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Random work stuff [Oct. 22nd, 2006|11:44 pm]
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I think I've said already that I'm pretty much hitting my stride in work. But a coupla things struck me:

  1. I've realised how the group I'm in works. Or rather I've finally figured out how my boss looks at things. I think the point is that, seeing as we're a QA (Quality Assurance) group, our job is to be Sun's worst enemy when it comes to their flagship products. We are to poke and prod at *anything* to see if it breaks. We have the standard ways (automated tests and stuff), but we also have the non-standard ways, and we have the flukes. And if we smell blood, we do as much research as we can to make sure that it's not been reported elsewhere, and then we chase it down. (One of the pet projects that's been assigned to me is pointing out to people that one/many of their advertised features on one of their flagship products doesn't work as they advertise on the site.)

  2. It doesn't feel like work to me. Yes, I was tired for the first month, but that's true of any job. But right now, I feel like I go into a cubicle, and report to my boss, then I hang out and do interesting computery stuff... and I get paid for it. I hack around on python, and I come up with something that helps increase one of my boss' productivity. Or I hack around doing some analysis that come out with some results that may allow us to speed up our tests - and in the meantime I learn an insane amount about how solaris works. AND I GET PAID FOR IT! The only drawback to my job is reading those bloody docs on http://docs.sun.com/ - the style of the site irritates me. I find it very hard to read, even on a large font. Otherwise, it's fun.

The "being the worst enemy" thing is an interesting position. I mean, we adore sun hardware as a general rule, and we quite like solaris when it works. But at the same time, it seems that our job (apparently, I'm in the Systems group (who normally deal with hardware), but we test software (from the Software group) to see if it works on our hardware) is to make life as difficult as possible for the Software group of Sun. It remids me of this prayer I posted a while back.

At first the job was a let-down, because I wasn't playing with shiny new hardware all the time, most of the time we're playing with old stuff, but now I realise it's probably one of the best-suited jobs for me. :)