One of the things that really irks me… and I don’t know why is the “I told you so” factor. It happens all the time and it really REALLY gets to me.
For example, I was talking to my grandmother, and I explained that she would have to pay X in taxes about a week ago. Today, after she talks to her accountant, she goes… “hey, I have to pay X in taxes”
Here is another example, at work, I will say, “be careful with X, or try this”. Usually, after about a month or longer, I will here them repeat… “hey, I really got burned with X, maybe I should try Y”
Or my buddy Jim will go, “Hey, this .Net thing is great!”, this is after I told him that this stuff was great… much better than C++ for general programming … … like 4 YEARS AGO :-). (He was right, however, that nobody had the .NET runtime. Still his attitude of C# stuff was more of “I don’t know about that stuff, I’m happy here in C++ land”.)
Or my other buddy Jack will recently go, “Hey, this Java stuff is crap.”, this was after I esxplained to him that the J2EE stuff was crap like 6 years ago. He used to talk about N-Tier and anti-patterns, etc. Eventually he turned it around and even took the risky move of going into Ruby.
Side note, I will bet anybody right now that 9 out of 10 people out there who think they understand what it takes to run a big internet service are more wrong than right. In my experience, most internet service people really don’t understand the real patterns about scalability, be it programming, quality, or handling users.
This stuff burns me. It makes me feel as though I’m not even here. I really like giving people the shortcut. I REALLY love to hear the, “damn, dru told me to try Y and guess what, it really fricken worked”. I think I’m some kind of ‘maven’ according to the book, the Tipping Point.
I think this is how my father felt as he watched me grow up. Only now at the ripe old age of 35 do I have some new stuff to offer back to him.
I’ve got to figure this out. I think that when I talk, people just tune me out or something (even in email)… or even this blog hello! Are you even reading this !?!