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New year, new job

AppNeta logo

My new employers!

I’m now a sales engineer at AppNeta, and I’ve written about the experience of my first few weeks on the company blog. Probably my favorite thing about the job is not mentioned in that post. Originally I was told that I might see more like a 90-10 or 80-20 breakdown of time doing sales to time engineering. I’ve actually been able to do much better than that! I’ve already worked on instrumentation for Drupal, Solr, and Varnish and I’ll be working on Twisted instrumentation next week at the Boston Python meetup. A lot of that work is far off from production, but some has already been merged into master! :D

I’m still a little mystified, though, by the way they play music (incl. dubstep!) on the sales floor. Oh well, maybe that will change when we move to a new building…

Returning to the internet

I never thought I’d be saying these words, but: I spent most of the past six months working as a web developer on Mitt Romney’s website (built using Drupal 6).

Mitt 'n Me!

I wasn’t particularly secretive about this with my close friends, but I was bound by a “no social media” agreement, so I curtailed my blogging and tweeting. Hopefully that can now change.

(I’ll do some posts about the job later, but for now let me just state that it was weird as heck.)

Tattoo number two

My tattoo of atropa belladonna, by Dia Moeller.

I’ve been planning this one for a few years (using an image sourced from here) and finally decided to stop putting it off. The artist is Dia Moeller, of The Painted Bird in Boston, MA and I’m thrilled with the work so far. Unfortunately, after about 4 hours of tattooing time we had to stop for the day. I’ll be in to get the rest some time in December.

T-Mobile doesn’t want my keypresses.

(For background, you may want to read about the time I’ve spent trying to get my T-Mobile account working as expected.)

Today I tried to pay my phone bill and noticed that the T-Mobile website account associated with my current number had been deleted (presumably this happened when my plan was cancelled). This was unexpected, but only mildly frustrating. I went through the registration process, generated a new password in my password safe, and pasted it into the field.

Nothing happened. They were preventing pasting, presumably as some kind of demented ‘security’ measure. Read more »

T-Mobile doesn’t want my money.

(A brief coda to this story can be found here.)

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to win a Nexus One through a Twitter contest run by whatthetrend. Unfortunately, the phone was incompatible with my previous network. I ended up joining the phone nerd flock and going with the most popular option of the era: signing up for an all-inclusive T-Mobile smartphone bundle, then requesting some esoteric modifications over the phone, resulting in a cheaper plan not normally offered to consumers.

I felt pretty silly a few months later when I realized that even when I did leave home I was rarely far from a wireless connection. I didn’t feel like throwing any more money down the drain, so I decided to switch to T-Mobile’s FlexAccount (prepaid) system. After a relatively pleasant phone call, their representative fulfilled my request. I answered some questions about why I had chosen to cancel and went on my way.



Except no.

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