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Friday, June 09, 2006

The Incredible Vanishing Men

It seems that those feunuch boys are dropping out of the blogging community. Klutz who has never been a fan of blogging, he just viewed it as free marketing, has killed his blog and has ordered chappy to do the same. So, goodbye “Agile Executive” and “Chapman”, your incisive comments will certainly be missed…

How long do you think it will be before Half Agile Daddy Marc is told to pull his blog too? This will be an interesting one to watch: on the one hand Marc is the only guy in the company that seems to have any balls but on the other he seems to kiss Klutz’s ass…

51 Comments:

  • At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So much for an open company then.

     
  • At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cats and chappy's blogs are gone from blogspot, and also now from the finetix blog web page.

     
  • At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I find finetix a truely amazing company, over the last few month based on what I read from crispin2005.blogspot.com there were a lot of people leaving, including high ranking people - even one of the three partners has left. What does this tell you about the company? Well it tells me there could be some serious problem when a company this small looses 25%+ of its employees.

    A number of recruitment companies in the NY area have also told me that there are a lot of finetix resumes circulating around the investment banks so it appear more people could be looking to leave.

     
  • At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I heard that donna 'd' head was about to leave but cats offered her a 80% pay rise. I also guess he's offering the same deal to other people. So if you are an employee I would threaten to leave and get a nice payrise

     
  • At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I heard that donna 'd' head was about to leave but cats offered her a 80% pay rise. I also guess he's offering the same deal to other people. So if you are an employee I would threaten to leave and get a nice payrise

     
  • At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wonder how long before little avery, marcy boy and rat-a-tat-tat become junior partners

     
  • At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I miss marcy boys comments. at least he had the spine to try and answer some of the issues crispin2005 raised

     
  • At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I drove past the hotel that chappy owns a few weeks ago, didn't look very health. It actually doesn't look like much is happening with it. Maybe chappy has run out of money

     
  • At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i'm going to hand my notice into chappy tomorrow and get a payrise.

     
  • At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hear the Deutsche project finetix has that Mikey is on is not going well and they could be removed soon

     
  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    if that happens what accounts will they have left? They have very few people in JPMC now, they have a bad reputation in Morgan, the few hedge funds they do work for total about 4 resources. Looks like the end of the line for the company this year unless chappy get his head out of

     
  • At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Coward said…

    What was the chicks and dicks comment about chappy? Is he gay?

     
  • At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Chappy's Friend said…

    There have been rumours for a few years about chappy being gay. He does actually look a little gay. He also appear to have a sweat problem

     
  • At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wonder what dlg is doing?

     
  • At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Suspect cats stole his money, gave it to chappy to finish his hotel

     
  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    cats has invested $250,000 in the hotel and is now managing the accounts and dealing with the planning department.

     
  • At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are chappy and kats an item?

     
  • At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I suspect that since dlg was working for a number of hedge fund clients over the last few years, he is going to do something in the same sector

     
  • At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    looks to me like he already is http://netflings.wordpress.com/

     
  • At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    chill out and reflect on how katz screwed him out of $$$$ http://netflings.wordpress.com/2006/05/29/and-of-an-era/

     
  • At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    we can spam dlg now http://netflings.wordpress.com/intouch/

     
  • At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    shame he only knows 36 people http://www.linkedin.com/in/netflings

     
  • At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i tracked down ross - blog.lab49.com - check the blogroll.

    http://newyorkscot.wordpress.com/

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Amity has also gone to lab49. i think quite a few fucknetix people are there now

     
  • At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    finetix got a bad reputation in barcap. marcy's code had to be re-written

     
  • At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    we are having fun here aren't we. I guess this is the new finetix playground

     
  • At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i was in a meeting with chappy in the last week. suggest nobody both with chappy, think his mind is on other items - hotels and chicks

     
  • At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks like Marc has needed to remove some of his latest postings, hmm wonder what is going on there? What did Klutz not like about the support posting ???

     
  • At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So how did the meeting go with Chappy? Did he have anything to say of any substance? Or did he try and sell you a hotel !!!!!

     
  • At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks like we have an Agile bear on this blog. Nice to see you back Mr Agile Bear.

     
  • At 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I invite anyone that liked the idea of DeSanti and Gomsi revitalizing an environment that exceptional technologist can work, advance and have some fun without bullshit to go and visit The Lab. Lab49 was created to bring this concept back.

