Play: On the advice of a fellow Perl Monger I ordered copies of Parkinson's Law and The Mythical Man Month. Turns out I am familiar with Parkinson's observation that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion" (and how), now I'll read the book. I'll also finally read Brooks' work in its entirety. And someone in the office was throwing out McConnell's Rapid Development so I snagged that, too. I have at least a good month of reading aside from the 17 or so- yes, I've lost count and yes, a dozen are computer-related- periodicals I already receive.
Returned Sunday from YAPC in Montreal. Driving takes ~7.5 hours including stops and thirty minutes of traffic at the GWB. Heard great presentations and put faces to names and names to nicks. Revitalized my desire to hack code in Perl and thinking about how I can sneak a little more of it into work... I wonder on the status of perljvm. Finally caught up with my email, nearly caught up with the missed work week, not anywhere near caught up on sleep. Surprised to find we have two consultants from a well-known certificate authority on-site to assist in integrating their product. Unsurprised that not much was done in preparation for their arrival.
I do not have Apprentice status, so I'll post this here...
Reaction to Organizational Announcements on CMM and Six Sigma
After the initial from handwaving and the brandishing of buzzwords, I see the following:
Friends visited. Decided to occupy our friend's husband with
a trip to
to the Trenton Computer
Really, it was a wholly self-less act. I had no
interest. Uh. Yeah.
Ran into a co-worker assisting at a vendor booth and another
buying some equipment. It was nice to see I'm not the only
Picked up a new, in-box, buckling spring keyboard for $20. A genuine, new, IBM buckling-spring type M keyboard with the nice solid *clickety-click* feedback like the ones they used to make for the PS/2. This IBM model has an integrated trackpoint similar to those found on the Thinkpad but I'm not sure I like using it instead of a mouse. For what it's worth, PCKeyboard (formerly Unicomp?) still makes, sells, and repairs those great keyboards. They sell a similar full-size mechanical keyboard with the stick for $99 so I count myself lucky.
Our friend picked up an armload of untested, used equipment: a case with power supply, P2-333, and a BX motherboard for $45 total. He figures he'll install RedHat if the parts are okay.
Nearly bought a pile of six clapped out and stripped Sun IPC's at the flea market for $50 when the rain started. I'd have to sort through to make what would probably be two working units. And what would I do with them? Buy AUI-10BT converters and scavenge extra 30-pin SIMMS so I could run... NetBSD... slowly. Pass.
I also have to wonder what some of the flea market guys were smoking. One guy wanted $55 for a SS10, 40MHz, no ram, 1GB HD, and GX framebuffer. Another wanted $75 for SS20, 50MHz, no ram, no HD. I read on a list this evening that one bright light was hawking a SS/20 with 96MB, 9GB HD, and TGX for $575. Hello? Haven't these guys checked their prices against Ebay?
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