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Cubicle Farming

Published: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 05:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 17:18:49 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2005 Jerry Andrews.

Back in Big Industry

Wed, 10 Aug 2005 17:07:04 GMT

My career has been pretty checkered: I started out as a field engineer working in power plants, then became a "consultant" working at a desk. Then I went to shift-work, still in the power industry. When I realized that engineers don't actually get to build anything new in the power business, I switched to software. After the obligatory sweat-shop job, I became a contract developer -- a hired gun -- and built a lot of interesting things for other people. I joined a dot-com, made a lot of money in about a year, then lost more than I made in the following year. After the bust, I contracted a lot, and wrote a lot of interesting and a lot more uninteresting code.

Now, for the first time since 1994, I'm working for a "big company" again. I have a smallish cubicle in a large cubicle farm, and once again I'm a small cog in a big machine, after being the expensive codeslinger for years and years.Why am I doing this?

Why am I doing this?