    I think anyone money hunter can cut to the chase; if you are only after money; If you are good The Lab most likely will give you an offer you deserve, you can take that back to Klutz and get more. The Lab has done that for a few already I heard. However, the people the people that do this; I’m not sure what they will do with the large X on their back that Klutz is aiming at.

    In Donna’s case, I think it was just a very bad decision. How could Lab counter an offer based on a pack of lies from Klutz. He is going to sell!!!!!!! To whom; valuation is = (Revenue or earnings)*(market multiplier)*(Risk factor). Simple risk factor is 0 to .1. Go for it.

    Remaining Finutrix cattle do yourself a favor and look at some options and be treated like a engineer/scientist/programmer.

     
  • At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So, why did De Nasty and Gonzo sell out to Chappy and Klutz, and leave all of the Feunitix employees out to dry? Seems like they were the ones who took the money and cut out. Looks like De Nasty is doing the same thing again at a different company.

     
  • At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought people here were informed about the internals of Feunitix. It a blooger is questioning MDS and JG I suspect they don't know what they are talking anout or are actully Klutz attempting some entrapment scheme. We all know Klutz basiclly gave MDS and JG an "Ultimatum" that can be considered blackmail.

     
  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Marc Adler said…

    Back to the Beginning Again

    Never thought that would be doing support.

    We are so swamped in our group that, and the server-side guys are so far behind in their work that, because I happen to have the misfortune of doing "future-state" work, I have been chosen to be the short-term "owner" of support on our system.

    This means monitoring the automatically-generated emails that get sent out when an MQ queue exceeds its threshhold limit, a DB process is running slowly, the SWIFTNET gateway is down, or a user is having a bad hair day.

    After years of delegating this kind of work out to others ("Oh, let the server guys do it"), I now actually have to log into a Linux box using Exceed, invoke various task managers, queue monitors, and process monitors, kill, cleanup, and restart jobs, and chase down locked tables. I had to Google the Emacs keyboard bindings the other day, as I have not touched Emacs in 15 years or so. Other people in my group use VI. I thought that VI was banned in several countries due to cruel and unusual punishment. Oh yes, my former server-side employees have finally gotten their revenge!

    My first real job in the computer field was with Computer Associates. (I remember Charles Wang coming to everyone's offices before Xmas and giving the developers ice cream bars in lieu of bonuses.) Now, 20 years later, I happen to be forced to interactive with one of their unbelievably outdated and unfriendly products called AutoSys. Basically, AutoSys is a glorified task manager that runs on our Linux boxes. You can define scripts to run, schedule them to run at certain intervals, monitor their progress, etc. Please tell me that Computer Associates does not extract yearly license fees for this piece of drek.

    The positive thing is that I get to see how our systems work from end-to-end. There is actually a lot of chewing gum and sealing wax that glues everything together. I now realize just how fragile a lot of these systems are when you don't have enough resources on your various boxes. Kudos to my client for providing all of the tools to be able to monitor the various systems reliably, and for providing the tools for me to do support from home on a Sunday while watching the World Cup games.

    Now, if all systems were Microsoft from front to back, then ... (complete the sentence)

    ©2006 Marc Adler - All Rights Reserve

     
  • At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Marc Adler said…

    A Typical Wall Street System

    If you have aspirations to consult or work on Wall Street or The City/Canary Wharf (as the Brits like to refer to their neck of the wood), they odds are that you might find yourself in the midst of some behemoth of a system. Here’s what a typical one looks like (in fact, this one is mine).

    I consult for a group called FX STP, or Straight Through Processing for Foreign Exchange (Currency). The main charter of the group is to take FX trades, and do all sorts of processing to the trade data. We trade currency pairs. So, if I am Goldman Sachs (GS), then I might buy 1000 Euros (EUR) from Lehman Brothers (LEH) and sell them 1200 US Dollars (USD).

    Let’s say that I am GS. If I do a deal with LEH, then Lehman is my counterparty.

    The end goal is to make sure that, when I buy a currency, the counterparty who I bought it from actually knows that he is selling it to me, and vice-versa. In addition, I need to make sure that I deliver the currency that I sold to the counterparty to the proper bank account that the counterparty sets up for that currency.

    My client is undergoing a massive renovation project for many of their system. In fact, a lot of financial firms are undergoing renovation projects. They all want to rewrite their old, legacy systems so that they use the latest supported technology (‘supported’ being the key word here), and take advantage of the latest hardware. They hope that they can take their own mainframes and replace them with smaller, faster computers that cost a fraction of what the mainframes cost. Sometimes these renovation projects don’t even involve hardware. Sometimes they just want to take applications that were written in Visual Basic or Excel and rewrite them in C#/.NET. In fact, if Microsoft is ever trusted on Wall Street for handling the server side of things, then there might eventually be another round of renovations where Java apps are rewritten in .NET, and Windows Communications Framework is used to communicate between the various pieces of machinery.

