Cardboard Box

Well, I thought it would be a few more years before it came to this, but today I packed up my office into a few cardboard boxes, shut down my workstation, and turned off the lights for the last time.

Relax. They’re refitting the office over Easter.

When I come back, I’ll have brand new lights to turn on, freshly painted walls, and most importantly, a separate air-conditioned server room. I’m told I will not only be able to answer the phone without shouting over the rack noise, but also actually use the office in summer without having to shower and change into a fresh shirt every 2 hours.

Until then, posts will less frequent than usual. Unless I need to rant about the builders.

About The Angry Technician

The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

6 responses to “Cardboard Box”

  1. ICT Tower says :

    Crikey, you had me going then! Phew, glad it’s just a redecoration but was also astounded that you have to work in the same room as the servers?! Our machines were moved out to their own little room with a dedicated aircon unit years ago, and the technicians have their own air conditioned office now too.

    Glad to hear you’ll be getting better working conditions though.

  2. Daniel Beardsmore says :

    An unrelated IT admin rant – a) user wants Skype b) admin monkey must download Skype c) Skype Limited refuse to let you download their program without signing in or registering. I don’t want to USE it, I just want to install it!

    Yes I have a personal Skype account, probably haven’t logged in within the last six months or more, as no-one else wants to actually use Skype. No I shouldn’t need to recall my own private account’s login details just to download their poxy piece of crap.

    Fortunately the download page URL is displayed in the URL of the nag page, so you can URLdecode it and leapfrog their trap.

    Why do software companies hate users so much? It’s a battle trying to find an Adobe download that doesn’t go through some download manager (Opera is a good way to bypass that as Adobe don’t have add-ins for it yet (see, Opera is good for at least something)).

    Software companies hate IT admins even more, but at least Vista shook a bit of sense into the world that not everyone runs as an administrator. The battle now is to get Windows 8 or 9 to understand that IT admins also like to do things on a user’s PC without having to close a ton of programs and log out completely, but there are still too many things that don’t work without elevation, including writing into protected directories. Where’s Explorer’s version of sudo cp?

    Of course, the best thing in the world is software that leaves a message for an IT admin that reads “If you see this error, inform the system administrator”. Self-induction of hairy palms is not going to solve my problems, you idiots.

  3. ScottishTech says :

    Your Local Authority lets you use Skype in the schools? How very progressive of them!

    (This is meant to be a statement about my LA, rather than your one, in case anyone takes offence)

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