Feb 08

Three Enough

Obligatory just got fired post.

A three month ramp-up period in an infrastructure job? Even in fairly simple environments most people would need six months to be competent. Sounds like they just didn’t like the person for other reasons or wanted the proverbial purple squirrel and didn’t get that.

Because I was born lucky (big brain) and have a lot of experience of my company purchasing and then me and my team integrating other company’s infrastructures, I’m exceptionally good at learning other environments quickly. I can generally learn a new-to-me environment in 2-3 months. But of the IT people I’ve met, for most it takes 6 months to a year. In that area I’m one out of a thousand. If that sounds arrogant, well, good for you but it is the truth*.

Three months is just not long enough for most people and I would not expect it of anyone.

*I worked at a hosting company with a very complicated environment. I learned it in three months to where I was doing large projects completely on my own. Most people there were only assigned any sort of project after six months and large ones only after a year. My manager said he’d never seen anyone ramp up that quickly.

Feb 08

Seeing the Stupid

The worst thing about this job is that it forces you think of everyone as stupid and incompetent FIRST before they prove you wrong.

That’s right. That’s what you see the most of on helpdesk or even as a sysadmin (because items the helpdesk can’t solve bubble up to you). So your experience is an endless cavalcade of human stupidity. And just as with retail, even though the vast majority of people are not actually clueless clowns, nearly all that you directly experience are in fact fully dressed as Ronald McDonald.

And as with retail (again), it makes you terribly jaded and misanthropic. Any IT person who has done helpdesk or sysadmin becomes a bit of a jerk for a good damn reason.

Feb 07

Pound

When you like a candidate, extend the offer. Agree?

As someone points out in the comments, there was never a real job here. This was all done to get free work from the candidate. I’ve had this happen to me once. Had a company that wanted me to re-design their network as an interview task. It was obviously a ploy to get high-level work from someone with more skill and experience than anyone on their team.

I debated whether I should come up with some completely unworkable (but looked like it would function) crap and let them try to put it in place, or to just say “fuck no.” Just because designing a plausible but dysfunctional network would actually take a lot longer than creating something good, I declined and said they could pound sand. They probably did eventually find some poor, desperate sucker to do it for them for free, though.

Feb 06

The Constant

How common is it to get rejected by women as a man?

The most common experience on the planet for men is that one. Including this fun one that happens a lot to most men:

I’ve never understood that but I guess it’s about power? It used to happen to me fairly often, be minding my own business, doing nothing at all. Then, “I have a boyfriend.” Ok, great, who cares. Then I started responding with, “Good for you.” Then after that didn’t seem like enough, I started responding with, “So do I!” to really piss ’em off.

Makes no damn sense how people act sometimes.

Feb 06

SARSARS

This is from a book released in 2008; Infected by Scott Sigler. And all I have to say is LOLOLOLOLOLOL:

SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, had been tagged by the media several times over as the next “nightmare plague.” While the disease was potentially fatal, and had racked up a significant body count in China, it wasn’t a major threat to a country with an efficient medical system like the United States. SARS was, however, a contagious, airborne disease, which explained the Racal suits and the quarantine. The bottom line on SARS? Enough of a danger to make people pay attention, but it really threatened only the elderly and Third World countries—and in America, that was never enough to create a panic.

Feb 06

Own Good

I know I write about this all the time, but I cannot help it. It’s simply mystifying to me how many people genuinely and sincerely believe it when companies and governments tell them that they must be harmed supposedly for their own good and for “security.”

Why do y’all buy into this bullshit? Never mind, don’t answer that. Here’s what you need to do instead for your own good and for security: send me all your money. All of it. It’ll be good for you. Very good. I promise.

Feb 06

Listen Here

Your Phone Is Not Listening to You.

Bullshit. Your phone is definitely listening to you, absolutely 100% no doubt about it. It’s obvious if you mention something you’ve never searched for, been interested in, etc., and talk about it near your phone and then see ads for it shortly after.

This happened to a friend of mine just recently. She talked about barbecue grills with a friend in “hearing” range of her phone, something she is totally uninterested in and will never buy (her friend was also not searching for them and had no real interest in them). Thirty seconds later, ads for barbecue grills showed up in her Google searches and on Instagram.

That is not a coincidence.