You’d better have a damn good reason for waking me up. Ask yourself this: “Is somebody dying?” No? Then it can wait until morning.
I’ve found that I put off going to work because I know the Internet connection there is limited.
What do the text utilities on AIX have against following the manual and manipulating newlines properly? Is it just that AIX is from IBM, and IBM software is half-assed?
$ uname -a AIX myhost 3 5 00C2D2804C00 $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | tr -s [:space:] '\n' 1 2 3 4 5 2 1 $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | tr -s [:space:] '\012' 1 2 3 4 5 2 1 $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | sed 's/ /\n/g' n1n2n3n4nnn5n2n1
By properly, I of course mean “How GNU does it.”
$ uname -a Linux myhost 2.6.9-55.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Apr 20 17:03:35 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | tr -s [:space:] '\n ' 1 2 3 4 5 2 1 $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | tr -s [:space:] '\012' 1 2 3 4 5 2 1 $ echo " 1 2 3 4 5 2 1" | sed 's/ /\n/g' 1 2 3 4 5 2 1
Turns out that tr(5) was not matching the class
[:space:] or the class
[:blank:], but would match and transform the single character
' ' (space). Still not sure WTF is up with sed(5). The simple solution to this problem, of course, is to avoid AIX.
The reduction in force has started. I wish I could see what the pattern is, but we’re kept in the dark.
Zimran, thanks for linking to Michael Lewis’s piece on Sarkozy’s attempt to make the French more productive. It is funny, but given my circumstances at the moment, I would pull out this quote.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the new French president, has decided that the French need to become more productive. He eliminated the law forbidding work weeks longer than 35 hours, and he’s making noises about changing the rule that allows unemployed Frenchmen to turn down job offers that they feel are beneath them and remain on the dole instead.
No French person is likely to be required to work more than 35 hours a week — that appears to be too much to ask for just yet — but any French person who wishes to earn more money may, shockingly, work for it.
“Work more to earn more” is Sarkozy’s dully hopeful slogan.
The thing is, the French don’t want to work more.
Shockingly, I agree with the French. I don’t want to work more either. But then, my problem is not that the law says I may work more than 35 hours per week, but that the company I work for sets rather inflexible deadlines — either because of an inefficiency bred of monopolistic isolation, or sheer stupidity. It’s hard to tell sometimes. After several months of 12 – 16 hour days, it starts to wear on you, and your brain pretty much stops working. Good thing I was a super-genius before this started, otherwise I’d be a blithering idiot now.
M. Sarkozy may be right to eliminate the law restricting the work week to 35 hours, and right to kick the indolent off the dole when they could work. But, working more does not necessarily earn you more. That’s a problem, and one I’m not sure how to solve without the leverage of the State.
One of Rick Klau’s shared items in Google Reader suggested that journalists today will need to know Photoshop, HTML, and a bunch of other crap to get a job. That may be so, but remember that computers are just a tool, and any time the tool gets in the way of the Real Work, discard it.
I used to find working with computers and learning their ins-and-outs to be interesting. Now it’s just dull, boring, and a drain on my life.
Maybe if I worked reasonable hours, got enough sleep, and saw my family for more than a few minutes each day, I’d feel differently, but right now I just want to take my time machine back and murder the sons-of-bitches who invented the things.
So, no, I don’t want a job “working with computers.” I want something rewarding, preferably with Oz hours:
Get up at noon, and then to work at one / take an hour for lunch, and then at two we’re done.
It’s a beautiful day out today. The wind chases fluffy white clouds across the sky. Leaves whisper in the breeze, counterpoint to the bullfrog’s basso. I can hear the sounds of baseball from the park.
The girls are out playing somewhere, the boys are napping upstairs, while I sit on the deck, tired, grumpy, and working.
This has gone on too long, and has to stop. I want my life back.
I’ve been running without
root access to systems for nigh on two years now, and I must say that it is very annoying, even with sudo in order to start some web servers and such. The basic UNIX security model is really, truly, FUBAR. What I’m finding is that every now and again you run into a relatively painless operation which, because of design assumptions way back in the Dark Ages, is restricted to the superuser — and that working around wasting the time of the BOFH opens many more holes than would be present if the code-monkeys had been just a little more thoughtful.
And the question I have to ask is, “What are you protecting?”
Avinash Kaushik posted a list of ten things to envy about working at Google, which are, oddly enough, similar to the reasons Joel Spolsky says I would love being a sysadmin at Fog Creek. Both companies place a lot of emphasis on working together, that is, in the same place. One works at, not for, Google.
