Covet Thy Neighbor’s Anagrams

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If you ever get the opportunity to turn down a job writing software for companies in Singapore, exercise that option. They are time-shifted by almost exactly twelve hours, which makes collaboration difficult, at best. The time shift combined with the network latency of half-way 'round the globe also makes remote debugging fun, for certain values of fun.

For those of you that do not know, I work for a software company named Certivo. Recently, we had the (dis)pleasure of moving our offices from the 3rd floor of our office building to the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor office had very large metallic letters spelling C-E-R-T-I-V-O glued to the wall behind the receptionist's desk. Because of the move, they got pried off the wall and are now sitting in the 2nd floor lobby, awaiting somebody with glue, I guess. Last night, while working late, I shuffled the letters around and placed them out on the floor for everyone to see: E-R-O-T-I-C. Noticing today, after lunch, that everybody had arrived to work without mentioning (or even re-stacking or locking away) the letters, I decided to change it around a little to C-O-V-E-R-T, but found on a bathroom trip a few minutes later they had been changed by a third party to O-V-E-R, then V-E-C-T-O-R, not too long after that. This evening, I left them spelling C-O-V-E-T.

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