Its Friday evening and I’m out Jogging (yeah right, I’m in the Pub, working on my laptop).
Well, Ive just finished my first month in my new Job. Its pretty interesting, Ive learned loads of cool new stuff about infrastructures, VM Ware and Citrix.
For example, some of you reading this (that even care !) will think that there are 3 types of entity in the client side virtualization model (there are in fact 5).
Its pretty cool, I have my own laptop, my own server and other stuff like an IP phone and an RSA key.
To resolve various technical matters, we use state of the art technology. One of them, is a program called Windbg. Apparently it stands for the nickname, Win-debug. I personally think it should be called Windbag, which is much easier to remember.
In the evening, Ive been watching a DVD by Brian Madden (a legend in the virtualization world, I read his blog every week).
Culturally, the firm is very modern and progressive, as you would expect a software house to be.
On my first day, we had an induction with the boss ( a very charismatic guy). Amongst the various things discussed, were some management strategies that had evolved with the company, and one was the metaphorical “hill of hell”. Its Ironic, that every day, I face my own personal hill of hell, as I walk from the station to the office, up an enormous hill.
The lad I walk in with, is a lot fitter than me, so I am usually exhausted when I get to the top (although I feel like I’m getting a lot fitter).
As well as the lad I walk into work with, Ive made some other friends. One of them, Darius (that isnt his real name) who looks a lot like Dave Angel from the Fast Show.
Darius, initially accused me of racism. His argument centered around my lack of cultural sensitivity towards residents of a particular peninsula near Mersey side, which purports to be part of Cheshire.
His allegations, centered around the fact that I call it The Wirral. He points out, that there is no such thing as The Manchester, or The Liverpool.
I have therefore, spent the last 3 weeks, practising saying <pause> Wirral, which has resolved the problem.
Darius (who goes rowing) and Ro (it isn’t her proper name, but it rhymes with it) teas me by making up songs containing my surname.
In terms of working benefits, there is a canteen. Although I take sandwiches Monday to Thursday, they always do “Pies” on Friday, and I make a point of starting the weekend early by eating one (along with chips and gravy).
The office is casual dress code as well, which I think is much more comfortable than I traditional suit. I resist the urge to dress like a 70’s punk rocker and try to maintain some sense of occasion in my clothes and grooming.
There is a superb coffee machine, which is free. Its amazing, the sort of coffee, that you pay £3.50 after a meal, is the stuff that we drink throughout the day. I prefer a mix of Italian, and occasional Arabic brands.
I spend my lunchtimes either reading or going out walking. I have worked out a circular route, that takes in the Canal and can be completed in about 40 minutes. Its very peaceful and relaxing.
Unfortunately (for the purposes of this blog) the company functions in a competitive market place, so Im not able to discuss what we do, how we do it etc (you’ll just have to take my word, that its pretty exciting stuff).
Overall, things are pretty good. Life is getting back to normal (after 4 months of unemployment). I have enough money to pay the bills and pursue adventure, and I have interesting work to do each day. If there is more to working life than that, Id like to see it.