November 30th, 2017



Up a few minutes early, weighed myself & went back to bed for a few. Lost a little weight.

Zoe was out and about in the kitchen, she thinks the kitchen chairs (foldable, padded fabric) are the best scratchers. I tried to put her in front of the food dish, but she would take a bite or two and then flee. Even when I shoo Spook away.

Put the whites in the washer.

On the road early enough to phone AG, but got voicemail. He texted later he would call back, so maybe tomorrow.

Work was going along well until I pushed the power switch on a prototype box and is sparked, smoked and the box went dead. The light for the switch, however, stayed on.  I went to my server to email the engineers, but my server was dead. No power. After some troubleshooting with tech ops, it was clear at the very least the power supply had fried. They file a ticket with field service. Just before lunch field service manager asked what times I would be available, so I gave them my schedule. ASAP was the right answer because I also had to go to 42 and have one of the managers resurrect three boxes of his which were in various states of not able to be updated.

Lunchtime there was a buffet set up for some gathering, they also had name tags on lanyards & t-shirts. Two of them stole my table, but the rest of them ate in their meeting room as they are supposed to. There were other tables free.

Tuna salad on sourdough, there were satsuma tangerines on the counter, and I also had grapes.

Back to the hole, message from field service tech asking if this was a good time to come over. It was. He actually showed up at the hole (and not my Official Desk) with a power strip when what I needed was a power supply for the server. But close enough. After establishing that we both knew what we were doing, he found that my server was end of life, no power supplies in stock or available to order. BUT, I was due for an upgrade, so he ordered me a top of the line engineering server, with instructions to bring it to the hole and put my current hard drive in it. Boss' boss' boss probably has to approve it.

Meanwhile I have an old macbook for email & messaging & adb.

Engineers next door swapped the zapped prototype for one that works, they even installed the latest firmware. But I had to use the macbook adb connection to log into it and make it ready to run some apps. A second macbook let me run some automation tests.

Drove to 42, had a chat with Boss, the manager I needed was gone for the day, but his sidekick volunteered to flash the three boxes. Boss gave me another unit to test as well. That all took till 4:30.

Back to the hole, set up another automation run on the prototype, ate some PNB&J and at 5:30 drove to the nails place. Once again I was early, she was still working on a pedicure. She took a long time to do my nails this time, > 45 minutes, with an extra coating of the silver color.

Home by back roads, 101 was at a crawl, but for the second time this week I made the light at the IFH without having to slow down.  

Pulled into the driveway and then back out, because I had the rent check on the front seat, and the drop box is open till 9.

Dropped off the rent, then home.

Zoe had pooped about a week's worth on the counter. I transfered that to the litterbox, and sprayed Fabreze and some anti-soiling stuff. Zoe followed me into the kitchen, yelling at me, but she wouldn't eat from the tower. I put food in her bowl on the counter and that made her happy.

Delivered was the 2 pairs of Sonos speakers. They weigh a lot. I opened one up, and they are way bigger than the photos suggested, and heavier by a long shot. Not portable as advertised. They are going back. I haz a sad, because they were my last hope for grouped wi-fi speakers.

Not delivered was the Roomba. :-(

Unloaded the dryer, still had not put away the last run. So lots of laundry on the bed right now.

Dinner was turkey leg smothered in the caramelized onion/garlic mix left over from last night. Yum! Walnuts, mango chunks & blueberries for dessert. I am out of ice cream, which is good because it was wreaking havoc on my Hgl readings.

Online, re-ordered some meds.

While I was printing the return labels for the speakers, printer complained it was running out of ink. This printer uses 7 different ink cartridges, but Canon doesn't sell a package with all of them. It took 4 orders. And $118.

Watched PTI and Lost Lives. Tivo also has 2 football games, Shark Tank and Below Decks. I watched about half an hour of the Victoria's Secret fashion show, but they hardly show the models - there is more focus on the musical acts, and when they do show the models it's only for a second or two, and rarely full length. And almost never from the back. Typical MTV video. Frustrating.

Plans for tomorrow:
Work - lots to do
Football (?)
Prepare the Jam & sonos speakers to be returned (Saturday).


Back to basics

All I know is it was 8:10 when I opened my eyes. I had gotten up at 7:20 to weigh myself (<260 for the first time) and then back to bed for 10 minutes.  Overshot.

Morning stuff got done anyway, was at work almost on time, close enough to not matter. The event next door was seriously impacting the break room, so I grabbed what I needed and was outa there.

Started running some tests on the replacement box, but it stopped displaying video. Kind of confusing because some of the tests were audio only. But they always showed a picture before. Did a lot of troubleshooting and then went for lunch.

The visitors were all over the break room, being even more obnoxious than yesterday. One table started out as a conference with 4 people, but in a matter of minutes there were a dozen, taking selfies. My table was taken, and all the ones near it. I had to sit at a high table. Hate those. A lot of engineers like to stand while they work/eat. Not me. 

There was one very pretty woman sitting at the other high table, but she was behind me so I only got a little glance.

Tuna salad sandwich. I need to make another batch this weekend. One more left for tomorrow.

Tangerines & grapes again. Reading a new book. The one I just finished was at a teaser point, and had I liked the second book enough I would have bought the 3rd, but the second book was everything I hate about fantasy writing - the author kept changing the rules, and pulling new ones out of her ass. Oddly enough, the book I've switched to has a similar setup.

Back to the hole, I called in the engineers next door, and they were surprised by what the box did, but after 10 minutes the lead came in with his laptop, plugged in a serial connection, entered a single command, and it was fixed. Sort of. It played video, but instead of HDR-10, it played DolbyVision, which I did not know it supported.  

Since we talked yesterday, Boss did not come down to sync.

Looked up my new server order, it has been approved, and assigned to someone in the tech group. Maybe tomorrow I'll get email from her.

Called my Baltimore sister when I saw they had an earthquake. Turns out it was only about a 5, and in Delaware.

Wrapped up the bugs which I was checking out on the Bzzt box, and put the one in place Boss gave me. Found an issue right off with the remote, but I've seen it before. Some TVs have a 2-phase remote. Normal buttons work on IR, but to use the built-in microphone it needs to be paired as a bluetooth device.

But unlike lots of STBs, it had a USA tuner so I could get about 50 channels on it. Makes for a longer test. Why is it that I always seem to fire up the TV during Dr. Phil?

Set up an overnight test, and it was time to go home. Traffic was slow and stupid.

Stopped off at Grocery Outlet in hopes of scoring some more cat treats and a heavier food bowl for Zoe, who had knocked her paper bowl to the floor, but they had neither. So I settled for peeled garlic, yellow onions and mushrooms. Also got the one thing on my list, 1-qt freezer bags.

Home, Facebooked, started replay on tonight's football game, dinner was HC Beef merlot steamer. They do a good job with that. Mangoes and walnuts for dessert.

Re-charged all the sodastream bottles. Made diet cola, diet orange, diet ginger ale and soda water.

Got an invitation to join a photo shoot with the studio I've been shooting with lately, and it's a model I'd love to shoot, but I have tickets for a show that afternoon.

Got the Jam speakers back in their boxes to return to Best Buy. Opened the Sonos speaker box which I hadn't unsealed and put RMA barcodes in both boxes. I'm sure they are fantastic speakers (heavy is good for sound quality) but I need something which has a small footprint and I can easily carry from the bedroom to the shower in the morning for 10 minutes. I think I found something online but I want to wait till the credits are issued.

One of these days I need to put my AT*T phone on eBay.

Plans for tomorrow:
Thought about going to BestBuy since it's near work, but better to handle that when traffic is more sane Saturday.