Its always hard starting a new gig. The people are all different. Projects require a different look and touch. They hired me and want me to be their infrastructure PM and catch the things, be able to discuss stuff with network and systems engineers, virtualization folks, storage admins but still retain the management focus. I think I bring all that and more to the game. I gently took over a meeting yesterday with a network engineer and we drilled down on the issues which he had not been able to introduce to the project. The network is the critical path but yet the actual requirements were missed. We got those into the plan finally and now people can see that its not the servers and the firewalls and the wireless access points on the new floor. Its what delivers to all them.
By the end of the month, I have to move out of the current digs. This is no big thing to me. The current place sucks at so many levels and our beloved landlord refuses to deal with the garbage in the house, the refuse from tearing walls down, the general cleanliness. I reduced the final rent to remind him he missed out on his duty to us.
I started looking this last week but the truth is that most rooms really are not available this far in advance from when I need to move. I hate not having the whole thing proactively planned but such is life. Everything comes together or not for a reason or reasons out there.
So moving along means finding a thing I can live with for a year or so and then I can implement the Mike plan part two after next year.
Android Gets Under Your Skin
And it never gets tiring. Just like Linux. Once you decide to use something you are empowered to change, it creates new vistas for how you can use and own a device. I always laugh at the IOS users and the pathetic phone interface they’re stuck with. I want widgets and a real file system I can use. I want to use the device.
Like Linux, Android lets me adopt and adapt to what I like. New active wallpapers that change every two hours? Tapet has that covered. Just the little things folks. A little thing like a changing wallpaper or having weather and my calendar as active widgets on the home screen. Just making the device mine. This was the major frustration owning an iPad Air 2. No matter what I did, it was never mine. I could not change a little thing on it. Forget the big things!
The Changeling Strikes
We are all owners and victims of change you know. We can plan a thing out but change is inevitable and it carries with it perhaps rules we know about and many we don’t. Other forces act and interact on our little corner of the universe. We may not ever see those things but yet they impact us.
I realized walking last night that we are all beings of incredible joy and sadness. We have the stuff of the universe in our bodies and yet we are so little and miserly. We’re made of star stuff but our exploding universes are so tempered with the experiences of us. We simply cannot see past our noses but the stars and worlds and people and change are all out there.
Why can’t we see farther? Its simple. Its the way it is and was. Want to change it. Tough. But that does not mean you should not try.
Go make it a miserable Saturday. You deserve it.