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Old 07-10-2010, 04:47 PM   #121
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Morning newspaper. Long, friendly cuppa coffee. Watch the neighbors leave for work.

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Old 07-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #122
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Former IT guy here (retired). You can thank Sarbanes–Oxley for the "separation of duties" that came about in IT (one could test, but another needs to migrate to production, and depending on your local S.O. audit, even separate test functions as your firm has done).

Also, the idea of a "package" is related to the software/technology that evolved over the years. In the old days (where I spent most of my career) all you needed to do to make a change (for instance mainframe COBOL) was a couple of cards/lines for the change, controlled by a change control program (where you did it all).

BTW, in the "really old days" (where a greybeard like me started - and yes, I know what an 11/x punch means ) you had card decks (e.g. 5081 Hollerith coded cards) which were the entire program. You just added/pulled/corrected the part (cards) you needed to change and just submit to change the program (e.g. pre-compile/compile). As a programmer (and usually the only one who worked with a program/system) you did it all, without anybody "controlling" what you did. Of course, those are the days when one could take fractional shares/cents and add it to your own records ...

With the later technology (toy computers, as I call them - since I'm an old "big iron" guy ), all related programs/tasks must be assembled for a "release". The sub-code/structure cannot be broken out as easily (much improved, more work).

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Yeah, SOX, as we call it, changed a lot of things. And my company isn't even mandated - we do it because it is the "right thing to do". I guess I am okay with that - but the "separation of duties" simply has no value given the way it is implemented.

I actually started as a Mainframe COBOL developer, went throught the client-server era, and now am into the web era. I enjoyed them all. Regardless of platform, though, it now takes as much, if not more time, to fill out the paperwork than it does to do the actually work. Something is very wrong. And our business wonders why IT services have become so expensive.

Another one of my "I won't miss......" is producing attestation that proves I didnt change anything when I log onto a machine to check something..

(Punch cards were gone by the time I started, but I remember my father bringing home punch cards for scrap paper . )
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Morning newspaper. Long, friendly cuppa coffee. Watch the neighbors leave for work.

There is so much I don’t miss about work.
Dec '08 6AM, hearing the neighbor spend 30 minutes scraping the ice off his car so he could drive to work.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:53 PM   #124
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I don't see the problem with this email. It sounds funny, but it really works. If someone has left the company, they'll get the bounce message and can reassign the license. Also they might pick up a few people who say they don't need it. Making the default be keeping the license prevents someone from losing their license just because they overlooked the email.
Hmmm....that is an interesting perspective I hadn't thought of. Thanks a lot, you just took away the one thing that made me laugh all day.......

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:48 PM   #125
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:31 AM   #126
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If it has to be one thing and not a list, then it sure is 360 review. Can't stand that. That's why I handed in my resignation this year before the review starts. Management spends so much time and money on 360 and the system has so many weaknesses. It used to be wearing stockings that would top the list rather than 360 but I decided to stop wearing stockings about 10 years ago despite remarks from colleagues. Nowadays, it appears that no stockings mode is widely accepted.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:07 AM   #127
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That wasn't one of my planned expectations. But, now that I am about six weeks into my ER, that is indeed a nice bonus. I have been doing that virtually every day! (My clock alarm has not been set in weeks!)
Yes, I'll be looking forward to that.

I'll also be looking forward to not having to GO anywhere when there's a ton of ice on my very steep driveway.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:34 AM   #129
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Dec '08 6AM, hearing the neighbor spend 30 minutes scraping the ice off his car so he could drive to work.
The transit equivalent of this is watching the TV news when they announce 30-minute delays (or more) on all branches on the LIRR. I then imagine all those people standing on freezing cold (or blistering hot) platforms or stuck on trains, getting to work or back home late, and knowing that I AM NOT ONE OF THEM ANY MORE!
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Things I will not miss

Reading posts from folks still working who feel compelled to trash their employers in every thread but have no problem cashing the paychecks that will allow them to ER.

But, maybe that's just me...
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:10 PM   #132
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Unless you do rescue (dog) work as I do and get a young fellow that jumps up onto your bed at 5:30 to wake you up, by licking your ear (I'm trying to get the DW to learn that trick ).
You and I are both animal rescuers I sure know the joy a rescued animal can give you.

I do rescue cat work and have 5 kittens right now I'm fostering. I don't let them up on my bed or with my other cats since there is some risk of disease transmission. Plus, there is the confusion the "perms" would experience with so many furry souls passing through our home. We do, however, give the foster kittens lots of love and play time. This helps them be better companions to those who eventually adopt them.
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What a great thread!

My list could be pretty long and covers many things already mentioned.

I don't miss:
Meetings
Performance reviews
Mandatory meetings
Living in a cube for x hours a day
Fluorescent lights
Mandatory trainings (had to do 10+ a year)
Sunday night dread/blues/whatever
More meetings
Reorganizations that are always dedicated to efficiency and saving money even when going back to a previous type of organization
Sitting in an office all day when the weather is beautiful
Stress
Consultants that are hired to tell the agency how to reorganize
More useless meetings
Driving in rush hour traffic twice each weekday
Financial disclosure reporting
Holiday parties that they try to shame you into attending
Touchy feely workgroup meetings and trainings
Retreats

I could go on, but it might depress me.
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-I won't miss being on call every other week
-computer upgrades that take most of a weekend
-weekly status reports
-re-doing work because the boss didn't think it through the first time
-busting my @ss on a weekend to get a household project done before Monday
-work related stress
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I worked for a company that had a MANDATORY Christmas party.
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Things I will not miss

Reading posts from folks still working who feel compelled to trash their employers in every thread but have no problem cashing the paychecks that will allow them to ER.

But, maybe that's just me...
Don't worry, they got the better part of the deal and I don't fell any guilt what so ever when I cash my pension check.
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Don't worry, they got the better part of the deal and I don't fell any guilt what so ever when I cash my pension check.
And people ask why I use the ignore list...
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Thanks Brewer. I've been up nights worrying that I wasn't posting up to your high standards.
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Thanks Brewer. I've been up nights worrying that I wasn't posting up to your high standards.
Nah, was a reference to the poster you quoted, not you.
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