Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Muhn Dhai

Slept well last night, woke to another day of very painful back & other places. I am blaming the drop in barometric pressure - it's still raining or threatening to.

Up and out early for me, but not as early as I might have been. Took the freeway, which was interesting because even though it wasn't raining, the road was wet enough for tires to kick up some spray, and the wind must have been 40 or more. Saw one brick-on-wheels get pushed a couple of feet across her lane.

Weekly team meeting, learned a few things about the new box. The day was spent grinding through more subtitle tests, but I hit a snag when a line item in a very long test called for a setting which not only doesn't exist, it isn't called for in the specs. Talked to my teammate who had written the test and he fessed up that he was extrapolating from the box they build upstairs, which has that feature, and upon which our new box is fashioned. He did some more research and confirmed that there's no feature, and no plans for it.

Okay, so I continued past that item and came upon one which failed.

So the next step is to document the results, which is usually done by listing each step number and giving it a pass or a fail, or a blocker. But the guy who wrote the test had a massive cut and paste FAIL, which gave it two step 3's, two step 4's, and then 5 -12.

So I have to fix that before I can document it. And by this time it was 5:30 and I was fed up, so I went home.

Just before that, Boss had emailed me to update a test document for something I had done a very thorough test on months ago, but only a "smoke test" the other day. I need to talk to him about that, because I didn't test the final version as much as I did the original. And can't because the files I'd used are gone, they took up too much space on my drive.

And in other news, I chatted with the woman who was putting together my calendar, and we figured out what needed to be done. She sent a proof, it looks good, except one caption may get cut off at the bottom (but still be readable), so I okayed it and it will go into production tomorrow. Yay!

Lunchtime was a trip to the PO. Glad I waited because there would have been zero parking in the morning (they open the big lot behind the building after 10, when most of the delivery trucks have gone). Looked for but did not find an international flat rate box, but then saw they have changed the sign and all the domestic boxes are now good for international, even though it doesn't say so on the box. It used to. Pissed me off because I have a pile of those boxes at home and could have done the packing there instead of in the lobby. Would have saved me some time, too.

But the clerk was happy to get a pre-labeled package after all the challenging one. Most of the people in line were coming in without labels, and the line hid the paces they are stored, so they mostly got to the head of the line and were sent back to get a label.

Since I was near home, and Fedex was expecting to finally deliver the laptop,  I went there and made a sandwich for lunch. No package by the carport door, none by the front door. Looked up the tracking info and it said it had been delivered more than an hour ago. They hid it behind a chair by the kitchen door. That's a first.

It had to wait until after work. Set it up in the livingroom while watching MNF on TV, and it did its Windows 8 setup, and even though I told it not to, it downloaded all the apps and settings from the Windows 8 crap machine I had just reset to factory defaults because it was too slow and Windoze 8 is so amazingly sucky. I tried to install Windows 7 from my DVD, but it wouldn't boot from it, and wouldn't install from it either. And in the process of trying that I realized I did not like this laptop at all. HP, very heavy, large unwieldy touch pad with left and right click areas on opposite sides, kind of a rocker. Keys too small - wide but not high enough. Couldn't even read the F key numbers. And the backlighting is minimal, useless in normal indoor lighting.

Decided it would be better to just get an upgraded version of my Toshiba. So I went online, and found that Toshiba had a sale on both a 500MB mini-SSD and 8GB of RAM. After taxes it came to about $200 less than the HP. A replacement laptop would have run $1200. Not this week. So that problem is solved.

Spook is mad at me because I sprayed her when she jumped up on the table and started chewing on a letter from a friend which was a replacement for one she chewed up a couple of weeks ago.

Also delivered today was a very nice looking selfie stick. I'll get to trying that maybe this weekend. No rush. And at 9 pm someone rang the carport door bell and ran away, leaving a package from Zappos. Confused me a bit because the UPS notice said it was from Amazon, and had been delivered to a woman.

Plans for tomorrow:
Costco - return the HP
Safeway - breathe-right strips, shower door cleaner, bananas, velveeta, string cheese, egg nog.

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