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I Got Fired

This news is a bit, but I've been fired on Monday. I'd not reveal the full details here, but can say that it was because it seems we were incompatible. I found it a bit shocking because I actually liked this job, learned many new things, the pay was good, the people were friendly and often amusing, and they were very professional as far as technical excellence were concerned. I wish them the best of luck.

My main problem (and the reason I got fired) was that they were relatively clueless as far as software management was concerned. In fact, they were not up to date with most of the contemporary advice I was familiar with, (most of which I found very good):

  1. Joel on Software
  2. The Cathedral and the Bazaar and other relevant writings by ESR.
  3. Extreme Programming
  4. Paul Graham
  5. Others

As usual, taking these things with a grain of salt is necessary. All of them together may be contradictory. However, taking some good advice is good because "you should always learn from other people's mistakes - you won't have time to do them all yourself". I gave my boss at the workplace this list, which I'll hope he'll read as much as possible from.

Right now, I'm not looking for another full time job, but rather want to work on a top-secret project, and catch up with my essay ideas and other blogging, as well as, hopefully, do some coding. If you can offer me short-term gigs doing something that hopefully will not take too much time to become good, I'm all ears. If you want to interest me with work for no payment, or for very low pay (like 50 NIS/hour), forget it - my time is far too precious.

I'm feeling a bit relieved and disappointed now at the same time. Hopefully, I'll get over the disappointed and lousy feeling part.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 29th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I guess this explains why you felt the need to spam lkml... not.
Mar. 29th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Not really
Hi Muli!

First of all let me say that I personally dislike using the term "spam" for anything that's not bulk, unsolicited email. Emails of low-quality, jokes, off-topic emails etc. are not spam.

I sent the message in question, because I believe what I'm suggesting there is a good idea. I only sent it to LKML, and it is of high-quality, and not a joke (although may contain some jokes). It is not off-topic, but was a meta, "software management"-related message and was clearly marked as such in the subject.

Anyway, the email was written not because I lost my job, but because I had some time on my hand, and I was hypo-manic and have lots of good ideas all of the sudden (including this one). I should note that I'm still clear-minded enough to know what is a good idea and what isn't, and normally don't regret the things I write and publish then.

I apologise that you felt otherwise. (And no, you don't have to tell me why.)

Sorry again,

Shlomi Fish
Mar. 29th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Do you read all of LKML?
Hi again!

BTW, do you read all of LKML? Or do you read everything I write to all the mailing lists you're subscribed to?

You need to be a clan of gnomes living under Swansea to read everything that is written to LKML. And since it was originally said, the number of gnomes there had to greatly increase.

Cheers, and have fun in April Fools' and Passover!
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Re: Do you read all of LKML?
> BTW, do you read all of LKML?

I scan all of it.
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