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Tokyo TDWTF Meetup

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UPDATE: April 22 will be the day!

Tokyo readers, I'll be in your fine city this month -- and that means it's time for another Tokyo/TDWTF nomihoudai! It's always a fun time, and we've got a good group of regulars now. Here's a pic of a group of us from a past meetup:

The New(ish) TDWTF

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You might have noticed some updates to the site, although if we did our job right you won’t notice half of them.

What’s New?

We are saying goodbye to Discourse, our old forum and comments system. In its place reintroducing an in-house built system, thanks to the hard work of our newest team member Ben Lubar.

The Abstractions Conference: Pittsburgh

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Back when we were setting up The Daily WTF: Live, I gave a shout-out to the Pittsburgh tech community group, Code & Supply. They’ve been a great way to network with local developers, dev-opsers, designers, and more, ranging from the seasoned vets to those just cutting their teeth on IT. I’m a huge fan of their events, and I only wish I could make it to more of them.


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Happy New Year! Have we got some great news for you. Subramanian has contributed a RESTful API for accessing our articles, which we’ve deployed. So now you can get started on your New Year’s resolution of writing and sharing more code.

Puppet Labs Sponsors 2016 and Launches a New Tool!

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Here at TDWTF, we’re happy to announce that Puppet Labs have renewed their sponsorship of TDWTF.

DevOps and infrastructure automation are at that critical cusp, where everyone’s talking about the buzzword, and everyone knows that it’s important, but most people don’t know exactly what it means to “do DevOps”. The tools we use to build infrastructure and deploy applications are changing fast, and the complexity is increasing: and complexity means more opportunities for WTFs.

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Bonus WTF: Karmic Cascade

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Our sponsors at Infragistics have a special treat over on their blog: an extra feature for today. It's a story of teamwork and "teamwork", and of course- disaster.

Infragistics Check it out.

Sponsor Announcement: Scout

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Our sponsorship program has been a great success, and we’ve got another great sponsor to help us keep this site running and bring you the horrors that your jaded eyes crave, along with special features like TDWTF Live and our recent BYOC contest about the Lucky Deuce. Our newest sponsor is Scout. They donate $10 to the Larimer County Humane Society every time somebody tries out Scout, and now they’re launching a new tool…

Release! at Ohio Linux Fest

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To introduce myself, that’s me over in the right corner. Hi. You might remember that, a year or so back, this site got a face lift. We still love the way it looks, but, if we are being straight with you, the CSS and HTML are a damn mess. So, I’ll be re-building the site while maintaining the same look, and maybe writing an article here and there.

Experience Your Own Support Stories at Inedo

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Support stories have always been among some of my favorite. Not enough links for you? Here, I'll just share my favorite favorite: Radio WTF Presents: Quantity of Service.

It's not so much the sense of smug superiority that comes with diagnosing ID-10t and PEBCAK errors, but more a sense of appreciation. I've been there — my first grown-up job was on a helpdesk — and to this day I still handle a fair bit of BuildMaster and ProGet support inquiries. And actually, that's why I'm writing this message today.

Last Chance to Back Programming Languages ABC++

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As most of you know, this last month I have been running another Kickstarter campaign, Programming Languages ABC++: an alphabet book all about programming.

In the same spirit as Release!, and The Daily WTF, this project focused on the culture that surrounds our day jobs. Specifically in this case, it was all about getting kids interested in what we do.

Sponsor Announcement: Infragistics

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A few months back, Alex announced our sponsorship program. This has been a great partnership that’s helped us bring you our regular content, but also special features like TDWTF: Live.

We’re proud to introduce our second sponsor: Infragistics

Help Us Back Programming Languages ABC++

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TLDR; I have another Kickstarter Project, this time it's a kids book about programming!

The Daily WTF: LIVE! - This Friday

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This is your reminder: TDWTF's live show is happening this Friday, from 8–10PM at the Maker Theater in Pittsburgh. Tickets are available now.

