Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Don't Know What To Say

I'll preface this by saying that I don't know how much I am allowed to say about the project I am working on at Tivo, other than this year-old official press release.

The testing is still in alpha, so the less said about the product the better.

I brought headphones so I could listen to the many tutorial videos on the internal web site, but they turned out to be mostly engineering classes, none of them were about the product I'll be working on, and none that I played appeared to speak to anything useful for my job. But it took a while to try as many as looked like they might, and there was one which answered some questions I had about the flow chart for serving content.

The janitors cleaned up my very dusty cubicle a bit, including throwing away the paper strip which is supposed to go on my phone with the phone number and what all the buttons are for, but was lying loose because IT did not provide the plastic slip which keeps it on the phone. They did a slipshod job, half a shelf still has 1/4 inch of dust on it, and they did not give me a wastebasket. My "ergonnomics" request to get the too-deep keyboard platform out of my way has so far not been assigned to anyone.

I got tired of kicking the computer, which IT had installed on the floor, so I shut it down, disconnected everything and reconnected up on the desktop, where I can get to the CD drive and USB ports. And discovered that they had installed a dual-monitor cable, stupidly it is two VGA connectors for the monitors, but plugs into the DVI video port on the PC. I'll bring a DVI-to-DVI cable Monday. The 4:3 Dell monitor is cheesy enough without dumbing down the signal.

Lunchtime I had plenty of time so I drove into town and ate at Vahl's. They freshened up the paint job, and the staff is now well under retirement age, probably because the owner passed away in 2004 and her nephews took over. She was 84, so I expect her nephews are about my age. The menu is simple, though I think it was always so. I went with the spaghetti and meatballs with a side salad and home made apple pie for dessert. The blue cheese dressing was very watery, and the salad very basic. The main course was okay, but the apple pie was not up to my home made. Price was a little high, $20, but the service was superb. I was tempted to go back tonight for the piano bar, but some other time.

My manager sat down with me in the afternoon and showed me the test case software, and how to find the tests. There was some delay in identifying which of three identical on the outside, but very different on the inside boxes were for me, so  I won't get to actually do real work till Monday. Did manage to enter my time card, I think, but it didn't give me the kind of response I expected. I'll know Monday. Meanwhile I get to mail in my last unemployment check request tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a recruiter contacted me about a job at Apple which may be obtainable after this contract is over. Moto is still my first choice, but I may not be theirs.

I went through a lot of the test cases, and was amused to see that in a series of tests written by the same person on the same day, one of the most common menu items was abbreviated three different ways. But for the most part they are well written, I could understand what the test was, and if I had a box to beat up I could have done so.

And I spent way too much time configuring my android phone to get Tivo mail. When I was done I wrote up more concise instructions than were scattered across four internal web pages and sent them to my manager, who wanted to do the same thing.

After work I drove out to the Alviso Marina and walked a lot, it was very windy, but sunny and not too nippy. I got some video of an Amtrak Capitol Corridor train passing by one of the salt pools.

Went to Michael's in search of 8x12 poster frames, or mattes, but they didn't have any. They used to, but they seem to have dropped the MCS brand. Online searches are not showing anything either. Some well-meaning folks on Flickr suggest cutting my own mattes, but that is not one of the skills I have. It is only easy for people who can cut in a straight line. I don't care what tool you give me, what I use it to cut is not going to straight after I get done with it. I have plenty of rather thick 8x12 frames which I used at Baycon, but they are too heavy to wish on yourbob in the quantity I would want to display at Reno. I'll figure something out. I may have to reprint some in 12x18, and not display all my first choices. I've already bagged all my 20x30s.

Plans for tomorrow:
If the wind dies down, NASA Ames for the rocket launch, and maybe take photos of the "make and take" event where LUNAR members will help 50 kids build a rocket from a standard kit, and take it out to the range to launch. It could make a good photo spread for SFinSF.
Maybe go to the Thai Temple for Buddhist Lent. Maybe.
Tags: cons, job hunt, photography, work

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