awfulhorrid: (Worship the Coffee)
So I'm rewritting an application leftover from the previous consultant. I know I've talked about this before, but this one is really bad.

Bad Programmer, No Coffee! )
awfulhorrid: (Default)
I want to buy a legal copy of MS Office 2003. My home system currently as MS Office 2000 and I need to upgrade it to match some of my client's software so I can work more efficiently from home. I can find various copies on eBay, but most of them have a starting bid of nearly the price of MS Office 2007! (Which I don't want to use since I'm not looking for a downgrade, thank you.)

My main requirements are MS Access and MS Excel, although it would be really nice to have Visio as well. Can anyone help with this?
awfulhorrid: (Default)
Is there something about having an MBA that makes you incapable of following simple instructions like "Include in Final Table? Only Mark 'X' if Yes" This is not my wording and admitedly not what I would have used, but the Excel worksheet should have a simple boolean value in that column of data: either an X or a null value. So why do I find question marks, random 'No' entries (not for every record, of course), "No Name?", and in a few records on one worksheet, what seems to be sentence fragments.

Now I get to clean up the data and make random determinations as to if these records should actually be included in the final import or not. Whee ...
awfulhorrid: (Gotthold)
I am working on a project to convert the prior programmer's horrible Excel "database" spaghetti code application into something that can actually be updated and maintained. Of course the end users, being accountants, want both the results and the interface to remain in an Excel workbook. Yeah, yeah, I can do that ...

Warning: Geeky programming stuff ahead!

Enter the Stupidity For A New Age ... )

... and then I shot 'em.
awfulhorrid: (Cat Furniture)
I haven't posted an update in a while. Like most people my recent life can be summed up in a short sentence: things have been happening recently; some good, some bad. The bad things are mostly health related and I will not bore anyone here in my general post with the details, suffice to say that the problems will either get better or eventually they will no longer be a problem.

So, then there's the good news ... apparently the way for me to get really good solid IT job offers was to quit my previous job at Envirotest and accept a part-time consulting gig covering Milwaukee area clients for a firm from Madison. I had my first client visit on Monday, things went well and I was happy and looking forward to more nice, easy visits just like that one ... so of course I got a full time offer on Tuesday.

At first I was reluctant -- I haven' t worked full time in a long time and the part-time gig certainly paid well enough for me to afford to be somewhat lazy ... but the full time gig not only paid somewhat better, but it's very firmly back in my field of database development. (Data migration, parsing, and reporting to be specific.) I resisted the first time, but when they called back again a few hours later, I told them I'd think about it and by Wednesday, I let them know I was interested and would accept the job.

So naturally I got three more leads and/or follow-ups from other jobs after that. Where were all these offers several weeks ago? Sheesh.

Anyway, I'm going to be busy during the week for about two months, then it cuts back to 4 days a week so I can be a little lazy again. It's projected to go past the end of the year, which in the language of most contract positions means probably at least a year or so. The only downside? I'll have to wear a tie again, but considering I've been dressing in a uniform for work for the last two years and I'll be making ... er ... about 4 times as much per hour ... I think I can tolerate that.

Of course after checking my wardrobe, it looks like I need to go do a little shopping ...

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