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Eat the State: Exodus of the Geeks

Sep 13, 2003, 04:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zbignew Zingh)

"A long time ago, during the last epoch of the New Economy, all the computer Geeks worked for large Multinational Corporations. They toiled in their tiny cubicles programming and debugging rude and crude software products demanded by other companies which, in turn, sold them at highly inflated prices to the unsophisticated public, to schools and to the government.

"The Geeks worked 60 to 70 hours a week without vacations or weekends off. There was little light and ventilation in their cubicles. They never went outside. They were forbidden beer and pizza. Their only entertainment was an occasional game of Sims or Myst. Their email traffic was monitored. They were denied the profits of their intellect. Despite these conditions, they could not leave their cubicles because each of the Geeks had signed a Non-Competition and Non Disclosure Agreement. They could not work elsewhere.

"Over time, a very special programmer arose among the Geeks. She was a gifted programmer who could code circles around everyone else. She could debug better than anyone else. She understood operating systems and compilers, higher level languages and machine level languages. She could solve computer hardware and software problems that no one else could solve. She knew C and C++ and Bb. Her programs were clean and elegant and OO so object-oriented. Among the Geeks, she became known as The Guru..."

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