Friday, May 16, 2008

Workin' 9 to 5

So apparently going back to work reduces my posting frequency. This has been both a really long and a really short week all at once. I can't believe I was just in New Employee Orientation earlier this week. On the other hand, I also can't believe it's already Friday night. Not sure how that happened.

I have been deluged with a firehose of information for my new job. Plus there's the usual stuff you do when you start a new job, to get settled in the environment. I didn't get my new laptop until Thursday afternoon so I was feeling pretty unsettled before that (my MacBook couldn't access internal websites because of a Windows security requirement, and I don't know enough to figure out how to get around it).

Everything at work is online, and the company runs via email so not having a computer is like playing ice hockey with no skates. I guess you could do it, but it's not really the most efficient way to go about it.

My new work laptop is awesome - it's a Toshiba Portege m700 Tablet PC. Small and light, which is a requirement for me in a laptop. Not as thin and pretty as my Macbook, but the Tablet features definitely make up for that. I may have to do another handwritten blog post. It's also shiny brand new and has 4GB of RAM, so it's fast and responsive, and Vista makes it pretty.

I spent the past couple of days getting it set up with all the work software I needed, and also the personal stuff like my Favorites, Messenger, and of course, pictures of the puppies for my screen saver. I have to admit I love the fact that Microsoft doesn't skimp on equipment for its employees to get work done, and doesn't try to legislate what we can do with our work machines. (I mean, obviously, I can't download porn, but I can put my own background on it, and use it to post to my personal blog.)

Oh, and speaking of blogs, I reopened my Microsoft blog. But first I need to talk to my manager about what I can blog about there. Let's just say that I work on some sensitive stuff, and leave it at that. I'm not sure if I can talk about it or not on my blog. Better safe than sorry.

Thanks to everyone who gave me design feedback on the blog. I might work on it this weekend.

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