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Its ridiculous to not talk to others if you don't agree with them politically.  There are so many other things to talk about.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« Last post by The Gorn on May 01, 2018, 07:38:38 am »
^ Good observations from pxsant. Conforms to my own experiences.

This short termism and incompetency of following through used to be a hallmark of small businesses attempting complex projects. 20 years ago on boards like this I would describe such experiences I had with my clients and I would be told it was my fault for being such a loser that I worked with small businesses. In fact most borked contractors that I knew had no idea what I was talking about.

Today it's everywhere.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« Last post by pxsant on May 01, 2018, 07:26:47 am »
Your experience has unfortunately become the norm in many large corporations.   I was just on a 2+ year project with a major big bank that lasted all of 4 months before they scrapped it and got rid of more than 100 people - some of them full-time employees with years at the bank.  High-level banking knowledge is very hard to come by yet they dumped these experienced people as f they were road trash.

The problem is the lack of knowledge and poor capabilities of the people at the top.   They try every newfangled thing that comes down the road (like agile) without having a clue of how to do it.   The worker bees are fine but the top level management types are idiots.   They will burn down an operation and then get credit for saving money on a failed project which they created.

Don't get discouraged.   Shrug it off and move on to the next one.   Once and a while you will find a jewel where the high-level people actually kow what they are doing.

BTW are these large corporations or small fry where your projects crashed?
The individual who used to post here and is still a full member has not been seen in over a year here.

Some time ago the guy subscribed me to his mailing list. I don't think I did it. His emails are along the line of business intelligence and meta about current affairs and ideas affecting business. He sends it out to his business prospects for his own IT related business.

It was passingly interesting but long winded stuff.

I emailed the guy a few weeks ago and said "hey, cuz you subscribed me to your emailing list which I don't think I requested but I don't mind, I'd love it if you stopped in to this board."

His reply was he was too busy with projects to even consider it.

I'm sure it's more personal - he was one of many who bailed here when I made the horrific mistake of revealing my political leanings.

So very many people are not my friend now for reasons.

Anyway, I decided to unsubscribe.

It's like - buddy, you won't give me 2 seconds of your time, why the hell should i do the same with you?

Increasingly I view this board the same way. People only post here to wail about their own problems and are never seen for conversation unless it's some outrage that triggers them.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« Last post by The Gorn on May 01, 2018, 07:00:07 am »
Most board members here are from the corporate world. I worked with small businesses all of my contracting career so I've always been out of step of being exposed to corporate "best" practices, instead I've dealt with the always reactionary and ignorant responses of small clients.

So, all I can do is frame this as the long term secular trend of the IT business. Businesses are increasingly retarded and are run on a short-term, panic basis. Back in the 1990s I had several small company software development projects that lasted 6 mos - 2 yrs at the longest. That collapsed in the early 2000s and then it began to be about producing something actually salable within 2-3 months.

Tech writing? I dabbled in freelance writing a few years ago and I have a heart for writers. But my experience is the farther away you get from the revenue flow in the business and more toward support roles, the more irrational and stupid the decision making will be.

My short answer is, it's definitely the business environment plus the role of millennials who now manage and run things being weasels. Low integrity, poor personal character, impulsiveness, short attention span == throwaway projects.

(I sincerely hope someone on this disengaged sleepwalking forum where people only pop in when THEY PERSONALLY have a problem can be bothered to give you an informed answer that is more than two words long and more helpful than what I can.)
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Short term projects?
« Last post by koehj on May 01, 2018, 06:19:22 am »
Just wanted to know in anyone else is running into this problem. Of my last 4 projects, all have been prematurely cancelled. In one case (supposed to be 11 months) they let me go after two, because there was nobody to manage me. (I've been a tech writer for @28 years and can manage myself.) In another case (supposedly 6 months), they terminated a signed contract after 10 weeks because my manager left the company and no one else wanted to run it. In yet another job, I lasted 5 months (it was supposed to be eight), then they decided they were too busy to finish the project. In the final job, they called a halt after 7 weeks (supposed to be 6 months) because they didn't have the information to do it.

Before 2016, I had no problem finding and working to the end of 6 month projects or more. One even lasted 3 years. Has the market changed? How can I avoid these short-term clunkers? I dont mind one once in a while, but 4 in a row is killing me!
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Did you ever visit the Dark Web?
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on April 30, 2018, 09:34:48 am »
I have been on it just to look but was always careful about what I looked at. If you dont think the govmt is watching everyone than you got rocks in your head.
I'm positive that something like Cryptkeeper isn't intended as an encrypted file system suitable for the entire OS or all user home directories. It's a lightweight and stable alternative to Veracrypt/Truecrypt which are unstable on my system.  I'd use Cryptkeeper to store a few GB of files... not hundreds of GB.
I never considered a crash in Linux with an encrypted drive being open.

I use linux with the default encryption (encryptfs) on the home folder. As far as I can tell, when crashes occur using encryptfs, they are treated just like automatic recovery from an ext4 filesystem. I've never lost anything over a decade of use. IOW, it appears that encryptfs works just like any modern journaled filesystem.
I never considered a crash in Linux with an encrypted drive being open. What about in Windows? Do you still use Veracrypt or switched to something like Axcrypt, which I believe also uses individual files instead of one large file in Windows?

The easy backups and crashing one file vs the entire volume is a huge factor but again, how big is the volume and how often does it crash? Also I've never compared the two either.
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