It’s 6:13PM on a blustery Friday evening in Redmond. The lights have been flickering
all day. My building is practically deserted. A couple of developers in the next
hall over debate when Halo 2 will ship. The walls are thin. I have an opinion
but refuse to take sides.
At 6:41PM I snap, pound the wall once with my fist, note the silence, and
say, loudly and undiplomatically, “It’ll ship when Halo freezes over, you fools!”
The voices do not return. I resolve an open bug “won’t fix” with a single
click, rise from my desk and walk down the hall to get a cup of coffee. I hear
an elevator door close in the distance. Silence. I return to my desk to do one last
thing: run a query for documentation bugs that have been assigned to me since Wednesday.
Bug VSW1000392730 appears. “That’s funny,” I remark.
Issue type: Doc Bug
Opened on: 7/19/2002
Hmmm, assigned to product support, MSDN (zzzzzzz), VSS feature team… I skip to Issue:
VSS’s Share function does not permit a comment. I jump to Description: help
topic for vss share command (command line) includes reference to a -C switch.
‘No it doesn’t,’ I think indignantly. I fire up a command shell and type, “ss
share ?”, perform a ctrl+f in the help topic for “-c”, and come up empty. Nada.
At 6:44PM, feeling quite satisfied with myself, I select Issue Resolution: Not
Repro and give the bug a quick once over for any related bugs or gotchas–there’s
always a gotcha.
That’s when I see it, like a diamond half-submerged in sand on a beach:
Opened by: Michael Bolton (customer)
Michael Bolton! Like the developer in Office Space, Michael Bolton? I
must be dreaming. But I’m not dreaming. I’m resolving a bug that was opened
by Michael Bolton, a developer named Michael Bolton.
It’s Friday, it’s 7:13PM, it’s dark, the wind is blowing, my cats are still outside,
my test machine futilely scratches for RAM, and you know what, that’s it. I’ve
got my whole life ahead of me.
I think I’ll sleep in tomorrow. In fact, I think I’ll sleep until noon.
No, I’ll sleep until 1:00PM or whenever I wake up and then… then I’ll have French
toast. And if I feel like it, I just might go fishing or read a book that
has nothing to do with programming, or take a nap, or something. If you don’t
hear from me for a few days, don’t worry. I love my job and I love my life.
I’ll be back. I’m just in an Office Space state of mind. Thanks Michael.
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