The first day with the new job went fairly well. I met a lot of people, I got my new email account setup, and I started inhaling all the information on the secret project that I could find. I've already got a few areas to explore, and I think I'm going to be very productive.
I have had a few second thoughts about the move, but I think that's just "getting started" jitters. As I was driving the little rental car from the airport to their campus this morning, I wondered just what I was getting into. The good news is that I've got a lot of room to learn new material, do research, and come up with new technology. My old role at PalmSource was more about communication than innovation, and while that's important, it didn't scratch my software-making itch.
Three lame things about today:
- I got a traffic ticket when I was searching for the hotel for not stopping adequately at a red light before turning right. I don't know what the fine is yet, I just know I'll get paperwork in the mail in a few weeks.
- Neither the internet access at palmOne nor the access at the hotel will let me send outgoing email. palmOne just blocks the SMTP port, while the Hilton Garden Inn has some weird proxy that gets between my laptop and my mail server and spews error messages. So, if I wrote a response to you today, you'll have to wait until I can connect through my cell phone to see it.
- When trying to HotSync my Treo 650 to the new laptop, something went wrong and the phone went into a reset loop. The only way I was able to stop the loop was to do a Vulcan nerve pinch (reset the device while holding two buttons and pushing the HotSync button), and that caused the phone to be wiped clean. However, all my data is backed up on the computer at home and I didn't bring a copy with me.