I For One Welcome My New French Overlords


Today I started my new full-time job (my first as-such in years) at Hachette Filipacchi Media, publishers of many fine magazines and a division of Lagadère -- an enormous, multinational company based in France which also owns Hachette Livre which in turn owns Little, Brown (among other imprints), publishers of David Foster Wallace and Iain Banks and many other fine writers. So, good company anyway. (Ha, I made a pun. I am the funny.)

At first I was nervous during HR orientation when they told me that they didn't give root access to all computers to their users (so didn't let you install your own software) and didn't allow you to use your own computer (I'd brought my laptop in case they didn't have a computer set up for me yet). I was also nervous they would saddle me with a Windows box and make me use it. But then my superior showed me my desk, which had a PC AND an iMac, both of which I had root access to, and the PC was preloaded with VMWare with which I was able to easily install Linux. The PC has two monitors, so now I have Ubuntu Linux running on one monitor, Windows on the other, and then the iMac which setup looks something like this:

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I think when I finally had all that set up and all the programs installed just the way I wanted them, I almost started crying. I've always, always wanted a desk with all three operating systems running at once so that I could test the websites I'm working on on all of them, use each of them for their particular advantages and generally just feel like a SuperNerd. So that's pretty awesome.

My superior said once I finished setting up I should familiarize myself with all the websites, so I got to get paid for looking up recipes for Moroccan vegetable soup. Which looks delicious.

Also, if I want to take French classes I get 75% off!

Hooray for new job!



Congrats on the new gig, sounds great ...

Congrats, Sleazy E. That

Congrats, Sleazy E. That looks like a pretty killer setup. You've got serious geek cred.