Interesting times

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

In November I resigned from Bytemark.

In December I started working for a local company, here in Edinburgh, in a real office (rather than working from home).

Unfortunately today I resigned from that new job, meaning I'm currently unemployed.

I plan to take a 1-2 week vacation, then look for another job as a matter of some urgency. (I can live off savings for the next half-year, or so, if I need to, but I'd go crazy if I had nothing to do for that long.)

It is unfortunate to have to resign from a new job after only five-six weeks, but much more honest to do so now than pretend everything was OK and do it at the point I'd passed my probationary period (of three months).

The people were lovely, the office was lovely, the coffee machine was excellent, the work was interesting, but the nature of a large corporate job with the associated bureaucracy made it a less good fit for me than it looked on paper.

I shall pretend that the next week or two of down-time is our honeymoon ;)



Comments On This Entry

[gravitar] Anonymous

Submitted at 00:20:19 on 9 january 2014

Can you talk a bit about the kind of work you're looking for?

How broadly are you looking for jobs? (Are you open to jobs in the same city, same country, same continent, another continent?)

[author] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 07:57:16 on 9 january 2014

Interesting comment!

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and would have no desire to relocate. That said I worked remotely for seven years, and that seems like the most pragmatic solution, although I had wanted to reclaim the spare bedroom which I'd used as my office.

Edinburgh has lots of computer companies, so it doesn't seem unreasonable to believe I can find a local position. If not though I'd be happy to work remotely +/- monthly visits to a real office if required.

Other than currency issues I've no issue with UK vs. Abroad, although I've no great desire to return to the states, so if there were American-travel involved I'd probably say no immediately.

[author] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 08:37:23 on 26 august 2017

Reported as a bug, the fine maintainers can decide if it is or isn't :)

[gravitar] rjc

Submitted at 09:06:43 on 26 august 2017

FWIW, the former command line (without 'dev') is present on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Puppet 3.8 from

Where do you get your puppet packages from? All packages upgraded, right? :^)

[author] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 09:15:46 on 26 august 2017

All packages come from the Stretch archive:

root@smaug ~ # dpkg --list facter puppet
ii  facter         2.4.6-1      all          collect and display facts about t
ii  puppet         4.8.2-5      all          configuration management system

The origins are as-expected:

root@smaug ~ # apt-cache policy puppet facter
  Installed: 4.8.2-5
  Candidate: 4.8.2-5
  Version table:
 *** 4.8.2-5 500
        500 stretch/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
  Installed: 2.4.6-1
  Candidate: 2.4.6-1
  Version table:
 *** 2.4.6-1 500
        500 stretch/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
[gravitar] riccio

Submitted at 08:46:55 on 11 september 2017

I think that's because the ip(8) command changed syntax, please compare:

[gravitar] riccio

Submitted at 07:45:44 on 5 september 2017

I think it's because the iproute2 package has changed the "ip link show" suboptions, please compare:


^F master


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