AboutFront-end developer who has his own business (both a blessing and a curse). Introvert. Canadian. All my original posts (not pictures or posts from others) are under Unlicense (unlicense.org).
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Anyone ever have one of those days where you have a million different things you could be working on, but you end up not working on any of them. That is me today.6
Sometimes the best thing to do is to wait and see if it solves it's own issue.
Are you require to know almost everything (8 or 9 out of 10) related to the programming languages you use at your job?
I went to an interview today and they asked a number of technical questions before the interview. I answered them how I would answer them to anyone. The interviewee (during the interview) asked me how I came up with the answer to a question, I said I used a complier. He said he would think the person who got this job to know the answer.
Like come on, just put it into a complier rather than trying to think of the answer. The interviewee is the marketing coordinator.
Am I being smart or dumb? Or is the interviewee at fault here?7
Sometimes the best times are after 9pm (5pm if you work at a office) and before 7am, nobody is doing emails or phone calls.
Leaving me with a nice period of time to actually get work done.4
Sometimes I wish I wasn't in IT.
All I've wanted to do for the last hour is work, but my vpn connection was unbearably slow. So as anyone in IT does, check the settings, try connecting a different way. None of that works.
So I decide to disconnect, wait a few seconds, then connect my usual way.
Well what do you know, I connect and get my usual VPN speed. I literally changed nothing.1
I'm so glad that I don't auto-update my windows 10 computer. I ran Windows Update and after telling my anti-virus to shut up (it was taking forever to just install 1% but by telling it to shut up it went to 1% a second) and 2 restarts later my computer is updated.
I can't imagine this happening without the users permission (and have the annoying reminder to restart) then the computer restarting (with or without the users permission).
Sometimes I love Microsoft and Windows and sometimes I hate it.
(For those who are going to tell me to just switch to Linux or mac, no, I used Linux in the past and had a bad kernel update which bricked my computer, and I'm not paying 2x the price for mac. I do have a couple of programs that only work well or all on Windows)5
One time I applied for a contract position for a company and get an email the next day asking for an interview two days later which I accept and attend. They want someone to convert their website from Wix to WordPress while keeping the same look, I would have about a month to do it (then after that create an e-commerce page). So far I can do that. They email me 2 hours after the interview asking for a 2nd interview on the following Monday which I accept and attend. There I meet one of the founders (I guess) and he really asks me about SEO and what keyword tool I use (they didn't ask about seo keywords in the job posting or at the 1st interview) then he tells me that the website needs to be converted over in 4 days (instead of the 1 month I was told 2 days earlier). Then he asks what I quote. I gave him a number (less than $10,000) and he looked at me like I had 3 heads, I then said I needed some time to come up with a quote. He said no problem, email the guy who 1st interviewed you the quote before the end of the day and if we like it you will start tomorrow.
I then went to a nearby restaurant and thought it over then made up an email telling him that I wouldn't take on the project. There were so many red flags, and the fact that they want it done in 4 days would have meant working at least 12 hour days. A couple of hours later I emailed them to say no, they didn't reply and their website is still on Wix today.
If something needs to be done quickly then know it's going to cost you (and tell someone your budget in the 1st interview).12
TLDR: Don't ask for free support a year after I redesign your site.
Background: Last year I got ask to redesign a non-profit website, they say they had a set budget (note to future self: If someone has a set budget than walk away). I redesigned their (and got it done 5 weeks early). Their happy and only ask for support once.
2018 comes around and someone from the non-profit (a different person since I guess they changes volunteers every year) calls me and basically asks for help on how to change something on the site, I decide to be nice and tell them how to do it, then they contact me a week later with a different question and I decide to just give them the answer (while offering a monthly support contract).
Sometimes I'm just too nice but I guess if you own the business you have to be nice to everyone.3