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I know it was tough, Dear Bess, but I'm still chuckling! At that rate, the dentist is definitely a better time. LOL!
It really was a funny day and we're all still sort of gasping for breath about it.
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If he didn't run screaming into the night, that's a brave and stalwart IT Man you've got there. :)
Happy Sunday, Bess!
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Crazy Hump Day
All, and I do mean ALL the astrologers are screaming at me that I must werkwerkwerk till September when Saturn moves out of Virgo. AND that February will suck me dry with stressful situations mostly having to do with computers. AND Mercury was going to start moving forward on Monday but I better be prepared for one last kick in the teeth.
I had to stay home Monday but when I go to work on Tuesday I find we don't have Internet in the library. That is - the staff network is down. Went down Monday. Why? Non-payment of bills. Since August!!!! The county is supposed to pay the bill. I gave the ISP the county's p.o. box # but I don't think they had it right, because one day I was at the CA's office and the secretary complained that someone had just brought them our bill with the wrong address on it. She said she'd called several times and given them the correct P.O. #, so I suggested she send it back unpaid and insist on them using the right address. I suppose that was snerty of me. MyBad.
But the main thing is .... I have only ever seen one bill in the 2 years, or is it 3, that they've been our ISP. So Tuesday I ask the ISP to fax me the bills. And they are so much more than I'd contracted for I call them and ask "How? How can 4 old ladies with computers and a server suck up that much bandwidth in a month?" The worst month was January, 2 months after we'd moved the public computers to a different network.
Their answer? Someone has been stealing bandwidth assigned to the library. Everyone, including our IT Man, says it can't happen except from within the building on the machines plugged into the network. The ISP people ask in a sneery tone, "Are you sure your staff isn't downloading movies at work?"I mean ... I mean... that's a little like “Are you sure your grandma isn't downloading 8 hours of porn flicks for 8 consecutive days in the church Sunday school room – while kids are having a Sunday school lesson.?"
"We're old!" I told him. "We're your grandma! I'm the youngest person here and I don't have an i-pod, and none of us know how to do streaming audio"
I think problem is with the ISP .... 4 gigs of downloading Christmas day? I don't think so. Not even the cleaning crew - the only other folk who have a key to the building, would come in on Christmas Day to download movies on the library computers.
They say they'll turn us back on when we've paid half the bill. I say if they can't plug their leak I am going to have to find a different ISP.
So I sick my IT Man on this and yesterday he showed up with Solutions. But problems also. You see, our domain name was set up by the IT Man before last. You might remember that last August our previous IT Man died of a sudden heart attack then. Our present IT Man is showing me this printout of how the domain name was set up and he points to ITM before-last's name and email. Sadly, though my name is listed as library director, in typical ITM control freak anal fashion, only his email is listed. So, to get our library's domain name and be able to host our website here or there or somewhere else - you have to have the secret domain name identity code. If you forgot what it is or lost it, they will happily email it to the ITM. So my cute new ITM says to me "Can you get in touch with this fellow?" and into the silence I answer, "No. He's dead".
"What? You didn't tell me you'd lost two ITM!"
It was like a skit out of Saturday night live. Because your durn tootin' I didn't tell him. Can you imagine the ad? "Wanted IT expert with death wish."
So. that was my Hump Day. At least, that was the easy part of my Hump Day. I'm so glad I go to the dentist today! posted by Bess | 7:05 AM