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This Feeble Technology Garbage

Posted by Peet Brits on November 26, 2010

I would like to dedicate this post to a man who, since 1993, spend his time fighting the good fight of defending IT technology standards, and then took the year of 2009 off to play World of Warcraft.

That’s right.

World of Warcraft.

For a year.

He said he had no regrets putting that much time into fun, but he regretted how much time he wasted studying technology that will be obsolete in the next blink of an eye. I must say that I am right there with him on investing lots of time learning technologies that you end up never using again. Even if it does not go obsolete, you either get a new job or your job giver wants you to work on something else.

Do not misunderstand me here. I love learning, but learning without doing just gets me down. “Doing is greater than learning, yet knowledge must precede action.”

I already abandoned the idea of my ideal programming job a long time ago. It often feels that software development is in the hunter-gatherer stage, and those developers who impresses the most are those who swing their clubs and spears as wildly as possible. In the process things do happen, not because they are good, but because they strike so many times. And who cares about the mess they leave behind, as long as the deadline is met. In the first link above, David referred to this as “good self-marketing and political back rubbing.”

Maybe I am just bored. No, drained. And fed up. Is it not about time that I take a sabbatical?


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