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August 22nd, 2005

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03:14 pm - Network outage!
We are presently experiencing an outage at work which has rendered me unable to perform most of my duties. Nobody knows when it's going to be dealt with, which is funny since the guy on the other side of my cubicle was just told by LAN support that they've "been getting calls like this for the last ten minutes, and there is no outage."

I'm still turning that statement over in my mind and trying to figure out how somebody could actually say such a thing with a straight face.

Anyway, I can do things on the internet, my e-mail is working fine, but everything else is totally unavailable. Several people have tried restarting their PCs, but apparently they can't get past the login screen since they can't connect to the network.

I went downstairs for a cup of coffee a few minutes ago just as a whole bunch of managers were converging on the break room. While I was waiting for my coffee, an announcement came over the PA asking us not to reboot our computers. This prompted a stream of profanity from the group of managers, which was pretty funny.

Anyway, I think things are up and running now. Back to work.

ADDENDUM: Some of the network drives are still unavailable, so our in-house support guy sent out a three-megabyte e-mail with annotated pictures demonstrating how to re-establish those connections. Opening the e-mail took me a good five minutes since it was so big and everybody else was trying to open it at the same time, and the instructions, though not terribly technical or difficult, are confusing a lot of people who apparently didn't read the last line of the message: "Restarting your PC will accomplish this same task."
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Ben Folds Five -- Don't Change Your Plans

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Date:August 23rd, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
BTW - where do you work? Dave has a security clearance and wants to know if you need a new internal support guy. Let us know. :)
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Date:August 23rd, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
I work for a subsidiary of M&I Bank called Metavante. We provide data processing services to M&I and several other financial institutions (which is an oversimplification, but it's a good, short explanation). We have a job search page which might help Dave... I don't see any IT openings at our Madison location, but if you search for all open positions at all locations, you might find something.
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Date:August 23rd, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
So this is the Sioux I have heard so much about. Well well well...
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Date:August 23rd, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
When is dave off active duty? How much more time does he have left? I'd like to get some of his thoughts on some of the things going on in this world at the moment, if possible.
Garmonbozia for the soul.

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