JoeDavola

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    JoeDavola got a reaction from highbot in Pandemic coming? - Wuhan Coronavirus Dec/Jan 2020   
    To put this in some context, do you often see heavily armed Pumas behind your gaff?
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    JoeDavola reacted to The Masked Tulip in Pandemic coming? - Wuhan Coronavirus Dec/Jan 2020   
    What makes you think that?
     
    No, but I saw a giraffe with a surface to air missile once.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Conniption in Pandemic coming? - Wuhan Coronavirus Dec/Jan 2020   
    To put this in some context, do you often see heavily armed Pumas behind your gaff?
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Melchett in Pandemic coming? - Wuhan Coronavirus Dec/Jan 2020   
    To put this in some context, do you often see heavily armed Pumas behind your gaff?
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    JoeDavola reacted to Southmartin in Most attractive woman on the planet?   
    We all do - even the ladies
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    JoeDavola reacted to Popuplights in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Lucky you...... I got 0.2%
    They might as well have written "we think you are a cunt" on a piece of paper and given me that instead. At least it would have been honest.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Boglet in Slavebox disaster thread   
    Plus everyone around them will be telling them "you can't lose with housing".
    I still get this from people when they're talking about the areas in NI that crashed hard 8 years ago and have since inflated back to unreasonably high prices..... "yes it's very expensive but you'll still make money on it when you sell it"....do you not remember prices crashed 50%+ 10 years ago?
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Slavebox disaster thread   
    Plus everyone around them will be telling them "you can't lose with housing".
    I still get this from people when they're talking about the areas in NI that crashed hard 8 years ago and have since inflated back to unreasonably high prices..... "yes it's very expensive but you'll still make money on it when you sell it"....do you not remember prices crashed 50%+ 10 years ago?
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Great Guy in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    I suspected that was the case.
    I work in a place where exactly the same thing happened and the administrative staff around the system grew massivly, though these are not IT staff.
    I'm surprised there isn't consultancies coming in offering to host it in the 'cloud' and make your internal IT staff redundant?
    What I will say is that there could well be some engineers in the IT team doing good work, but there's often so much bloating in these teams you could easily lose 1/3 of staff that aren't really producing much. Project managers, team leaders, business analysts are all job titles that I've noticed can get away with doing close to fuck all real work.
    Personally my experience of software projects is that after a certain point throwing more manpower at a problem doesn't help much, and can actually slow you down. My ideal team size is about 4 or 5 people, assuming no dead wood.
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    JoeDavola reacted to Frank Hovis in Slavebox disaster thread   
    Yes, although I wouldn't describe them as "suckers"; these are people desperate to buy their own home and thinking that doing it through a government scheme and having a NHBC guarantee means that they think that they can buy with some degree of confidence.
    Tbh if I was thirty now, wanted to buy rather than rent, and saw one of those signs outside a new build estate "Buy for £250 a month", that being less than my rent, I'd be jumping in.  I know now that I would be making a mistake but I wouldn't have known that at thirty.
    You can't expect Joe Average to know about build quality levels and construction techniques.  To them a house is a house.
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    JoeDavola reacted to gibbon in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Been awhile since I was in corporate IT. Remember an IT department I was in for a big manufacturing company took on a bloke as a 2nd line engineer from the warehouse side. One day he was pressing a button on packing machine in a warehouse the next day being expected to help fix servers. The guy was practically retarded, a complete bumpkin and would have struggled to spell IT. There definitely was a lack of talent about/plenty of bullshitters. Annoying that they get paid the same as the genuine experts.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from MrLibertyRedux in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    @MrLibertyRedux has provided a wonderful summary of the various ills of the industry. Great post.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from onlyme in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    @MrLibertyRedux has provided a wonderful summary of the various ills of the industry. Great post.
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    JoeDavola reacted to Happy Renting in No more casting couch.   
    I feel sorry for the actresses who didn't get film parts, because they went instead to women who were prepared to sleep with Weinstein to further their careers.
    Some sisterhood, huh.
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    JoeDavola reacted to MrLibertyRedux in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Complex one this Frank. 
    I threw in the towel at the end of last year after twenty odd years in the industry, as to quote one colleague I worked with years ago who did the same "it's not worth half the hassle on twice the money".
    First off, as I have repeatedly explained to friends, saying you work in IT is like saying you work in "healthcare" or "construction". You could be a hospital porter or a consultant surgeon for instance.
    I think we have a lot of people here who come from a programming or software development background for instance, which is a different animal to what I do, which I'd broadly describe as operations management, which encompasses a wide variety of pretty much the whole smash.
    If you're talking about the general bod who comes to fix things, it's pretty much a none job today for a twenty year old and you'd be lucky to earn as much as a duty manager in a Spoons. Ive had to recruit for these types of post and it's a nightmare. It also became very noticeable about fifteen years ago when you started seeing kids coming through who had only ever known a world of the graphical user interface. Ask them to explain what a transistor is and you would be met with a blank look.
    It also depends greatly on the size of the organisation as to how complex it is. My background is all "corporate enterprise" and the increase in complexity over the years has been in the order of some magnitude.
    Just information security alone for instance securing network firewalls is a mammoth task with all the possible endpoints connecting these days. I walked into one place that thought they had this nailed and was able to access the whole network via the TV in the conference room.
    Interestingly, I sort of ended up doing this by mistake, it was meant to be for a year after university (not IT) while I was applying for proper jobs back in the late nineties - it was a lot simpler world then.
    The demands of organisations today has just become ridiculous. The general mantra of most company boards is that they want the best the world has to offer, yesterday, for a fiver. 
    There is also the constant cycle of renewal and upgrades - not something that you have a choice over as it is all dictated by Microsoft, Cisco et al. You can do all the testing in the world (if you have the resources), but half the time the vendor's aren't doing the testing to the degree they should be either. 
    There is also the problem that there are a lot of what I would describe as "soft skilled" idiots running around all over the place, particularly in project management and consultancy. The damage that can be caused is untold. Add to that the current MBA culture (the 737 Max is the best example that springs to mind) and to be honest I'm surprised that half the time most of the tech in a lot of organisations functions at all. 
    Half my job in the last decade has been unpicking and remediating one disaster after another. There is a whole swath of industry best practice which is rarely followed, and if it could be with the best will in the world it often isn't as again, most people just don't have the resources.
    The job I walked out of last year was a well known household name. What they were effectively trying to do was implement a complete technology refresh of the whole organisation with approximately 1/8 of the staffing and budget you would have had only ten years ago. They were actually documenting this with the phrase "just good enough".
    I've had enough of the eighty hour weeks and sleepless nights - it got to the stage where it was effecting  my health to such a degree that I decided enough was enough.
    I am now extremely skint, but a lot happier! I suspect I will be commenting on this thread again, but can't continue now as I'm going down the pub to meet a friend - on a weekday 
     
