The thing about #tech #layoffs that people who haven’t been through it often don’t understand is that morale never recovers. The employees who remain will never have the same relationship with that company, bosses or peers.
Watching people you respect pack their stuff and crying on the phone with their spouses is something that never goes away. When I survived a layoff in my 20s I became a “do exactly what the ticket says” person. I stopped suggesting ideas, providing feedback, believing anything a manager told me.
If you are a company considering layoffs, especially a profitable company, you should approach it as “this department will have 100% turnover”. The second I got another job offer I left that company and six months later nobody who had been there at the time of layoffs remained.
I’ve seen that pattern play out multiple times.
I've put together a page about one of the more interesting handhelds I acquired recently
I'm planning to follow a similar approach for documenting more stuff & I'd welcome feedback on how it's presented & organised & anything else you want to see in there
Introducing the first beta release of SafeDiscShim, a tool that allows SafeDisc protected games of all versions to run on modern versions of Windows without the driver! See the repository and download the release at github.com/RibShark/SafeDiscShim !
I now have a small collection of two boys and one honorary girl
Google's getting rid of the ability to view cached pages. Even though they weren't a permanent archive, I'm going to miss it. It’s been such a useful way to find copies of pages with the actual search result on dynamic pages where the current version doesn't have what Google found.
A few times I have told the anecdote that the singly most baffling thing I ever saw in a code review — not the most insecure, just the most “how could a real programmer have written this? how could this ever make sense?” thing — was simply a C++ variable “number_of_trucks” … declared as float. Unambiguously referring to real physical trucks in a fleet.
Reader, it’s been over ten years and I am blowing the gods damn whistle. I had edited that story to protect the guilty: the variable was named number_of_planes. It was shipped by a company whose name begins with “B” and rhymes with “GOING out of business.”