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Dealers and Developers


This has been around a while. Things haven't changed much.


Drug dealers Software developers
Refer to their clients as "users". Refer to their clients as "users".
"The first one's free!" "Download a free trial version..."
Have important South-East Asian connections (to help move the stuff). Have important South-East Asian connections (to help debug the code).
Strange jargon:
"Stick"
"Rock"
"Wrap"
"E"
"Stash"
"Drive by"
"Hit (LSD)"
"Source"
"The Pigs"
Strange jargon:
"SCSI"
"RTFM"
"Packet"
"C"
"Cache"
"CTRL ALT DEL"
"Hit (WWW)"
"Source-code"
"Microsoft"
Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market. Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market.
Your clients really like your stuff when it works. When it doesn't work they want to kill you. Your clients really like your stuff when it works. When it doesn't work they want to kill you.
Job is assisted by the industry producing newer, more potent product. Job is assisted by the industry producing newer, more potent products.
Often seen in the company of pimps, hustlers and lowlives Often seen in the company of marketing people, venture capitalists and fund managers.
When things go wrong, a "fix" is just a phone call away but may be expensive When things go wrong, a "fix" is just a phone call away but may be expensive
A lot of successful people getting rich in this industry while still teenagers A lot of successful people getting rich in this industry while still teenagers
Their product causes unhealthy addictions. DOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem 3D. 'Nuff said.
Do your job well, and you can sleep with sexy movie stars who depend on you. Damn! Damn! DAMN!!!


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