Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,

gratuitous disconnect, being technical

Today was fun at work, I found a spot on our drawings where we had a disconnect that we didn't need, called it out, saved the company another $25 or so on an airplane. yay! there's been a big emphasis on that and it's felt like everyone has come up with an area to save money except for me, they can just take one look at something and be like, "Oh, we can do that for less, or go around there and cut out a part since we don't need it anymore." or whatever. So, my first contribution... I was proud.

In the world of Industry, stuff is just expensive, there's no other way to put it. Most of us wouldn't think of going to radio shack and spending $25 for a connector that fits in your pocket, but that's a pretty good price for one of our connectors really. We have some that are over $200. Yeah, they're all spiffy and environmentally sealed and angled in a special way, but still... $200 for a hunk of metal that you could lose behind a desk. Weird.

So the group sat around the table and talked about how to re-route the wires around my eliminated disconnect, move things to different drawings, consolodate. I like routing wires. It's logical, satisfying work, once you know what boxes need what signals and sources and connections. You get to just grind at it with your head and soon you have everything spliced together in the right places, going from the nose to the tail and right side to left side.

On a somewhat but not entirely related note...

In my journal a couple days ago I was freaking out over hooking a DVD player to my television set, and belgand made an interesting statement: "We live in a reasonably technologically advanced society, it's about time people started acting like it instead of expecting everything to be easy all the time."

I pondered this, he's got a point. But after I'd hooked said DVD player to my television set I realized that it actually was easy, I just hadn't sat down and thought about it. I hadn't gone through the Process of Figuring Out All That Is Technical... when it comes to these things you never start with a big picture, you'll just go crazy. You start with one part, learn about it, move on to the next step. The next step makes more sense because you can compare it to the first one. With computers, you can't just read about "Computers". You read about video cards. Different models, different speeds, rendering capabilities, operational theory. Then you read about processors, now with a greater understanding about why they need to do what they do, because they help drive the video card you know so much about.

We actually can expect it to be easy, that's my point. We just can't expect it to come all at once, like the four food groups on a dinner plate. We have to sit back and breathe for just a second... not forever, just a second. I don't need to spend hours and hours with library books. I just need to start somewhere.

And that's how you become a technical person. One of the things I learned my first year of college, and talk about all the time, is that technical people never say, "I don't know where to start." To say this is to betray The Process. And to be technical, one has to embrace The Process... the wire routing, the reading about video cards, the whole thing.

Aspects of our human tendencies will fight us on this, I know. But we aren't animals here, that's the point. We're very advanced.

As Adams tells us, "Don't Panic". Indeed.
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