Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Get back to work!

I'm posting to my blog again, so that must mean I'm back at work. And I have three PCs sitting on my desk - my laptop, my desktop and my *new* desktop - to which I'm frantically transferring files and shortcuts to from my old desktop.

You go away for three weeks, and you finally get some new dev kit. What's more is that they're not half bad, either - P4 2.4GHz machines with 256MB of DDR RAM, which is a hell of a step up from the frankly archaic kit (P233-MMX with 96MB of RAM) we've been developing with for the last 3 years (which was old even then). It's nice to be able to use Word without having to wait for 30 seconds to get a keystroke to register, and not before time, either. Shame I'm only going to be around for another 5 weeks to enjoy using it, especially when we had the budget to get them and I drew up the necessary spec we needed last December. Such are the joys of working for a lumbering gargantuan company like IBM.

I've spent most of the day ploughing through my e-mail - only 86 in three weeks - and 20 of those were from Snowmail, and about a dozen of them were administrator warnings for being near to (and eventually over) my mail file size limit. Likewise with my Hotmail - loads of spam, but only a single e-mail out of 22 being of any interest at all.

After 3 weeks on holiday, I was understandably reticient about coming to work this morning, though thankfully, things have been rather slow, and getting this lovely new dev kit up and running, as well as sorting out my admin, e-mail and assorted IBM housekeeping tasks has eased me back in gently. I've only had to answer one phone call all day, and I got some good news; my Professions Case for IT Specialist entry has been approved, which should hopefully mean a pay rise. Though I'm not sure who I'm going to hammer for it yet, as my Line Manager is moving into another role, meaning that I'm going to have my fourth manager in less than two years. Hopefully this one might give me some training.

Christ, it's like a PC graveyard in my office at the moment. My little bank of 3 desks has EIGHT PC's sitting on it at the moment, and there's another SEVEN sitting on the filing cabinets behind me. Of those 15 PC's, only 3 are of a specification (2GHz+) that would be deemed reasonable for doing development work on. Still, despite all the debris cluttering up the desks around me, it's nice to have some decent kit to work on. I might have to start arranging a few after-hours Unreal Tournament sessions.

Oh well, that's a work update. I'll post about the holiday tomorrow.

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