I bought more IKEA furniture a couple of weeks ago and moved an LCD-TV into my office. I got some GORM shelves for storage purposes and also some MELTORP tables for the work area. The LCD-TV is being placed in the meeting room in place of a LCD projector. After some consideration, it made more sense to use an LCD-TV that costs the same price as a projector and does not require as much maintenance. I tested it out and the screen size is clear enough for displaying slides that are visible from the back of the room. I will need to make another run to IKEA to get the last bits of furniture but things are falling into place, more or less.
Now, as for the hiring, the intern who was supposed to join me in March has just written to me today to turn me down. The intern gave some lame excuse on how KL is a little too far from Cyberjaya and that the work I am doing is not in-line with the intern’s final year project title. Well, it is entirely up to the intern where to do their internship and I said so myself. Thankfully, I have not bought a new PC for the intern, which I was planning to do right after CNY.
I have another intern who is supposed to join me in May. However, that is months away and I hope that this intern would not FFK me at the last minute. If this intern turns out to be useful, I will probably offer the intern a full-time job and convert that internship period to a probation period. Then, I will hopefully be able to get my first full-time staff.
At the same time, I am now training a student to do some programming work. The student seems quite promising but only time will tell if lack of domain expertise becomes a problem. If this student turns out okay, I will probably hire this student as a intern during summer breaks if this student is interested.