Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Make Sure You Give 'em The Secret Handshake

MOVE!Sent to my home email account from work, when we finally got servers up.

It’s after 10AM and over the walls of CubeWorld™ I hear the frantic and excited retellings of weekend adventures, the synopses and analysis of various reality TV shows and your basic office gossip, rumor and innuendo offered up in whispers. The servers are down so no one can access any jobs, check their email or look at their Google readers.

Getting IT to do anything around here requires a 2/3 majority vote in the Secret Geek Council, (which convenes every New Moon) followed by the VP of IT’s signature. Then, in a scary ritual involving Red Bull mixed with Starbucks and the playing of gay 80s arena rock music, the IT people work their magic, which almost always concludes in what they will call a “Logic Lock Refresh,” meaning they turned it off and then turned it back on and somehow that fixed it. Then, because we are not schooled in The Craft of The Flipping of The Switch, they’ll act like they just rescued all of us dim mortals from the jaws of death and maybe we should build them an altar so they may be properly worshiped. I doubt brain surgeons and rocket scientists have the egos or unapproachable attitudes of IT people.

We might be able to do some work in about a month, knowing IT. I think they spend their days devising new rules to apply to the web filters. “Hey, look. That guy in cube #2,459 seems to enjoy visiting The Onion a little too much. Let’s block The Onion. But only in his cube.” [Cue evil laugh]

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  • The more I work in advertising the more I realize that some IT people are a cross hybrid "guy from jail who can get you smokes" + evil leprechaun + Brain (from Binky and the Brain) + premature ejaculating Rain Men. Seriously, I've been asking for a reboot on my comp for two months and I still have the crappiest unit in the department. Maybe it's Murphy's Law... or maybe they read the comments I post. In that case blow my joystick Doogie.

    By Blogger joker, at June 4, 2008 at 2:27 PM  

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