September 6th, 2011

Got to Believe It's Getting Better

Well, I found out why my work laptop was going to sleep catastrophically in the middle of installs thanks to the fellow out in California who configured it and actually returned my e-mail. It turns out that although I'd fixed the power settings to keep the laptop from going to sleep, I'd ignored the screen saver, because when I looked at the setting for screen saver, it said "None".

It lies. There's no screen saver, true, but it will put your laptop to sleep and lock it after ten minutes anyway unless you unset the little check mark there. What a wonderful bit of interface design!

But that's fixed now, so I've run the install of Visual Studio 2010 from the appropriate location on the company's servers and it fails, saying it's missing a file. I tried it from two different repositories. Both of them fail. I sent an e-mail back to the helpful guy in California to ask if his group handled this and, if not, where to report this bug, since there's no sign of where to do this through the normal support mechanisms. I haven't heard back from him yet.

None of the other work-related e-mails that I've sent dating back to last Friday have been answered.

I continue to slog through code that I didn't write, trying to figure out what was intended.

And I had planned to go to the Cubs game tonight with samwinolj, but I got in the car to leave, called him to let him know I was on my way to meet him, and he explained that he was as sick as a dog and couldn't make it. Neither could the other friend that I called on short notice, so I've come home and gone back to work, because frankly the trip was more for the company than the baseball game and there's way too much work to do anyway.

That makes the third set of baseball tickets that I've eaten on this particular death march.

I'm supposed to go down to the Loop for meetings later this week, but I'm not yet sure if I need to go tomorrow. Not having heard anything yet, I'm going to assume the answer is "No".