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This week was an interesting one, as it was my first full week of work at my summer tech job. Monday was a bit torturous, as I spent most of my working day putting out fires on the new website that my workplace is rolling out. It is built on the Joomla! Open-source content management system, which is exciting to see. However, staring into a screen for five hours, with the only human interaction in that time being my boss walking in and telling me to switch gears and work on a different part of the website every twenty minutes got old pretty fast. I’m definitely more in my element at the Help Desk, assisting people with their computer problems (PEBKAC, hehe).

Tuesday was (as far as I remember) a carbon-copy of Monday, except that I showed up to work fifteen minutes earlier. Oooh, amazing. More website development, less human interaction, more boss interruptions.

Wednesday was an adventure, to say the least. While I was working on the website, I decided to pursue a side project and try moving my /home directory to its own partition. There was a very nicely written tutorial on Psychocats that made it look relatively doable. So, during a lull at work, I booted into the Linux Mint 6 live CD I carry around and went through the tutorial. Let’s just say I borked it, on the only machine I had to work on the web dev project. I ended up having to boot into the trusty Puppy Linux CD I carry around, just to recover my critical data before whacking all my Linux partitions and reinstalling. Needless to say, that was incredibly stupid. I won’t be attempting that again, especially during the work day on my mission-critical computer. Also, I have discovered the infinite glory of CloneZilla, one of the fine FOSS alternatives to proprietary disk-cloning software, such as Ghost.

Thursday was better. I didn’t tell my computer to do anything really stupid, and I got to have lunch with a good friend (and my future boss in Res Life). I also got to hang out with a number of my Japanese friends, who I don’t get to see that often, as my job keeps my interaction with the surface-dwellers to a minimum.

Friday (today) was the one day I really felt like I earned my pay. Instead of the web dev stuff I had been plodding away at all week, my boss had me moving boxes upon boxes of stuff from the current IT office to the IT storage room and their new offices on the other side of the building. Apparently the IT department and the accounting department are playing a lame version of Trading Spaces (the cool version is the one in which nobody has to sweat and strain muscles). I was packing, moving, and sorting the infinite detritus of this IT department. It sounds a lot more lamentable than it really was, because I was able to be around more people than I had all week. I do smell pretty rank at the moment, but it was worth it. On top of that, my boss gave me a full-size desk to take home. I’m using it right now, and I must say that I am quite pleased.

I shamelessly ganked the idea for this post from the “Weekly Rewind” series on Dan Lynch’s blog Adventures in Open Source, as well as from the GTD concept of the weekly review, to look back on the week, sum up the salient points, and take note of all the “open loops” of unfinished commitments and projects still on one’s plate.

Now, shower time. Yess.


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