I got news that my development team was being outsourced, not the product development and support, but the whole team. It's been a long strange trip.
Last week I was the middle of Pennsylvania supporting two digital front ends for melting plastic on paper things when I heard that my former employer was selling the product I support, rights and IP and such, to a company that specializes in digital front ends. The support and development still stays with my outsourcing company.
I'm not sure what will change in the long term.
Travel will probably become more rarer, as now three companies would have to agree to split the costs of last minute travel, my company, the new owners, and the previous company which makes all the ink, wax and plastic melting onto paper and other media contraptions.
I hope travel is still needed though, there are only a handful of people who know our software well and hold passports allowing them last minute short term business trips through out the US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Japan, and I'm one of them.
I heard some bigwigs from the new company will be in town next week, it was a good excuse to get my hair cut.
In other work news, I have been buried lately. I normally have a co-worker who supports everything I do, especially the really big iron that hasn't been offshored. He's a great help, but he went back to visit his family last month, and should be on his way back. I worry our President may do something rash and poorly thought out and poorly implemented in an attempt to protect American jobs, something like banning re-entry of visa holders. But really, should I be worrying about our President doing something rash and poorly implemented?
Our house is becoming increasingly shabby. Mrs. Ha's hours have been slowly increasing, she's still around 30 per week though. But, it's a physical job and she's doesn't have the time for as much housework. I do more, as does Roomba, but there's never enough time. We need to teach twenty year old to do more.
There's been a few teething pains on the new iMac. My Civ III DVD was pretty tore up by the old Mac's drive, and even repeated brasso couldn't fix the scratches enough to let it load. Trying to copy it took three days, and didn't work. Trying to find a local gamestop that fixed scratched disks didn't work. But mailing it to Azuradisk did, for a very modest fee.
Playing Civ III on a large archipelago map with 11 other civs is kind of boring, it's real hard to take over a civ on it's own island.
Next up, fix the wierd aspect ratio issue and the intermittent wake from sleep issues.
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