We still have room for a few more storytellers, so if you're in the Pittsburgh area, pitch us your "real life" IT story. It need not be a WTF, just a story. Send a brief (1–2 paragraph) pitch for your story to, and Remy will be in touch to discuss. We'll work with you to build up a great 8-10 minute piece you can perform.

Another Tokyo Meet-up: Sakura Edition

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I'll be in Japan once again, and figured it'd be the perfect opportunity to celebrate Hanami with Tokyo-area TDWTF readers:

Would You Like to Take a Survey?

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Our sponsor, Puppet Labs, wants to know what your DevOps needs look like. Take their survey, and be entered to win some valuable prizes.

The Daily WTF: LIVE!

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You’ve read the posts. You’ve submitted your own WTFs. Now it’s time to take it to the next level: The Daily WTF: Live is coming to Pittsburgh, PA.

In the style of The Moth or Risk! podcasts, we’re getting our fellow IT drones up on stage, to share their tales of their worst WTFs, their successes, and true tales of life in the IT trenches.

Free (New) TDWTF Mug Day - Time's Running Out

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There's only so much time left to get your free TDWTF mug, with the new logo and everything. Be the first kid on your block to have one.

Last year around this time, we did a Free T-Shirt Day. You all gave some great feedback, so I thought we'd try it again with a Free Mug Day!

Free (New) TDWTF Mug Day!

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Last year around this time, we did a Free T-Shirt Day. You all gave some great feedback, so I thought we'd try it again with a Free Mug Day!

My company, Inedo, will be once again sponsoring this round of The Daily WTF mugs. Although we haven't yet released our v5 of BuildMaster yet, we've made a lot of big improvements since last year, and thought this would be a good opportunity to show them off. The mugs will be the same, serious grade as always -- but this time, they'll feature the brand-new logo (unlike the one below).

London and Amsterdam TDWTF Meet-ups

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I'll be in London this week (Thus Feb 12) and Amsterdam next (Tues Feb 17), and thought it'd be a perfect opportunity for another The Daily WTF meet-up. Here's a pic from a previous year's London meet-up:

Happy New Year Everybody!

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Wow! Awesome! This is the year we finally get the flying cars and hoverboards that we were promised. I can't wait! It's officially the future.

It's Christmas Day - Take a Break!

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Seriously? Why are you reading this. Go do something with your family or your friends. There are more important things today than the internet.

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Selling Out Again… with Puppet Labs!

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Several years back, I confessed to selling out. But there was a catch: instead of running those rubbish Google ads, we would run hand-picked ads from relevant tech companies.

This worked out wonderfully and, as many of you commented, you first heard about some really cool tools and services, here on the site. So, to commemorate the site relaunch, we wanted to do something really special and work with a select group of tools/companies in the industry to sponsor some entertaining content for you, our readers. You know, things like Radio WTF's Make It Work, OMGWTF Contest, or even Mandatory Fun Day.

Tokyo Meet-up & Site Fixes

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Tokyo readers -- I am once again visiting your fine city this week, and thought it'd be fun to try for another Tokyo/TDWTF meetup. Earlier this year, we got together at an izakaya for nomihoudai:

The New Look is Here

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As you may have noticed, the site looks quite a bit different! As I mentioned back in March, it's been almost seven years since the look and feel of The Daily WTF has been updated, and I was getting pretty tired of the "2003ish" vibe the site had.

You guys gave some fantastic feedback to help guide the new design, and in July I shared a preview look. After some more feedback - both on the GitHub issue tracker and the forums - we put on the finishing touches and launched the site this evening.

Cleveland TDWTF Meet-up

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Clevelanders*! Mark and Remy will be visiting my hometown this Friday (Sept 12), and we thought it'd be a opportune time to hold a Cleveland TDWTF get-together.

If you'll be in the area, please drop me a line and we'll figure out the specifics. There's an especially good chance I'll remember to bring swag this time!

Pittsburgh WTFers: A Storytelling Workshop

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Part of what brought me into writing and editing for The Daily WTF was my love of telling stories. I’ve had a very successful career working inside of corporate IT shops, and a huge part of that success comes from my ability to take a complex technical topic and explain it simply. To do that, I fall back on the same storytelling techniques that I use here.

