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I moved desks at work again today, which is the fourth move in two and a half years. With the exception of one move (after the first round of layoffs, which was to a very isolated spot) they've all been improvements, though, so I'm not complaining much. This one was to move me out of the middle of the team I was originally supposed to join (e-smith folks: network group, by Lori, Stephane and Eugene) and into the team that I ended up joining (server group, by Steve and Ian and John), which will mean that we'll end up communicating a bit better about what we're each working on.

The circumstances of today's move were interesting, though — I was meant to swap desks with my manager (!) on Friday, and arrived today to find his cube empty and his stuff piled on a cart. "I figured we'd just do this this morning, if that's OK", he says. Shame about the upgrade scheduled for this afternoon, I thought. It turned out OK, though — we'd originally planned to just move my PC, and worry about the rest tomorrow, but before and after the scheduled bits I was able to get everything moved.

The reason I'm telling you all about a cubicle is that I have the best cube there now. It's laid out somewhat like this:

Not only do I get all sorts of surface (grey) and storage (black), but there's a BIGASS CONCRETE PILLAR right at the door and a bookcase right beside that. It leaves about a two and a half foot gap via which one can enter and exit the cube. Until now, I've always been in cubes with two walls in an L, and now I pretty much have four walls! On top of that I was able to disable all of the fluorescent lights directly over it.

Unfortunately this space is on the elevator side of the building, rather than the window side, but even when I was near the window in my last desk I couldn't look out of it. I might grab another convex desk mirror and mount it on the top of the cube to make sure I still have day/night cues.

I need a velvet rope or some police tape to put across the opening when I'm heads-down.


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I could ship you a length of "WINDOWS FREE ZONE" police tape if you like.

Oboy is that tempting. I think that would be encouraging people to interrupt though. (Also inaccurate, alas, although my Windows involvement at work limits itself to "There are N servers to be patched, you M do N/M each".) A year ago I'd have taken you up on that in a moment, though. :-)

ooh! looks nice and secluded :) and yay for visual aids! i had visual aids in my latest entry :)

Why yes that was xfig!

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