Little things in life that make you smile

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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:29 am

Hampshire Hammer wrote:We had a new PM join three weeks ago, seems totally useless and not to understand IT (or much else to be fair). In the first week he insisted that I (as the architect) should produce the project plan for him as "you understand all the tasks and who should do it". This morning he has just commented on the plan, having had it two weeks - "I don't think that your first task is very professional" - The first task in the plan was "Invent and build a time machine" :lol:


IMO you need to go straight to his boss and ask why he was hired if he doesn't know how to plan and doesn't understand any IT. I've actually worked with loads of excellent IT PMs throughout my career, so the bad ones always stick out like a sore arse. The ones who are always flustered, panicking, give blank looks in meetings, insist that the company you both work for "does all the processes wrong", aggressively insist on you picking up the paperwork & comms because they haven't got a f*cking clue...

A bit like when you hear anyone say the initial letters of SQL, rather than just saying it as "sequel", and you instantly think "how have you got a job in IT?".
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Hampshire Hammer on Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:38 pm

DasNutNock wrote:
IMO you need to go straight to his boss and ask why he was hired if he doesn't know how to plan and doesn't understand any IT. I've actually worked with loads of excellent IT PMs throughout my career, so the bad ones always stick out like a sore arse. The ones who are always flustered, panicking, give blank looks in meetings, insist that the company you both work for "does all the processes wrong", aggressively insist on you picking up the paperwork & comms because they haven't got a f*cking clue...

I'm a contractor for this supplier, the company itself is doing its best to shoot every foot in the proximity multiple times. I've spoken to his boss about my concerns, apparently he requested a number of PMs due to a shortage and he has been given a number. He has pretty much no say on who he is given. I'm pretty sure this guy has just been told that he is a PM without being given any training - no change there then.

It could be in the things that irritate me thread, but I'm taking the attitude that they are paying my invoices and I don't have to be very good to shine.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:35 pm

Hampshire Hammer wrote:I don't have to be very good to shine.


Ah, so you work for Americans, too?
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Hampshire Hammer on Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:54 pm

Hampshire Hammer wrote:I don't have to be very good to shine.

DasNutNock wrote:Ah, so you work for Americans, too?

US company but working with a load of Ex civil servants and people that have been here so long that they have the same attitude. Plus constant redundancies and cost cutting has destroyed morale.

Fair point about working with US companies and personnel, its shocking how bad they are.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Kludgehammer on Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:02 pm

DasNutNock wrote:A bit like when you hear anyone say the initial letters of SQL, rather than just saying it as "sequel", and you instantly think "how have you got a job in IT?".


That's can be a 'religious' issue or (less contentiously) a context-related one - for example "SQL Server" is almost always pronounced sequel, but the language is about 50:50 on sequel or S-Q-L and either are reasonable
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:10 pm

Maybe. But the reality (at least, my reality) is that I've never met anyone who pronounces it as "ess queue ell" was even vaguely good at their job.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Maybe. But the reality (at least, my reality) is that I've never met anyone who pronounces it as "ess queue ell" was even vaguely good at their job.


If I heard any "IT proffessional" pronounce "MySQL" as "My-ES-QUEUE-ELL" that'd convince me they were a chancer.

However I always pronounce "NoSQL" as "No-ES-QUEUE-ELL".
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby WHU_Del on Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 pm

WHU_Del wrote:Been looking for a particular pocket watch, but they've always been just that little bit too expensive for something that I don't really need. As an example, the only two on eBay at the moment are Buy It Now, at £80 and £95.
Found one in a retro shop today for thirty quid, and seeing as ERNIE emailed yesterday to say I'd won a pony, it's only cost me a fiver.

Just won a chain for it on eBay for three quid 8-)
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Hummer_I_mean_Hammer on Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:49 am

For fooksake, that's why ITC take an age to do anything.
Bloody pissing about on how to pronounce the terminology even before they do something, namely turning things off then back on again.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:03 am

Hummer_I_mean_Hammer wrote:For fooksake, that's why ITC take an age to do anything.
Bloody pissing about on how to pronounce the terminology even before they do something, namely turning things off then back on again.


Dude ... we have to put up the facade that we actually know what we're doing whilst at the same time pissing off our core users :scarfer:
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby FreeWheeling on Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:56 am

What he said :thup:
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby DasNutNock on Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:32 am

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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby S-H on Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:09 am

Sneezing mid dump.

Powerful.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby wolf359 on Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:59 pm

Sport Sunday’s. Cricket on tv, F1 on iPad. Cider in hand, daughter at her mums... :)
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby mushy on Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:13 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Maybe. But the reality (at least, my reality) is that I've never met anyone who pronounces it as "ess queue ell" was even vaguely good at their job.

As someone who started in IT in 1975,I can tell you that it was always pronounced as SQL for a long time.
As far as I remember it was only when Microsoft came on the scene with their SQL servers that Sequel became the norm.
Maybe these guys are just old school like me, or maybe as you say they are ***** at their job.
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby ageing hammer on Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:17 pm

S-H wrote:Sneezing mid dump.

Powerful.



A lot more convenient than the other way round :D
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:02 pm

After over two weeks of dark smelly diarrhea my poos are solidifying nicely .

I know you're interested .
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:06 pm

I have a small community park outside my apartment.

there is a small school around the corner that uses the park for their break time. the kids play basketball, 12 a side football on a 4 a side field, play volleyball with a piece of string tied across two trees as a net.

there is a casa de abuelas (a day care for older folks) and they come out and walk around the park or play some silly games with a balloon and different things.

families come out and play football and are playing until late night around 10 sometimes with only the street lights to play by. again on the 4 a side field.

I have to say loads of times I go out onto the balcony and watch them and I really have to smile.

probably because it takes me back to my childhood when we all did this type of thing.

and then there's the teenagers sitting around being teenagers !!!!!!!

:thup:
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:11 pm

Sounds nice , Cuencs - buy some beers , put them in the freezer then chuck them at those pesky kids , that'll soon learn 'em to have fun .
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Re: Little things in life that make you smile

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:14 pm

they'd catch them and drink them, so I would be adding to teenage delinquency !!!!!

I can hear someone now playing basketball...

well it's one basket so practice only or a half court game.....
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