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A few of my friends are I.T. consultants. I know several other conultants from one meet or another. So I know how you guys (and gals) have been suffering. Some of you have tried to move back to permanent positions with varying degrees of success, some of you have taken contract work at half (if you were lucky) or a quarter of what you were getting previously. And some of you have just stuck it out, not getting any real work for a year or more, living as best you could while trying not to eat into your savings too badly. One of my best friends has recently even lost his "permanent" position, two months before he was due to be married, with everything booked and a new mortgage having just bought the marital home. He's had no luck getting back into a job yet.
Well, here's some good news. It looks like things have bottomed out. They may even be beginning to pick up. Here's even an upbeat report for those of you looking for work. I wouldn't say that boom time is back, far from it. If you can't cope with years more of very slow growth in I.T., then don't stick around, find something that pays for you. But if you are a career I.T. person, and things haven't ever looked as bleak for you as they do now, then I think the worst may just be over. And when the sun is shining and the weather is great, go out and spend some time in a park thinking about us stuck in our over-air-conditioned offices, looking out the window and wishing we could be in a park. It won't put bread in your mouth, but maybe it'll make you feel a bit better. Here's wishing you all good fortune in your life, your health and your career.
Having previously pointed you towards that wonderful work of art which is Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 276304: "Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords" ( see Javva The Hutt January 29th, 2003), I couldn't resist pointing to this delightful and carefully crafted piece of software development from Microsoft. Like the author of that article you probably also think this is a bug. But with my heightened sense of artistic appreciation I can see that in fact it is an expression of poignant irony delivered from a master software creator who rivals Leonardo Da Vinci in his brilliance. Ah master, in time the rest of the world will appreciate your magnificent gifts. In the meantime, take comfort knowing that some of us have the perception to see your inspired artistry.
April 9. Brainshrii is aboard. I've been busy delegating responsibility. I read somewhere that top commanders of business are always in meetings, so I'm trying to put the day to day work in the capable hands of Brainshrii and Boris. Then I can spend all my time meeting. Ugh. Maybe that's not such a good idea.
April 16. Listening to Brainshrii and Boris have a conversation has become the highlight of my day. This has got to be the most entertaining duo I know of. Unfortunately, they seem to be acclimatising each other to their accents, so the entertainment probably won't last. What's it like? Do you remember the Muppets Swedish chef? Is there a regional accent in your country that requires ten minutes of speech before you can begin to understand it? Well square that, and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about. I found that I'm fairly comfortable talking with either one of them, but I'm having meetings of the three of us in email at the moment.
April 23. Ah, the human being is incredibly adaptable. What was highly amusing last week is non-existent this. Looking back over my diary, I almost don't know what I was talking about, so accustomed have I become to the combined Boris and Brainshrii talk. Weevil, on the other hand, is still having problems with Brainshrii's accent. Which is why I have made him the liaison for Project Xenon. Brainshrii understands everything Weevil says. The rest is just bonus.
April 30. Well, it seems that Weevil agreed to go on a sponsored ten kilometer run for charity. I must say, that was very kind of him. When I first suggested Brainshrii ask him, I wouldn't have expected him to accept, given how out of condition he is. But I heard his agreement and emailed him congratulating him on his excellent charitable spirit. Of course I offered the first sponsorship amount, and cc'd the entire department so that they all knew what an excellent chap he is.
Javva The Hutt.
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