Category: Work

More shit

Yeah, so it’s kind of cold out there. A balmy -3 last time ForecastFox showed me a weather report, and it has snowed several times since last week. That’s ridiculous, but I guess it’s better than sweating my ass off in 100 degree heat on the drive home from work every afternoon this summer. Thing about being hot or being cold is… if you get cold, you can turn up the heat and pile on as many blankets as it takes to warm back up. If you get too hot, you can only take off so many articles of clothing before you’re completely naked, and then you’re screwed because you’ll start offending people and there’s still no guarantee you would cool off. It’s a lose-lose situation, I tell you.

Inventory page is progressing well. I logged in a few hours tonight working on that after I got home from work and hashed out a good chunk of the price list. All I have to do is straighten up the layout and code the section to actually edit the prices. I want to make sure I get that done right since any given operation in that department is going to hit at least a couple dozen records, and I don’t want to blow the database up. 4am is not the best time of night to be blowing your database up. At any rate, the upshot for me is there has been some interest from some other folks about using the software I’m writing for their own inventory management. Some changes will need to be made, but it wouldn’t be anything major. Unfortunately since this is all coded in ASP.Net I don’t have a way of putting it up on this server to demo for people. However, Dreamhost does have Ruby On Rails installed on their servers, and I do happen to have a Ruby On Rails book… next project, maybe?

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Minimum maintenance roads…

… SUCK.

So I was scheduled to go out to a customer’s house this morning to look at their DSL connection. Pretty typical shit. I got a map off of Mapquest and headed out, making my way for a county road south of Blair. County roads, as you well know, have several different meanings. They can be paved, gravel, dirt, or they can be a trail between two corn fields lined with signs that say TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT.

This morning I was on a county road that was all of the above. It started paved… then became a gravel road… then turned to a dirt road… then turned into a muddy path with a sign that said MINIMUM MAINTENANCE ROAD. But I’m a trooper – I was literally almost there, I figured a little mud wouldn’t be too bad. I made it through about half a mile before I got myself stuck in a rut.

Long story short, I had to walk about a mile and a half back towards civilization before I finally ran into someone who lived at a house back where the road was paved. Had to call the boss to bring his hugeass pickup out to tow me out of the mud.

Moral of the story: If you see a sign that says minimum maintenance road, turn your ass around and find another way. It’s not worth it.

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My abomination

I stopped by Big Brain the other night to do some maintenance on the project we did for them a few months ago. It was nice to see the 5-headed monster we set up working great. It seemed like half the customers that came in would go straight for a station there to look at artwork. Gave me kind of a sense of accomplishment knowing that Mark, Ed, and I basically worked our asses off for a good month and a half doing something that only a handful of people have ever done before and it was being put to pretty good use.

Relevant linkage:
Userful
Fedora Core
Shellfish

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Rob 2, West 0

Ok, here’s the deal. I got the call from HunTel Wednesday afternoon, but since I was sleeping I missed it. Called them back the next morning and received the job offer! $11.50 per hour (bottom end of the payscale, but I’m not complaining), full benefits package, and possibly a raise in January. It’s a Monday through Friday 8-5 gig, with me supposedly being on call some weekends. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out just yet, I just know the folks won’t want me conducting too much (if any) of my work over the landline and cell phone reception in this house is absolutely pathetic. We’ll see I guess.

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