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Tuesday April 30, 2002
09:26 PM

Feast to feast? Or famine to famine?

[ #4564 ]

So just as I get fed up with one client's

  • crappy environment (newbie programmers who need everything spoon-fed to them, yet find time to question every design decision I've made)
  • crappy pay (10% rate cut mandated by "poor economic conditions")
  • crappy payables (transferred to a manager who decided she'd rather pay once a month rather than every other week like our contract states)

Another one pops up.

I got a call from a friend I'd worked with about ten years ago, who's a director at a major newspaper, asking if I could help with their next generation data warehouse. I jumped at the chance, but it'll be some hard work for a while. I'm not one to burn bridges. Plus I really can't just shoot a client and walk away; it's just not in me. I think I owe them better than that.

So what about all my grand plans for my own development? Sigh, back-burnered again. But I figure I "gotta get while the gettin's good".

I really wanted to get a Mac and see if OS X really is "the arrival of Unix on the desktop". Then there's the Quicktime editor my friend wanted. And the digital camera thingamajig. I need more tuits, that's all there is to it.

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  • Let me get this straight.

    1) Your client wants to change the contact

    2) You don't want to drop this client and go to a potentially sweeter gig.

    Hmmm...I say hold them to the contract or pose the counteroffer of a shorter contract so you can get to the datawarehousing project.

    Of course I've been told that the more patient individual in a bargaining session can usually do better. I call it honing your Machiavelliain skills.

    Then again what do I know. I'm still a wage slave trying to make partner in my compan
    • newbie programmers who need everything spoon-fed to them, yet find time to question every design decision I've made

      After much fretting, I decided some time ago on an approach to this. It is to assert: "I do not explain things; I do them. I am not paid to explain them, or justify them."

      Feel entirely free to throw in their faces every piece of evidence that you've seen on their inexperience, and say "because you make that elementary of an error (or because you have that kind of a ho