There are two types of computer users:
- The problem-solving techno-geeks who build hardware, hack software and enjoy every challenge, even bugs to dug themselves get deeper an deeper in… most of us have probably been there, done that, then grew up.
- Those who simply want to use their systems for work, fun or whatever they damn please, and hate when they are forced to spend hours investigating problems that should not occur in the first place, and then they should be documented… I suspect that’s the majority of us. A few hours here, half a day there, always in the worst possible time. We feel it’s unfair that we are forced to work instead of [insert your favorite lousy company here]. After all, wear not on their payroll.
Enough is enough. Let’s fight back! If you’re a freelancer, or are in any profession where you bill your hourly, you know exactly what your rate is. Even if not, chances are you have a realistic estimate of your time’s worth. Next time you feel you got robbed of a few valuable hours, just bill it! Chances are, you won’t get paid, but you’ll feel better. I certainly do, having just billed Microsoft, Mozilla and HP.
Remember to tag your invoice / blog post.. whatever as virtualinvoice: I will keep tab of the totals, and periodically publish them.
Viva La Revolucion!
Update: It looks like Bob Warfield is should send a Virtual Invoice about now …