So the purchasers of the software you write should obviously be writing
their own as they're paying for the business license of of your employer
as well as the secretary and your benefit and fringe package and the
machine and tools you're using to develop with.
Right! <NOW> I get it...
That's not the same. They are paying for a product and they are have to
pay for R&D. That goes for anything you buy off the shelf whether it is
software, a toilet valve, or an A/C. I am not complaining about the
price of building supplies, now.
I have done contract work where I had to go to the customer's site to
write software. But even then, we negotiated on a rate (time and
materials) and that's all I charged for. Granted my rate was very high
but they knew that going into the deal. So, I expect the same when some
workers come to my house to do work. I don't see the justice in paying
mexican's $150/hr to paint my house, which is about what it works out to
when you do the math.
You're paying for a product--that product is somebody's time and
expertise and their investment in their equivalent overhead costs--in
the trades that's tools, transportation, training, etc., etc., ...
Well, you go paint some houses for a living and see what you end up
charging as a working wage... :)
Well I give up. It is obvious to me that the reason that contractors
charge outrageous rates and do shoddy work is because the majority of
homeowners don't know the difference in shoddy work and good work. I'm
sure I piss the hell out of the contractors that work for me when they
don't do a good job. For instance, when the guy installing my $1800
frameless shower finished up the job and there was a chipped piece of
glass, smeared caulking, and scatches on my brand new marble shower
enclosure you are darn right I told him to get back and fix it and I
told him that I didn't appreciate him leaving a job that way. If it had
been done right the first time I would have been happy. Even still,
after 2 months of dealing with the shower guy, it still looks pretty
sloppy. I'll end up taking the glass down sometime down the road and
reinstalling and recaulking the mess. $1800 for 3 pieces of glass and
it took 2 months and 3 call backs just to get it satisfactory. That's
what I am talking about. And that's why I do anything I can do on my
own. You don't like my view? Well, then you are probably a sucker so I
I think he's saying he doesn't change oil and filter because he won't
pay the exorbitant overheads involved in the manufacturing and
distribution of the products that he could just as well make for
No, that's not it. You forget who you're talking about. This is Mr.
Can-Do!, the perfectionist. He refines his own oil because if anyone
is gouging, it's the oil companies. The filter housings come from his
foray into smelting a while back, so he was already geared up for
production. The filtering medium was obviously left over from his
paper-making endeavours (paper grows on trees! Why should he pay
anything at all for it?).
Since no one here will tell you, I figured I should. Yes there is a
secret password to get proper service from plumbers, and other service
people too. For a small fee, I will share mine with you. LOL
Bryan "The Monk" Chaisone
Actually I change my own oil because I know that those guys don't grease
the ball joints or check any other suspension type stuff. They are too
busy undoing your airfilter so that they can get you to buy another one.
I change my oil every 3 months and check out the bottom of my car.
Costs a lot less than the jiffy lube and a lot more care goes into it.
My Jeep has over 300000 miles on it and purrs like a kitten and has
never needed any major service. Just a clutch, and I replaced that
myself in an afternoon and save $800.
Who needs good gas mileage when you can save the money by doing your own
When automakers get with the program and finally make efficient cars I
will. Until there, they are wasting my time. There is no reason that
there shouldn't be several cars on the markey with >60mpg. Honda had
the CRX HF back in 86 or so that was getting over 40mpg easily which is
about as much or more than some of these Hybrids, today. And it didn't
even use a battery. If you have noticed, the HP in todays cars is MUCH
more than it was 20 yrs ago.
Most small cars today have well over 100hp. Did you know that the Honda
CRX which would go over 100mph only had around 70HP? Did you know that
the VW Beetle (original) only had 38HP-60HP depending on model? The HP
is today's cars is a waste... automakers could easily trade some of that
HP for more efficient lesser HP cars.
The consumer seems to go in cycles, often based on the price/availability of
gas. Right now, the advertising is geared towards power (that will never be
used) and that is what people are buying. Look at the Chrysler ads and how
they tout the hemi engine. They are selling cars. Same with the SUV craze.
No matter how hard you try, 99% of the buyers of big cars and trucks just
cannot justify having the Super8DeluxeExtendedBedandCab4x4 to commute to
work or pick up a loaf of bread.
The Element and Scion though, seem to be selling, ugly as they are. What I
want in a car is enough room to get in and out easily, all the goodies like
power everything, rain sensing wipers, ability to cruise at 70 mph, enough
acceleration to get safely on the highway (not 0-60 in 4 seconds). Much as
I like the sexy sport cars, it is not what I want to drive day in and day
out. There are many cars that fit that category, but still get less than 30
mpg. They can get more and still give good performance.
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