This year is not what I expected. I’ve worked for myself for twenty years, and until a few short weeks ago my working life and career has always been providing design and troubleshooting services for financial trading systems.
My last contracted engagement finished just before Christmas, and I was expecting to simply pick up another contract in the new year.
However the response to the FCD has been so phenomenal, I have barely had time to search for that new position. Whereas usually I’d be spending my time polishing up my skills and searching for that next role, instead it’s been spent making and supporting FUNcube Dongles.
The thought of working from home historically has filled me with dread and lack of productivity as you are surrounded by all those distractions. So until now I had never ever worked from home. Turns out, those distractions are there, but my own self imposed target dates for batches rather focuses the mind.
What’s been great is that I had my first walk in personal customer a couple of days ago! You may remember that there was a failure mode in a few of the very first FCDs after the HPF rework where a 1nF cap cracked. My caller had it fixed there and then. So, if you happen to be in Central London and need good old fashioned personal service for your FCD, let me know.