Well it’s been a few days, and I can say I really like my new job! First all the building is nice, probably the nicest build I’ve ever worked in. I work in a cube on the first floor, with a nice big window looking over a nice patch of grass with a walkway. I an only a few cubes from the free coffee, which is a bonus in my opinion. After all, I love having coffee while at the computer. I think it is a little weak, but hey, it’s free and I have a big cup from Krispy Kremes.
The client gave me a HP Elitebook 2530 with Vista (which I am going to see if I can dump it for XP or maybe Linux, but we’ll have to see), plus 8 other PCs running Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7. All the PCs are connected by Belkin KVM switches. The guy I replaced fixed a HP 4250 Laser Printer and left it connect to the network in the cube. So I don’t have to go far for my print outs.
One downside is the building is shielded from all outside radio signals, so I can’t receive calls on my cell. I tried to get the phone right up against the windows, but there was no signal. They installed an AT&T micro cell to cover the service the client uses. So now I have to check my voice messages during lunch, which is no big deal, but I still like to answer the phone when someone calls.
All in all, I think this was a smart move for me. I am closer to home, making a few extra dollars, and doing something I like. So hopefully I will be here for a few years, and gain a ton of experience.