A lot of real-world WTFs could be avoided through better communication, and while I hate the idea of losing out on more fodder for the site, it’s my duty as an IT drone to try and stamp out WTFs.

Survey Results & Site Redesign

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A little while back, I posted a user survey and asked for some general comments -- thanks to everyone who replied and shared their thoughts. I was hoping to share the survey results sooner, but I got a bit caught up in that Release! Kickstarter project.

In addition to some basic demographics questions, the survey asked some questions about a site redesign:

Help Us Back Release! the Game

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TLDR; We made a game! It's called Release!, and it's currently on Kickstarter.


Hurry! The Daily WTF Survey Ends Soon!

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Come April 1st, the survey page will disappear from all existence...leaving juicy data in its wake.

Is your data in there? If so thanks! If not, do it now! Get to the choppa!

Reader Survey & Tokyo Meet-up

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It's been a long while since the look and feel of The Daily WTF has been updated. The last update was a little over six years ago when MySpace was still king, Twitter was a silly new fad, and the iPhone was but a few months old. We expiremented with a new look on the OMGWTF2 Contest Mini-site, and got some pretty positive feedback.

In an effort not to pull a Slashdot (or worse, the rename that shall not be named) , we wanted to ask you, the reader, what you think about an updated look and feel. So, even if you really don't have an opinion, please take a few moments to fill out the reader survey.

Free TDWTF T-Shirt Day, Round 2

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It's been a long while since our last Free Mug Day or Free T-Shirt Day. Too long, in fact. But wait no more: today is a new Free T-Shirt Day!

My company, Inedo, has decided to step up and sponsor this round of The Daily WTF T-shirts.

Reminder - OMGWTF2 Contest Deadline Soon!

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Alright everybody: the clock is winding down on The Daily WTF's contest: The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks Part 2 sponsored by our friends at New Relic. Only 2 days left until the deadline!

Now, if you haven't started on an entry then I suggest that you get a move on. Remember - we aren't interested in an "epic win" level of quality ...we want your greatest EPIC FAIL. Your entry doesn't have to be the grandest affair - and there are runner-up prizes available too - so the solution you cook up at the last minute might steal the show!

Announcing the Olympiad of Misguided Geeks at The Daily WTF - Part 2

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We know what you're thinking - summer is approaching making it the perfect time of year for a programming contest!

It's been a long time since we last did this, but we at The Daily WTF are excited to announce the Olympiad of Misguided Geeks at The Daily WTF Part 2 (or OMGWTF2 for short).

England DevOps Talks/Workshop and a London Meet-up

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I'll be heading to England next week to talk about DevOps and Cloud Stuffs.

London Get-together!

Who's up for a pub nite? I'm thinking somewhere in London on Friday, May 24 and/or Saturday May 25. If you're up for getting together for some dinner and drinks, please drop me a line and we'll figure something out. And hey, first round's on me!

Code PaLOUsa & KCDC

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It's an exciting couple weeks for us developers in the Midwest!

First up there's the Code PaLOUsa conference. It's April 25-27 in Louisville, Kentucky and features a great variety of talks, and most certainly a lot of bourbon

ConFoo & QCon London

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I know I've been a bit quiet on the writing front lately (big things happening at the day job and all), but I wanted to let you know about a couple upcoming events I'll be at. It's always fun to meet-up and give away these TDWTF mugs.

On February 27, I'll be speaking at the ConFoo  web technology conference, which is being held up in Montreal, Canada. There's  a tonne of sessions and a whole lotte of local and international speakers. Here's the talk I'll be giving.

Think Before You Code

TDWTF Pittsburgh Meetup: Part 2

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A few months back, Alex and the rest of the Daily WTF staff hosted a meetup in Pittsburgh. Alex is going to swing through Pittsburgh again this week, so we'd love to have another chance to meet the readers who can make it out.

Once again, we'll target Downtown, this time starting at the Diamond Market and Grill in Market Square, and depending on the mood, turn it into a downtown Pittsburgh pub-crawl.

