I’m preparing for the start of my 5th of 6 work terms on September 2. I took a trip into Toronto today to finalize some arrangements and acquire an ISIC card for student discounts on VIA Rail tickets. With a couple housing options falling through last minute, I’ve decided to commute to work, at least for the first little while. It shouldn’t be nearly as tiring as what some do – drive hours in stop-and-go traffic to work – but will still mean a lot of time on the road (or rails as it were) nonetheless.
Unfortunately, the laptop I was planning to use to help pass the time in a somewhat productive way is dead. With no indication of when it will be fixed or replaced, I purchased a netbook, the Acer Aspire One. With its smaller size, it might be better suited for the very mobile use I envision. As for the machine itself, it seems to be quite decent, but I’ve only spent a few hours on it thus far. The entire review will come in time, but I can already tell you that the bilingual keyboard is wrecking havoc on my typing, although the keys are significantly larger than say, oh, the Eee 901 and lower. I just can’t get a break can I?
As for the job, I’m slightly apprehensive about it and what it entails. While I’ve done my fair share of programming and development in an industry setting at Sybase, this will be my first purely development-oriented employment. I’ve always been very interested in the web development space, which is exactly what this job is, but there’s a very clear difference between a hobby and a job. I’ll soon see what taking my interest to the next level means, and I’ll know whether I really like web development or just prefer dabbling.
Mix a little apprehension and some big city excitement (yeah, don’t I sound like a small-town kid?) and I should get a pretty interesting experience one way or another come September. The first step is to see whether I can survive the commute, even if it requires little to no effort on my part.