* Posts by FishCounter

7 posts • joined 1 Oct 2018

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'


Re: Routing Slips

Workflow is one thing, but most people were actually "distributing" messages via e-mail (arguably its whole purpose) in the 90s, not printing the message, attaching a routing slip and walking the message from person to person for their signature acknowledging they'd read the message they'd already received via e-mail.


Huge Attachments

You can actually send 30GB attachments by e-mail, to everyone in the organization and with Single Instance Storage no longer available within Exchange it puts a nice chokehold on your e-mail system. I always expected a DoS attack to come from the outside...


Routing Slips

My wife used to work for a financial firm and her boss preferred e-mails be printed out, so they could attach routing slips and hand deliver the e-mails. The really frightening thing is that this was in the mid 90s.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears


Re: Outlets NOT For Computer Use

Lieutenant commander. Considered mid-rank officer and should know better...


Outlets NOT For Computer Use

Was working for the U.S. Coast Guard as a Sys Admin on a now closed facility near NYC; the building I operated from was a horse stable dating from the 1800s that had been converted to office space. We found out many of the outlets weren't wired correctly when a LCDR would move his office around, unplug his computer and plug it back in sending a power surge up the RS422 "daisy chain" to fry other computers.

We had our electricians label any outlets that had no ground, reverse polarity, etc. as "Not for computer use" since they couldn't easily remedy these in a landmark building. Unfortunately, that didn't stop the LCDR from doing this at least twice more.

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too


Just Another Cog

Before entering the private sector, my wife had repeatedly informed me that even though I worked in IT, my job at a public company was to increase value for the shareholders. I didn't always believe that, I wanted to make a difference, contribute to the success of my company, be valued as member of the team, etc. She was right; at the end of the day, all anyone really cared about was did my efforts increase that shareholder value. It sucked to come to that realization of my "worth" and that I was easily discarded or replaced.

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Re: New contractor

Sounded like an RGE to me; Resume Generating Event. You folks would term that a CVGE, I suppose.

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