It’s too bad that you can’t detect sarcasm over the internet. At least, not without me using smileys. Which is, unfortunately, not possible under WordPress – as far as I know. But that’s not the point. The point is, that I’ve assisted someone on a software upgrade today. It took me about three hours, and it took the other guy even longer to finish the task.
Let me get something straight. Despite all the time zone differences it’s a saturday over here, as well. Worst case scenario would be that it was a sunday over here, which would be even more dramatic. And most people aren’t payed to work on Saturdays, so they don’t. Yeah, yeah, there are exceptions all over the globe (people in supermarkets, people who have no life… I mean, a promising career, obviously – and so on, and so on) but I’m not one of them. If I work on a saturday, it’s because I’m being guilt-tripped by one of my co-workers. That’s the downside of working in a small company. Aren’t we all “working hard for the team” and don’t I “know what’s best for the company”?
Hence, I’m wasting my time on a saturday, on an upgrade that could have easily been done during the week. But then, the customers wouldn’t be able to work! Working in IT is hell, children. People expect great magical acts from you, are disappointed when things beyond your control don’t go the thing they want, and are rarely appreciative of all the offers you make. Because, “They told you to do it right the first time.” Which could bring me to starting a rant about “Saying that you want it done properly” isn’t the same as telling us how you want it done, but that’s for another time.
Next rant will be about family and friends who expect you to fix their computers for free, in their free time. Not that that happened to me, because I basically tell everyone I don’t “do computers” outside of work. But it’s an interesting topic, nonetheless…
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