Øredev, NLUUG, plus Amsterdam and London Get-togethers!

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I'll be in a few places in Europe these next two weeks, and would love to meet up with anyone who's available.

Øredev 2012 (Malmö, Sweden)

I feel bad for not mentioning Øredev earlier (so you might actually be able to plan attending), but it's a world-class software developing conference with great speakers including Billy Hollis, Lisa Crispin, and Brian Foote. And, for some reason, I made the list and will be giving a talk on Ugly Code

NLUUG Fall Conference 2012 (Ede, Netherlands)

New England SQL & Providence SQL Saturday

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I'll be hanging out in New England next week doing all sorts of BuildMaster client things, but I'll also be giving a couple database-related talks at some local SQL Server events. If you're in the area, feel free to stop on by -- both events are free.

Database Horror Stories, Bad Code, and How Not to be a Statistic

36,321 tables, one row each, one database. A stored procedure with 1,752 parameters. A DBA convinced that storing everything in the entire database typed as VARBINARY will definitely improve performance. All of these are true stories, and the sad fact is that many SQL Server professionals can relate to them -- even if they won't admit it in public.

The Daily WTF Wants Writers!

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Can you string words together and form a sentence? Can you string statements together and form a class definition? Can you sometimes be funny? Can you do all three at the same time?

We're looking for people with good writing skills and an IT background who are ready and willing to polish reader submissions into funny, entertaining, and memorable stories. We need you to be able to take true-to-life stories from the IT trenches, spot the most absurd bits of them, and explain the entire thing in a way that makes our readers laugh, or at least kinda grin, a little. You'll be expected to meet deadlines and communicate your availability to us. We're flexible, and we're looking for people who can commit to between 1-4 articles a month.

Free TDWTF T-shirt Day!

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Last September, our good friends and long-time sponsor New Relic helped us put on the infamous Free TDWTF Mug Day. The feedback from everyone was overwhelmingly positive: not only did they get to try out a pretty cool application performance monitoring service, but they got one of the coveted TDWTF mugs.

Well as you may have gathered from the title, we're at it again. After years of stalling, we’re finally putting out some new The Daily WTF T-shirts. And even better, you can get one of these limited-print T-shirts without even having to pull out your wallet.

St. Louis Days of .NET 2012

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Yes, I suppose The Real WTF™ is a conference named St. Louis Days of .NET, but like most curiosities there's a good reason. What used to be a single day (and an aptly named) event turned into three days of sessions, networking, and all sorts of other exciting things for  .NET developers. And it's at a casino, which means I'll be raking it in with my Perch Roulette Strategy, in addition to doing a talk or two.

Speaking of which, here's the talks I'll be giving…

Ugly Code: Beauty is in The Eye of the Beholder

QCon Tokyo 2012 & QCon Beijing 2012

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When I mentioned that I'd be attending SODEC in Tokyo last year, I was surprised that someone actually took me up on the offer for some beers. Actually, about a dozen of you did, and a small group of us went out to Shibuya (you know, this place) and we all had an absolute blast.

This year, I'll be speaking at QCon Tokyo and QCon Beijing. If you haven't heard of the QCon conferences before, they're definitely worth checking out. From the (English-language) site:

Code PaLOUsa 2012

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Last year's Code PaLOUsa (held in downtown Louisville) was a blast, and it was great to meet up with some of you guys who were able make it out. I'm definitely excited about Code PaLOUsa 2012; there's a lot of great speakers, and it's right in the heart of bourbon country.

My Talk — Ugly Code: Beauty is in The Eye of the Beholder

It's said that without evil there can be no good and that without darkness, there can be no light. Is the same true of ugly and beautiful code? Maybe... but that's certainly not a question I'll be answering in this talk. Instead, we'll talk about ugly code, where it comes from, how to avoid it, and how to rid your codebase of it. And of course, I'll share some of my favorite anti-examples from The Daily WTF.

The TDWTF Discount + Bonus!

Free TDWTF Mug Day!

