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New job, new place, new laptop

By Dave Menendez
Sunday, July 31, 2005, at 5:27 PM

Summary: Have I mentioned that I got a new job last July, a new apartment last November, and a new laptop last month? Well, I have now.

It occurs to me that I’ve been living in a new apartment for nearly nine months and working at a new job for over a year and I haven’t mentioned either in this space. In fact, I haven’t mentioned much of anything around these parts of late. The readjustment to working nine-to-five again and the confusion of getting a new place are good excuses for neglecting one’s web site, but not for nine months.

For those of you who (a) read this site, (b) are interested in my personal life, and (c) haven’t heard this from some other source, here’s what’s been happening. Back in 2001, I lost my job at Telcordia during a spate of “force adjustment”. This led to a not-particularly-happy period of my life, so I’ll skip ahead a few years. Some time during the second quarter of 2004, I asked my old boss for a letter of recommendation, and she mentioned that another group at Telcordia, part of the ISCP project, was looking for people. Was this something I might be interested in? I had mixed feelings, but I said yes. By the second week in July, after the easiest interview I’d ever taken, I was working at Telcordia again.

And now I’ve been working there for a year. It’s kind of hard for me to imagine.

The other big news is that I’ve moved to North Plainfield, NJ, which has very nicely cut my commute to Piscataway in half. It’s a nice one-bedroom apartment in a fairly large, tree-filled complex. No garage or dedicated parking space, but I do have a balcony. If people are curious, I could take and post some pictures.

Finally, my last bit of news involves my titanium PowerBook, which had a fatal encounter with a glass of water a few weeks ago. The folks at the Apple Store estimated it would be a $1000 repair, and since the computer was three years old and a the repair cost half the price of a new one, I opted to buy a new aluminum 15" PowerBook G4. Thankfully, Apple was able to retrieve the data from the old computer and transfer it to my new one.

While my new laptop is faster and better designed than my old one, I have inevitably had a problem show up in the last few days: the keycap for the “9” key on my keyboard has lost one of its gripping projections, so it tends to detach itself from the keyboard a few times a day. I assume it’s a manufacturing defect, as I can’t imagine how I could have damaged it myself. Fortunately, I’m under warantee. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t stock individual keycaps, so the only way to fix this problem is to replace the entire keyboard—and the only way to do that is to have a certified repair-person do it, because the keyboard isn’t user serviceable. Perfectly understandable, but still frustrating.

(I see I’ve written twice as much about my laptop than my apartment. I guess I write more when I have something to complain about. Or else my priorities are pretty skewed.)