January 20th, 2006

office

2006, so far.

I've been very quiet LJ wise so far this year. Probably not any quieter than some of my previous slow periods, but quiet for a new year.

I'm currently one of the great unwashed; my contract with Steria finished on December 28th. I've applied for 5 or 6 jobs so far — all permanent. I've been sick to the back-teeth with working away from home for a long time now. My final three months with Steria were spent working from home. That's really focused me on how I want to be employed in the future. I don't expect to find another position where I work from home but I really would like to be able to commute.
I'll take another contract if one comes along but I doubt it will. I now know of only one site that employs GCOS7 Analyst Programmers and that's even further away from home than Steria was. The likelihood of me landing a contract on any other platform is pretty slim but I hope I stand a better chance with permanent positions.

So far I've spent my "free time" studying C# and .NET 2. I think I'm over the initial hump now. I've hit that point in a language were I know what I want to do, I've a good idea how I should do it but just can't quite get the syntax right.
As with anything I study, I need a goal to make what I'm learning sink in. So, I'm rewriting Icelog in C#. At the moment I'm doing little more than emulating what it did under EPOC but I can see ways of developing it that would never have been possible on a Psion. The project has also pushed me into studying XML properly.
[Here endeth the wibbles of a dinosaur].

In other news, Sophie has been to the vets again. The weight-loss we were worried about before Christmas stopped but a couple of days ago she was... well, I won't go into details but the vet thinks she may have a digestive tract infection. She's on a course of tablets now and her food is limited to white fish for a week. This has pleased her no-end (as it has the other 3). She appears to be recovering so, fingers crossed etc.