Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Fr1st ps0t

I miss having my own company. I'd be rich were it not for one bad decision to fold the company , move to Germany and save a marriage that I didn't know was beyond hope. In doing this I'd applied for a job with a large company doing what turned out to be technical support. At least it's third-line and not a call center job.

The wife left, I stayed. Having no money, many contractual obligations including a 5-year apartment lease, and watching the tech bubble collapse in 2001 I was left with few options but to stay on-board at a company that pays rather well.

I figured on three years; it's been five and a half and counting.

How much longer will I stay in this soul-sucking environment? It's hard to say. We're being taken over by an even bigger company and things aren't looking so bad. Although our structure will remain in place for some time, the new company is quite supportive of working from home, and unlike the present company, doesn't go for the wink-wink, nudge-nudge, yes-it's-illegal-in-Germany-but-we-expect-a-good-60-hours-each-week-from-you nonsense.

I know dick about our applications.

I have continually expressed my joy over the shittiness of Windows. If it was a good OS I'd have to get a real job or at least learn our application. Instead I deal with a lot of Windows nuts and bolts as well as third-party applications. Though I can't do a thing with our application itself, I can get it to run (again) on Windows.

I know networking and can sort communications problems (like detecting stupid subnetting mistakes). I'm also the God of Internationalisation (I18N) 'round these here parts. I love Unicode though I hate the mess that people manage to make of their systems when they implement it incorrectly. Best of all, I can handle three times the number of service tickets as my colleagues because of the areas in which I work, and I can do that in half as much time, leaving me much freedom for surfing, writing, playing games, editing photographs, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

I do miss being a BOFH but the chances of moving to that at $BigCorp are slim to none. I will try and get the hell out of being a tech monkey and into $BigCorp's I18N department. It's a lot more interesting field and there are few time limits. Meanwhile, I'll sort customer problems and in doing so, the my-head-shaped dent in front of the keyboard will continue to grow.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dana R. pulled out a crayon and scribbled:

I am also oh-too-familiar with the collapse of the IT industry in Germany in 2001.

We came here in 2000 just in time for me to get a job in IT and then lose it. Over time I have somewhat managed to get out of the soul-sucking environment that you are talking about. Well, almost..I am still in telecommunications. But getting ready to get out of that. Making a big career change means accepting being a bit poor for a while, but it's worth it.

16 March, 2006 15:55  
Blogger skydog pulled out a crayon and scribbled:

Yo Moth, what up? Come on over to Churmany and we can play guitar on the drop zone. We got a pretty good one about 30 minutes from here in Essen, w/Cessna Caravan. You GOT to have an automatic opener here. The dutch were a little cooler about that (I don't have one) but their DZ was so far away that I quit driving there. I have a Les Paul Standard, b/w Strat, and a National Style 'O'. Can even play them somewhat. Drop me a dime if you feel like it, my girlfriend and I are looking for new contacts for travel purposes. Ciao. I work at Henkel GmbH - strictly help desk :o b

09 May, 2006 10:12  

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