February 11th, 2002

smirking half-hawk

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hmmm... yet again, it is Monday, and I find myself unable to connect to my home PC. neeuqdrazil can connect fine from her office, so the problem seems to be on my end this time. It is possible, I suppose, that the network people here finally realized that they weren't filtering telnet and FTP outgoing connections, and started to do so. If so, that is bad.

On the other hand, traceroutes are showing weirdness, so it may just be a routing problem.
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smirking half-hawk

Um...

I have nothing to work on on my current project. Normally, this would mean time to get caught up on Amber contributions and usenet, but since I can't connect to ashes, I just... have nothing to do.

I could work on another project, I suppose. But I do not think I will.

This just showcases an interesting thing I have noticed at work. I work with two teams, let's call them A and B. A is the team I was theoretically hired to work for. B is the team I've ended up working with in a more "senior" position; I'm "technical lead" of a system for team B.

Currently, I'm working for team B, and have run short of stuff to do.

I can't recall that ever happening when doing work for team A.

This is, I think, because team B's employees code in COBOL, and most of them are... less than brilliant. So, Project Manager B has fairly low expectations.

Project Manager A is not so hindered, and tends to set more aggressive deadlines.

Alternatively, it may just be a difference in the PMs' interpretation of time estimates; my ability to guess how long things will take is still a bit lousy. PM A will generally take me at my word, while PM B will generally double it.

this post brought to you by me not having anything useful to do.
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