Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Tales of Woe From the Trenches

During the tech boom of the nineties, I once worked at a firm that made software to interface with a telephone switch, to automatically bill users. On the staff there was one software developer, Cliff Wrapper (not his real name), who came in at 9:30AM and left at 4:40PM, usually taking about and hour and a half for lunch. In that short period of time between his arrival and departure, Cliff would talk about fast cars, fast women and volleyball, but never programming. Mostly he would play video games. So one day I ask the boss, an amiable limey named 'Brian' (not his real name), why Cliff was playing video games all day. Brain looked up from his desk and said, in his British accent, 'Cliff is playing video games all day?' and paused for a moment. Then he looked up and said, 'Thank god! I don't want him anywhere near the code!'"

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