Thursday, May 03, 2007

IT a series of stops and starts

Is it just me, or does anyone else in the industry feel that working in the IT industry is a series of stops and starts. What I mean by this is that often when i start on something that I think is going to (or at least should be) faily straight forward, quite often, very early on in the peice I come across a problem that consumes way more time than I'd expected. For example, today, I was asked to fix a bug that was occuring on a project that I was involved with no less than a few weeks ago. I know the codebase had changed significantly, as a merge with the main branch had been done. What I didn't expect was that I'd spend the first 3 and a half hours tryng to get my machine to a point where I could compile and then run the project. Now part of the problem was my grappling with the back up and restore features of SQL Server, and one could argue that I potentially should understand that better (and now do), but the rest of the time was grappling with issues that we have been having with bugs inTFS that cause issues when trying to Get the latest versin of all files in large projects. Then there are aother times like right now where I am trying to do a few things on my PC, and even though I have a fairly new DELL D820 laptop with 2GB of RAM, and 4GB of ready boost, the hard drive is churning continuously (not sure why), and it takes up to 10 seconds to switch between tasks. This may have something to do with the fact that about 20 minutes ago I had to actually reset my computer after it crashed while trying to use Explorer. I am fast approaching "a sad realisation" that although windows Vista may be more secure, it is not in any way speedy, or stable. I really think Microsoft rushed it out the door, and that the end user is paying the price. It's times like these when I start to think about work in other sectors, hmmmm.... maybe I'll start up a Tango dance studio.