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June 15, 2006 Leave a comment

It’s time again for my bimonthly entry.  I have a job at Lancaster Labs, for those who didn’t know.  Not huge money, but way more than I’ve ever made before.  To give you an idea of how much, my last paycheck was over $1000.  I also get good health, vision, and dental benefits, company-matched 401(k), and 9 paid holidays per year.  That’s right – I can sit around all day on July 4th and make almost $150.

The only bad part is that the computer apps department seems to be stuck in the past.  The bulk of their programming is done with VB6.  That’s right, Visual Basic 6.0, released in the good ole 1998.  That’s eight years ago if you’re keeping track.  It can be very frustrating and annoying when you happen upon some quirk that was solved 7 years ago but still plagues VB6.  Like the inability to use the scroll wheel.  Luckily someone wrote an extension that supports it, but still – how long ago did mice not have wheels?

Anyways, they’re currently testing out Visual Studio 2005, so perhaps the wonders of .NET aren’t so far away.  Of course, the VB language is pretty much 99% different now, but supposedly there is an upgrade wizard that does a pretty good job of converting VB6 code.  VB6, VB.NET, VB.NET 2003, VB.NET 2005 -> four versions behind!

In the end, I can’t complain much.  The money is good and the environment is very relaxed.  It’s casual Friday every day! 🙂

edit: I totally forgot to mention how they’re still using Office 97!  Can you believe it?  97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007.  They’re five versions behind!

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