Starting a Startup: Comfortable Predictable Blandness

I start the day with another hour or so trying to get the site working on my web host, and then abandon this as a bad job, and start speccing some PC hardware to act as the server for this system. I’m between 2; there’s the £760 and better specced model that’ll take 3 weeks to deliver (damn the smattering of bank holidays next week, damn the Royal wedding, damn it all), or the £50 more expensive and worse specced model, that might be here this time next week. The value conscious me wants the cheaper and better one, but I decide that the delivery time on this will cause problems, so I’m erring towards the more expensive one.

I park this decision, to wait for my conference call in the afternoon, and get back to nailing some actual functionality. I am behind schedule, there’s no two ways about it. I spend the morning rattling off code like it’s going out of fashion, with some slightly clumsy functions up, running and tested in double quick time. I’m still slightly concerned about the quality of some of the things I’ve implemented, but in the back of my mind I know they’re good enough for this first release. Refactoring will be a massive job,

Lunch is minestrone soup and 2 slices of brown bread. It is comforting to get back to some predictable blandness.

A little way into the afternoon I start again on the automatic data importer, and then at quarter past three I get the call from James and Kris. We discuss what’s been done, what’s still to do, and what our timescales are. We pen into our diaries the 9th May for the install at the client site, and then once off the phone I order the more-expensive-but here-sooner PC. I then get back to work on the data importer.

It seems, as the working day draws to a close, that I’m back on schedule, and I don’t know how. I halted work for the day at just after 5.00 p.m., and as I went to tick off my day’s completions from the do-do list I realised that I’d completed most of the urgent bits I needed to get done. There’s still plenty of stuff to do, especially dreaded testing with actual live data provided by the client, but I should finish the data importer tomorrow. The sun is shining, so I’m going to sit outside and read in the warmth of late afternoon.

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