Today, I worked a 12 hour day (I know.. there have been longer workdays in the world). It seems putting computers up is really more painstaking (and painful) than taking them down. Or maybe it’s just that taking them down one day and putting them back up the next is the painful part.
All of us are in pain. Even the ones under 40. Even though we are [semi-]tough IT people and can handle long hours… and pain.. for the sake of our connectivity and happy end-users. I live for this job. Ok, I just want a day off. :) (actually, I do like my job and love the new building!)
Tomorrow, we get to do a live test of the network with the people who intake our business via the telephone. The only thing I’m not entirely sure of is whether or not we have the headsets hooked up right. We’ll find out tomorrow. We would have tested them, but the phone vendor said, “Don’t use the phones right now. I repeat: Do NOT use the phones” ….over the overhead speakers.
Needless to say, everytime we passed the phone vendors in the hall, we had to ask, “Can we use the phones now?” just to see the expression on their faces, which said, “Dammit! Are you deaf?”
It’s only fair after dealing all day with staff asking if the network was up yet. It was fun to see them *try* to get into the network, though. “I know your PC is turned on and you’re logging in [with your local profile], but actually, you’re NOT going to be able to do anything with your computer right now.”
It’s nice that we can make things look functional when they are really not.
Off to the bath to recover.