Sunday Jul 20, 2008

Three weeks travelling on thehumanjourney

Greetings fellow travellers from Silicon Fen. What a short strange trip it's been - not much seems to have changed on the surface, but dig a little deeper (sorry) and differences do become apparent. As is often the case in such changeovers, the sign over the door is different, however inside it's business as usual for the 50+ staff. While Paul Miles, Joe Reeves, Chris Puttick and Paul Backhouse have been doing much of the 'technical stuff' I have been doing the 'grunt work' of moving new PC's into place and carrying out inventory. At least, that was Day 1. Whereas Day 2 and several subsequent ones have been a pretty much unbroken stream of requests for assistance (hey, it's what I do), invective, complaints etc. Mostly it's just been about staff getting used to the OpenOffice programs and their sluggish behaviour on our present system, by which I mean while still attached to the Cambridgeshire servers. The new PC's and laptops will definitely improve the user experience and when we finally get our data stored/backed up locally then I am sure that the present issues will disappear. Probably to be replaced with new ones, but that's life. Six months ago I hadn't really even had any hands-on experience of Linux and now several PC's I own have either Kubuntu 8.04 32 bit or 64 bit on them. That and I have been experimenting with various other distros (I said 'distros'!) in order to resurrect several older systems with limited RAM. So far I've had no failures and now three older PC's run faster than they ever have - I might have to try it with my Dad's machine at some point.

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