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The New Job [Oct. 14th, 2003|07:54 pm]
Nicodemus
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So, today was my second full day at my new job!


I finished up my orientation training. They spent about an hour explaining the phone system to us. The amazing thing is that they actually had that much real material to cover. Our phone system is overly-featured.

The coolest thing is it's got a voice recognition "operator" so you don't have to memorize anyone's extension. (I've tried it with a couple names and each one matched first try.)

In the afternoon, my manager (M.) started walking me through the software product my group is deveoping. (Yesterday afternoon was simply an install-fest.) It's based on Simulink, the graphical dataflow component of Matlab. The company is developing custom simulation blocks.

During the demonstration, M. was playing with various odd parameter values for the simulation. He ran across a bug in one of the models. I then found the offending code typo (we were into time-based C++ hardware models, my specialty) while he was standing there... I fixed my first bug on day two! I think that's a personal record (I'm sure other geeks can top it). Still, great way to impress my new group manager! :)

I also filled out some more new hire paperwork. One of the items is the Evacuation and Emergency Procedures guidelines, a form I need to fill out containing a number of items, including meeting location, two exits from my building (check box after walking them), my primary emergency roll contact, my backup roll contact, and my building's group code. This form needs to be signed off by my manager and then a copy is sent to Security while a second copy is "retained by the manager for his training records".

I seriously suspect I'm the first employee in history (or since this policy was implemented) to actually read this far into the orientation packet and take the paperwork seriously. M. was happy to walk the exits and go over contacts, but he just sorta stared blankly when I handed him his duplicate of the paperwork. We then had a spirited trek to the department secretary to try to determine how he was supposed to "file" this as he had never seen one before. Ahhh, sweet bureaucracy.

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[User Picture]From: furtech
2003-10-14 11:50 pm (UTC)
Cool beans, dude! It's great to hear some good work posts! Congrats!
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[User Picture]From: branded93
2003-10-15 06:25 am (UTC)
woohoo!! :-) that's awesome! and somehow i'm thinking you'll be consistently impressing them... finding a bug so fast... is only the beginning. :-) and that is one scary evacution policy... wow. do they have fire drills too? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2003-10-15 06:48 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Be sure to let me play with the tools you make - I need practice with the Altera family :)
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[User Picture]From: musecalliopeia
2003-10-15 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm *very* happy for you, and proud you found a job that's such a good fit for you!

Yay, Ratty! :)
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2003-10-17 11:59 am (UTC)
*grins* We have that voice recognition software, too. I need to try playing with it more and see what happens if you say, "AOL Movie Phone" and see what name it comes up with.

Wonderful to hear you've got a good fit.

-Traveller.
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[User Picture]From: bigweirdguy
2003-10-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, nico-man! I just heard/read the news! That's awesome! Unfortunately, now you have less time for Fandom Theater and cooking. Well, perhaps you're just better organized than I. Anyway, congrats!
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