The first thing that I asked for on the first day on the job was two monitors. I pointed out that a second monitor was worth 40% of my salary in productivity.
A few months later, most developers and users had two monitors or extra-large screens, whichever they preferred.
I was always a developer. I never wanted to manage. In addition, I mentored trainees, wrote and taught classes, gave speeches at conventions, and never had a project fail partly because I made sure that I was in constant contact with the users.
Also, here is one other reason I was happy:
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I had fun and refused to work overtime, except in an emergency.