Of Hiatuses, Jobs, and Other Shit

At a minimum, I try to write something at least once a month. However that hasn’t been possibly lately since I’ve had so much going on. In fact, it hasn’t really been possible to do a lot of things that I was planning on doing due to recent changes in my personal life. So allow me to banter on a bit while I sip on some coffee and listen to the Tron Legacy soundtrack.

So let’s start with the interesting stuff: I’m currently trying to use Ubuntu as my day-to-day distribution instead of Fedora. Blasphemy I know but I’m really wanting to put Linux everywhere in my house. The only hold-out is still my media center and the most critical component of that is the gaming portion. Yes I still enjoy freedom-hating triple-A titles and while Steam is now available on Linux, those titles aren’t. But I’m really doing an honest attempt at getting that Windows machine out of there and putting a full-time Linux box there. My gripe from the outset was that I couldn’t get Steam to run under Fedora. I know people have accomplished this and there are tutorials available but I’m convinced that Gallium hates my graphics card (Radeon HD 4670). Not to mention that Valve have cozied up enough against Canonical that Ubuntu is the gateway drug for this particular piece of software. So I have to spend some time with it to get familiar with its eccentricities so I know what my potential media center is going to be doing. Even though it’s Linux, Canonical have a habit of doing things their own way.

Not the juicy tidbit you were looking for? Fine. I get it.

I started my first enterprise job around the late-middle of March. I’m not writing code for a company (mostly because I don’t want to ever hate writing code) rather I’m driving around to multiple locations and effectively working as a break-fix for servers, PBX/phones, registers, PCs, RF devices, MFDs, etc… It’s definitely a challenge and a bit different than what I’ve been accustomed to for the past three years but it’s certainly welcome. I just can’t come to terms with the overwhelmingly deep penetration Windows has in that environment. I suppose that’s true in a majority of enterprises but I really do cringe when I turn my company laptop on and Windows 7 comes up. I asked if I could get a Linux image deployed but they reserve that for the almighty developer. Putting that aside, the other change came as a shift in schedule. While most people are accustomed to a 8AM-5PM job, I’m not one of them. Prior to this, my time was usually 2AM-5PM (waking at 2AM, bed by 5PM). Of course I’d be writing code for nearly this whole time but I enjoy waking up that early in the morning in general. Now I’ve been contending with a five-hour shift and it’s still not taking to me very well. I’m still coming home and crashing hard because I just feel completely beat since I’m getting off the clock at the time I used to go to bed. And typically I’ll be more than an hour away from home at any given day.

While definitely a much needed job/change, this unfortunately has meant that I’ve had to put nearly everything I was working on prior to on a bit of a hiatus for the time being. At least until I get my bearings and stop stumbling around like an idiot (which hopefully isn’t too long since I tend to pick up on things pretty quickly). Despite having a very steep learning curve from this position, I’ve already found myself starting to wean back into writing code on the weekends (which is actually how I started programming as a weekend/bedroom coder). I’m starting with small stuff for now with the thinking that I’ll be able to get back up to writing decently complex programs by next month barring any complications that come up.

I haven’t been able to publish any screencasts to YouTube either. I’m actually sitting on a few that just need to be rendered but I haven’t had the time or inclination, simply by virtue of being tired, to click the render button on Pinnacle. Eventually I’ll get more of them up there.

So it’s time for me to order new Google swag. My original Google coffee mug, still kicking after three years, is starting to show its age thus it must be replaced. And I bid you adieu.