    So, the current FX STP system that my client runs actually has a pretty big mainframe component. The mainframe handles incoming confirmations, outgoing confirms, trade matching, etc. The FX STP system is written is something that Moses invented called ADABAS/NATURAL. The effort is underway to gradually replace all of the mainframe processing with Linux boxes running Tomcat and various Java apps.

    The system starts with a trader entering a currency trade in a Trade Entry system. This is a Windows/C#/.NET app that has a real-time blotter and some trade entry fields. The real time blotter shows real-time, ever-changing values of currencies. When the trader sees a situation that he likes, he will enter a trade. “I, Biffa Bacon, trader at Goldman Sachs, will buy 1000 Euros from Roger Mellie from Lehman, and I will pay him with 1200 US Dollars. I don’t care how Lehman gets my dollars, and I don’t care how Goldman gets the Euros. I will leave it to the poor sods in the STP and Payments groups to figure it out”.

    The Trade Entry system takes the above trade, generates an XML message that contains all of the trade details, and puts the XML message on a MQ Series queue. However, remember that we have two backend processing systems. We have our old reliable mainframe system, and we have the new Java backend that is slowly taking functionality over from the mainframe. So, we actually have something called an MQ Splitter. The same XML message is sent to both the mainframe and to the Java system. The Java system is called the Trades Completion Engine (TC for short).

    We hope that, at the end of the day, the new TC system will do the same things as the old reliable mainframe system. The TC will take the XML message, crunch it, and write some stuff to a Sybase database. The mainframe will do its thing and write its data to a separate Sybase database. At the end of each day, we run a Reconciliation Report to make sure that TC has the same data in it as the mainframe has.

    There are various external systems that handle communication and trade settlement among the various trading parties. SWIFTNET is a network that communicates among the various counterparties. CLS is a “bank” that handles settlements.

    The most important thing that has to be accomplished is the confirmation process. We send outgoing confirmations to our counterparties, and we receive incoming confirmations from them. There is a process known as trade matching that takes place that tries to figure out which trade goes with which incoming confirmation message.

    There are ten million things that can go wrong with a trade. When this happens, the TC spits out an exception message. TC broadcasts an XML exception message on a message bus. Anyone who is interested in these messages can subscribe to the “TC Exception” topic.

    The system that I work on is one of those interested parties. It is a .NET/C# exception processing system. It can query the TC database for a variety of trades. It receives real-time updates of trades, and also receives a real-time stream of trade exceptions. It has a small trade entry screen so users can correct errant trades. The system is used by Operations Departments (Ops) all over the world. My system usually gets the blame when anything in the whole STP world is slow, although all my system does is display trades and exceptions, and is not responsible for any of the business logic in the back.

    Nothing here is rocket science. However, in a system like this, many things can go wrong. Message Queues can get backed up if the backend systems cannot process messages fast enough. This might be from slowness in the communication gateways, or because there is another process running on our box, or because the database is really slow. More often than not, it is the latter. Unless your database is nicely tuned, queries and reports can run slowly. We might not be able to match up all trades. A customer might decide that, just for today, all AUD trades have to settle at a different account. When this happens in Tokyo at 2 AM, an email goes out to the entire FX STP group, and someone who really wants their annual bonus has to wake up and drain a queue.

    So, do you still want to work on Wall Street?


    ©2006 Marc Adler - All Rights Reserved

     
  • At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Marcy - or should we call you Finetix Press Office or possibly Finetix Partner? - a number of people on my team read your magmasystems blog and are wondering why you removed the above two blogs from your blog and posted them here on Crispin? Are you in some way ashamed to post on your own blog that you actually enjoy support? On the topic of blogs, could you are chief blogger at finetix please explain why chappy and cats have removed their blogs - http://www.finetix.com/blogs/finetixblogs.html?

     
  • At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Feunix Cattle -

    Do you realize that, with Klutz's 2% incentive plan, that if you use your hard-earned contacts to get them $1m worth of business, you will only get a paltry $20,000? This is probably the worst incentive plan I've heard about.

    Take my advice ... check out The Lab's plan, and be treated like a person, not insulted.

