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Good Week, Bad Day

07/29/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagPersonal, Computers and Internet, Personal, Business

We've had a great time in SoCal working with our new customer. There's a lot of work ahead of us, in transforming the information gathered and the function mapping we've done so far, into a full-fledged Strategy Document - in one week.

Work wise the week was great. Otherwise, today was a bad day. It started with my partner, Clarise, slipping on someone's dropped room key card, and falling flat on her back in the hotel's stone-tiled lobby. Luckily, she wasn't seriously hurt. When we arrived at the customer's site, her laptop chirped and stated that there was no bootable drive; as it also couldn't find the optical drive, we're guessing the IDE controller has failed, or - with any luck - the cable is just loose. When we got back to our rooms, our key cards wouldn't unlock the doors. At the registration desk, we were informed that our reservations were only until Friday. We did have copies of our Expedia reservations, but they were locked in the rooms. :lalala: It took the hotel over 15 minutes to find the record and discover that indeed, our customer had booked us through Saturday.

But we had a lot of fun with the customer's crew. We're looking forward to setting up a collaboration site for this project, using open source software for a project blog, wiki and more. We'll be developing the strategy document using the wiki. All in all, a lot to do, and a lot to look forward to.

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that’s like when i was working at the cowboy town hospital in malaysia..i mean, there would be all sorts of things going on every day that try your patience, or that are missing or inadequate, but the smile on a patient’s face always make it all seem worth while.

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