Posted by sean on June 15, 2007 at 5:57 pm in Shopping, Work Activities with No Comments


The network at work died today, along with any remaining sanity I once had. The outage meant that the phones were busy – very busy. I think I logged 80+ calls in the space of two hours. By lunchtime, the door to my brain had slammed shut, and I was unable to take in anymore information. I was useless.

Unlike most IT problems I normally have to deal with, today’s requests required no thought process whatsoever – I didn’t even need to ask the users to “turn the PC off and on again”. My responses were along the lines of “The network is fucked. Nothing can be done. Get some paper and a pen. Tough shit!” although in a somewhat more diplomatic manner (to most customers, anyway).

I believe the problem was caused by somebody plugging both ends of an Ethernet cable into a mini-switch. To put that in non-technical terms, remember that episode of The Simpson’s where Marge makes Bart a living digestive system, and Nelson Muntz plugs the rectum into the mouth “to solve world hunger”. Well, the result of that was kind of what happened to our system – messy.

I left work early to go shopping in town, and ended up getting soaked in the rain – rather predictable really. Not because I am unluckily, but because it’s been pissing it down for the last week. Things had to be purchased though, including birthday and Father’s Day presents, food, and Hot Fuzz on DVD.

Finally, for the first Friday in what seems like months, I am going to spend an evening in my flat by myself, and not go out. I will eat curry, I may have a drink, watch a DVD, all in time for The Friday Night Project, before going to bed. Rock and roll.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

No trackbacks yet.

Posts with similar tags

No post with similar tags yet.

Posts in similar categories

  • About Me

    So you stumbled across my blog. No doubt after searching for something bizarre on Google. Before you hit that 'Back Button', why not stay and have a read for a few minutes?

    If you are after a website which gives advice on how to hack an iPhone X, download the latest Steven Seagal movie, or view nudy ladies, you've come to the wrong place and may now press 'Back'.

    However, if you would like a lifestyle blog, written by a 30-something chap, living in Bath (England), feast your eyes on this.

    You won't discover how to copy PlayStation 4 games. What you will find is a blog, covering life in the West Country, the highs and lows of supporting two unsuccessful football teams, while sharing a house with a wife and rabbit.

    All written by a man, somewhere on the sanity-scale between normal and eccentric.
  • Archives