It’s been a relatively quiet week for me, everywhere but work where there’s a lot of stuff happening. The big story is that due to someone departing, I’m going to be taking on a new project. Well, an old project, actually—I’m going to edit the new edition of first book I ever worked on when I came to “the big reference company.” I worked on that directory from late 1985 till 1992, when I got pushed out to different projects. So it’s been 18 years, and it doesn’t look like the book itself has changed much at all. The production method has, though. In the late 80s it took 7 people in-house to do it. Now it takes one person part-time through about six months. That’s why I could take it on and still keep doing the typesetting that I’ve been doing the last four years.
Getting all set up for this has been a blast from the past. I got the client for the computer system installed today. It’s a system that was designed in the 1980s, hasn’t been updated in a decade because we keep intending to replace it but it’s not gone yet. It’s so quaint. And it still works, which is the main thing. If I said what operating system it was, I’d probably get blank stares from … well, maybe everyone. (See?) I should still remember what to do; it’s only been a decade or so since I last logged in….
Stepping out of the ol’ comfort zone, here… just not too far out.