Time Capsule: April 2005

Would you believe that I have old e-mails in my inbox dating back this far?

I’ve started on the quest for zero, and opted to go to the oldest first. Seems counter-intuitive, I know, but I know how I roll — most of it is probably to-do lists and music I wanted to remember to download, so all I’ll need to do is consolidate everything into to-do lists, then do them.

This, though, was interesting: I had obviously intended to post this to my blog, and never got around to it. I didn’t know it at the time, but this “process improvement” at my job at Sky was ultimately a precursor to me and James developing a full-blown Access database. That database was a pivotal part in both James and myself getting our current jobs; of this, I have no doubt.

Let’s take a trip back, shall we, to the Loan Corrections Department of Sky Bank…

Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 4:54 PM

I got to do some slightly more fun stuff than usual at work yesterday. We’re working on process improvements for our department (i.e. figure out what’s a pain in the butt and then figure out ways to fix it), and I volunteered my assistance for some Excel function fun. Granted, I never thought it was all that fun in CS 100, but anything that makes my brain work is keen by me these days. I had to figure out how to show time elapsed from when we log in a request to when it’s completed, and it was harder than I’d thought. I had to convert date formats to text and all that jazz, then subtract and reformat the result. Took me a couple hours to troubleshoot, but it was worth it, getting to use my brain. Whee!

Actually using my brain at work. What a concept!