The latest sign the Apocalypse is upon us…

to steal from Sports Illustrated…is this.

It’s a service that will allow businesses to spoof caller-ids using known hacks.  The Conventional Wisdom is that bill collectors and unscrupulous telemarketers will take advantage of the service.

Supposedly you will enter the phone number you are calling, the spoof, and your phone number, and in a few seconds this outfit’s computers will ring your phone, you pick up, then they ring the victim’s phone.

Interesting dilemma here.  Who has the right of privacy, the caller or the callee?

A bit more

One thing about the whole possible job change is that I will be definitely leaving them in the lurch, as no one here can do the systems programming on the new FLEX system.  But they would never match the pay, and there’s the recent uncertainty.

I’ve thought about offering my services for free for several months.

Truffles cost me $250 today…

but I spent it willing because I love him.

He has conjunctivis in one eye. And we’ll have to put ointment around his eye (the vet assistant says best on lower eyelid so when he closes it it will spread).

The cost? Weekend visit, tranquilizing him and a part day hospitalization. He’s just not cooperative in the vet’s office.

Why I’ve been so quiet…

Well, I have been busy. The m-i-l flew up this morning (and boy are her arms tired! Thank you, I’ll be here all week – try the veal!), so we were getting things ready. Plus at work I’ve been busy.

One other thing…I have been looking for another position, although not that actively. About 3 weeks ago, my headhunter contacted me and let me know that a systems-level software developer with an office in Roseville had an opening. I said why not – never say no. After a couple of phone interviews, I found out late yesterday that I’m going to be extended an offer. This position has some pluses:

  • 31% pay increase
  • 2000 options
  • Ability to telecommute or work out of the Roseville office

Wow. The 31% pay increase would put me over 6 digits. One problem – only 2 weeks vacation for starters, but on that salary I could afford to take an unpaid week if I wanted.

But a week and a half ago, I found out that another systems software company had an opening. I sent my résumé, and I got almost an instant response. I had one interview, which went well. Well enough that I’m driving down to Sunnyvale (near San Jose) for an interview on Wednesday. One problem – it probably would not be telecommuting right away, but maybe in 6 months (which is fine, maybe). However, the pay will probably be better and they might help on apartment costs for 6 months, and I think I would like the work better than job #1.

I haven’t told anyone until now (with the exception of one of you, and some non-LJ acquaintances).

There’s also been a lot of closed-door activity at work this week. The president has been out a lot this month, and one of my co-workers told me that the rumors are that his heart really isn’t in running the company any more. We released our European affiliate a week ago from their contract. The same co-worker also told me that the company has almost been sold a couple of times in the past, but things have fallen through, and he thinks that the company is on the market. And at one point last week, all 4 family members (dad + 3 brothers) all wound up in NYC. So maybe the timing is good.

I’ve also thought of writing the new CTO of my old employer to let him know that I am available to work part-time on my old product…thoughts? (He knows me.)

And a self-pat on the back: my headhunter talked with one of the big wigs at my last employer, who I did not work for. He said that he’d never heard anything bad about me, and all he heard was that I did quality work. So that at least brought a smile to my face. I’m not mad at the development management at my last company – it’s the beancounters.

Comment away, please…

He had a voice…

BBC Radio 2 is playing Frank Sinatra’s cover of Send In The Clowns as part of the user-provided oldies request list that plays at 1505 (today’s is from a fellow in Cumbria).  I’d forgotten Frankie had done it (when I think of the song I remember a female’s cover – Judy Collins, maybe?).  I’m reminded of what a great voice he had.  You think of his bold, brash tunes like My Way and New York, New York, but his style on this slow song is just incredible.

Today’s is a good list – Carole King (missed that), Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge over Troubled Water), Frank, and now George Benson (On Broadway).  And lots of people are sending in e-mails complimenting the choices.

But it just went south with Woman in Love with Barbra and the Bee Gees.  Oh well, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad.

Finally…a few minutes…

So, what’s new with me?

This weekend was all about the bathroom. 

  1. I nailed in the wainscoting and chair rail.  I love my new compressor and nail guns!
  2. Cheri fixed the grout in a few spots, then sealed it.  It looks great!
  3. I installed the toilet.  That turned into a comedy of errors.  When I went to drop the toilet over the hole, it turned out that the bolts were too short.  So I went off to Home Depot (trip #1) to buy bolts and a wax ring.  Then when I tried to remove the small nuts on the bolts that were keeping them in the flange, one wouldn’t come off.  The bolt had been bent, which stripped the threads…and I couldn’t flex the bolt enough to get it out from the flange.  So back to Home Depot (trip #2) for a metal drill so I could drill out the washer – and swap the wax ring, because the one I’d bought was not thick enough.  After about 30 minutes I was able to drill enough holes in the washer to break it free, and remove the bolt.  And install the new bolts.  Then when I went to reuse the old water connection…too short.  So off to Home Depot (trip #3) to buy a new connection.  But the good news…the toilet works!
  4. I played hooky on Monday and installed the sink (we got the towel bar stand).  The only problem…the drain pipes aren’t quite right.  That’s a project for this weekend (it shouldn’t be too much trouble).

What else…the lawn mower went to the repair shop to get the “dead man’s switch” cable fixed.

Yesterday, I started German class.  At least I wasn’t the oldest student in the class – but I’m the second oldest.  Worst part was parking – I’d forgotten about how bad first night of classes was (it’s only been 10+ years).  I sat between two guys, probably in their early 20’s – very, very nice and intelligent.  Renews some hope for the future (especially after reading mock_the_stupid).  Now I just need to find time to do the listening and the reading assignments.  (Cheri also started French class yesterday, and through her I’m vicariously relearning that beautiful language.  Maybe I should quit work and go back to school to learn foreign languages.  Italian and Dutch are the ones I’d like to add first – I already speak a smattering of Portuguese to go along with all the others.  And some claim that I even speak English.)

I’m waiting to work with some CD’s now – installing DB2 V8.  Turns out after all that work on DB2 V7, it won’t work with the way our people designed the data base (based on M$ SQL 2000 Server – stupid idiots).  We’re adding DB2 and Oracle (yuck) to the supported repositories. 

Well, off to snooze for a few minutes…I’m tired, and I think I injured a muscle in my right forearm.

Oh, yeah, the m-i-l comes up for a visit this weekend.  At least I get along with her better than I do Cheri’s m-i-l.

Almost there…

The bathroom.  All we need to do is seal the grout and install the fixtures.  That’s tomorrow!  I am tired and hurting.  But it looks good and feels good!

Tomorrow I do one of those suburban clichés and borrow the neighbor’s mower.  Mine broke last weekend halfway through – the cable connecting the “dead man’s switch” busted.

I’m also posting because I went to the Acme License Plate Generator and created a userpic that looks exactly like the plate I’ve still got (well expired, though), and I want to see how it looks.

More on Monday…