adventures in a new job

You know, there are some really cool blogs out there.  The ones I like the most are the ones that simply tell the stories of life as they happen to them, and document them in a cool way.  This is not one of those blogs.  Unless you’re as obsessed as cartoons as I am, and I doubt it.

Anyway, reading one such blog tonight, it got me thinking that I should loosen up a bit and document more of my generic life stories sometimes.  I’ll think about it.

In the meantime, here’s something that happened at work today.

I’ve still been settling in (I started a week ago yesterday) at the new place, and it’s a little odd for me because I am the only IT guy there.  Everyone else is an engineer with more degrees than I knew existed.  I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a place that either wasn’t an IT shop or didn’t have an IT department before I came on board, so it’s all been just a little bit different. (See, this is why I don’t write general life stories … I’m already boring myself.)

When I first got there, the boss set me up with a laptop, which wasn’t bad, but it had an Intel graphics card on there, which makes me want to install Debian on babies.  He asked me what my ideal hardware was, so I told him, and we’re working on getting that, and using something else in the interim.  Anyway … where was I going with this … I had mentioned in passing that the Broadcom wifi chip on there was crap, and so he went online and got an Intel one instead for like $15 on ebay.  He brought it in today, and I got to pop it open and swap it out.  I had no idea that the onboard wifi cards were just using PCI Express Mini slots.  That is way cool.  So it took about five minutes to get the whole thing swapped out.  Pretty cool experience.

Oh, and for the record, the new Intel one worked out great.  Fired right up without any stupid issues (kernel or otherwise), though I still can’t ever get NetworkManager to even recognize any wifi for some dumb reason.  Oh well, wicd works fine, even though it’s bugly.

See?  This is why I don’t write life posts.  They’re not well formatted.  Meh.  I’m going back to blogging about cartoons.

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6 responses to “adventures in a new job

  1. Can you install debian on babies? Your l33t.

  2. What about this was boring? Glad to hear things are going well for you :)

  3. What’s the prob with Intel graphics on a work laptop? Are you a 3D game tester?

  4. > Oh well, wicd works fine, even though it’s bugly.

    You know….

    Bugs that you hit won’t get fixed if you don’t alert the upstream devs that there are issues.

    But, whatever..
    :)

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