Archive for April, 2007

A change of Scenery

April 14, 2007

A couple of months back I finished up at ACQAO, the physics research group I was with for twenty odd months. My association with that group hasn’t entirely come to an end, as all the software being developed is GPLd, and some of it is quite generic, I’m poking my head in from time to time.

It was actually during the last LCA that I was being interviewed for my current job, a robotics platform engineer (read, jack of all trades when it comes to unix, electronics and gaffer tape) at CSIRO. You know you’re in for a good time when you meet some of your future workmates at an LCA.

The job is two faced so far; one side is the awful hassle of dealing with the bureaucracy in this huge, sprawling organisation. The other half is working with very cool tech and people.

I’m not completely happy with where I am at the moment, I find myself trying to solve problems that really shouldn’t exist in the first place. But prior experiene experience shows me that implementing a new software process can’t be done overnight, and I’m just going to have to deal with the hang overs of the previous CMM level until I can drag us kicking and screaming to the next one.

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