I got everything I could ask for this year! I am at a place in my work where I wrapped up a few ongoing tasks, and it was time for a break. Kristin and I headed up to Gatlinburg last week.
We came back for me to open my presents from Kristin. She surprised me with many many flavors of Bubble Tea in a complete kit, as well as coffees and teas. I was introduced to Bubble Tea through my weekly Vietnamese dining experience with Matt. I love the treat, but it is about $4.50 per glass. That means I am out drinking what I am eating, and it isn’t even alcoholic.
I treated Matt to lunch in exchange for his company on my b-day, and we really had a good time. Contrary to him feeling bad about the circumstances of who bought who what, I would have probably skipped lunch altogether had he not gone.
OITS has just blown through the notorious end of the fiscal year budget, and I am the proud owner of a new Dell Latitude D830 (completely pimped out). Regretfully, Vista is complete crap, so I haven’t used it much at all. I am not kidding when I say it runs slower than my Inspiron 4150 circa 2002. I wonder how soon I will slap Ubuntu on that beast… I also convinced Tom to explore ASP alternatives for web based applications, specifically Ruby on Rails. He has purchased a Rails book by Dave Thomas (not the hamburger guy!), as well as Dave’s famous Pragmatic Programmer. Thanks to Matt Todd for turning me on to this wonderful publication.
In other OITS news, I convinced Tom to move to a web based repository locally developed by the HUB to meet our needs. He was hesitant at first, but once he saw the numerous advantages over a plain-ol’ network share, he was quick to adopt. We have been fighting for a few days on some of the “gotchas” of deploying a new instance of this codebase. The work will immediately pay off for both departments however; Admin Systems saves time on what would be re-inventing the wheel, and the HUB already has patches coming back for its code. (Already 5 changes by me!).
Debye and Matt have talked about the possibilities of Matt and I co-developing some code for a school website. I have looked forward to working with Matt on a project since he started Omnia several years ago. However, due to deadlines, staff shortages, and other interruptions, I never got the chance before leaving the HUB. It looks like now, I might finally get my chance.
Tonight, we just got back from Daruma, a Japanese steakhouse in Conyers. My folks extended the offer for Kristin’s family to join us. I really had fun seeing everyone (it has been a while). It was good company, and presents for me!
Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday!