I've been unemployed since 2008. It seems that the industry is blind to people who want to contribute in a way that does not see them ensconced in a nomadic lifestyle where the contributor must move involuntarily at the whims of employers. I've hence resolved only to contribute time voluntarily when (or indeed if) I find an employer who understands that I can make a contribution without having to consider relocation.
If you know anyone who will let me work this way, then let me know. You'll find that I have a LinkedIn profile. On 8 March 2018 at 10:46, Frank Burough <frankburo...@icloud.com> wrote: > Owen: > > I am a currently unemployed software engineer myself. I have been in the > industry in various roles for well over 30 years but am not ready to > retire. However, I look at my current time of unemployment as an > opportunity to pay back to the NetBeans community some of what I have > gained from it. Until the recent emails about joining the NetCAT 9.0 effort > I had not considered volunteering for the work. However, after completing > this email to you I will sign up to put my time where my mouth is. I can > afford the time now, once I am employed again I will not be able to. > > I don’t mean to be critical of you, just trying to offer a different > viewpoint on being unemployed at the moment. > > Take care, > > Frank Burough > > > On Mar 7, 2018, at 6:27 PM, Owen Thomas <owen.paul.tho...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > > > I quite enjoy NetBeans, and I would like to aver my wishes for it's > ongoing success. I am looking at contributing to this thread with some > hesitation, so I'll put my statements forth, and then see what becomes of > what I say before I venture more. > > > > Contributing more than "anonymous usage data" is a contentious move for > me because I am somewhat sore over the fact that I cannot secure a paid job > in an industry which I have sought contribution since I was 15 (29 years' > ago). I don't find the proposition encouraging of my offering my time for > nothing in an industry (a wider context than just NetBeans) too conceited > to pay for my time as a contributor who would work in a part-time capacity > and from a place of his own choosing. > > > > Although I appear to gain from the voluntary contribution of others to > this extent, I want someone to start paying me for the skills I have honed > over nearly three decades in such a way as I can make a sustainable > contribution. I don't want to give my time freely within this industry > unless I first derive an income with the skills I have. > > > > Sorry that I cannot contribute any more than usage data. > > > > Owen. > >