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About Gwaptiva

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  • Location Hamburg
  • Nationality Dutch
  • Hometown Largs
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1969

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  1. getting out of IT, career change

    Thing is, @Philippha , the things @lisa13 describes are not typically German: they are typical for larger organisations, no matter where you are. The claims of "flat hierarchy" and "developer freedom" should be ranked with "the man month" as mythical, at least the moment a company gets more than 50 or so staff, and for that the country is immaterial.   Oh, and @franklan : Sometimes people need to change, or they will be exchanged. We're not talking about changing someone's character here, but about how people perform the tasks they are set. And even in Germany there are people that are interested in using the experience of others to improve their own skills and methods
  2. West Highland Way

    God's own country, for sure (oh, and it's Crianlarich )  And yes, of all things I miss from home, isnae the Scottish midge
  3. getting out of IT, career change

    I understand your frustration, lisa13. It took me good 6 or 7 years in this job until people started trusting my judgement on certain things, and I kept having to remind them that *I* am the one that worked in a large enterprise for a decade, not them -- and I worked there as a business analyst, not as a bookkeeper or motherboard solderer: I think that's just the local equivalent of the NIH syndrome.   And if you fancy working on shrinkwrap enterprise software, in a tiny team with loads of freedom to shape the project using your experience (and no, that's not a Floskel) and fancy moving to Hamburg (ok, big list of IFs, I know), PM me. Oh, and for a pittance  
  4. getting out of IT, career change

    Well, maybe if just to show the world that not everybody earning relative shitloads in IT is unhappy with their jobs: I love my relatively crappily paid programming job, and I intend to annoy my colleagues with my arrogant Klugscheisserei until I'm well into my 80s
  5. Do strippers turn around the pole the other way in the southern hemisphere?
  6. World Cup 2018 goes to Russia

    well, I didn't see that coming...
  7. World Cup 2018 goes to Russia

    Who will be the next one in a Pizza Hut campaign?    
  8. G rated Adult chat

    I though flange was the collective noun for baboons
  9.   And Bear Grylls is a former military man that cannot plan to bring food and drink on hairy expeditions...
  10. Why are you happy today?

    Hello, my name is Gwaptiva, and it has been 1 year, 2 hours and 30 minutes since I smoked my last cigarette
  11. World Cup 2018 goes to Russia

    The Belgians are getting in prime position for the loss on fair play points :D
  12. World Cup 2018 goes to Russia

    There can never be an equivalent of Jimmy Hill!   And there really aren't any Brookings or even Linekers in Germany; yeah, the occasional talking head appearance, but ex-players rarely get to commentate or pundit over here, at least, not in the way you get in the UK
  13. Which football team to support

    Just to note that there's a considerable far-right whiff to Dynamo (even though better now than in the 90s)
  14. Which football team to support

    You cannot pick a football team to support; it picks you. No point in me trying to persuade you there's really only the FC St Pauli that's worth supporting (even though it is); you'll have to discover that for yourself.   Just get over here, follow football on the tv and maybe in person and then see what team draws you in.