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A little while back, our friends at Microsoft bought the elusive The Daily WTF mugs for a whole bunch of readers. Unfortunately, many of you missed out — especially those who lived outside of the United States. But the good news is that our friends at New Relic are bringing back Free TDWTF Mug Day, and this time it's for everyone around the world!

Bring Your Own Code Live at devLink 2011

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I was a little distraught when I looked at my calendar today and realized that devLink – an awesome community conference in Chattanooga, TN – is next week. That meant that, once again, I was a little late in helping promote a great community conference. So late, in fact, that registration had been closed.

Fortunately, John Kellar (the main guy behind the devLink) re-opened registration just for The Daily WTF readers. I realize it's short notice, but you should really consider attending. There's a great speaker lineup, a bunch of sessions, two great events (Bring Your Own Code Live and a Baseball game), and a lot of fun to be had in Chattanooga!

Bring Your Own Code Live!

SODEC 2011 (Japan)

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I suspect this announcement will be even less relevant than the Detroit-centric announcement for Penguicon 2011... but here goes. For three of you that are reading The Daily WTF in Japan, I'll be headed out your way to attend SODEC from May 11-13.

Although this will be my first trip to Japan, I can assure you that won't be that gaijin guy. I am, after all, an expert in international language (i.e., raising my voice and SPEEEAAAKING VEEERRRYY SLLOOWWLY). Either way, I'll be chronicling my journey on Twitter (@apapadimoulis), along with a near-endless amount of pointless banter.

Penguicon 2011

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As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'll be headed to Notacon 8 a little later this week. If you're going, drop me a line and we'll grab a drink or something. And if you can't make it, not to worry - there's another event right around the corner. It's called Penguicon, and it's being held in Troy, Michigan from April 29 - May 1.

Penguicon is a unique blend of open source software and science fiction. When I first heard about it, I gave a Teal'c/Tuvok-esque eyebrow raise, and then realized, hmph... I guess there is a bit of an overlap. But it's a whole lot more than just that, as the events page shows. Take for example, this video from Penguicon 4 where Rob Landley (one of the co-founders) threw a bowl of liquid nitrogen into the hotel swimming pool.

Just-In-Time Business Cards

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As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of souvenirs, trinkets, and tchotchkes. And I know I'm not alone. Whenever I go to a conference, at least half of my fellow attendees join me in the pursuit for as much free stuff as possible.

Of course, it doesn't matter that I already have enough logoed pens and pads to write the entire contents of Wikipedia, twice over. Or that I have enough tee-shirts to wear a new one every day for the rest of my life (and that's assuming I live to be a hundred and fifty). No, this epic quest for swag is about something different. Something grander... and perhaps, even primal.

Notacon 8

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I got some great feedback about Code PaLOUsa; everyone seemed to have a great time, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with some of you. So, along the same vein, the next community conference I'm headed to is Notacon. It's held in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio, and runs April 14-17.

Notacon ("not a con[ference]") is indeed a conference, but not of the typical variety: it's a community event driven by submitted presentations and projects. I realize that's not a very thourough description, but Notacon is a hard event to quantify. There are a handful of speakers and bunch of events including Anything But Ethernet and the PixelJam demoparty.

Code PaLOUsa 2011

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Mark your calendars for March 4th and 5th. There's a brand new by-developers/for-developers conference called Code PaLOUsa. Inspired by the instantaneously-sold-out CodeMash (including the non-profit part), Code PaLOUsa is in downtown Louisville, KY at the Seelbach Hotel.

There are a whole bunch of great speakers lined up, including Douglas Crockford and Eric Sink. And for some reason, they even let me in.

My Talk: Infinitely Extensible

Submit WTF Code Directly From Your IDE

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At the day job, I spend the majority of my time working on BuildMaster. While I certainly find it more exciting than the Big Boring Business App at Mega Financial Co, the structure is similar: there are a number of modules, different teams are responsible for different modules, and about the only change in scenery is working on a different module.

Though I wouldn’t call it boring, working on the same thing day-in and day-out can sometimes drag a bit. Even with an ample supply of Single Malt Scotch. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one feeling this, so we started a new company initiative: let developers work on projects that fall outside of their normal job description.