Cerebral Locomotion Lately

I haven’t complained about my job enough on here, so here goes.

Yesterday and today at work was non-stop hectic craziness. Forecasts call for more of the same tomorrow. Julio is hell-bent on finishing the latest set of 7 programs before a show later in the month. (It is less important that the programs actually work well.)

Complicating this mess is the fact that Julio ALSO wants to make some additions and changes to another program before the show later in the month. Yes, that’s right, he wants to make major changes to a complicated program … wtf, my system clock has been 1 day off … 2 weeks, 10 working days, before showing it to the public.

More complicated still is having to use this new IssueView bug tracking system, which is free. And that should be about all that needs to be said about it. Free software is code language for software that is so bad it makes you want to vomit on your shoelaces. I am exaggerating a little bit, but IssueView definitely has ah some limitations. Julio thinks it is the greatest thing since sliced bread of course because, 1) it’s free, and 2) he doesn’t have to use it.

The good news is that after making noises to Julio last month about resigning to pursue school full time, I am now working only 4 days a week, and Julio offered to pay for certification training, and he has promised that I will work on more interesting projects. The bad news is that I’m on salary now, which means no overtime for staying late. And I have had to stay an extra 15 minutes each of the 3 days so far in this week. (I make up for it a bit by continuing to be late every morning and yesterday I didn’t precisely rush to get back from lunch heh.)


An internet hardware vendor who shall remain nameless sent me an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro SP1a without a Certificate of Authenticty (and thus without a Product Key, which as I’m sure you realize is really what you’re paying for). Of course, they have a no return/exchage policy on software. Well, we’ll see about that, won’t we!

Addendum: Just as I was typing this, I received an email response (in less than 30 minutes) from the aforementioned nameless hardware vendor explaining how I can get a Product Key from Microsoft. I am currently waiting on hold to talk with The Big M.

As you can probably guess from the above, I ordered a large number of computer upgrade parts recently to beef up the old Krehbiel home computer network. Two of the three computers are up and running now (I would be working on the third one now if not for the aforementioned nameless hardware vendor). Naturally I found several other things I should have purchased.

Work is crazy lately. Just plain crazy.

The hurricane buzz has died to nothing, now that everyone has their power back (at least, I assume they do – there are no more hourly reports of the number of people without power). There is still a tree lying in our neighbor’s front yard though. (Admittedly this is better than it lying on their roof.)

Arnold is governor of California?? Actually, I don’t really care. But I still want to get one of those campaign t-shirts that says “Vote for me if you want to live.” I wonder if they’re still available.

We are currently working to buy all of the available X-Files DVDs from eBay. So far I have secured seasons 3, 5, 6, and 7 (I already had 1) at prices about 32% less than average retail prices. Now the nerves kick in as we wait to see if we actually receive in decent condition what we paid for.

That is all.

(Still on hold.)