Take a number:
(Money, Wergild, Coin of the Realm, Green Stuff, Filthy Lucre...
...It's a good thing!!)
...As a (Happily Remarried) Parent of Two Boys (who are at that stage of growth where they outgrow sizes in weeks), Money is something I need to have. Sooo, I have a Job, Like most of the rest of youse guys!
What I'm Called
A title is a useful thing, it allows your bosses to refer to you without ever suffering the indignity of using your name (and thereby admitting that you are a Human being)! My title is "SOFTWARE ENGINEER"
What I do
Yep, I'm now a "GeekBoy". I have gone over to the dark side and am writing code. God help us all.
Where I do it.
I do my work at a company called "Dictaphone", in Stratford, Connecticut. I used to work for Computer Associates, in Stamford, which is known as the "Borg" because they principally acquire other companies, absorb their technologies, and "dump the deadwood". The Stamford office of CA used to be called "Professional Help Desk" but that was before it was assimilated, and made a part of C.A.'s Islandia Collective). I also used to work at "Executone Information Systems", but they would not pay me at "Industry Standard Wages", despite the fact that I was doing consistently above average work, and much of it outside my job description. So, I left them. Good thing too, cause it looks like I was one of the rats leaving a sinking ship. What a colossal waste of talent that place became. Some of the best, and the most underutilized (and most under appreciated) programmers I ever met worked there. No wonder it tanked. They actually had one programmer (with a doctorate in Mathematics!) spending all his time fixing the spelling in string tables, if you can believe it!
My current Boss/Manager is Lee. A good boss, not too demanding, and allows me to interact with him in a very professional manner. He does not believe in "MicroManagement", but allows my to do my work as I need to. Why, he is SO generous, that he even allows me to take work HOME!! I am now working on an established product, which means that there is no way I can get any meaningful improvements to the development process through the system, since everybody is in "Bucket and Bail" mode, and "nobody has time for process management, besides it works, what's the problem?". *sigh*.
At least Lee knows what I am talking about, and fortunately is just as concerned about improving the development process. He, and least has a little clout in this area.
We are working on making some improvements to our Development processes, and trying to propagate those through the company
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I come from a very old New England family. In our 300+ years on this continent, we have
included Good persons of "Decent Society", and "Swamp Yankees". We came to America in 1643,
and settled in Salem. We did not move far. I live in Connecticut. Gedneys
played key roles in history. (usually on the wrong side -- We were notorious royalists,
one of us was a Judge in the Salem Witch Trials, and one even played a role in the
"La Amistad" story. At least we were Abolitionists, by and large, so the
judgment of History will be kind to us there!)
I now live in Stratford, CT, with my two sons, Robert and Patrick, my new wife, Deborah, and our two cats. I am also an amateur home handyman. If I can get the tools, I can fix it, what ever it is! -- Just Ask My Cats!! (they'll never forgive me!) I also tell stories, usually until I am made to sit down and shut up!
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