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July 25, 2018

The Code That Stopped An Entire State’s Phone Cards From Working

Job security is mostly an illusion.

Any company can go out of business at any time.

I was just reading this story the other day from this guy named Steve. This was back in the early 90s. He was working on this project that affected the entire state of Utah. And, had a project manager who didn’t know his arse from…

Well, you know.

For example…

They had no systems for testing.

None.

Everything was just rolled live immediately.

Bug fixes were just tested on production servers.

And, his project manager thought it was no big deal.

He talks about this one developer on the team who wrote a single function that went on for screen after screen after screen. Then, the same code was repeated three more times in the application!

These guys even made the news…

When all the phone cards for the entire state of Utah stopped working.

Lol!

The guy begged and pleaded for a testing environment so they could do some kind of testing before their code went live. But nope. They just kept rolling everything straight to production.

Well, as you can imagine.

The company went belly up.

Everybody got laid off.

And, this guy ended up being the one who had to collect everyone’s badges.

Damn!

Poor Steve.

Anyway, goes to my point. Even big companies are notoriously mismanaged. And, that tech job you thought would be your meal ticket for the next 30 years can be gone at any moment.

Or, even worse… the startups run by some tech-brooooo…

Who decides to blow all your seed money on a weekend bender.

Bump that!

That’s why I freelance.

At least, if I fail… it’s on me.

That’s the only kind of “security” I’ll bank on.

Anyway, if you’re like me and wanna get into the freelance game, you can learn everything I know about freelancing inside my Upwork 101 course. And, you can get started with it for nothing on SkillShare at this link: https://skl.sh/2hfGS0s

Or, you know, take your chances with some “just do it live!” project manager.

Whatever floats your boat.

Later,

John

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