Monday, December 08, 2008

Update, Geek-Style

So it's been a while since my last update. Okay, okay, it's been a while since I've posted regularly at all. Yep, rasserfrasser employers with their insane ideas about steady work to go with that steady paycheck.

Anyway, just to give you an update since the office move. Not only did I get blistered thumbs from checking every data port over that weekend, but when I came into the office that Monday, the 2 veeps spear-heading the move showed up in my cube all ashen-faced. Geh, what now?! One of the servers that host our website decided that this was the perfect time to have its hard drive go belly up. Backups? Nah, of course not. Image the server that survived? Nup, not an option, either, since it would take a week to get a replacement HDD delivered that matched the specs. Cheh. Guess who has to rebuild a whole new server from scratch...in one day...while also continuing to do all the work currently scheduled for our customers' projects? I've been playing catchup ever since.

After that, I also had an internal project to maintain our partnership status with Microsoft as an Independent Software Vendor, ISV for short. Every two years my company has to go through this process to get our software tested, and it's been my burden to package up our software and provide instructions so that a third party tester can validate that our bits meet the requirements. If we pass, we get all these goodies from Microsoft to play with, like their latest versions of, well, everything. Literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of software. Free. All so that we, as an ISV, can develop our own code to work with it. It's quite the chore. But this year was the fastest our code ever got tested. And passed. For me, though, it was just another task to check off as completed, so stop bugging me about it, Mr Veep in charge of whatever you're in charge of!

Well, this is my last week before I go on a two-week vacation, spent in much warmer climes than frosty Chicago. The year-end rush to chase every bit of revenue down is in full swing. I'm cross-training, like 4 people, just so that the company can squeeze out just that little bit while I'm gone. Who know if any of these projects will actually happen while I'm gone? Meh, I guess I'll find out when I get back because I don't intend to check any email or answer any phone calls from the office while I'm out exposing my skin to light that isn't generated by heating up exotic chemical gases in glass tubes. You know, the sun!? Four days till I'm on a plan out west. I hope I can survive!