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Iamcynical in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    I found a way 'out' when I was 28 by moving to the job I'm in that pays enough for me to live on (maybe 5-10K less than if I went back to the stressful jobs) whilst giving a fraction of the stress of most software jobs.
    But you wanna talk about thankless engineering jobs, I know a Civil Engineer - the amount of stress that career seems to be for utterly unremarkable wages...
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from confused in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    The problem here is that you'll get business folk talking to 'consultants' (really salespeople) from Microsoft and Oracle and places like that, who will promise the new software will solve all your problems without any further development costs blah blah and they don't realize what a fuck up it is until the business relies on it so it's just a big time and money sink.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    The problem here is that you'll get business folk talking to 'consultants' (really salespeople) from Microsoft and Oracle and places like that, who will promise the new software will solve all your problems without any further development costs blah blah and they don't realize what a fuck up it is until the business relies on it so it's just a big time and money sink.
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    JoeDavola reacted to Iamcynical in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    I suspect its just going the same way as everything else. 
    Minimum wage keeps going up 4-6% per year.  The 'skilled middle', some sitting just above the minimum wage level get 0-1% pay rise.  If your company is one of the many that thinks anyone can do the job and therefore isn't prepared to pay a decent wage, then this is the inevitable result.  It really is a race to the bottom.
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    JoeDavola reacted to confused in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Nobody understands databases anymore......the idiots replicate the same data in 101 different tables so you get all the finance companies with 100 of GBs of shite data...
    AND nobody can code anymore, particularly the Indians 
    I used to support a multi million £ manufacturing business on a Unix box with 16MB of ram and I think it was a 400MB hard drive......
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from onlyme in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Oh and as @spunko said, genius tech folk don't work in corporate IT these days. They either consult or have their own startups.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from onlyme in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    I suspected that was the case.
    I work in a place where exactly the same thing happened and the administrative staff around the system grew massivly, though these are not IT staff.
    I'm surprised there isn't consultancies coming in offering to host it in the 'cloud' and make your internal IT staff redundant?
    What I will say is that there could well be some engineers in the IT team doing good work, but there's often so much bloating in these teams you could easily lose 1/3 of staff that aren't really producing much. Project managers, team leaders, business analysts are all job titles that I've noticed can get away with doing close to fuck all real work.
    Personally my experience of software projects is that after a certain point throwing more manpower at a problem doesn't help much, and can actually slow you down. My ideal team size is about 4 or 5 people, assuming no dead wood.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    Oh and as @spunko said, genius tech folk don't work in corporate IT these days. They either consult or have their own startups.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Useless IT staff (not all)   
    I suspected that was the case.
    I work in a place where exactly the same thing happened and the administrative staff around the system grew massivly, though these are not IT staff.
    I'm surprised there isn't consultancies coming in offering to host it in the 'cloud' and make your internal IT staff redundant?
    What I will say is that there could well be some engineers in the IT team doing good work, but there's often so much bloating in these teams you could easily lose 1/3 of staff that aren't really producing much. Project managers, team leaders, business analysts are all job titles that I've noticed can get away with doing close to fuck all real work.
    Personally my experience of software projects is that after a certain point throwing more manpower at a problem doesn't help much, and can actually slow you down. My ideal team size is about 4 or 5 people, assuming no dead wood.
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    JoeDavola got a reaction from JFK in The Coronavirus Prepper Thread   
    Whole Earth peanut butter was 30% off in the local shop, so I bought 3 pots of it.
    Have my normal Sainsburys weekly delivery coming tonight but will schedule another one of non-perhishable staples for later in the week. Worst case scenario it'll all blow over and I'll eat all the stuff anyway.
    As is I have enough food in the flat right now to last a couple of weeks assuming there's running water and electricity.
    EDIT: Order placed - only took a few seconds and I have a Sainsbuy's delivery pass so can get get multiple deliveries a week for free. Should be enough now to keep me just about alive for 3 weeks to a month, and it's all stuff I'll eat anyway.