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Ultimate nerd-i-ness

Well, been a while since a post – sorry – but have made some leaps forward in the tech race (ie. he who dies with the most toys wins)…

Have just started work at SDM, located in South Melbourne (more in a sec) – and part of the new role includes a laptop. Wireless everywhere at SDM – including phone system, using USB headsets instead of normal land-line phones. Means that I can be literally anywhere, and assuming I’m on-line (VPN), can use the phone system too.

Have setup a wireless router at home now – using D-Link wireless router. I’d originally only had the PDA to test with – before geting the laptop. Freaked out Donna by controlling XBMC – using PDA web-browser to the XBOX.

That was then trumped by the ability to surf the net from the garage – believe me, I tried it ! The laptop worked instantly – just needed the WEP key.

And now – am lying in bed, using a remote desktop to my PC in the study – checking emails, downloading, MP3’ing – as if I was sitting in the study.

Waaay nerdy, eh ?

I can really tell that SDM will be a great place to work – already feels like I’m in a place where my nerdiness is viewed as a gift, not a curse. And there are other people as nerdy as me (or even MORE !)

My first experience with the company was a “boys day out” with the developer team – for a session of go-karting. Great track – wide-open bitumen, and grippy tyres on karts that go over 60 km/h. We had a 20-lap qualify, and then grid-position for a 25 lap race. And the winner – well, ummm… Me !

Bit wierd for the “new guy” to win the race – and not even started at SDM yet – but I certainly made a lasting impression !

Work is shaping up to be interesting – initially on a project for Connex Melbourne – to log & track faults on trains. Having been a rail commuter – I can imagine the logistics involved – and the program is just as chaotic.

Spent most of today setting up VB-6 on a virtual PC. And had to install Crystal Reports, and TrueDBGrid – and the OCX for Graph32 – aahhh, the memories. (found out this particular COM object was phased out for VB-5 !)

Been a while since any work with VB-6, probably 2 years – will be interesting to see how much my code-thinking has changed with .NET – often difficult to “go back”.

I can remember resisting the move to Windows-95 (showing my age now !), having known ALL about Win-3.11 – and then after a few months of Win95, and then “going back” to a Win-3.11 PC – ack, how could I have ever used THIS !!

That’s the wonderful thing about technology – software especially – it just keeps rolling along. The only thing “constant” is CHANGE.

Working in IT is a double-edged sword – the best thing is that there’s always something new to learn & find out about – BUT – the WORST thing is that there’s always something new to learn & find out about…!! 🙂

So – will be re-learning some VB6 for 2 months – and will hopefully delve into some new tech in between times…

More reports as we go…

Time for me to do the same as everyone else in this house – Cameron, Donna and even Chloe are all snoring away – sleep is calling me too…

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