Syed, Ian and Adam should form a human barricade to keep me from touching our system settings. Better yet, they should take the passwords off my incapable hands.
We switched our email server over to G Suite earlier this morning - for those in the know, this should only require a change to our MX records on the DNS, but I ended up changing everything... and this stuffed up where our app needed to be pointing as well. Oh dear... so for a couple of hours, all of our apps were confused and not quite sure where to go to find the information. Hopefully, this will be fixed shortly.
Strictly speaking, our apps should have never referred to the domain name, but instead should have pointed directly to the right IP address... but there have been some legacy issues in our codebases which we are fixing one bit at a time (pun intended). Syed and Hassan have been going through, and bringing the source code up to best practice, but we haven't quite gotten through the full volume of work.
While Syed and Hassan are going through to fix the source code one line at a time, I am out having meetings with people, like Ryan, trying to make sure that there continues to be growing business prospects for VIVA.
I think I have the easier end of the stick.
We are not very good at trivia, but we do it anyway. To compensate (or to hide) for our gross inability to give the right answers, we give funny answers and make up funny team names like "ironically underachieving".
An aside: I think the term irony is used so much now that it is no longer ironic. Instead, it is a label for a sort of self-aware acknowledgement. A statement of, "We know, but sure, you can tell us anyway."
It isn't that we are slow, but that our minds are filled with non-trivial information, important information... but we are trying to get better, and that's why we go back to trivia. We came in 9th this week, an improvement from second last place a few weeks ago.
Sorry Android users...
... it is a similar story for our beloved Android users.
Android users might be experiencing very slow loading times when trying to collect events from our server. Sorry! We are making some database improvements to our server side, and this is affecting how the app is pulling information.
Don't worry, the speed isn't burning through your download. All the slow down is because our servers are trying to understand how to sort out information that Android users are asking. There is a gap between what the Android apps are asking and what our database now looks like, and so there is a bit of translating involved. Imagine speaking German to a Frenchie - even if he understands you, he's umming and ahhing out of spite.
(our iPhone users are unaffected by this bug - so your events should be loading in less than five seconds)
I forgot to take a photo of this morning's meeting with Syed!
Instead, here is a photo of Joyce and Olly from Friday afternoon - capturing her in the midst of explaining one of her research findings. I cannot remember what it is though.
I don't know why I have been forgetting simple things recently. It isn't due to a sense of being overwhelmed. On the contrary, even though there are many more things to be done, I feel in control of things that needs to be done.
Maybe this is blind optimism.
At the back of my neck is a vague tingling feeling. Maybe I have forgotten to do something important. I haven't updated my whiteboard for a few weeks, and so the dwindling number of outstanding tasks may be giving me a sense of false comfort.
Alan and I have a coffee scheduled for Monday, so I will have to update our Asana project spaces tonight. Perhaps this stocktake will catch the niggling bug... or confirm I have a terrible blind spot.
Olly discovered a bug on the iOS app tonight.