So here I am, back in the rat race. I've started my new job and can now be found most mornings, bleary-eyed on the train platform awaiting the 0637 to London Victoria.
After a few years of using a technology I'm familiar with, I'm now re-learning everything. The only thing the same now is Windows XP. Everything else I'm doing is new. C#, Visual Studio 2005, Office 2007 (and the ongoing battle between myself and Word's new interface), Outlook, servers, printers, colleagues, location, desk, chair and receptionist.
Actually, that's not entirely true. The important things are still the same. Debates over who's turn it is to make tea (to the point of waiting until one of us nips out to the loo then leaving the empty cups outside the door and locking the door), having a laugh, doing all things developer-ey, and the support of my family.
In other news, I got an email from Bill Gates saying he'd received my knackered Xbox 360 and they were… actually, here's the email in it's entirety:
We have received your Xbox at our service center. It is our priority to process your Xbox in a timely manner and to get it back to you as good as new. We will contact you as soon as we are finished so you can get ready to get back into the game!
Note: This is not a monitored e-mail address.
I'm a priority! Good to know Bill is on the case.
Whilst I'm here (on the bed, savoring the wafting smells of food being prepared, and typing away on my MacBook) I'd like to think I've had some affect on the BBC news site. After I mailed them asking why so many quote marks it looks to me as if they've stopped being quite so keen on them. I know it's probably a coincidence but I'd like to carry on kidding myself, if that's ok.
(For those slackers reading via RSS, check the link to 'Ask Elvis' in the Other News box on the site)