Monday, December 08, 2008

I'm free...

It's been a long time since I've posted, since I've been so busy at work. I really hate the reason I now have time for the blog again...

So, apparently the publishing industry is not doing well. There have been major cuts at several publishers in the past two weeks, including my own. (If you're interested in which company I worked for, check GalleyCat's home page - there are currently four separate posts about it.)

I must admit it was kind of a shock. I knew there were layoffs coming, as a "corporate streamlining" team was hired to analyze the business after our merger earlier this year. But seeing as I was a major part of the technical integration team, it was kind of surprising.

I'm a little worried. I have 10 years experience in the field, but the last 8 of them have been pretty much restricted to Notes/Domino, and I'm really not sure what the demand is for those skills in the Chicago area. I'm a quick learner and have no doubt I could pick up any system or language a potential employer might want, but probably not before I need to start interviewing.

So, if anyone knows of open positions in the Chicago metro area (or telecommute positions with minimal travel anywhere), keep me in mind. I'll try to start posting more now that I have some time on my hands, starting with an early SnTT post later today or tomorrow.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Tech support... some things never change

Found this on the Friday Videos page over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels (love them!)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Notes packet sniffer

Quite some time ago I remember someone posting a link to a utility that would place a small window near the bottom of your screen and show you exactly what is going on behind the scenes when the lightning bolt is flashing. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Any idea where I can find it?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Show 'n' Tell Thursday - Domino blog search

So, this was done strictly for my benefit, and it's not really a Domino tip. But I've created a Google custom search engine that searches a whole bunch of Domino blogs. Hopefully this will help when I (or you) know that you saw a tip or piece of code somewhere but can't remember where!

Use the search box to the left, or go here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The dog ate my homework...

Well, no, not really. But it's the standard excuse for why something doesn't get done, right? I've never been a regular, consistent blogger, but I used to at least try to keep up with the whole SNTT thing.

The truth is something I've struggled with talking about, but have been told (by a "professional", no less) that putting it on paper, so to speak, can really help. And reading about the similar problems faced by other members of the Domino community has led me to try.

About two months ago, I thought I was having a heart attack. Horrendous pressure in my chest, trouble breathing, all kinds of stuff. I went to the emergency room, where they did two EKGs, a CAT scan, and three separate cardiac blood panels, as well as keeping me on oxygen all night. After thirteen hours, the verdict was: there ain't nothin' wrong with my heart. They discreetly suggested it might all be in my head, and recommended a shrink.

So I went. I may be the only person on earth who's made it to almost-35 without ever having seen a therapist/psychiatrist/etc. He diagnosed general anxiety disorder with localized panic attacks. Of course, it's going to take years to determine exactly what caused this to start now (hopefully my insurance will cover it), but for now he's put me on Lexapro, an antidepressant which is also used to treat generalized anxiety. It's my second week on the drug, and I can't really say I've noticed a difference, but he said it could take four to six weeks to kick in, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm also trying to cut out caffeine (almost 2 liters of Diet Pepsi a day) - I've managed to cut down, but I'm not certain that the withdrawal isn't contributing to the anxiety.

The good news is, I've been so nervous and nauseous that I've lost 12 lbs. in two weeks. I've also found that, at least temporarily, exercise helps to head off the attacks. So, in addition to my regular tennis classes three evenings a week, I've also started going to our office gym every day at lunch. I need to lose at least 40 lbs., so I'm hoping this will kick-start things.

So, that's my excuse. I feel so... cleansed :o) I doubt anyone's still paying attention to this sorry excuse for a blog, but at least I got it down in pixels, so my homework for the week is complete.

Monday, January 22, 2007

How rude...

Apple must not want my business...

It's not like I'm using an ancient version of iTunes; I'm on 6.something or other. I guess they don't want my money that badly if they refuse to let me shop in their store without upgrading...

(Even ruder is that Blogger won't display the complete picture no matter how I fiddle with my template to make the display area wider.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

5 things...

So Gregg Eldred tagged me for this... I'm a bit late answering so I'm not going to forward this on. Hopefully it will die a painless death.

  1. I play tennis. People are surprised when they hear this, because I look like the world's biggest klutz.
  2. I'm an operatically-trained soprano. I was too chicken to try to make a go of it as a professional singer, which is how I ended up a computer geek.
  3. When I was in high school, I was a student at Northwestern University's Cherub program and lived in the same dorm as Noah Wyle, who was also in the program that summer.
  4. I'm terrified of heights. Always have been. In grade school, I got stuck on the "high" balance beam on my school's timbertown playground. Looking back, it was probably all of 4 feet up (in my defense, I was only 3 feet tall at the time...)
  5. My parents were both in medicine before they retired, and I can't stand the sight of blood.