All 6 entries tagged Work
December 17, 2007
This last week has been a busy one. On Monday, I visited Paul at his flat in Cambridge for a quiet night in; we spent most of it watching funny stuff courtesy of the BBC's iPlayer. Tuesday was my one free day last week, so I spent it catching up on some TV, that sort of thing. Wednesday saw me travelling to Huntingdon with a couple of mates from work to see American Gangster; this is an excellent film, if a little long at 2hrs 40mins. It is also somewhat unusual in that it's a slow burner from Ridley Scott of all people, but it's carried off very well and both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe give sterling performances. I highly recommend it.
On Thursday, Paul came round to my flat for another night in, although a little less quiet than Monday's was! We got some beers in, watched The Negotiator (a thoroughly enjoyable film with performances of the quality you'd expect from Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey) and then spent the rest of the evening playing Portal from Valve. This is a truly fantastic game; the black sense of humour pervading the game, along with the innovative Portal gun and the powerful Source game engine combine to provide a top-class experience. I cannot recommend it enough, you will want to play this to the end the moment you pick it up.
Friday saw me leaving work a little early to pick up Lorna from the station. She came up to visit and accompany me to the Citrix Christmas party which took place on Friday night. It was a low-key affair compared with last year, but not at all in a bad way, and both Lorna and I had a very enjoyable evening. We left at about 1am after consuming a rather nasty bottle of rosé between us (although I think I ended up having most of it) and stayed up for about another hour chatting about Heroes and Lost and other random stuff.
On Saturday Lorna and I headed into Cambridge for a spot of Christmas shopping, feeling rather brain-dead. I say "a spot"; what I mean by that is that I needed to do all my Christmas shopping, and Lorna needed to do a bit! I didn't get up until about 11.30 or so, and Lorna about 12-12.30, so it wasn't until 1pm that we actually left. We arrived in Cambridge at about 2pm and headed straight to The Gourmet Burger Kitchen for lunch (my new favourite place to eat; their burgers and milkshakes are to die for). We staggered back on the bus at about 6pm after a lot of shopping and a good rest in Costa at the top of Waterstones including, of course, a bowl of tea that you can lose your face in. We settled down in front of The X Factor Final for a couple of hours before it was time for Lorna to head back to London.
Yesterday, all told, was a much more relaxed day, with boring things like a to-do list. On the plus side, though, I completed everything on my list (bassoon practice, Christmas cards, pub quiz, washing) and got through some old TV too; most notably, the last episode of Top Gear.
And so here we are: the final week of work before Christmas; I have my first review coming up after Christmas, and an initial discussion with my manager today regarding my performance over the last quarter. From what he's said so far, though, everything seems to be going swimmingly, and I'm confident that the review will not throw up any major issues.
More to come soon, I hope.
September 06, 2007
A quick update as I've dropped off the radar a bit recently...
I finally started work at Citrix on Monday — woo hoo! I spent the day setting up my two PCs; I have two because we get one as a "corporate workstation" (emails, Internet, etc.), and one for development. The first is a bit above "standard configuration" — dual core, 2GB of memory (IIRC), WinXP (although Vista was offered, I politely declined; I'm not going anywhere near it until Vista 2.0 — also known as SP1 — is out) — the second is for development and is a beast with a total of 4GB, count them: 1 2 3 4GB of memory, also dual core, running Windows Server 2003. Unfortunately, it's running the 32-bit distribution due to support for 64-bit distributions being non-existent, so technical problems with memory addressing could potentially be encountered. I hope not.
There's still a fair amount of work to be done on the development machine, as the original one had some issues with installing Server 2003 — the machine would hang when the installer started searching for previous versions of Windows, so it's likely that it was an issue with the hard disk or the hard disk controller. Luckily, Citrix is the sort of company where if there is this sort of issue impacting your work, they'll happily run a replacement machine up to you.
Monday afternoon was met with a call from HR at Chalfont Park (near Gerrards Cross, west of London), stating that I was required to attend a two-day induction there on Tuesday and Wednesday. So I hastily arranged a lift with some other new starters, cancelled my attendance at the Cambridge Phil's rehearsal, and headed down to Gerrards Cross. Today was the Citrix Summer Party, also held at Chalfont, so for my first week at work, I've done very little work! I will resume my tasks tomorrow before settling in for the weekend.
The weekend will be interesting; I've unfortunately had to cancel my trip to Leamington this weekend, but I think I will try to spend it doing more unpacking, and I might try and get into Cambridge if the weather is nice and just spend some time wandering around. The last few have been too task-oriented to properly enjoy — particularly the trips into Cambridge — and I hope to be able to relax a bit more this weekend.
Plus of the day: TV's now available on iTunes, and Apple are releasing an iPod version of the iPhone (i.e., an iPhone without the phone, or an iPod with a touch screen and Mac OS X). These both rock. Minus of the day: TV episodes are £1.89/episode, ~£20/season. Rubbish.
September 22, 2006
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Story of my life, really :)
On a slightly more sombre note, this is my last day at Citrix, where I have spent my summer. It’s been a fantastic three months, working on a really interesting project. I’ve met some great people, and found a company I would really like to work for post-University. In many respects, I don’t want to leave (typically, the work is just getting to be really interesting), but equally I can’t wait to get back to Leamington, to see my friends and my lovely girlfriend regularly again, and to throw myself into next year.
The whole experience has raised some questions with uncomfortable and unsatisfactory answers with regards to next year, but I’m only too aware that I can’t stick my head in the sand and hope it all goes away. I’ve got a fantastic opportunity here that I need to grab by the balls and make work for me, but being so far away from everyone this summer has been hard enough; I can’t imagine how hard a year or more may be.
Anyways, the regular Friday morning cakes have arrived, so I must be off to collect my sticky bun :)
March 01, 2006
I have my project presentation on Friday. The slides are written. The presentation is not exactly practised. The demo… could be interesting.
Am generally not fussed about the presentation, as I have a good spec/progress report, and the Final Report should be good too. The presentation is also 15% of the project, and I know the subject area well enough to blag it. I hope. But I am worried about the demo; the project is not quite fully working and is now incredibly time-consuming and difficult to debug – I need at least two PCs to do so. Hence the procrastination of blogging.
January 05, 2006
It's now 1.40am on Thursday 5 Jan (but I guess you gathered that from the timestamp at the bottom of the post). I'm 3722 words down, but the word limit was never going to be the problem.
One of the ratios I've chosen is only really meaningful if compared with direct competitors, and there are not the relevant figures available for the three competitors listed to allow me to do this.
Ho-hum, let's hope I can get some credit for investigating it at least.
See you on the other side!
January 03, 2006
Finance and Accounting. 4000 words. 5 Jan. Current progress: 0 words