Programmer no more

November 6, 2005

For ridiculous legal reasons unique to the great state of California, I am no longer allowed to be a programmer. I can’t use any variation of the term as my job title, I can’t sign my tax returns with that job category, and I can’t spend more than 50% of my time writing code. I am now officially “an executive”.

I’m sure a lot of people would just laugh this off, but I am law-abiding to an almost neurotic degree (modulo freeway driving) and therefore bad rules make me crazy. So now I am going to do my best to comply with the advice of my extremely well-meant lawyers, bitching and moaning all the way, as they take away the only job title that ever meant a damn to me.

8 Responses to “Programmer no more”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. Michael Hannemann Says:

    How … what … what happened? “[…] can’t spend more than 50% of my time writing code” because you’re in management? That seems absurd.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    What law are you referencing? This is hard to buy…

  4. Josh Elman Says:

    So does this mean you can only spend 12 hours a day coding?

  5. bubba Says:

    Yet another sign another dotcom bubble is starting.

  6. Lol at Jeremy…I assume this has to do with the definition of an exempt employee?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    It’s probably the same reason that as an end user computer technician I am an hourly employee with some salary employee benefits.

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