Perl Skills Test

David Cantrell david at
Thu Sep 29 13:25:17 BST 2011

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 06:29:26PM +0100, 'lesleyb' wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 05:30:09PM +0100, Paul Tweedy wrote:
> > On 28 September 2011 17:05, David Cantrell <david at> wrote:
> > > On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 04:07:50PM +0100, Paul Tweedy wrote:
> > >> I know three people (all good engineers) who lost their jobs this year
> > >> and are struggling to find work, so I find it hard to complain about
> > >> any sort of adjustment to my salary in the current climate.
> > > I think that amongst my circle of good engineer* friends and
> > > acquaintances, someone has been out of work and having trouble finding
> > > any for *all* of the last ten years, so I am unmoved by their plight.
> > I'll be sure to let them know.
> As someone who has been out of work for far too long I'm with DC on this one.
> You either get work in somehow or re-train.

Right.  I was one of them for a while.  I ended up taking a job which
involved a horrible commute, in not the greatest of working conditions,
and which paid far less than I needed to pay my bills.

Temporarily.  Because it was better than moping on the dole.

I jumped ship at the first opportunity, of course.

David Cantrell | Nth greatest programmer in the world

    It's my experience that neither users nor customers can articulate
    what it is they want, nor can they evaluate it when they see it
        -- Alan Cooper

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