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Back to the byte mines

By Dave Menendez
Monday, December 25, 2006, at 11:20 PM

Summary: Have I mentioned that I’m working again? No? Well, I am

After my layoff, I promised I would post here when I had news. Well, I didn’t. So here’s a belated status update:

I’m now working at Tyco Telecom, which works with undersea communication cables. My group writes software to help monitor the hardware at the endpoints of the cables—lasers, amplifiers, encoders, decoders, and so forth. I’ve been there since early November, and I sort of feel like I have a handle on things. My major problem has been getting up in the mornings: the Tyco corporate culture was apparently set by morning people, so everyone’s expected to be in by 8:30 or so. I’m still struggling to adjust my sleep schedule accordingly.

Unlike my last few jobs, this is a temporary contracting position, so I don’t get a health plan or explicit vacation days, but the pay is somewhat higher to compensate. It’s a six month contract, so next spring I’ll have to start the search process again—at least this time, I’ll know it’s coming.