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Published on January 20, 2016 By Frogboy In Personal Computing

I’m officially a cranky old man.

Everything. Is. Crap.

Sometimes I just feel so much despair because of the sheer incompetence I see with companies with vastly more resources than I do wallow in.  If, for instance, Microsoft can’t write a freaking search algorithm for the Windows store or some high profile game’s trailer looks like it was put together by marketing interns it tells me that my dream of retiring and throwing money to hire people to do the things in the areas I have 20 years of experience is just a dream.

There’s an interesting book called Outliers. It makes a compelling case that people who are awesome at a given thing (hockey, music, etc.) are that way only partially due to native talent but mostly because they’ve got 10,000 hours of expertise in that area.  At some point, after that level of expertise has been reached, the individual moves on.  They sell their business or change careers or retire. 

So I’m pretty depressed about the whole thing.  I’ve been doing this for 25 years now.  You can collect a lot of 10,000 hours in lots of areas. Some useful (budgeting) some not so useful (OS/2 device drivers). But at some point, everything starts to become frustrating. You don’t want to have to re-explain, for the thousandth time, an algorithm you’ve written dozens of times or the tricks needed to do video editing fast or the right tools to crank out an article quickly or how the proper layout for a website or any other number of things.

I have seen this issue creeping up for years. I just had hoped that I would eventually just throw money at the problem.  What really brought the despair home was seeing the new Star Trek Beyond trailer.  Such total crap. It means even marketing departments with massive resources still can’t grasp their own demographic. There’s no hope.

Anyway, I’m just ranting.  I’m getting old.  I can’t believe it’s happening but it’s true.


Comments (Page 1)
on Jan 20, 2016

I've recently learned that holding on to the "old" way of doing things is not productive. Leaders must set the vision, but embrace the new ways younger folks make it happen. If we make the vision clear enough, and focus on results, we get what we want. If our vision is murky, we don't. When you compare two products and can clearly see one is good and one is not, the difference isn't usually budget, it's leadership. My $0.02.

on Jan 20, 2016

Don't we all?

on Jan 21, 2016

Old? Continue to do what you believe in. "Legacy". The appreciation for what you do well and what you have done in the past will come through sooner or later. And it will find a lot of affirmation and support.

 

Being rare or unique in your own eyes does not mean you are so in the eyes of the larger masses. The human race is on the precipice of a number of decisions and actions. It should not be allowed to forget about those made in the past and their outcomes. Don't deprive the future of your perspective and the application of your experience and expertise. They would be the lesser for it.

on Jan 21, 2016

You're a cranky old man...?

 

......That makes me..........um.......

on Jan 21, 2016


I’m officially a cranky old man.

Bullshit!  You might be cranky, but you're certainly not old.... not by a long shot.  Quite a few of us here have a few years on you, and it's no fun getting/feeling old, so enjoy the 'not-so-old' years while you can.

 

on Jan 21, 2016


You're a cranky old man...?

 

......That makes me..........um.......

An old fart with attitude. 

on Jan 21, 2016

Frogboy, Focus on what brings you joy, follow your heart.  I wish the world was fair - that all people would treat everyone (clients, consumers, etc.) as if they were their neighbors. Alas, it just ain't so.  I experience brief bouts of joy and bliss only when I stop focusing on what everyone else is doing 'wrong.'  In my sixth decade I have finally started to learn this.  Look to what you enjoy - and, for a time, pretend all those not outliers don't exist in your corner of the world. Focus on your bliss. Here ends my old age rant. Now to get rid of the crankies by cranking up Fallout 4 - and cry over this next ending (finishing second playthru following a different path). 

 

on Jan 21, 2016

So...

 

Yeah, that trailer is pretty bad, but I can't imagine it's a worse movie than the last one.  Hell, if they're not on a ship for most of it, maybe that means there isn't a super ship for a bad guy, or maybe a super ship for a bad guy is why they're on a planet punching everything and I'm just being optimistic again...

 

As for being old because everything pisses you off, welcome to the club man, I reached that plateau in high school.

on Jan 21, 2016

You are not old Brad, I am, but you certainly are not. The stupidity of others is not your problem, just run your own company and let everybody else fail if they choose to do so.

on Jan 21, 2016

By changing their brand, Star trek have essentially opened up the positive future, not just guns and war for another franchise. They may do the action flicks okay, I haven't watched the second film they've done because quite honestly there are better franchises for action flicks. 

The good news is, eventually someone will  take up the role of an intelligent sci fi show that isn't just explosions and lightshows, at the moment we have modern day genre shows filling that role, because it certainly isn't star trek anymore, which is unfortunate but I can accept that brands change. I am however awaiting the sci fi show to replace star trek at this point in that role.

on Jan 21, 2016

starkers
An old fart with attitude. 

 

LOL Hey, I resemble that remark!!!

on Jan 21, 2016

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Quoting starkers,
An old fart with attitude.   



 

LOL Hey, I resemble that remark!!!

That's alright, I ASSemble remarks like that just for people like you.

on Jan 21, 2016

My Father, Elmer: "Don't worry Charlie because it's only gonna get worse". Hey he was right and I see no bottom.

on Jan 21, 2016

LightStar

You are not old Brad, I am, but you certainly are not. The stupidity of others is not your problem, just run your own company and let everybody else fail if they choose to do so.

Tom I hope I can grow oil like you. I'm 63 I don't know but I think you have 2 or 3 years on me. Hopefully I can take semi retirement in a year or 2.

The bit of advice you gave is sound. In my own field I see what I consider to be a lessening of competence and an unwillingness to learn from experienced people such as myself. It used to eat at me but not anymore. As you say, it's not my problem.

Brad all you can do is what you have always done. That's more than good enough.

on Jan 21, 2016

I have yet to live into usefulness let alone outlive it so at least you have your several 10,000 hour learnt skills as your  legacy 

Everything. Is. Crap.

In that case you are in a position of privilege. You are a content creator so you can buck the trend and strive for greatness within your field and show how the experienced get the job done  

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