Marquis de Saydrah

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Technical Difficulties July 2, 2008

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Working in online media is never boring. Sometimes confusing, often hectic, but never boring. I really, genuinely, love my job. However, a few technical errors can really make your day more difficult. Recent conversation (names changed to protect the guilty):

 

IT: “Saydrah….”

 

Me: “What?”

 

It: “Can you do us a favor?”

 

Me: “Did I break the website again?”

 

IT: “No, but maybe you could fix the website.” (Instructs me to perform a very simple task using my Disaboom account)

 

Me: “Um… I can’t access My Disaboom.”

 

IT: “Use Control Panel.”

 

Me: “Control Panel gives me an error.”

 

IT: (much harrumphing, some pacing)

 

Time passes.

 

IT: “Saydrah, could you show Cool CoWorker how to delete her photo gallery from the website?”

 

Me: “Sure.”

 

Other IT: “You know, she might need to be able to access My Disaboom for that.”

 

IT: (rinse and repeat harrumphing and pacing)

 

Me: *le sigh*

 

This is a fairly accurate summary of most of my day. See: Why I am blogging on WordPress, rather than working.

 

However, I think I have discovered what IT is really doing at work! (Link goes to a hilarious 10 minute video. Sorry, not captioned, and there seems to be no way I can find to rip it and put it on one of the free sites that lets you caption. So, for a summary, scroll down to the end of this post.)

 

So, yeah, now I need to think of something to fill up the next couple paragraphs, so folks who don’t want to see the plot summary have time to avert their eyes. Some random thoughts:

 

I have a feeling Nutro dog food will experience another recall soon. Have heard some murmurings from friends who work for the company. If you feed that brand, be cautious. Blue Buffalo and Canidae are both good brands to switch to in advance of a recall, if you’re worried.

 

Jerry Lewis does NOT deserve any Congressional Gold Medals. However, I suppose medals have been given in the past to people even more despicable. Not that this is any sort of an excuse. Merely an observation.

 

God I hope Barack pulls his head out of his rear and votes against FISA if telcom immunity isn’t stripped from the bill… I’ll vote for him regardless, but I am seriously considering reducing my consumption of cool photoshopped Obama pictures! I may even retract my assertion that Michelle deserves to become the next First Lady Fashion Icon (a la Jackie O.)

 

I wish the clouds would decide whether or not to deposit rain on my lawn, so that I can decide whether or not to water.

 

There’s a parade commemorating the 30th Anniversary of ADAPT’s bus blockades in Denver this weekend. I’m hoping I can go. If I do, I’ll take a camera and post photos here.

 

Okay, is that enough space?

 

Video Summary:

 

An IT professional is playing Halo online instead of working. Zhe (the voice could be female or male) receives a phone call from someone saying that “the website is down.” IT professional checks the website. It is not down. Zhe questions the annoyed caller and discovers that the website isn’t down; the caller’s internet connection is down. The caller demands that the server be rebooted anyway. IT professional instructs someone else to reboot the server and goes back to playing Halo.

 

Another call comes in, from a different person, whose website actually IS down. IT person, tabbing back and forth between Halo and investigating the problem, discovers that the server has been rebooted improperly. IT person calls back the first caller and tells them that the server now won’t come up because the first caller made the IT person reset it the wrong way.

 

IT person calls a third person, who apparently is the person who actually physically rebooted the server. IT person uses remote desktop to access the third person– Chip’s– computer, where zhe discovers an… interesting arrangement of icons. She fixes it, Chip demands that she change it back because now he can’t find his icons, and finally she ends up changing his background to a screenshot of the icons in their unique arrangement. Which, of course means Chip can’t click anything, but he is happy so long as he has what he thinks is the right arrangement back.

 

IT person proceeds to fix the server, and goes back to playing Halo.

 

I think this summary includes all relevant audio.