Friday Fhtagnness

Well, the second week of Carcosa Corp is over. Lots of meetings over the last couple of days, still getting all my ducks in a row. My workload is increasing, but I'm also getting more used to the pacing. Test on a development box and verify it works in general, then test on a staging server, and let the developers verify it does what they want, on the same exact config as production. Then schedule an update during a window and verify again. It's very different than what I'm used to, but then again this is a whole different ball of wax. I keep saying that, and it's starting to sink in. Next week I get to play cable monkey, but I'm only tracing patch cables and moving them from one switch to another. Again, not my choice of fun, but I feel more motivated here, and not just for the moneys, but because I like my coworkers. That's pretty good motivation.

Speaking of monies, I got paid yesterday, paper check. That's...different. (direct deposit should kick in in a week or two). Not quite a full week, but a nice chunk of change. Mostly either going to pad the savings, or pay down credit cards. Going to spoil myself a little too, a smidge. *grin* I deserve it.

Tonight is watching 'The Thing' (both the 1982 and the recent prequel), updating stuff, fixing some stuff for a friend of mine, general tinkering. How to relax on a Friday when you're a geek. Tomorrow is adulting during the day, and visiting some friends I haven't seen in too long in the evening. Fun fun fun. Then next week it's back to work, and getting stuff in order. Go me! And on that note, I'm calling this a post. Catch you all later.

A week in review

It's Friday night, and I've survived my first week at Carcosa Corp. Today was another decent day, finished up that Exchange issue, well it's pending the people who are going to use it testing it, but it worked for me. Had one meeting and one conf call, where I got to see some of the virtual guts of the setup. I forget how much stuff you can monitor with Cacti besides network stats. Day went by pretty quick, I turned in my hours to both my manager and to the staffing firm (guess they need a name too). Left at 5, came home, made a quick lazy dinner and have been watching movies.

So, one week. So what's the verdict? It's different. If there was a scale of corpness, with a company run by Discordians on one end, and the Laundry on the other...well the Shoggoth Pit would be about 1/3rd of the way on the curve towards utterly random, and Carcosa is about 2/3rds of the way towards Bob Howard's average days. This is _not_ a complaint, I keep saying this, but it's just not what I'm used to. Also, the pacing is different. For years, if I was asked 'What have you done?', I'd have to come up with a laundry list of tickets and issues I solved to be ok. Carcosa is slower paced, with more double and triple checks, meetings to make sure that everyone is on the same page. So instead of leaping to fix a problem, and later figuring out that the fix was something else, they test, they research, and they have the infrastructure setup so that unless things are really buggered, we think twice, fix once. I think once I stop feeling the urge to go 110mph, I'll be comfortable. Also, my team are a fun bunch, and the other people I've interacted with so far are pretty friendly. There's a cafetera downstairs that's pretty decent, and I don't mind hanging out with my coworkers, vs my usual sitting at my desk in a book. Plus the 15 min commute doesn't hurt.

So long paragraph short, I like this place. I'm sure there will be things that get on my nerves, but that's life. And I don't want to get too attached, as it is a 6 month contract. We'll see how things go.

Otherwise, things are pretty kosher. I've lost a couple of pounds, I'm sleeping less but not having crazy times waking up. Less Code Red, and less snacking. I haven't been walking much, but I'm still moving around a bunch, and I added a notification on my workstation to remind me to get up and move around every hour. All good things. So, I'm going to have a nice relaxing weekend, and I'll catch you all later.