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Brad Fitzpatrick

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Spread out [Jun. 11th, 2001|02:13 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
It's becoming increasingly obvious how much I'm spreading myself out. I'm trying to be a programmer, business-runner-person, sysadmin, and DBA. I need to focus on one thing and be good at it. Database stuff is just pure stressful ... Sysadmin stuff is boring (so repetitive... not challenging). Business is nice in some ways (money) but it makes me sick how cheesy can corny everything is. Plus all the stupid forms, lawyers, accountants, taxes... bleh.

I just want to be a programmer.... and a good one.

Shit ... more stuff's broken. Gotta go.
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[User Picture]From: eris
2001-06-11 02:40 am (UTC)
sell the site to yahoo!
(i'm kidding i'm kidding)
;)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-11 02:47 am (UTC)
sell it to deadjournal!
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[User Picture]From: eris
2001-06-11 04:23 am (UTC)
oh dear god no!
=O
us two people (with an occasional 3rd or 4th) are barely handling deadjournal

heh, on second thought, i'll give you a dollar for it, no wait ... i got a $20 in mah pocket
how's that sound
*waves the $20 at brad*
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[User Picture]From: mobley
2001-06-11 02:47 am (UTC)
brad, you're a champion.
remind me to buy you a beer when i move up there in september.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-11 03:02 am (UTC)
so you are moving up?? kick ass!
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[User Picture]From: mobley
2001-06-11 03:07 am (UTC)

Re:

in september i'll be there,
unless something goes horribly wrong.
the reason it's so set is that
my mother
bought my sister a car,
so she's going to give me some moving money.
i won't have to scrounge and save as much as before and have it be up in the air.

we will party. :)
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2001-06-11 03:39 am (UTC)
I know you want to get away from all the business crap, and I wish I could take it on, but I can't really do it. I feel completely spread out too.

The job market here is from hell. The company I work for has had three different layoffs so far, and I find myself way more pressured at work than before, making it considerably harder for me to do non-work stuff, which, of course, is the period of time I really need more of in order to do anything to grow LJ. I spend much of the time after work until I go to sleep being with my wife, and the only undisturbed time I have to get stuff done is between 11-3 every night... then I do the same old "wake up at 7:30 and get back to work" thing. I'm tired all week, and sleeping in during the weekend.

At least the abuse monkey is mostly off my back finally. I normally only have to touch it now to make sure potentially high-profile problems are handled as diplomatically as possible. Most of the groups of LiveJournal are a lot more functional than they used to be and require less direct oversight, but there's a lot to do still and not much time to do it.

So... road trip, eh? Bringing a laptop to code on during the slow moments, I hope. ;)

m.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-11 03:58 am (UTC)
Everybody's spread out. :/

Road trip + laptop will rule... no network = tons of productivity.

No friends page to distract me!
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2001-06-11 04:14 am (UTC)

Re:

Hopefully you can leave for, say, two days, before the first fire pops up. It seems like everything has been thrown at us already... If vampiric monkeys started devouring the brains of our members, I wouldn't be too surprized.
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[User Picture]From: eris
2001-06-11 04:37 am (UTC)
=O
who told you about the vampiric brain-eating monkeys deadjournal's been keeping in cages for just such an event?!
that was supposed to be top secret!
DRAT!
heads are going to roll over at deadjournal i can tell ya.

(oh i crack me up! heh)
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[User Picture]From: lokimon
2001-06-11 04:47 am (UTC)

So... Get some help?

Out of what, approx. 140,000 people on livejournal now, there must be a couple decent DBAs, security types, sysadmins, business weenies, etc. Find some people you can trust and who like lj enough to donate a couple hours a day, maybe 10-15 hours a week, they can keep the show running while you code.

The trick is to make sure you can trust them with root and enable passwords. Always hard... Whom do you trust with the power to break your baby?
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From: evan
2001-06-11 11:28 am (UTC)

not so simple

There are a lot of people who know almost enough, and the few who do know enough have other commitments.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-11 12:05 pm (UTC)

Re: not so simple

So true.
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[User Picture]From: joggingguy
2001-06-11 07:52 am (UTC)

Boring sysadmin work

When I started with computers 22 years ago, all I did was programming. I programmed for 15 years, until I got tired of the eternal management attitude of my work only being a due date and a check box on their list of things to do. Didn't matter how well you did your job. If the programmer-with-low-standards did a program fast, but not well, they were praised bacause management could check that task and others off their list quicker. It gets old.

I did Network Admin work for 5 years building a network for a large manufacturing company that didn't have one, and now I'm an Informix DBA/Unix Admin. I love this work because it's visible. Everyone can see what you do directly. And what makes it so fun for me is that I use my programming skills with ksh/scripts/perl/whatever to automate those boring sysadmin/dba tasks. I'm actually looking at that netsaint tool I saw described on Dormando's LJ. More new fun stuff.

Laterz.
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[User Picture]From: shadwstalkr
2001-06-11 07:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Bad programmers

That is exactly why I decided to major in physics instead of computer science. I programmed for a couple years after high school, and I got really tired of people writing bad code quickly, and leaving me to clean it up.

"You used to get ahead by being better than the guy in front of you. Now you get ahead by being so incompetent that the guy in front of you can't do his job."
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[User Picture]From: joggingguy
2001-06-12 06:04 am (UTC)

Re: Bad programmers

lol ... yeah, that's the way I felt too.

I remember going around and around with one of my bosses who wasn't a programmer about how a good program is written. He didn't believe that my code was any different than the slackers who wrote crap that broke all the time. I really bit my tongue because he definately needed to go to school :-)
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[User Picture]From: deadpanwalking
2001-06-11 09:54 am (UTC)
Perhaps you should deligate some of the business responsibilities. You might be surprised to learn what some of your LiveJournal members do during the daytime.
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[User Picture]From: billiam
2001-06-11 10:03 am (UTC)
U do a good job man, I an appresheate it!
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-11 12:12 pm (UTC)
thanx, billiam ... u keep findin' dem mad bitzhes fo' me an I keep workin' on dis surver shiet, aight?
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[User Picture]From: joggingguy
2001-06-12 06:06 am (UTC)

Hey!

When are you going to write a billiam style or html tag that causes posts and replies to be translated into "Billiamnese"? We could definately use one for Eliss too :-)
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