Karl (louderback) wrote,

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Yesterday didn't go as planned


The Plan

  1. Get up early, get started on a new week with a fresh perspective.
  2. Have a good breakfast.
  3. Roll into work and solve that damned #377.
  4. Spend a productive day and figure out why concatenated libraries aren't scanning correctly using 3.15.
  5. After work head to the old house and pick up a few remaining items, clean up the place a bit.
  6. Watch Law and Order while eating a moderate dinner
  7. Get to bed early - for a change - and sleep well.

The Actuality

Got up on time Monday. When did I ever sleep late? I shuffled around the place and had a couple biscuits with sausage and egg for breakfast. That's about twice what the dietician says I should have, but less leaves me hungry all morning. I made it to work early (halleluiah!) but got off to a slow start. No change for coffee and the machine won't break a fiver.

The work day was dreary. I finally got a note back from Freedom Scientific explaining why I couldn't read from my TP monitor under Windows2k. Turns out to be a cursor problem If you make it an underline and blink at maximum rate, JAWS works better. *sigh*. It took me nearly an hour and a half of various trial-and-errors to get that set, but it worked fine after that.

I worked on the SuperC concatenation problem for a while. My test results are erratic. I don't know if it is me, a faulty test, or just my perception of the results. I hate the fact that I don't regard my own observations as reliable input.

Working on SuperC gave me a splitting headache on top of the one I have every day. Eye strain, I guess, but I suspect having any product chattering JCL into your ear for a couple of hours would give anyone at all a headache. There is nothing in the world more obnoxious than having someone read you JCL (ask anyone who's tried to fix a JCL problem by phone at 2:00 am while an operator read it to them). Having it read loudly, without emphasis, at a just-this-side-of-Alvin-the-chipmunk speed doesn't hellp.

The rest of the day was split between taking aspirin, checking e-mail, and trying to figure an approach for handling an on-line program in the screen reader.

Bright spot du jour. My boss has assigned me an FD to do. Work unlike what I am doing but still a raging pain. At least it doesn't involve reading COBOL all 8 hours of the day, part of the time I can work on the FD. For those non-techies out there, it's not Fire Department. For all you techies out there, it's not File Description. It's a Functional Design. Essentially it is a requirements document. I have to figure out where changes have to be made and put down the details of what those changes are to be. Not a tough analytical task at all. This particular one is a bit troublesome to me as it involves programs I don't know at all and I don't really have a starting point. I'll get some help Tuesday morning and things should move smoothly. I'm really anxious to prove to the bosses that I can do something useful.


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