I had a friend with whom I could talk at length via Skype. She happened to mention her love for handwritten letters and I decided to write her one. Just one problem – I didn’t know her mailing address.
The letter was meant to be a surprise so I couldn’t ask for it, either. After a day of thinking, I came up with this: what if I left it for fate to decide?
I’d write eight different letters and address them to her first name. I’d then give the letters to strangers with instructions to pass it on until the letter arrived to one named ‘Katriin’. I’d have 8/315 chance for the letter to arrive to the right person (I queried the national database, there are 315 girls with that first name in the country). Read On…
I write this from home, between my sheets, still in control of my environment and decisions. This will change in less than 36 hours when I start my eleven months of service in the military, a duty enforced to
all the majority of Estonian men.
Also, this blog will have little to do with software development for the next 11 months.
I’ve accepted the simple truth: I will be giving a year of my life, a year of my youth, to my country to use as they see fit. I understand the necessity, but this doesn’t mean I’m especially thrilled and joyfully patriotic. Why? I think the place I’m heading to is the worst place to put me right now. I’m emotionally volatile, lonely and miserable, have been for quite a while. The last half a year hasn’t been easy, either. I’ve lost two very close people, the second one today, of all possible timings. This hurt, a lot. I’m not depressed, not yet, and have enough sense of duty to not try to get out of what’s to come just to get on with… whatever the hell it is my non-professional life has become.Read On…
I am not a fan of one-time projects that “get done” at some point, most often a few months after the project contract is signed.
Here’s your software and thank you for doing business with us. Goodbye.
Granted, such is the demand of many companies who think they do not have the resources or need for a longer commitment, but the fact remains: software, be it your “simple” homepage or business-critical internal application, is not a one-off expense, it’s a continuous investment.
Businesses who demand small, one-time budgets, get what they pay for… and although the result might satisfy the initial requirements, it lacks this little something that really drives the developers and makes the users smile. As time passes, the project is quietly shuffled under the carpet. Here’s why.Read On…