Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic


Finally, after more than a month of delays, my contract rep received the offer to keep me at Google until this time next year. Had it not come through by tomorrow, Boss would have been forced to un-Google me, and go through the on-boarding process all over again when it came through. That would have been a major pain in the butt, and major delay.

Last night was a Spooky adventure. She had been knocking her cat bed all across the bedroom, diving under it, etc.,  so I decided to play a little game and put it on the spot on my bed where she sometimes sleeps. As soon as I turned off the lights, she hopped onto the bed and curled up in the cat bed. And stayed there till I was in the shower this morning. Webcam checks showed she was back in it most of the day. We'll see how long that lasts.

Brought the camera to work and tried out the new lens. It was no better than the older one for exposures. It focuses differently, but I knew that. At afternoon break time I went to the android sculpture garden and took some pix. Also got some of the hole. It got too sunsetty too fast to go across the street and take pix around the main campus. Probably better off doing that Saturday.

The Hole aka LMK1

Android garden

More Android Garden

It was busy at work, Engineer came down to work with me on troubleshooting a bug which was on my machine but not his. Of the 4 we have under test, 2 have it. It ended up crashing in a different way, so he gave me his and gave mine to the guys next door. They figured out what caused the bug, but not how to fix it. Yet.

So I was able to finish three more tests, which had a bunch of sub-tests. I still need the DVD player to finish the run. Maybe tomorrow, probably next week. Meanwhile I was using the new laptop and doing manual tests in order. Manual is not quite accurate, it's a combo of auto and manual which I had been pushing for at other companies.

The concept, in plain English, is the most important thing is what the customer sees. While it is important to "torture test" with software which repeats the same procedure 10,000 times, if the audio/video sucks after routine remote control use, then you've failed. What this new laptop does is automate the repetitive stuff, but for the manual tests it requires eyes and ears to validate.

For instance, one test plays the same video, changing the resolution 11 times, then repeats the process for 5 videos. After each video the tester needs to pass or fail the a/v quality by pressing a button on the laptop. All results are recorded automatically, and can be uploaded to the partner with another button push.

I was 15 minutes late to the break room for lunch, and while the customers had gone other places, many more employees than usual were there. Some eye candy and some antidotes. I had made a couple of PNB&J sandwiches, ate one, grapes for dessert.

Home, traffic on the back roads was medium light, 101 was impossible. I may have missed a CHM evening presentation, but no big loss if I hadn't registered for it.

Contract rep wants our next lunch meeting to be at The Sports Page. I have only been inside once, maybe 20 years ago. Before Google they were a center for the young not-so-elite. The summer trademark is a volleyball court out back. They have Reuben sandwiches, I'll be fine.

Dinner was the turkey leftovers, sourdough bread and reheated chinese BBQ pork. Rambutan for dessert.

Watched an episode of the new MacGuyver, and while it is much better in many ways than the original, Mac destroys three times as many items with his Swiss Army Knife than in the old series. And they make sure you see the brand mark.

Plans for tomorrow:

  • Garbage, Cable, Blood, MNF at the clubhouse, BASFA

    Up with the alarm at 8, out of bed by 9. Spook wanted to stay on the bed with me but the covers were all lumped up. Collected all the trash bags and…

  • Renn Fair & Football

    Spook started the night curled up next to me, but that didn't last long. Got up with the alarm as planned, banana breakfast and morning drugs,…

  • Renn FAIL

    The Renn Faire was from 10 am to 10 pm today, so I figured I could sleep in and get there around 11, but the water was turned off in the neighborhood…

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