Work

Rockingham

A lot has changed in the last 5 months, I’ve toured around the southwest, setting up, fixing and supporting Mac users in schools in this region. Now, as things slow down and with the government funding for laptops growing scarce, I’ve been placed in a school as a full time technician, specifically Rockingham Senior High School.

The commute is easy, the staff are nice people, the department’s SOE4 environment is a pain in the ass, but all things considered, I’m enjoying this position. Not to mention the fact that I am practically running the school’s IT department by myself, which is quite an achievement.

Now that I’ve stated all of that, I’m ready to make some more regular blog posts on this site, and I’d really like to share some of the things I have learned over the last year or so, which mainly consists of scripting, package creation, small software development and other technical hurdles I have surmounted to get the job done, there’s lots of cool little tips and tricks that you pick up as a Systems Integrator and I want to share what I know.

I think that’s everything, at any rate, I’ve got to get back to doing a wireless survey now.

Integrating Systems, Stand By...

“I’ve been busy” is an understatement, the last 3 months I have been all over the Southwest area at many different schools, installing, configuring, integrating.

Overall things have been going well for me, no work drama, no social drama, my financial situation is stable, family has been good too.
It’s almost boring, not quite, but almost.

The only real complaint I guess I have is that my love life is deader than Bill Clinton’s presidential prospects.

I’m flying to Kalgoorlie next week to do some work up there, I’ll be gone the entire week, not sure how things are gonna go with that job, the support from the school’s staff is somewhat lacking right now, but that may improve when I arrive.

I’m also on a weekly support contract with a school near Cockburn, I use the server room as my office, it’s comfortable here with the air-conditioning and a little peace and quiet to get things done.

Once again, I’m doing all right.

Too Late for Coffee, Too Early for Alcohol

Been having lots of fun working, Helena College is a great place to work, a bit of a hike for me but otherwise it is good.

Did a one to one laptop night for parents who wanted a little more info on their student’s laptops, I was there with my co-workers to answer any technical questions and provide advice, got to handle a few myself and did quite well.

I’ve been listening to a lot of NOFX lately, enough that sometimes I’ll start humming the tune of one of their sillier songs while doing whatever I’m doing.
I’m quite fond of “I Heard They Suck” and “They’ve Actually Gotten Worse”, both are live albums.

Got into doing nerf blaster stuff lately, I’ve brought a few blasters already and naturally, I’ve modded them for better performance/awesomeness.

I guess I’m just having a good time lately.

Servers and Hurr-Durrs

I’ve been busy, like, actually busy, not like what you say when people ask you what’s been happening, but actually busy getting my life back In order.

I interviewed with Winthrop Australia and got an offer immediately, I then proceeded to PARTY HARD for a day or so and then got ready to be a serious mac tech person.

Since then I’ve done a week’s work at a school out near Mundaring, the teachers are nice and the school’s IT staff I’m working with are pretty cool.
It’s a pretty far drive and I’ll be doing it for at least 3 months, but that’s the only downside I’ve encountered so I’m not complaining.
I’m very happy where I am right now and I hope this job continues for as long as I want it to.

Fixed up a few things on my car, got some new gadgets and now I’m looking at that new macbook pro model that just came out with hungry eyes, I could really use a new laptop.

I’m hoping to have my vodaphone contract cancelled without any penalties or fees within the next week due to unsatisfactory service, that and I want to get a new plan elsewhere and not pay an arm and a leg like I currently am, I also want a new iPhone 4, my 3G S is a little too slow and low on battery capacity for my taste now.

As clarification...

I'm not working full time at the moment, I'm a callout technician for Apple Macintosh and PCs running Windows (I also do linux!). I quit because I'm a total headcase and I have issues that need to be sorted out, stuff from when I was in school, stuff from before I was in school, I was in a dire state when I quit but now I'm on my way to being better.

On another note, I revisited a thing from my past just now, my geek code block!:

-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
Version: 3.1
GAT d? s+:- a-- C++ UL++ P+ L++ E---- W+++ N o? K? w++
O M+ V? PS+ PE Y+ !PGP t+ 5? X R- tv-- b++ DI+ D+
G e+ h r y+
------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------

Looking a bit sad, the old geek code, I used to be aiming for a bachelor's degree, I used to be dating a wonderful person (fuck knows what I was thinking not being a better person for her, still beating myself up about that), I used to have a certain future. Now I'm not entirely sure.
Oh well, just concentrate on the here and now I guess.

The pain of my loss will become the strength of never repeating those mistakes again.

Wageslave once again!

My good friend ryan got me a job at a computer store the other day, I'm running the place while the boss does what he has to do.
Emmx computers is the name, it's ok, pretty quiet, the major plus is that they have a massive internet connection, 24Mbps.

Meh, wish I had more to write, gonna go watch some streaming television now :p