It’s a wet, slushy day out today. I can understand that such weather might be unfamiliar at Google headquarters, though Google London might have some experience of it. I’m working at home today. What I’d like to know is what Google does in situations where the people can’t come to the Googleplex to work. I have no doubt that they have no software limitations on where they work, but it seems that locality is essential to the nature of Google.
Do y’all take a snow day?
Ever have one of those days where you feel like your job is making you dumber by the minute? I am.
I have this recurrent daydream where I’m independently wealthy and volunteer my time to work on the transportation systems at DisneyWorld. And not just driving the monorail either, but drawing lines on the swamp.
The work some of us have seems to me to exist mainly to serve the computer. That is, we’re not using the computers as tools in our work, but the computers are using us. I know I’m personifying the computer, and it’s really Stu’s — or perhaps Duane’s or IBM’s — fault for writing a program that needs constant human intervention, but my point stands. We are the drones who operate the great looms in the mills of Nottingham. At one time we were the craftsmen who built the looms, but that day has passed. Then we were the mechanics who maintained the looms, but that day too has gone.
The idiocy of this position is more apparent if one talks of the computer as another tool, such as a hammer. Is the carpenter using the hammer, or does the hammer use the carpenter?
This is wrong.
What can be done to return the computer to its place as our tool, and us to its master?
The Method token indicates the method to be performed on the resource identified by the Request-URI. The method is case-sensitive.
Various cookbooks for constructing a request refer to POST as POST, and nothing but POST.
And, yet, we get requests like this. Addresses and URIs have been obscured to protect the victim.
10.0.0.1 – – [21/Aug/2007:08:32:44 -0700] “Post /myEndpoint HTTP/1.1″ 200 254 “-” “libwww-perl/5.76”
HTTP 1.0 was published as informational RFC 1945 in 1996. That’s more than enough time for HTTP user agent developers to read the short sentence requiring case-sensitivity. Even if you come from the copy-and-paste school of programming, there’s no excuse. What are you going to say? Oops, Microsoft Word automatically proper-cased that for me?
Actually, yes, it did. In the requirements for the application interface.
Back in May I was elected to the board of directors of the Dalton Farm Homeowners Association, and became co-chair of the grounds committee. What that means is that I’m responsible for ensuring that the grounds are maintained — that the lawn is cut, the weeds pulled, the trees trimmed, the light-bulbs changed — and improved. And then there was the family of skunks. Most of the work is administrative in nature, such as planning, seeking bids, handling contracts, and addressing complaints.
But it’s a wonderful feeling to reach out and touch something you did. Because the results are physical, the work seems so much more real than what I do for a living. I can see the results of my efforts.
“Write once, run anywhere” is a crock of shit.
Corinne Maier responds to the lack of opportunity in France’s ossified corporate structures by encouraging less work than more. In an article on her and her book, Bonjour Paresse, the New York Times writes
In many ways, Ms. Maier is typical of France’s intelligentsia, overeducated and underemployed. She studied economics and international relations at the country’s elite National Foundation of Political Sciences, or Sciences-Po, before earning a doctorate in psychoanalysis.
But she works just 20 hours a week writing dry economic reports at the state electric utility, Électricité de France, for which she is paid about $2,000 a month.
Sounds like she needs a blog.
The Times, selectively snipped, continues
“Work is organized a little like the court of Louis XIV, very complicated and very ritualized so that people feel they are working effectively when they are not,” she said.
Her solution? Rather than keep up what she sees as an exhausting charade, people who dislike what they do should, as she puts it, discreetly disengage. If done correctly – and her book gives a few tips, such as looking busy by always carrying a stack of files – few co-workers will notice, and those who do will be too worried about rocking the boat to complain. Given the difficulty of firing employees, she says, frustrated superiors are more likely to move such subversive workers up than out.
With chapters titled “The Morons Who Are Sitting Next To You” and “Beautiful Swindles,” it declares that corporate culture is nothing more than the “crystallization of the stupidity of a group of people at a given moment.”
This may not be a peculiarly French problem. I do believe that Dilbert speaks of something similar.
“Yahoo tacks fees onto e-mail, storage features: The company said it will begin charging for a feature that lets people check their Yahoo e-mail messages from outside services. In addition, the company will limit public access to its data storage service in hopes of persuading people to pay for it.” [c|net]
Expect more of the same. As this goes on, SBC Yahoo will become the bargain.
SBC: We’ll hit our numbers: “The company said it plans to focus on building its operations in the United States by expanding into new markets such as long-distance voice and data services, Internet and wireless.”
Ah, expanding into the Internet market. I wonder how that works. 😉
Yahoo builds more fees into GeoCities – Tech News – CNET.com: “Now the company is introducing a $4.95 service that lets customers use FTP and remote loading, features once free. The new option also comes with extra storage and ad-free pages.”
Curiouser and curiouser.