New job, lots of exciting stuff

It’s been a week since I started my new job at Oracle Corporation. I’m a remote worker which means that the first day of work wasn’t the usual event since I just went to my home office and got on a concall with my new manager. After getting connectivity and accounts set up properly, I was able to pretty quickly work through the new hire checklist of forms and mandatory training.

My new Oracle-provided laptop arrived around mid-week and I realized that, at least for now, I’ll have to revert back to using the Windows-based laptop and (hopefully temporarily) put my MacBook Pro on the shelf. Actually, my wife is very excited since she’ll get the MBP to use now and we’ll do the usual “trickle down” to the kids so that the oldest computer in the “fleet” will get ditched.

I tried “upgrading” to a new DSL line (from cable modem) last week too, but that appears to have failed as the DSL modem drops my connection on a regular basis for a few seconds. That’s just long enough to break the VPN connection and make it appear that I’m bouncing off and on instant messaging every hour or so. Annoying.

I was excited to finally get on to some real technical work late last week and got to login to my first Exadata storage server. The chores were to re-image 4 servers and apply the latest patches to them. The real fun is starting now!

Of course, the most important part of any job (in my opinion) is people. I have had several virtual meetings with my peers and manager so far and, as expected, they’re all superb. I’m looking forward to working more with the team and others in our companion teams as well as the days roll ahead.