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On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 7:20 PM, Owen Thomas <owen.paul.tho...@gmail.com>
> 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:
>> 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>
>> > 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.