     
  • At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been following this blog for a while, and I am a bit confused. Why do all of the people here hate these two guys, Klutz and Chappy? I've only heard a lot of innuendo, and nothing of substance.

    For instance,

    "We all know Klutz basiclly gave MDS and JG an "Ultimatum" that can be considered blackmail."

    The words "basically", " "Ultimatum" "(in quotes) and "considered" are three specuous terms that add up to nothing.

    I'm not saying that these people don't deserve the general animus of their ex-employees, but at least say what they did to deserve the hate, and not couch it in hazy innuendos.

     
  • At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "specuous", adj., (1) a violent collision involving valid words such as "specious" and "vacuous", (2) a meta-property of any sentence containing this word, indicating no value or utter nonsense. Example usage: "three specuous terms that add up to nothing."

    NOTE: Quoting words or other syntactical constructs will NOT be tolerated on this blog, and will be regarded as null terminated strings!!! IP addresses are being written down on napkins and reported to the authorities!!

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Why do all of the people here hate these two guys, Klutz and Chappy?".

    Because they are a pair of scumbag, thieving, lying wankers whose only purpose in life is to line their own pockets whilst doing fuck-all work themselves. "Come and have a career at Finetix" translates to "we've bribed someone on a client site to give us some work, so we will send you there, make a huge profit out of your hard work and then fire you the second the placement ends". And you can guarantee that they'll fire you just in time for them to avoid paying you any bonus you thought you might be getting. And thats assuming Fuckupetix hasn’t folded by then, which given the current mass migration of anyone with any sort of ability or talent, wouldn't be too surprising.

    Anyone planning to stay with or (shudders at the thought) actually move to Fuckupetix needs to understand this and keep the hell away.

     
  • At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    junior partners my bum! if klutz and chappy decide to give up a slice of the pie, it will probaby go to rat-a-tat, since all of the fintix profits can go right back into the haunted hotel. that's the way that chappy operates

     
  • At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Believe rat-a-tat blew about $250,000 on the haunted house. The place is just sitting there weathering. No activity, nothing. Anyway, chappy may want to cut rat-a-tat in as a partner in the firm, but kluts would be out-voted then, so he won't allow it. Kluts will try to install his own jr partner and out-vote chappy.

    Q for Marcie - why doesn't rat-a-tat have a blog?

     
  • At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    On the subject of fucknetix closing: anyone noticed how the Toronto office has gone "missing". The strange thing is they still claim to have a London outfit. They may still rent the offices but they have about as many crew members in London as the Mary Celeste.

     
  • At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What's the current consulting staff number in NY? My guess would be around 25. Marc, one for you?

     
  • At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ditto for houston + I heard it was more like 15

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You people think your funny, but some of us here like working for Dave and Steve. Everything you say is like hearsay, like what someone said. We hear stories to. Like that De Nasty guy is a real shady char and crazy and the Gonzo guy is like some kind of mafia guy. De Nasty is working for the Lab, so there can be nothing at all good about them. And like was told to Donna, that Lab company will bankrupt soon, and then we see who laughing.

     
  • At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you believe that the Lab will be bancrupt soon then you are smoking some serious dope, you dope. Now if you enjoy working for Chappy and Klutz then good for you, I guess the knife in the middle of your back causes no discomfort. Perhaps much of this is hear say, but in all cases there tends to be something of substance in gossip, you have to determine what you wish to believe or not, and what your perception is.

     
  • At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should try asking your leaders a direct question sometime and see if you get a direct answer, or rather a rambling dialog that avoids answer the question completly.

     
  • At 3:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: the above commentary, "some kind of mafia guy", if you really believed this about so-and-so, wouldn’t you be a bit of a numskull to yak about it on the Internet? Anyway, no bother. I’ve reformed myself, and I’m now seeking tough guy roles in action flicks. And as they say in show business, there’s no such thing as bad publicity!!! Here’s one of my PR shots from a recent tear sheet:
    http://www.diegomanuel.com.ar/tango/tango3/gardel.jpg

    We’re shooting a car commercial right now, and we’re looking for crash test dummies. If you want to apply, just let me know.

     
  • At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If anyone is interested, the shady guy, Denasty, is a founding partner in a new consulting group in NY. He also owns part of a software development company in Panama.

     
  • At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My bet would be on the Pocket Rocket, Mini-John. He could stand behind Klutz (nobody would be able to see him) and put his hand up Klutz's back and speak. Klutz would just mouth the words. A perfect silent partner.

     

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