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Are You Experienced?

Quite unknown to the co-op Bristol Wireless I walked in not knowing what to expect. After my last placement of data input for week I was dreading another week behind a desk. I was surprised to find, that instead of an open spreadsheet, a small cardboard box containing another new toy to cram onto Bristol Wireless’s already brimming shelves.

We began to program the single board computer Raspberry Pi and soon discovered task would take longer than we’d expected. After half an hour, for what should have been a 10 minute job, and a new cable on order, the xkcd comic blue-tact to the wall stands true. However, as the week progresses I learn that, although nothing happens instantly, in the end it’s always running smoothly.

The next day we embark on a “mission”, as Bristol Wireless’s Wiki calls it, and head out of the office and into the car. An hour later we pull in at Secret World, a animal sanctuary in Somerset, to perform a site visit and access the challenges to be faced. We enter a seemingly small cottage only to emerge hours later after being led through a labyrinth of tapering corridors that branch into more even narrower corridors, rooms with deflated old sofas and a tank of African land snails, we battle our way past looming towers of boxes in storerooms, into rehabilitation facilities where baby hedgehogs tumble playfully and infant birds cry in outrage for immediate release, with a grand finale of a Gordian’s knot of rainbow wires drawing horrified gasps from the Bristol Wireless crew. We return with a haul of notes and handful of peacock feathers from the gift shop thrust upon us as thanks.

Fox at Secret World
Fox at Secret World. Image courtesy of Andy Sabel.

During my week at Bristol Wireless, I have experienced all aspects of the co-op. I have learnt the basics after studying UNIX tutorial for beginners when work I could successfully handle was scarce. Sadly my dad has seen it this as a sign to forsake the I.T support, I will have to improve rather quickly.

3 Responses to Are You Experienced?

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    Steve Woods June 23, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks for your great write-up of your week with Bristol Wireless, Neave; I hope you found it beneficial.

    You are of course being a bit modest about your achievements with us. The ones you forget to mention in particular were i) your installation of a LAMP stack on your first day and ii) providing tuition.

    Well done indeed! :)

  2. Acesabe June 25, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks for joining us for the week, was good to meet you! Hope we didn’t put you off with all the geekery going on, it can seem a bit daunting at first, but you’ll soon find that with a little knowledge, you can suddenly find yourself an expert when you meet someone who knows a little less than you do!!
    If you do decide to follow the IT path, the door is always open here at Bristol Wireless, well during the day anyway!!

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