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Journal Chacham's Journal: Corporate: Large room 2

So, what it like to work in a huge room?

I have been in a room with a least a couple hundred people, men and woman of many nationalities, speaking mostly English, but hiding in their cube and conversing within their group.

The dress code is casual. Men mostly wear dress shirts and pants, with the occasional no-button long-sleeve shirt breaking the monotony. Woman don't seem to have to follow this rule. Their clothes vary much and defy modesty.

The temperature in the room is approximately 75F. It seems close to >73f in the morning, and raising 1 to 1.5 degrees in the afternoon, with two thermometers giving me the basic reading. Some (especially) women still complain of being cold, while many are comfortable. I had to drink cold wet sugar to keep my eyes open. I think productivity would raise if the temperature.was lowered five or ten degrees. Besides, the cold can wear a jacket, there's not much the warm can do.

The room is anything but quiet, but it is by no means noisy. Two could easily converse in whispers, and have their interlocution understood with no strain. Amazing really. A testament to the coin being more powerful than the mouth.

Some people act real, others put on a mask. I would not want to meet most people outside of the office. There are a great many sweet people though. They make it all worth it. They will do what they can for you, if you actually need the help. Especially, some Indians are very pleasant, and overly courteous.

Walking between ends is like walking to another neighborhood in the same city. People are seen around, nonetheless they are strangers. All looking at each other wondering about the new face. One room, many communities, even if some include less than ten people.

Cubicles are setup either in rows, or sections. Some open to all, some just to each other. Monitors face either toward or away from the aisle, gaining secrecy for some. Some of the rest use anti-glare covers, saving them somewhat too.

The desk of a person speaks much of his type. Some full, some empty. Some orderly, some messy. Some useful items, some non-useful. Though, leave-it-and-lose-it applies to precious office commodities such as the stapler.

All in all, the larger room is much like a smaller room, with only slight deviations. The main thing is, that in a large room, one has an excuse to explore foreign cultures.

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  • Interesting reading. I don't think I've ever seen a working place with cubes. Or maybe one from outside, although I don't know how big it was. But in large scales, I don't think that there exists such working culture in over here. Usually we want to keep a certain amount distance to each other and working in cubes probably wouldn't work over here. I just wonder how widespread this type of working culture is.

    I can see the working temperature could be a problem in these kinds of working places. Personally I

    • > It's nice when somebody actually reads your journal.

      And then tells you about it.... I rarely read JEs. But when i do, i try to say "i was here" if nothing else.

      >About that subject I would still like to ask you if do you have any thoughts about extra flags for files (eg. immutable, append only) and ACLs.

      Perhaps one should separate between what is file-based information (size, directory, type) and usage. After that, decide which should be implemented where.

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