Less than two weeks to go, but rather than excitement, DH is hugely pissed off. Turns out, we forgot to confirm that our new apartment has a solar water heater. They are ubiquitous in Israel. You see solar panels and water tanks on roofs across the country. With the amount of sun we receive, I haven’t had to heat water for a shower in months. The only other method regularly used to heat water for home use in Israel is an electric boiler that uses electrical power to heat the water in your tank if there wasn’t enough sun. We use it in the winter on the occasional rainy day.
So in a country where EVERYONE seems to have solar panels, we are moving into a hi rise that doesn’t. It means we have to remember to turn on the boiler at least 30 minutes before we want to shower. Plus, of course, our electric bill will balloon since all our hot water will be electrically heated.
I can’t believe in a country like this, where 90% or so of the buildings use solar panels, we’re moving into one of those that doesn’t. I really hope this is the last “surprise”. Of course, it’s our fault. We took it for granted that no reasonable builder would create a structure that isn’t intended to carry solar panels.
Follow up: we spoke to a neighbor who told us to just put a timer on the water heater and heat for 45 minutes in the morning and an hour in the evening to supply a household with a steady supply of hot water in any season. DH has moved on and is now consumed with a need to have every article in the house boxed up at least a week before the movers arrive. Good news is that we’re almost done.
Yesterday was my last day at Zend Technologies, where I spent the last five years selling software to customers all over the world. It’s been a long time in the works, but not something I could blog about, for obvious reasons.
We parted on excellent terms, and I sent out a farewell letter that really made me think about how great an employer Zend has been to support me through both our international adoptions. Travelling to Ukraine for 30+ days with a five year old (Karen) is always stressful. Added to the intense pressure to find a healthy child with whom you can bond and worrying about last minute legal problems that may disrupt the adoption just when you think things are finally almost over, it meant the world to know that both our employers, Zend and DH’s employer, supported us throughout. I don’t know how people manage unless they have a supportive employer.
So kudos to Zend for being a fantastic employer, and for being a leader in the world of open source software development. For me it’s the end of a successful 5 year sales run. I’m almost afraid to try sales for another company. Zend software was a pretty easy sell to companies looking for tools to tune and optimize their PHP based Internet applications.
Inspired by this article about what happens when you delete your Facebook account, I decided to try an experiment of my own. After all, I really wanted to see who would miss me if I left Facebook.
The results of my experiment were a little disappointing. The only people who would miss me are relatives, and the Facebook algorithm mystifyingly chose old family photos from the 80′s that we all happen to be tagged on. Weird. Seems like Marshall Kirkpatrick may have gotten a more interesting result. Anyone else brave enough to go “almost” all the way to deleting their FB account just to see who will miss them? Post your results. And yeah, I’m really glad that old photo is not clear enough for you to see how we really looked back then.
I'm glad my sister will miss me on FB
Today is Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), and tonight we begin celebrating Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut). While I know it would be more appropriate to post on that topic, I’ve already seen a bunch of great posts by others so instead, I’ll post some mildly useful advice on how to avoid seeing your Facebook news feed fill up with so many posts about stupid games.
Please accept my apologies if you play one of those Farmville, Mafia or other FB games, but for those of us who don’t, seeing your updates several times a day can get annoying. This advice was posted by one of my FB friends:
anyone sick of seeing game updates in their news feed….scroll your mouse over to the right of one of those postings and the word “hide” will appear, click it and then click the name of the game (i.e. Mafia Wars) on the list and they will be hidden from you from now on
There, now isn’t that better than hiding all posts from a friend who overdid their quota of boring news, which used to be the only way to skip seeing that crap.
There is not enough I can say or do to thank the wonderful friend who helped me set up this new blog. One of the coolest features he installed is a global translator. I know some of you are trying to read the blog, but that English isn’t the easiest language for you, so now you can scroll down, find the translator in the margin, and click on the flag of your country to read the blog in whatever language you prefer. I just LOVE this new feature. I’m sure, that just like with any translator, human or digital, there will be errors. I just hope they are amusing errors. Send me any especially interesting translations you may find so we can laugh about it together.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I work for a wonderful company called Zend. If you are into web apps then you know them as the PHP Company.
While I’ve been on maternity leave, they just announced some interesting news about the PHP app community. They recently polled Zend Framework users and discovered that:
· More than 70%(!) of ZF developers are using it to build business-critical applications
· High level of satisfaction with ZF across a diverse group ranging from independent consultants to organizations with 5,000+ employees
· Approximately 27% of respondents said they now use Zend Server or Zend Server Community Edition during development
· Close to 70% of respondents said they use Zend Studio or Eclipse PDT for development
· 46% of respondents said they plan to sit for the Zend Framework Certification exam
I will be going back to work in a few months, and I don’t even want to think about how hard it will be for us to juggle 2 full time jobs and 2 kids who need and deserve special attention. I’m just grateful that Zend, as a company, has already supported me greatly during both my first, and now my second international adoption so I’m confident we will find a recipe that will work well for all. GO ZEND!