah, interrupted in mid edit.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 10:38am
We should have a way to rollback what we wrote.
Permalink Some Random Dude 
January 31st, 2006 12:29pm
Nah, the embarrassment is worth more than the cleanliness, unless its my site of course and I can edit to my heart's content.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 31st, 2006 12:36pm
Top quality rant.
Permalink Colm 
January 31st, 2006 3:16pm

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