I haven’t posted in a while because, as always, I’m busy with things at work. It’s a difficult struggle trying to maintain a system written over 10 years ago in C/C++ using a series of different flat files and settings files for configuration and upgrading it to a new C#/.NET database driven application. Especially when you’re not particularly familiar with C#.
Still, it’s pretty interesting and really the best job I’ve ever had (not that I’ve had that many).
It can get frustrating at times. Like when I have to work with some of my coworkers. I mean, I get along with them all well enough, it’s just when trying to get something done with them that problems arise.
There’s a guy at work (I think he’s from Senegal, but speaks French, English, Russian, and Spanish I think) but he’s also supposed to be a programmer. Still, working with him is sometimes like working with a mentally challenged individual. You get the feeling when talking with him and his responses that he is responding based on one or two words that are in your sentence, but not actually to the meaning of it.
Then, sometimes we have to remotely connect into our clients’ computers. Sometimes I swear it’s like I’m doing this with my grandpa. He’ll sit there quietly saying what he’s going to do next (“and now I’m going to copy this here and …”), will click and close the wrong window, etc. Eventually I have to pull a Nick the Computer Guy, SNL Sketch maneuver, and be like, “Move! I’m driving!”
Add to the fact that he has an LCD 1280×1024 resolution monitor but for some reason keeps it at the non-native 1024×768 resolution. Which if you’ve ever seen, will give you headaches. He also has his icons and buttons set to ridiculously large size. If I’m ever trying to help him solve a bug in his code, we can see maybe 10 lines at a time.
Sigh, sorry to rant for so long, but it’s something that I’ve had to deal with a lot lately. If anyone has similar or somehow related coworker stories, I’d really appreciate some company!