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As a software developer, does your family actually know what you do?

Survey period: 16 Jun 2014 to 23 Jun 2014

Are you "The Social Network" or "Minority Report"? Do they think you play games all day or do you just tell them you play piano in an establishment of disrepute?

Yes, they know clearly what I do1857.36
They have a general idea of what I do1,16246.22
I don't think they really know what I do67426.81
They have no idea what my work involves44717.78
I'm not a software developer.542.15

GeneralRe: I do not have this problem Pin
Rage19-Jun-14 22:29
professionalRage19-Jun-14 22:29 
GeneralMy daughter wrote this story inspired by what she thinks I do for a living Pin
chriselst16-Jun-14 0:20
professionalchriselst16-Jun-14 0:20 
GeneralRe: My daughter wrote this story inspired by what she thinks I do for a living Pin
MacSpudster16-Jun-14 12:20
professionalMacSpudster16-Jun-14 12:20 
GeneralTypical Conversation Pin
Simon Lee Shugar16-Jun-14 0:09
Simon Lee Shugar16-Jun-14 0:09 
GeneralRe: Typical Conversation Pin
GustavoMartins16-Jun-14 2:17
professionalGustavoMartins16-Jun-14 2:17 
GeneralRe: Typical Conversation Pin
W Balboos, GHB16-Jun-14 6:01
mveW Balboos, GHB16-Jun-14 6:01 
GeneralRe: Typical Conversation Pin
PIEBALDconsult16-Jun-14 14:06
professionalPIEBALDconsult16-Jun-14 14:06 
GeneralJust yesterday Pin
chriselst16-Jun-14 0:04
professionalchriselst16-Jun-14 0:04 
I was round my father-in-law's (ex army) house, he has just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, he wanted all his stuff moving from his old Windows Vista laptop.

"Have you got a data transfer cable" (the person who sold him the laptop told him this was the easiest way to transfer his data).
"I thought you were supposed to be some sort of hot shot computer whiz kid"
"I do software, that's hardware"
"You're a waste of good skin"

I transfer all his stuff across the wifi link.

"You're not a complete waste of space then. Bet you couldn't shoot a man in the head from 600 yards though".

I was also round my step-father-in-law's (buys and sells scaffold*) house yesterday.

"When I click on that button you gave me for my email it takes me here instead now so I have to do this"
I drag a new, correct, favourite icon onto the browser toolbar.
"Do you want to sit down, I'll get you a cup of tea whilst you sort it all out".

And so on.
I didn't go to my dad's house, but he wants me to sort something out with his printer. To be fair though, my dad does have more of an understanding of what I do as towards the end of his career he audited software (amongst other things) for the government. But generally speaking most people seem to think that is the sort of thing my family think I get up to at work.

*As in big metal poles, not old copies of Lily the Pink
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

GeneralRe: Just yesterday Pin
EbenY4216-Jun-14 2:56
EbenY4216-Jun-14 2:56 
GeneralFrom the perspective of my Mom Pin
Smart K815-Jun-14 23:08
professionalSmart K815-Jun-14 23:08 
GeneralI 'fix computers' apparently Pin
JMK-NI15-Jun-14 22:15
professionalJMK-NI15-Jun-14 22:15 
GeneralRe: I 'fix computers' apparently Pin
SortaCore16-Jun-14 23:24
SortaCore16-Jun-14 23:24 
GeneralRe: I 'fix computers' apparently Pin
Johnny J.16-Jun-14 23:36
professionalJohnny J.16-Jun-14 23:36 
GeneralI followed in their footsteps... Pin
Sander Rossel15-Jun-14 21:28
professionalSander Rossel15-Jun-14 21:28 
GeneralNowadays is not that hard to explain Pin
AlexCode15-Jun-14 21:04
professionalAlexCode15-Jun-14 21:04 
GeneralRe: Nowadays is not that hard to explain PinPopular
Tony Rietwyk15-Jun-14 21:40
Tony Rietwyk15-Jun-14 21:40 
GeneralRe: Nowadays is not that hard to explain Pin
Pete O'Hanlon16-Jun-14 5:09
mvaPete O'Hanlon16-Jun-14 5:09 
GeneralMy family have a reasonable idea Pin
OriginalGriff15-Jun-14 21:00
mveOriginalGriff15-Jun-14 21:00 
Generalthey think i don't have any knowledge about my work... Pin
ravikhoda15-Jun-14 20:37
professionalravikhoda15-Jun-14 20:37 
General...Just start my laptop Pin
koolprasad200315-Jun-14 19:35
professionalkoolprasad200315-Jun-14 19:35 
GeneralRe: ...Just start my laptop Pin
Aarti Meswania16-Jun-14 2:37
Aarti Meswania16-Jun-14 2:37 

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