Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Life: 1+ Month in Sweden

A couple of days ago it was a month since the day I moved to Sweden. The only thing I could complain about is that I had to spend at least 3 hours per day traveling to work and back, and sometimes trains were late or wouldn’t come at all ant then there is a but that goes two time slower. Otherwise, even the beer is not that bad as people might say. In the big stores where alcohol is sold, it’s possible to find German, Mexican, American, Czech beers but not Lithuanian. The bread is quite good here as well. I guess it is just a matter of what people get used to. I would repeat myself once again but I just love the trash sorting in Sweden. It’s a great feeling to know that you reduce the pollution and that there is “stuff” being recycled and used again.

Tomorrow is the day when we will move the place called Sollentuna that is much closer to my work and I am thinking about getting a bicycle some time later. Marie and I looked up the notebooks on the web and have found a nice Acer for Marie. She was desperately looking for one that would be very light (approx 1.5 kg), so I think we will buy this one as soon as I get my registration papers done and will receive the personal social security number. I also looked up the desktops and prices and there are some really good ones I am dreaming about. But that will have to wait until the summer.

We will also get two mobile phone subscriptions and there is one Motorola model that I like a lot. It says it should be released in the Q4 2006 so I expect it in the beginning of the year. It’s a rather small, thin, without a camera (thanks God) and it’s like almost a monochrome display which will mean longer life for the battery. I am of those people who don’t like combo printers/scanners/faxes/copiers, and mobile phones with cameras. I like everything to be separate.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Programs: Office 2007 Format for 2003, XP

Something that people might find useful. It is possible to open Office 2007 files in the Office 2003 and XP. You just need to download and install the add-on from here. It's a free add-on from Microsoft. It allows both opening and saving of the files.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Job: My First Week

At the end of my first week at work, as I expected I am starting to feel more and more comfortable about my job, sleep, trains and Sweden. Currently we are living 1.5 hours by train and metro to my place of work and that means that I have to wake up at 6 in the morning and I am getting home around 8 in the evening. However this will change right before the New Year. Around December 27 we will move to a place that is much closer to my work and where Marie is studying. For me it will be 15 minutes by bus to work. Marie will have to travel by metro to her university that will occupy no more than 30 minutes of her time, I hope. We are planning to take some pictures of our current apartment and that will hopefully happen this Saturday. I will post them this weekend together with some other pictures that we were taking before. From the January we are ordering cable internet that will be 8Mbps and after that we will seriously think about getting a second computer. It will probably be a second notebook for Marie and I will continue using the notebook that I brought from the States in 2002. It’s getting old but it suits everything but the development with Visual Studio. I will probably try to lease a good desktop by the summer but that will depend on quite a few things, since I haven’t got even my first wage yet :P .

As about my work, I do like it more and more every day (especially by the end of the week). People are friendly and are always ready to help you in any situation. We even have 2 foosball tables there, a coffee machine and some usual stuff like microwaves, fridges, coke machine, etc. I will ask if I can take pictures of the place as well. There are plans to have a “corporate” Christmas party on the 14th of December and I am really planning to participate there. It should be fun and help me to know the people better. Actually almost half of the employees in the company are employed for no longer than 6 months, so for quite a few of them who will enjoy this Christmas drinks and buffet for the fist time with the company as well.

Currently I am spending my time exploring the analysis software for the eye tracking system that will be released in a couple of months and I thing there are quite a few things that need to be done. As I mentioned before, I like the eye-tracking technology a lot and I think that the company is doing well in terms of promotion, sales and development. As you see, I am glad to be here.

This weekend we are also planning to explore some places where we can buy some electrical stuff, like cables, converters. We will do the groceries for the week as well. Then we might grab a couple of beers or a bottle of wine for the Saturday’s evening movie.

Back to work for now.