• Omego2K (unregistered)

    First, had to

  • DocMonster (unregistered)

    Ah the old "Y-you're trying to IMPROVE things??! No!!! You're fired!" Response.

  • lalex (unregistered)

    I know this kind of code. Same at my company. But luckily the "senior" developers are only 1-2 years away from retirement and everyone encourages carefully done refactoring and new ideas. And the pay is decent too.

  • Remy Porter (google)

    TRWTF is Notepad.

  • faded (unregistered)

    I worked for a company like that. It was an architecture firm. I was responsible for introducing computer aided design to the office. I took them from paper based hand drafting office to a full cad based office that generated the working drawings required to build the project. It took a year to accomplish. This is important because, in the paper age, more than 50% of the labor in a project was creating the working drawings.

    Things were going well. The time to produce drawings was dropping, based on my observations, questions I asked the project architects and notes I had been keeping. I figured that labor for creating working drawings had dropped 30%. That savings should fall to the bottom line and the company should be very profitable.

    I also noticed that the hours billed to projects had not declined at all. I knew less labor was being expended on creating drawings. So where was the time going? More observation, more note taking. I discovered that the project architects were doing the work of the two secretaries.

    I went to the owner and I laid out all my all my observations and thoughts. He fired me on the spot and thru me out of the office by rolling my chair out the front door and placing it on the side walk. (When I went to work there I brought my own chair with me.)

  • operagost (unregistered) in reply to faded

    Please tell me that ass clown's firm failed within a year.

    It's one thing to ignore an employee's polite observations and recommendations. It's another to be so offended (probably because you're boinking both secretaries) as to put his arse on the street in a bizarre manner.

  • ray10k (unregistered) in reply to faded

    Either you're skipping over a bunch of details (either regarding the boss guy, or regarding the conversation,) or that's just not what happened at all. Did he at least say why he kicked you out in such a slapstick-like manner?

  • DocMonster (unregistered) in reply to ray10k

    Yeah... I'm imagining something out of a cartoon with that description. Wheeling him out through the office, then shoving him out the door "And stay out!" and slams the door shut.

  • PWolff (unregistered) in reply to Remy Porter

    Remember edlin?

  • A Real Programmer (unregistered) in reply to PWolff

    Remember TECO?

  • Foo AKA Fooo (unregistered) in reply to PWolff

    Oh, you young ones with your fancy tools! What's wrong with cat > myfile? When you make a mistake, you start over. Helps you keep focused!

  • Maciejasjmj (nodebb) in reply to DocMonster

    Wheeling him out through the office, then shoving him out the door "And stay out!" and slams the door shut.

    It's a shame my company has a flight of stairs between the office door and the sidewalk. Or is it...

  • PWolff (unregistered) in reply to Foo AKA Fooo

    ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19990508

  • Carl Witthoft (google)

    Trouble always starts with "here's our lead developer..."

  • _that_guy_ (unregistered) in reply to DocMonster
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  • _that_guy_ (unregistered) in reply to _that_guy_

    Yay doublepost

  • wtf (unregistered)

    why is the main character seething with rage on day one at a new job? seriously, the level of anger here approaches a comical level. GGGGGEEEAAGGHHH!!!!!!! WHY HASN'T THE LEAD DEVELOPER GOTTEN ME THAT DATABASE YET!!!!! IT'S BEEN AN HOUR!!!!! DOESN'T HE KNOW THAT I'M HIS TOP PRIORITY!!!!! WHAT A FUCKING RETARD!!!!!!!!!

    Then it quickly devolves into the old clueless asperger's-type diatribe about how he just wants to change everything and then he's surprised when he gets fired.

  • storeroom counterculture (unregistered) in reply to Remy Porter

    Since 64-bit Windows doesn't come with edlin, I'm not sure what else can be assumed to be available.

  • PTO (unregistered)

    So he's told it's not really SQL but is still expecting to deal with it as if it is?

  • darkmage0707077 (unregistered) in reply to Maciejasjmj

    I see you're potentially a fan of the Honorable Follower Of Beautification.

    ...or perhaps its reverse acronym.

  • GraphSceptic (unregistered) in reply to ray10k

    I don't think the poster was actually on the chair when it was wheeled out. Imagine a boss just throwing your stuff into a box and dropping that on the side walk. Except it was a chair and it was wheeled out.

  • Medinoc (unregistered) in reply to GraphSceptic

    That's how I understood it as well.

  • PWolff (unregistered) in reply to storeroom counterculture

    64 bit Windows still knows

    ECHO Some-Line-Of-Code>>codefile.extension

    and

    MORE codefile.extension

    though.

  • Norman Diamond (unregistered)

    MORE codefile.extension

    Still broken. I put the following line of text into x.txt around 50 times:

    1二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十

    A command prompt window is now wide enough for 120 ASCII or half-width katakana characters, or 60 full-width characters, which is 50% wider than command prompt windows in older Windows systems but still an integral number of full-width characters. Each line of my file starts with a half-width character (ASCII digit 1) followed by enough full-width characters to wrap around.

    The command prompt window is smart enough with line breaks so it doesn't put the first half of a full-width character at the end of one line and the second half at the beginning of the next line.

    Now even the MORE command is smart enough for that.

    However, where the MORE command is supposed to display a line something like

    -- More (52%) --

    the MORE command puts

    at the end of one line and puts

    • More (52%) --

    on the next line.

    (This is in Japanese Windows 10 x64, not a foreign language version.)

  • Norman Diamond (unregistered)

    MORE codefile.extension

    } TDWTF is broken too. Let's see if it can display hyphens. Ignore the extraneous } at the beginning of each line.

    } Still broken. I put the following line of text into x.txt around 50 times:

    } 1二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十一二三四五六七八九十

    } A command prompt window is now wide enough for 120 ASCII or half-width katakana characters, or 60 full-width characters, which is 50% wider than command prompt windows in older Windows systems but still an integral number of full-width characters. Each line of my file starts with a half-width character (ASCII digit 1) followed by enough full-width characters to wrap around.

    } The command prompt window is smart enough with line breaks so it doesn't put the first half of a full-width character at the end of one line and the second half at the beginning of the next line.

    } Now even the MORE command is smart enough for that.

    } However, where the MORE command is supposed to display a line something like

    } -- More (52%) --

    } the MORE command puts

    } -

    } at the end of one line and puts

    } - More (52%) --

    } on the next line.

    } (This is in Japanese Windows 10 x64, not a foreign language version.)

  • Voxera (unregistered) in reply to storeroom counterculture

    When Visual Basic first arrived in 1990 I know there was a guy on the Swedish Microsoft office that made an Windows version of edlin.

    He made sure it was true to the original with one exception, it had no scroll so once you ran out of screen space you had to guess what you where doing ;)

    That would be a good "elite" replacement to edlin I think :D

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