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Sunday, January 28, 2007

First day on the job

This is a great article on how to prepare for an employee's first day on the job. The first day in a new company can be pretty stressful even for the most seasoned worker. Making a new employee feel welcome and able to contribute as soon as possible is key. In my previous company, I waited one week before I could get a badge or key to my office and even longer than that before I had a reasonable computer to work on. At my current company, I had a phone, computer, mobile phone, office supplies, and a welcome message from our department admin on my whiteboard the day I started. The article begins with one simple piece of advice. "It just requires a little empathy." How true...

Via Hacknot

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Five things you didn't know about me

Tagged by Pete

  1. You probably already know that I'm a software engineer. But you maybe you didn't know that I've been writing code since I was about 12. That's not so impressive nowadays, but back then I guess I was considered an "early geek."
  2. I was actually going to be a Biomedical Engineer and was in that program at BU. However, having to get my Phd (which my father used to say stood for "piled higher and deeper") to do anything exciting in that field was incompatible with my severe dislike of school. So I switched majors at the last second to Electrical Engineering and then when I couldn't get hired during the recession of the early 80s, lucked into a software job at Computervision (if you're too young to remember Computervision, they invented CAD/CAM) and the rest is history.
  3. My wife is 66% French and speaks French comme une vraie francaise. The 66% percent thing comes from the fact that her mother is 100% French (from Bordeaux) and her father was of French-Canadian descent, but born in the U.S. Of course, she's also a citizen of both France and the U.S. so maybe that makes her either 50% or 100% French?
  4. I'd really rather be a gourmet chef rather than a software engineer. And I'd do it if it weren't for the: much lower pay, dealing with what other people think of your work on a daily basis, having to be on my feet (or awake at all for that matter) 12+ hours a day,...
  5. I don't feel any pressure to blog daily. I only blog when I have something to say. I guess that makes me the Mr. Ed of blogging...

Unfortunately, everyone I'd tag has already been tagged...

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year's Eve with good friends

This year, we decided to do something different for New Year's Eve. We made dinner reservations for us and 4 of our closest friends (Jeff & Ellen and Stef & Sal) at Pigalle in Boston. It was a wonderful prix fixe dinner that included a great band and a champagne toast at midnight. Then Stef, Sal, Sha, and I checked into the Westin Copley Plaza hotel for the night.

Here's a few pictures from a fun evening.

Tabblo: New Year's Eve Revelries

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