After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the eighteenth letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.
01/11/02 – Project Update at Dell
Dear fellow Soonerites,
Well, last night my new program went into production. That means that people actually started using it today. I thought I would go by the cubicles of those people that use my application just to see how things were going.
It seems that I overlooked a crucial aspect of one of my features. I had put in a feature that turned on a snoring sound when the application sits idle for a few minutes. — That means, if no one uses it for a few minutes. Well. It seems that someone went to use the facilities and while they were gone, their application started snoring.
At first, the person in the next cube over thought it was funny, until the snoring sound made that person tired, and they actually fell asleep. Then their application started snoring, and other people started falling asleep also.
When the first guy came back from the bathroom, — Oh, I mean, “Using the facilities”, the whole area of the building that was using my application was full of the sound of snoring employees. Not only from my application, but from the users as well. (Users are people that use programs, we also call them “Business Partners”).
So, I ran back to my desk and quickly brought up my development tool. (That’s what I use to write programs). I made a few changes to my program and uploaded it to the production server. Then I went back up to the cubicles to see how things were going.
Instead of hearing snoring sounds, there was the sounds of busy employees typing away at their desks, like good productive employees should. — Oh, they were still asleep, but at least now it sounded like they were all working. I changed the snoring sound to the sound of typing keyboards.
Boy. That was a close call. It was a good thing that Michael Dell or someone like that didn’t walk by and find the whole group snoring away. — I guess the next time I put an extra “Perk” in my program I’ll test it out on some business partners before I actually put the thing into production.
Anyway. It all turned out all right, and I was able to get it done a couple of days ahead of schedule.
I just thought I would let you know how things are going down here,
Write to you later.
Kevin J. Breazile
Programmer Analyst II
Dell Computer Corporation