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I had a phone call this morning from a recruiter regarding a PHP position, and a meeting this afternoon with another recruiter (the one [ profile] thefrenchmaid put me in touch with). The meeting went well, and he thinks that he might be able to help given my experience and knowledge. *fingers crossed*

(It was strange, though, how much he reminded me of Eric - between his height, and the fact that he was wearing a brown jacket, as was Eric when we were in Chattanooga. The recruiter is a bit older, though.)

After the meeting, I got home and spent about two hours fighting with Vista. I'd been keeping the list of positions I've applied to in an Excel spreadsheet, saving it after adding each new application. However, I didn't realize that I'd never started by saving it to a real folder on my laptop, and since I'd started it on my desktop and emailed it to myself, I'd been saving it in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Before emailing the list to the recruiter (which he'd asked me to do so that he doesn't submit me for any positions I'd already applied for), I had closed Excel. Now, do you think Vista would let me see the contents of the Temporary Internet Files folder? Of course not! I managed to change the settings so that I could see the files in the folder, but the Excel file was in a subfolder that wasn't visible. (I figured this out by re-downloading the older version from my email, clicking "Save As" and seeing where the save dialog started. I could see the other version I'd saved there, but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer.)

It took me quite a while to figure out how to get Excel to re-open the version that was in the temporary folder - I was *this* close to just redoing the whole thing. Whew!

(Say what you like about Windows, but at least in XP I've never had to go through that much rigmarole just to find a file. Even the Search function wouldn't find the file. Argh.)

Apart from that, though, I haven't really done a whole lot today. Part of that may have been because I spent too much time making myself look good before I went to the meeting (I think it took me about an hour and a half to get out of the apartment today), and because I left about 40 minutes earlier than I really needed to, since I was walking to his office. It's fairly close, so it wasn't a big deal - it took me about 15 minutes, and it was a nice day. Besides, I didn't bother to buy a Metropass for April.

That actually feels really weird - I think I was even buying passes during my last bout of unemployment, just for the convenience. Convenience is one thing, but $109 is a lot of money to spend when I'm not planning on making at least 40 trips this month. I'll just buy tokens to use when I do have to go somewhere that's too far to walk.

Now for some levity... admit it, [ profile] huntingdon, this is how you went to work yesterday, isn't it? Admit it, this is you:

(Thanks to [ profile] neoengel, who found the image here.)

Date: 2009-04-03 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, that's Hunt alright.

Date: 2009-04-03 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is definitely Hunt - I saw that tie in his house last summer...

Date: 2009-04-03 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
First, Vista sucks rotten dinosaur eggs. I feel your pain.

If that ever happens to you again, when you go to re-download your file and you see the one you want in the Save As dialog, right click on the file you want (in the list), then open up Windows Explorer, go to a real folder, and paste it there. File dialogs in Vista (and I think XP as well) allow for basic file copy/pasting, renaming, etc...

I've run into this problem before. I hate the fact that Outlook is retarded enough to allow you to save in the temp folder (seriously, it's old enough now to have avoidance logic built in) and Vista for trying to be too smart and hiding folders on you. Vista thinks it's smarter than you and tries to protect you from yourself. Grr...

Date: 2009-04-03 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll remember that. (I thought I'd tried right-clicking on the file in the Save As dialog, but nothing happened. Perhaps I'm misremembering.) Thanks!

And yeah, the idea that Vista thinks it knows what I want is annoying, and I can't understand why I would be able to save in the temp folder either. There are other folders that Vista won't let me save stuff in - why can I save there? It makes no sense.

(Offhand I can't recall which folders Vista has defaulted to read-only, but I know I've seen that error message, and it's forced me to save in the My Documents folder. Dammit, when I say I want to save something in the root directory of my C drive, that's where I want to save it! I know what I'm doing... most of the time. ;) )

Date: 2009-04-03 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wait, did you get laid off? Did I miss a memo?

Date: 2009-04-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, a week ago Wednesday. I posted about it, but it was part of a long post that talked about other things as well, and you may have skipped it. It's here (

Date: 2009-04-03 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay. I confess :D

Date: 2009-04-03 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I knew it! :P

(Now I need a thread bomb that depicts Lucy from Peanuts yelling "Aha!" I know such a frame exists in at least one strip, but it doesn't turn up in the first ten pages of hits on Google. ;) )


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