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Maxprog will be closed from June 6 to July 10, really?


Every year the Maxprog company closes its doors for a month or so. It is the time for enjoying life a bit, far from the internet and all the technologies alike. Last year we were closed almost during all March. This year it will be from June 6 to July 9 both inclusive, please take note! During that time I will do support as usual BUT I will connect to the internet from time to time, maybe twice a week. You can't really enjoy holidays if you are working as the rest of the year. The ideal would be not connecting at all.

Actually in the last 16 years I have never been able to get really disconnected more than 2 or 3 days, I envy the people that can do that, really, you know, on the beach, reading a book, spending all the time with your family. Well that's not really my case since half of my brain always remain in Maxprog. I am sure you understand what I am talking about. I am in charge of a department, it is my duty and I can't really stop thinking about it.

Each time I go for holidays I have to prepare everything months in advance, usually optimizing things, publishing tutorials and releasing very stable versions of all the software. The idea is to reduce support as much as possible because it may take some time for the customers to get a response. This year is not an exception, Maxprog will even have to release 64-bit versions of all the products since next macOS version will no longer run 32-bit's anymore. We have 3 months to get everything in place before leaving.

When travelling I have to carry a laptop with me and connect as many time as I can looking for a compromise between my holiday time and the company's customers needs. But it may be even more complicated than that depending on where you decide to go. Indeed there are places where very easy things can be much more complex to accomplish, specially connecting to the internet.

Yes, believe me, there are places where it can take sometimes hours to get connected and hours to get your email downloaded. So, you are suposed to be enjoying your holidays BUT you need to spend all your time in front of a computer. This kind of place is not compatible with remote working at all. This is really frustrating. Everybody on the beach but you going from bad to worse. You end stressed and angry. Your family will know. Imagine the rest of the story.

So, since I will be (again) in that situation I will try to make internet connections as rare as possible. I will try to eliminate the need to contact me as posible but if you do during those dates just remember, I am not in my office. You will have to wait, as I do.

Remember, from June 6 to July 9. I will very likely post a reminder before I leave. You can even try to guess where I go, where I used to go once a year...

Have a great week-end.

Stan Busk - Software Engineer
at www.maxprog.com

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