I worked at Symantec, where they decided last month to get rid of %10 of thier work force. Yesterday the heavy axe of restructuring landed painfully on my job. I don't know final numbers yet. I am hoping it wasn't just me from the Springfield site. Not that I want others to be out of a job too, but if I am the only one from that site escorted off campus I will feel totally singled out. I have been unable to find anything online about it. We were told it would happen, but not when. As the Springfield site has been running almost on skeleton crew since the last "big cull", we thought we weren't going to be effected. As well as having a site wide all hands that made it sound like cuts were not happening there. They are also selling thier building, and only renting back what they need, which to me tells me they are planning on closing thier Oregon site soon.
So for me, that means I am unemployed in the most tech-unfriendly cities and one with the highest unemployment rate in Oregon, which is one of the highest unemployment rates in the US. Portland has a better job market, so I am looking there. Lately the local news has been trying to tout Eugene as the Silicon Shire. Bullshit. We have 450 tech startups, that is what they base that on. Well, "start ups" do not equate more tech jobs. Start ups rarely have the money to hire outside help. All that means is 450 people, plus whatever partners they have in the business, are kind of employed. Does not mean huge employment jump for the whole county.
The ironic thing is it happened right after I got a bonus, and blew it all on a new camera. And I can't send it back because it was a no returns bundle sale. Which is fine, I guess, because I think I will need the creative outlet to help me deal with this shit. I can't get Dragonframe to work with my computer. According to the manufacturer and the glewinfo utility, my graphics card is compatible to work with OpenGL 2.1. Every time I try to open Dragonframe it throws an error that it is not and closes. This computer cannot be upgraded any further, and Dragonframe does not state it is compatible with Windows 10, and that doesn't matter anyway cause I don't have the money for a new computer right now. I can run Unity just fine. I should be able to run Dragonframe. I have a feeling I am going to have a fight with DZED over this.
For now, though, I have a new camera and a fuckton of stress to get over, so my plan is to get a trial version of Aardman's Animate-it! that is made for kids and see what I can get through it. I have a feeling I might have to deal with a watermark issue, but we shall see how it goes. And maybe re-research free or low cost programs to use in the interim. I am sure that landscape has changed since the last time I did the research.
So plan of action set. If I get anything watchable I will post it here.