Five year rule

I do get inordinately ornery sometimes when companies do what I consider to be stupid things. I am currently fighting with one gigantic company that seems to pride itself on making changes without letting anyone know they are going to; you go to their site one day and do what you have been doing for years, and then the next day you go to do the same thing, and it is no longer available. I swear the programmers are running around making changes just so they will have job security! But I digress…

It’s times like these when I struggle to step back, take a deep breath, and see that this is, indeed, a first world problem. Yes, I have come to rely on this capability, but no, I am not going to die if I can’t do it anymore. And yes, if I could I would tell that company that they are being idiotic and stupid, and that I will take my business elsewhere. Unfortunately, there is no elsewhere to take my business to.

I think it is important for me to apply the five year rule here – is this going to matter in five years? Am I even going to remember it in five years? I don’t think so. I can’t do anything about it; my choices are to go with it and figure out how to make it work, or to quit the company. I would like to quit the company, and am looking for alternatives, but haven’t found one yet, so it’s time to suck it up and move on.

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