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mattyb
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Apr 3, 2009, 05:07 PM
 
Well boys and girls, I'm at work. Its 23H10 here and I'm upgrading some databases. Of course the test upgrades were on a different machine with better disks so looks like I'm here for another three or four hours. Ho hum.

Lesson for the kids : DON'T GO INTO I.T. !!!!
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 05:48 PM
 
Looks like you need to pick up some hobbies.

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Apr 3, 2009, 05:55 PM
 
Knew that I wouldn't get any sympathy here.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 06:16 PM
 
You think that’s bad?

I’m stuck in my bed, under my blanket, trying to decide what movie to watch before going to sleep.







Oh … actually, on second thoughts, yours is worse, yeah. Sorry.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 06:23 PM
 
That hurt Oisín.

Hopefully be home before 2am.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 06:30 PM
 
hey mattyb: have you thought about having a sword fight with somebody else there while standing on chairs?
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 06:48 PM
 
The only other guy in the building is a scary supervision guy. He'd probably pull out his personnal 13th century katana if I asked him to sword fight.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 07:37 PM
 
Put some loud music on - no one else at work is going to care...
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 07:57 PM
 
I know this is going to sound insane, but think of something else productive to do that benefits your employer, since you're being paid to be there.

Like I said -- insane. Never mind.

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -- Jonathan Swift.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 08:15 PM
 
I thought about asking what the choices were, but upon further consideration decided it was not a good idea.
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Apr 3, 2009, 08:52 PM
 
You could of watched a movie, ordered pizza, etc.
     
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Apr 3, 2009, 09:02 PM
 
You need to kill time, I have the answers.

For the geek in you.
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For the news junkie in you.
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For the worker bee in you.
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And for something to get you motivated to keep working . . .
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In all serious, hang in there. Before you know you'll be home.
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Apr 3, 2009, 11:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
The only other guy in the building is a scary supervision guy. He'd probably pull out his personnal 13th century katana if I asked him to sword fight.
Don't worry about MacGeek2008, he was home schooled.
     
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Apr 4, 2009, 01:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by chris v View Post
I know this is going to sound insane, but think of something else productive to do that benefits your employer, since you're being paid to be there.


This post makes me lose the will to live.
     
mattyb  (op)
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Apr 5, 2009, 08:12 AM
 
Sorry that I didn't see the other replies, I eventually got home at 2am. Didn't get called out for an unforeseen problem either so very happy that the weekend wasn't spoiled.

Cheers for the links dcmacdaddy.

chris v, I tell my employer what they need to do to be more productive every week - still waiting for the machines and the man hours to be allocated to enable me and others to do our job better.
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 09:37 AM
 
I feel for ya, I'm in IT, and I've worked my share of weekends, and nights. I have one scheduled coming up, we're converting a number of our servers over to VMware. This is the last big push for the my application and we'll be doing 8 servers over the weekend.
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Apr 5, 2009, 11:23 AM
 
One of the worst things about IT is having to work weekends - I hate having to work weekends. I suppose that I should be thankful that they haven't found anybody cheaper to come in and do what I do though.
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 12:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
chris v, I tell my employer what they need to do to be more productive every week - still waiting for the machines and the man hours to be allocated to enable me and others to do our job better.
I think he meant that you could try to pass the time by doing some other work unrelated to the direct task at hand.
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 12:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I think he meant that you could try to pass the time by doing some other work unrelated to the direct task at hand.
Sounds like a typical manager then.
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 07:39 PM
 
If I had to do it all over again, I'd definitely pick a different profession. My dream job is a parking lot attendant at disneyworld You work 8 hours, and you don't take work home with you, that is when you punch out, you're done. You get to work outside in the awesome florida sunshine. Perhaps I'll hit the lottery and move to FLA
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Apr 5, 2009, 07:48 PM
 
I can see what you mean Maflynn. Damn Blackberry, even on my day off I still end up reading work emails and getting calls.
I think next time I'm off, I'll put the SIM into a normal phone, then my emails & BB messenger won't work
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 09:28 PM
 
I was going to come in here and say that I hoped you were feeling better. I thought the title said "Struck at work"
     
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Apr 5, 2009, 10:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by seanc View Post
I can see what you mean Maflynn. Damn Blackberry, even on my day off I still end up reading work emails and getting calls.
I think next time I'm off, I'll put the SIM into a normal phone, then my emails & BB messenger won't work
Yep, I had to work tonight, I'm working next weekend, I frequently work many nights after my children go to bed. At least this isn't as bad as my prior gig. I was getting called at 3:00am, that got old pretty quick. Trouble is that some things need to be fixed when they run, and many batch jobs run over night. This job has the benefit at least of letting me sleep through the night most of the time.
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Apr 6, 2009, 01:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
Lesson for the kids : DON'T GO INTO I.T. !!!!
I got out, thank god....

Not only did I run a mission critical database for my employer, I also wrote the end user software to access and mutate it. I spent many late nights at home upgrading that software for the most stupid feature requests without pay.
8 Core 2.8 ghz Mac Pro/GF8800/2 23" Cinema Displays, 3.06 ghz Macbook Pro
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Apr 6, 2009, 02:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
Sounds like a typical manager then.
Except he isn't.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 03:53 AM
 
I got out 4 years ago and haven't looked back since.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 07:28 AM
 
Well congrats to those that 'got out'. If I knew how to do anything else that earned as much money as I do now, then I'd get out of I.T. What sorts of things are you guys doing now?
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 08:33 AM
 
Money, does NOT buy happiness.

But it does buy jet-skis, and I have never seen anyone unhappy on a jet-ski.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 10:35 AM
 
agreed

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Apr 6, 2009, 10:41 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Money, does NOT buy happiness.

But it does buy jet-skis, and I have never seen anyone unhappy on a jet-ski.
It's the old time vs. money dilemma. To enjoy a high quality of life, you need money. But working to get that money means you don't have any time or energy left to enjoy it.

It's necessary but not easy to find the right balance.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 11:12 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Money, does NOT buy happiness.

But it does buy jet-skis, and I have never seen anyone unhappy on a jet-ski.
Money buys puppies and puppies bring happiness. Therefore it can be said that money buys happiness. Old Law of Transitivity .
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 11:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by Hg2491 View Post
Money buys puppies and puppies bring happiness. Therefore it can be said that money buys happiness. Old Law of Transitivity .
Money, however, does not buy you time, which makes everything else meaningless.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 02:33 PM
 
I've lived without money and its better to have it. Saying that, I'm by no means rich, but I have a good salary that enables a large 'buffer' each month. I'm also lucky to have good medical coverage, good holidays and good bosses. I'll eventually move into another area of I.T. that doesn't require weekend work.

Oh, I'm also working tonight at 22H00 and at 05H30 tomorrow as well.
     
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Apr 6, 2009, 07:41 PM
 
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Looks like you need to pick up some hobbies.

For motionographers, replace compiling with "rendering"

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You could of…

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Apr 6, 2009, 09:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by analogika View Post
Money, however, does not buy you time, which makes everything else meaningless.
It can you buy you time...
with a prostitute...
     
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Apr 7, 2009, 05:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Money, does NOT buy happiness.
You ain't shopping in the right place.

Yes I saw the white text
     
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Originally Posted by analogika View Post
Money, however, does not buy you time
Sorry, incorrect.

£50 a week buys me a man with a lawnmower, which saves me four hours a week mowing my lawns.
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