Been at the new office a week. And I am of mixed opinions. It's a nice building, nice office space. My cube is fairly big, and while it doesn't have full height walls, it's still fairly private. Sadly, voices carry, so I hear the neighbors (a bunch of devs I don't know) more than I'd like. It's also overly warm IMHO, I guess the powers that be that control the thermostat are lizard people. My fellow IT folks are nearby, fellow admin is across the row, and the desktop guy is one row over and further back. I'm at the front of my row, so people walk by me all day, which is distracting as I see movement, and look up. Guess I need to slouch a bit more so I don't see them. There's a bunch of restaurants near by, and a good Half Price Books. I also got to meet one of the execs I've dealt with a lot the last few months, got some chitchat in. The people I know are on the other side of the big office area I'm in, but between walkups and IM clients we're still in constant contact. Which is mostly good. We'll see how it works over time.
Brought my craptop over, and my triple monitor setup on a dock. Network is a
little slower, especially if I'm doing things on the datacenter network,
a few more hops than there was when I was a few floors overhead. Today
I setup a test 'developer machine' in my cube. Our devops guy wanted a
system he could test from in the new office, vs his own box back in the
datacenter. Dell Optiplex, running Fedora (was 28, but I upgraded to 30
today). In theory it's going to just sit in my cube if anyone needs to see
what's up with the developer network, in practice if I end up working in
the office a good deal, I'll move it so it's the primary box and just
not 'tell anyone'. (32 gigs of RAM and not Windows would make up for a
lot of the commute.) We'll see. I did manage to name it 'hyades',
our test dev boxes are named after constellations, and well, a star cluster
is just a constellation mushed together. The devops guy is a Lovecraft
fan (one of my converts), and I think he got the joke. At some point
this weekend I'll log in from home, and push some scripts and files over
to it. (Via VPN, no we're not insane). Not much in the way of decorations
in the new cube, since I'm probably going to work remote more often than not,
it's probably for the best.
Now, the big problem of the moment. The commute sucks. Morning isn't so bad,
if I leave at 8:30, I'll be there at 9:00, assuming traffic doesn't snarl.
But coming home is pretty crappy from 4pm til after 6pm. And it's the
drive home that I really appreciated the 10 minute commute. But in 6
months or so, in theory we'll be done with the datacenter. And I'll be
ready to move, so the pseudo-plan is to move north, assuming working from
home 4 days out of 5 works for me. Which it should, unless I end up
feeling too hermited. I really don't know, as is often I can see both
sides. Next week I'll be about half and half, and we'll see what works
So, it's more or less alright. Some things are better, some things are not.
I'm just going to keep on going, adjust things and see how it goes. On that
note though, it's time for this fox to head to book and bed. Night all.