Life comes back at you...



  • A short time ago, I told you all about The NoiseMaker. I left that position the next day. I'm now at my new position when my boss invites me to a meeting to evaluate some (unnamed) vendor (being brought in by another department) proposing to solve all of our problems. When I walk into the room, who is sitting there, but the manager responsible for the NoiseMaker. When he sees me walk in, he smiles and thinks he's got an ally.

    They make their presentation and then it's time for Q&A.

    I lob a softball with "How does your system provide alerts to support personnel?", figuring that they had a much more robust solution for something they'd sell to a customer. He immediately goes into a proud song and dance about how they have this great audible warning system. I coughed and spat coffee across the conference table. It went downhill from there.

    We will not be purchasing their product.

    Sometimes, life is funny...

     



  • This is pretty funny, but your other story is awesome on every imaginable level.

    Especially the cleverness with "Don't Fear the Reaper"



  • No cowbell for you, baby!



  • That's awesome.

    I worked under a contractor at a gov't agency, and we had hired a guy to work on some web apps.  He was always going on and on about how awesome .NET was and how it had all of this stuff "out of the box" and you just "drag and drop" your way to an app.  Well that's all he knew how to do.  He would ask the most basic questions relating to HTML and web apps (how to make a link, how to make a form input) when we started going outside of "the box."

    It was so bad that he got canned a few weeks later.  Then a few weeks after that my boss walked into a meeting with people from a rival contractor and saw, who else, the same guy we fired.  The other contractor was a breeding ground for WTFs.  He actually did well there.



  • @djork said:

    He was always going on and on about how awesome .NET was and how it had all of this stuff "out of the box" and you just "drag and drop" your way to an app.

    Sounds awfully familiar....



  • @iwpg said:

    @djork said:

    He was always going on and on about how awesome .NET was and how it had all of this stuff "out of the box" and you just "drag and drop" your way to an app.

    Sounds awfully familiar....

    ....Wow.  I'm sorry I missed that thread.
     



  • no way...



  • @djork said:

    It was so bad that he got canned a few weeks later.  Then a few weeks after that my boss walked into a meeting with people from a rival contractor and saw, who else, the same guy we fired.  The other contractor was a breeding ground for WTFs.  He actually did well there.



    If you worked for a contractor and were asked to go along to meet a potential client, don't you think you'd want to point out to them that that client had already fired you? If I were the contractor, I'd be a little annoyed with the employee that he never thought to mention it.



  • @SuperousOxide said:

    If you worked for a contractor and were asked to go along to meet a potential client, don't you think you'd want to point out to them that that client had already fired you? If I were the contractor, I'd be a little annoyed with the employee that he never thought to mention it.

     I wasn't fired, but I was offered a job at a PI company while I was working at a web development company.  I didn't know much about the PI job until after I expressed an interest in it (a friend of mine did the "I know a place that's looking for someone with your qualifications in investigations, are you interested?")  I *then* found out that the PI place had hired the web development guy to work on a site for them.

    When i went into the interview with the PI company, I rather discreetly mentioned that I worked for X company that was working on their website and could they *please* not mention it to the guy until I found a way to broach it with him?  They were pretty cool with that. 

     Not on the same calibre as the above story, but it was definitely an "uh oh!" moment for me... I didn't know if the web company would get butthurt that I was looking at other options and getting ready to leave (in the middle of some major projects) and given the connection between the two businesses, wasn't sure about the potential reprecussions.  Fortunately, my boss at the web place was pretty cool and understanding, and I stayed on a bit longer to help out with the projects we had going.

     -- Seejay



  • Speaking of Uh-Oh moments: I was once sent to work an a client's site for a couple weeks, only to find out that I knew that client pretty well. Or rather, I knew his wife better than him, for I had had an affair with the lady a few months before. Once she walked through the premises and winked at me when she saw me and absolutely wanted to invite me to dinner at her house. It was pretty awkward, to say the least. Luckily, she had kept quiet about "it" towards her husband, as it seems, so I got away with it.



  • @TheRider said:

    Speaking of Uh-Oh moments: I was once sent to work an a client's site for a couple weeks, only to find out that I knew that client pretty well. Or rather, I knew his wife better than him, for I had had an affair with the lady a few months before. Once she walked through the premises and winked at me when she saw me and absolutely wanted to invite me to dinner at her house. It was pretty awkward, to say the least. Luckily, she had kept quiet about "it" towards her husband, as it seems, so I got away with it.

     

    Wow. So you had your cake and ate her too?


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