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tsee
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You can find most of my Open Source Perl software in my CPAN directory [cpan.org].

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Wednesday September 02, 2009
06:09 AM

Invaluable advice

[ #39569 ]

Here's some invaluable advice:

If you have been hired to fill a non-technical position, do not let anyone know that you possess any kind of technical skills.

Do not let your laziness lure you into giving up clues. For example, do not offer to your admin that you can just fix something yourself given the appropriate permissions. Just bite the bullet and wait like the next guy.

Seems selfish? Say that when they start to queue for help. Even if you like to help and manage to serve all your friendly colleagues well within a reasonable amount of time and effort, the hidden cost shows up only later. It's when people higher up in the food chain realize that it is most efficient for the division to have the most technically skilled person carry most of the technical maintenance (and/or development) burden. Prepare for a drag if that happens.

Of course, I don't expect anyone to take this at face value, but it's sad that there's some sort of twisted truth to it.

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  • A lead researcher thought he'd give me busy work to keep me out of his way for three months, so he put me in a room full of print-outs and told me to go through each one and pull out numbers in certain positions and give him a list.

    Well, I walked down to the sysadmin shop, got the digital versions, wrote a quick Perl script, and was done by lunch.

    The researcher was a complete ass about the whole thing because this project had been sitting on his desk for months with no movement and some new grad student fin

    • That's an interesting anecdote! Guess who's currently paying my bills. In all fairness, though, I have to say it's a great place with great people otherwise.