336 Days Left : The Next Sign Of The Apocalypse : Microsoft Adds Achievements For Coding Into Visual Studio

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 336 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on… Read More

Why Information Technology Director Is The Most Hated Job In America (An Anecdotal Account)

CNBC ran a story on Friday about the 10 Most Hated Jobs In America.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that job I left in corporate America after 15 years was represented generously on the list.  In fact,… Read More

Management Sucks 001: No, It's Not "Just Business"

While working as a developer and then later as a manager for  “The Monolith” for 15 years, I learned a lot about how old-style corporations feel about their regular employees.    This new series, Management sucks, explores some… Read More

More Algorithms For Modern Managers

I’ve been looking for these for a very long time, and I finally found them. We came up with these many years ago, and I think they still hold-true today.  The following are 21st Century “algorithms” that modern… Read More

Algorithms For Modern Managers: Calculating Christmas Bonus

Here is the first in a series of “Managment Sucks” “algorithms for modern managers” (written in ActionScript!) private function getManagerChristmasBonus(mgr:Manager, employees:Array) : Number { var managerBonus:Number = 5000; for (var i=0; i< employees.length; i++) { switch (employee[i].status) {… Read More

Management Sucks Finally Finds A Suitable Game!!

Finally, a game about work. I’ve been looking for a good Flash game to launch the Management Sucks game repository for some time. Idea Killer from Othmar Wicke (http://www.otwic.com/) is just the type of game I have been… Read More

Bob Cringely Discovers The Major Flaw Of I.T. In the 21st Century

I like Bob Cringely, but in recent years he has rarely written about anything that I can relate to.  However, his new series of I.T. related columns has really hit the mark  This week’s column has, probably, the… Read More

Something Missing In Wisconsin (Update)

OK, so I actually found a place that has “Health Guards” (Protectos, ass gaskets) in Wisconsin.  However, I’m pretty sure they are new to the region. There was a was a sign above the toilet that read. “Please keep our… Read More

Something Missing In Wisconsin

I’m out of town this week in Wisconsin at a web conferenceand I’ve noticied one glaring omission from every rest room I’ve visited:  Protectos. Yes.  There are no Ass Gaskets in Wisconsin.  I suppose everyone is so healthy… Read More

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