I hope everyone’s 2018 has been going well for them! If the fact my first post of the year was in July is any indication, mine’s been absolutely off the walls. In November last year, I accepted a position as iOS engineer at a tech company called Mercari, and in February, I made the move to Tokyo, Japan to work at the company headquarters. As it happens, this was absolutely perfect timing for this next thing. 😄
Posts for 'Events'
I feel like a broken record at this point. Every year, I say today ‘Wow, that went by so fast’. But I feel like the past years didn’t even come close to how 2017 felt. I’m not even sure what I even achieved this year.
2017 is done and dusted. What a ride that was. A few years ago, I called 2015 a transformative year for me. While I’d like to call this year transformative too, I think it was more ‘enlightening’.
Blimey. I survived 2016.
Even saying that as a joke makes me feel a little guilty, especially when we lost so many notable people this year. People are saying that we should start getting used to this trend, but I choose to remain ignorantly hopeful otherwise.
So 2016 is over. It blew past so fast. So amazingly fast. I’m not even sure what the hell happened.
I considered 2015 to be a transformative year. It was a year where I moved from consulting and predominantly web work, to fully plunging into the mobile software space in Silicon Valley. In retrospect, it feels like 2015 was landing on the tip of the iceberg and 2016 ended up being actually discovering the rest of the giant iceberg under water.
And WWDC 2016 is now officially behind us! What an absolutely crazy week it’s been.
For the third year in a row, I sadly did NOT get a ticket to WWDC (Next year Gadget! Next year.), but thanks to the nature of my work, it’s always still absolutely worth the trip out here anyway to join in on the alternative conferences happening during the week, as well as the festivities during the evening.
Earlier this evening, something somewhat disturbing, and extremely sobering happened.
I have a media PC, a small Intel NUC in my living room plugged into my TV on which I play a lot of movies/music. In order to control the NUC remotely from my laptop or desktop PC, I had TeamViewer installed on it, and always running in the background. Even though it was on, I rarely ever used it.
This evening, as I was watching a video on YouTube on my NUC, the TeamViewer ‘thanks for using the free version!’ dialog box popped up. ‘Whatever’, I thought, ‘It must have just done a system update’. And closed it.
Right after that, the TeamViewer application window itself appeared and stated ‘Tim Oliver has connected’. Immediately after that, the audio on my NUC was muted.
I’ve been a customer of Telstra since 2010. I originally moved from Optus. My reason for swapping was because I discovered that there were many parts of Western Australia I frequented (e.g., when I was working in North Perth, or taking a trip to the countryside), where the reception of Optus just wouldn’t reach. I moved to Telstra when I got my iPhone 4 on a contract, and I’ve had nothing but praise for the company since then…
This is a story of how when Telstra fails at fulfilling an order, they fail spectacularly hard.
It’s a story on how an omission of a single word on a package caused a delivery to spiral out of control from a simple 3 days, into a terrible, horrifying bureaucratic mess that took more than 45 days to resolve and nearly cost me $4000.
This is what happened when I tried to order an iPhone 6s Plus from Telstra.