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Tuesday thoughts - The "things are changing and getting clearer" edition

 I think my leadership at my job finally understand that if I have work, even "busy work" or work that doesn't directly get money in the door right off, I'm happier because I can see my work matters and I can see accomplishment. My boss came up with an idea to help all the new Account Executives (read: sales people) learn enough about our product to give them "tech cred". My manager had a more elegant phrase, but it eludes me. I dove right into this with gusto. Taking my knowledge of how to create basic scans and logic flows (playbooks in my software's parlance) and turn them into clickable demos for AEs to deliver in <5 minutes. Winner winner, as this takes work off the SEs plates and frees us up for helping with bigger issues and feature requests. After spending most of 28 hours trying to figure out why Adobe Captivate would not record all my steps, I realized that it must be using some really old codebase. Changed one of my monitors to my "mai

Let's get caught up on work life, shall we?

 It's been a rough year so far. Out of everyone in my family unit, I think I'm the one that is the most shaken and rocked. I was working for Broadcom, a company that has a real habit of making sure their employees know they are numbers, and use their stock as a way to indenture their employees. I was at the point between the old Symantec and Broadcom that I went 4 years without getting a raise of any kind. When we got into an All Hands Meeting with the entire software part of the company and were being told that there would be no raises again, I snapped inside. I knew that they would be keeping the cash to help prop up the profits for the software side (that's part of the bonus structure), but I knew that my group was bleeding customers due to bad management decisions, so I wouldn't get a bonus. After over 40 years of life, I finally figured out that sales engineering is the right mix of what I like: selling, technical achievement, and bridging the gap between hardcore