James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door: Click here to go to my Home Page. purient programmers, qwerty
.
The Online Hacker Jargon File - - - Fisheye distorted photo of a worker's hands at the keyboard - - - Original photo copyright Ed Hidden - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com
Prurient Programmers

The following snippet is excerpted from an article entitled "Digits: Gambits and Gadgets In the World of Technology" which appeared in The Wall Street Journal, 22.Apr.1999.


PRURIeNT PROGRAMMeRS: Bonnie Halper, a recruiter for New York's hypercompetitive Internet industry, knew she would have to go to outrageous lengths to snare top software talent. She didn't, however, think that would include hanging out in strip bars.

"When these guys are all together, for some reason they end up at topless joints," Ms. Halper says. "They talk about computer networking and work, but their eyes are focused on the women." Ms. Halper was most recently dragged to New York Dolls, a city institution, and has begged off other excursions to places such as Flashdancers. "I give out a lot of cards," when visiting the clubs, she says.

A 29-year-old programmer who spoke on condition of anonymity explains the fascination with strip bars in his male-dominated profession: "There's a lot of stress and a lot of weird hours involved with being a programmer," he says. "Going to a strip joint is an easy way to see a couple of women you would never have time to meet. It also doesn't matter that you don't have social skills."

Copyright © 1999 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.


An Update in 2002

Given the state of the economy in 2002, this is probably much less useful.

First, it is much easier to find talent.

Second, programmers have less money to be . . . ah . . . giving away.


The Wall Street Journal  (22.Apr.1999) , "Digits: Gambits and Gadgets In the World of Technology":   The full article from which this snippet is extracted.   (interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB924727893147255917.djm)  


Feel free to link to this page. Please see my linking tips. If you reference or circulate this material, I appreciate a reference both to the site name (James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door) and to the URL of this page so that others may see this notice about my use of this material.

I based this page, in part, on copyrighted material excerpted across the internet. I made this page and offer it to you without fee or payment, for research and educational purposes, in accordance with Fair Use provisions of U. S. copyright law and guidelines from the Newsletter Publishers Association. To send me notices about this information, please see my DMCA page and also my Disclaimers, Copyrights & Other Legal Stuff page. I edited, adapted and supplemented this particular version: Copyright © 1997-2014, James S. Huggins. 

The extra text menu links (previously here) are being removed in the site redesign.
Browser and search engine improvements have eliminated the motivation/necessity for them.

This page created:
before
Fri, 25.Oct.2002

Last updated:
16:20, Sat, 10.May.2014

. . .

NOTICE --- SITE  UNDERGOING REWRITE - SEE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS

 Explanation of the rewrite: New Page Layout.
 Check out my blog: My Ephemerae
 Yes ... I want you to link to my site Please link to me
 Want to email me? I'd love to hear from you.
 I have begun tutoring in the South Houston, Texas area.

. . .
purient programmers, qwerty . . . purient programmers, qwerty