Weblog entry #140 for ajt
I've been far too busy of late.
At work we started a QA project earlier this summer. It was a typical badly organised project in that many elements are actually prototypes that are being then developed into real applications all in one go. It's inefficient and means than any project planning goes out the window as you can't really put any serious figures to anything. To make matters worse in the middle of the project I have my summer holiday booked, two off-site training courses to attend and another project impinging on my time...
The project started well enough in July/August and things actually went quite well. It's all a "mash-up" of technologies, SAP, Perl, Shell, XML, Linux/AIX and it's even got Apache/HTTP in to act as my RFC layer. It's technically quite messy but it has enough checks and balances in to make it acceptably robust.
At the end of August we went off for our summer holiday. It was a well needed break in Brittany away from work and away from the bleakness of the UK. The food was excellent, we had good weather and we were very happy to be away from home.
Returning to the UK we found it was in the same mess as we left it:
- Politicians blaming everyone else for the financial crisis they slept-walked us into (there is no credit crunch in France - or at least not on the same scale).
- The media in denial about the falling price of houses. Though to be honest a few elements of the media are now admitting that most people are actually better off if houses get cheaper.
- Work is in the same mess: too many projects, not enough people or time to get them done...
- Even the weather was c**p when we got back..!
I started back on my project but other things kept getting in the way and I've not had enough time of motivation to really get back into the swing of things. While I came back from holiday relaxed and re-motivated that was quickly beaten out of me by management!
Last week I had a training course at SAP's facility near Heathrow. It wasn't perfect but it wasn't that bad and I wish I'd had the course a year or so ago as it would have made some things so much easier. Now it's technically obsolete technology and the course I'm going on in a few weeks is probably more relevant if less useful at the moment. Useful though the courses are, it's not the best timing (it never is) and the travelling doesn't half take it out of you.
There are days I think I give up all the c**p I put up with and go of to Brittany to make and sell my own jams. I'd probably need a part time job to stay a float though: I do Perl/XML/SAP/Web and Debian and would be happy to telecommute!
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