It’s been a while since I have posted anything of meaning. Reason being is that I wound up finding a new job relatively quickly after being laid off. Granted it’s a great deal less work than what I am used to doing at Silhouette, it’s still taking me a while to get used to the swing of things. Especially waking up in the morning to get to work on time. Luckily, I know a lot of back roads to get there on time even if I leave a little later than normal.
It’s a non-profit organization and that’s pretty much anyone other than close friends will know about my new job. I am once again a network administrator and oddly enough, the location has the most advanced network I have seen in my career thus far. Right now, I’m helping them move into a Windows 2003 environment and getting them into a more corporate-type of networked environment. Once I’m done “cleaning house,” I’ll help them network several dozen locations together all throughout the state. It’s a fairly hefty undertaking when I look at the bigger picture, but I’m pretty psyched about it.
As for the job itself, it’s very laid back and nothing like the corporate environments I am used to. It’s actually very similar to the academic environment I was used to at the Rutgers computer labs without all of the sexual tension, nipple twisting and drinking ;). My work days are a little shorter and very few people ever stay past closing time. It’s about 70 miles closer than my last commute and I get to finally dress up in a suit! Yeah, I’m the type of person who likes wearing suits to work, it’s a weird thing. I did have to take a pay cut, but taking the infinitely shorter commute into consideration, I’m not missing that much out of my check come payday.
The part that really sucks is that we’re not allowed to browse the net or IM during the day. I really didn’t know how much time I wasted at my last job just chatting with friends and browsing the web until now. Luckily, I figured out that the proxy software doesn’t detect SSH connections to my linux box, so everything is not lost. I’m still able to IM and browse the web via Lynx. That last post I made was a test to see if I could blog from work as well. I’m not sure I’ll actually do it, but it’s good to know I can post a few entries every now and then if I need to.
Now, if only I could find a command line RSS reader.
Anyone have some recommendations?