Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

first day, new job...

I started my new job today here at Tollbridge... so far, so good. The only problem is that I have to forcibly familiarize myself with the TB200 Local Exchange Gateway... it's basically a big box that fits into a rack with a bunch of places where you can hook up stuff... it allows businesses to offer their customers several phone connections over a single Internet connection. Works with DSL, cable, wireless, fiber, etc.

Um... that's all fine and well, but I can't tell you how excruciating it can be to write about these devices sometime. They should make a LiveJournal client/web browser that only allows you to use it as a reward. Wrote a page of docs? Use Live Journal... coded a hundred lines? Use Live Journal...I'd probably cheat, but at least I would feel guilty about it. I should feel more guilty about getting $60 an hour to write this post. Really, I should.

Technically, this is part of the "research phase" that every writer goes through to create docs. Regardless of what others may say, the research phase is composed of the following steps:

1. Stare into the abyss
...or the TB200 Voice Gateway, as the case may be.

2. Despair!
Yep. I'm there all right. I didn't even have to stare very deeply...

3. Try to cope
Um... that's what this is about. That is why these are billable hours, you see. Not sure it is entirely working, however.

4. Encapsulate what you've learned.
This is where you try to put into words just how scary the abyss can be.

5. Go to step one.

Doesn't this sound like fun?! It can be the mental equivalent of road rash... or, failing that, using a cheese grater to lose weight. The end result? A nice, thick hardware manual that makes an excellent monitor stand!

I'm doomed... you're doomed... we're all doomed!

...did I mention we were doomed?!

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