Tschäff Reisberg

is creating Pairing Decoder

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Hi, I'm Jeff, the creator of the Sequence Decoder. Before becoming an American Airlines flight attendant, I worked on IT projects for United Airlines and as a freelancer.The mission of the Decoder is simple, use software to make our lives easier and schedules more flexible but also to promote kindness and more engagement inside our community.

As I write this, around five years ago, I was in a meeting trying to get our company to build us better software. They approved it. Some in our union demanded control of the project they didn't solicit input from the flight attendants themselves about what they wanted. Many nights I'd come home and vent to my wife about how badly the meetings went. The designs the programmers were getting from us were shameful and I was losing the political battles to even be included in the meetings anymore. In the end, the union official won and I was kicked out of the project. Shortly after, my wife and I got married. Instead of having a wedding ceremony, my wife urged me to use the funds to build the Decoder instead. My wife knew that I felt like I had let our community down, and she said that if I don't build this, I'll regret it forever.

For years I refused any financial compensation for this app in a nerdy attempt to promote kindness and goodwill within our community.   However, to keep the servers humming, it requires both me and my loving wife to work many days per month extra, and we don't have another wedding fund to make the changes it needs to keep running after FOI. Cruelty is one of the main obstacles to achieving a strong and effective union. Our inferior software and weak contract/contract enforcement are a direct result of cruelty.  Our union's strength is proportional to how many of us get involved with it.  If distrust and cruelty permeate the union it discourages people from getting and staying involved.

Software like this is difficult to build even under ideal conditions. Features that are easy to explain like "arrival time" are hard to implement. What would be two step task for the company ends up taking twenty steps from the outside. Doing this from the outside means a custom web browser had to be made that automates logging in, compensating for expiring passwords, invalid logins, errors, then surfs to the correct pages and finds the start and end of the data you want on the page and delivers it to you in the timezone you requested. Doing things this way requires multitudes more code, requires more frequent maintenance, bigger servers, but it works, and we are doing it together.

If you believe in what I'm doing, and would like to see me continue to build and improve our software, I'll need your support.  I'm asking for $10/month. Giving is optional, except for ETB alerts, but it is expensive to run so if you are benefiting from this work please don't be a freeloader.  I don't mind personally covering the costs of this service to those going through tough times. However, if you're able to give, you'd be directly responsible for delivering more flexibility and convenience to our community which is a wonderful thing.

Thank you and safe travels.

Jeff (Tschäff) Reisberg
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