Friday, July 1, 2016

The blogging thing

I recently moved our domains over to Google Domains. They allow pretty good integration with Blogger. So I decided to relocate our blog to www.moondog.org. I figured that maybe my wife and I might start posting occasionally. I also noticed that it's been a long time since either of us have done that.

Blogging is a little weird. There is a fine line between good blogging and what amounts to self-absorption. I'm pretty sure I've crossed that line a few times. And perhaps blogging at all crosses it from the get go. Hard to say.

So what's new?

We recently refinanced our home with Quicken Loans. We were able to drop PMI, cut 8 years off of the term of our loan, and lower our monthly payments. That was pretty sweet. And we'd only had our original mortgage for barely over two years.

We hired a new guy at work who is from India named "Bala". He's going to learn to do what I do. So I'm responsible for helping him get up to speed. He is an experienced developer (Oracle) but has no experience on the IBM i or with the programming language we use (RPG). So there will definitely be a learning curve. He's a really nice guy and very articulate. I really like working with him. I hope he doesn't get too frustrated with all the new stuff that he will have to learn.

Speaking of the IBM i, we brought our company up on a brand new Power 8 a little over a month ago. That was pretty sweet. I did much of it myself over the course of one weekend. Very nice to be up on a new box.

Yesterday was the last day of employment for another of my co-workers who also did what I do (Programmer/Analyst). Unfortunately his health was not such that he could continue.

So that leaves me the senior guy with a relative trainee working along side. While he doesn't know RPG or the IBM i, he's familiar with most of the concepts. I have high hopes.

On a different note.... I've taken to listening to over the ear headphones both at work and at home. This resulted in a very undesirable effect I will call "headphone hair". After getting frustrated with that... about two days after my last haircut I'd had enough. We went by a hair salon and I went in and had them do a #3 clipper all around. Yes... pretty much a shaved head again.

The funny thing is... even with hardly any hair... I still have a semi-permanent dent in my head where the headphones sit.

Ok... that's enough for now...