Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a local company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun.

I am an avid user.

Curse You Merciful AMSI!


Work = Hectic. This is because we're in the middle of upgrading our old property management system, AMSI, to a new system, AMSI. That's really an upgrade from an old DOS based system to a new web-based system. So far, the best part of the upgrade is the fact that the new system is SQL based, albeit MS SQL 2005. But I've got my Debian box all set up with a python mssql library and reportlab and have already created a nonstandard report with it.

The main downside is that all of the leasing people have to unlearn all of the bad old way of doing things. Plus, we don't have all of the modules we are supposed to have yet and we still bang into bugs occasionally.

So I'm cursing it for making us so busy that I haven't had a Friday Lunch(tm) in at least two weeks! But I'm looking forward to the benefits of a modern system.

Oh, it's IE only so that's kind of blech. But I got Win2k installed in a Qemu virtual machine so I can do stuff from home if I need to. :-)

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