Life – October 2013

Wow. Coming towards the end of October already?

It’s been over a month since I started my new job, and the past month has just flown by.
I had been assigned to the boots till upgrade, which involves changing out the base unit (pc), monitor and printer of tills. Other jobs (the ones with more waiting around) involved fitting what is essentially a backup control server thing to control the EPOS systems should the main fail, that one was like 30 mins of swapping shit out and then sticking a disk in and waiting for 2 hours or so – a great opportunity for me to play Mario and Luigi Dream Team (which I have almost solely been playing ‘at work’ and am about 12 hours in now).

I’ve been about the country going from store to store for these upgrades, from central london, to kent, oxford, epping, basildon, dartford as well as down to near exeter and as far up as leeds.
The travelling is really the worst part of the job, yet sadly a necessary one. I’ve clocked around 2k miles since I started last month.

I was informed today however that the boots project was nearing its end, ¬†and that I would be switched over to the Morrisons project which is starting up soon…
More surprising than that however, is that I would be one of the few that are leading the Morrisons project which is starting up soon.
Me, leading, the guy that has been with the company barely over 1 month.
The jist of this next project is that across the country, we need to replace 6000 till base units, these are, again, pretty much small PC’s, so we just need to go in and swap stuff out. There is a little tinkering around inside with the motherboard, but nothing too serious.

For anyone interested in what the inside of a supermarket till PC looks like. The old one is on the right, so it looks like they are getting a rather nice upgrade - check dem copper heatpipes on the heatsink. Aww ye.
For anyone interested in what the inside of a supermarket till PC looks like.
The old one is on the right, so it looks like they are getting a rather nice upgrade – check dem copper heatpipes on the heatsink. Aww ye.