Adventures Of A Contract Tech Worker!!!!! ….. And The World We Live In

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From time to time I take some small contract tech job.  These occasions never cease to amaze me, mostly from the stupidity of it all, which is probably why I don’t do it full time and travel. 

So, I recently accepted a very small, very pud job to do.  Essentially it is to upgrade some users to new PCs at an office.  I’ve also got to reformat the old drives in the old PCs.  The very notion that there are jobs out there to do this has me worried for the future of humanity.  This particular job has me doubly triply quadruply worried!!!! 

How is it that you can have an office full of PCs (someone had to deploy the originals) and a functioning office with the PCs functioning that you need to contract someone to unbox some new PCs and deploy them?  It gets worse ….. this is a national company with offices all across the country.   It’s even worse than that!  This company is an internet provider!!!!!!  But, they contracted with a company which contracts with a company who contracts with me. ……. and it’s still worth my time to do it!!!! 

I should have known stupid would be stalking me from the moment I agreed to something like this.  And, it did!  Worse, it caught me!!!!  Originally, I was suppose to be there Monday morning.  Alas, there was some confusion.  It was determined that they’d be closed on Monday for MLK day.  The top contractor called me Sunday to confirm that I’d be there Monday ……  Disappointed smile  I told them I thought they were closed for MLK day ….. after a pause the lady on the other end said she was sorry to bother me, and I was right, I was suppose to be there on Tuesday.  So guess what day the office was really expecting me?  Yeh, they weren’t closed on Monday.  That was the other office in the same town.  But, they weren’t closed for MLK day, they’re always closed on Mondays.  Did I mention my wife is the one who roped me into working with these people?  (She was working at the other office in the same town.) 

The instructions provided me were straight forward and simple enough that even a person unfamiliar with PCs could have done the job …… had the instructions actually been for the job I was doing.  The instructions were for deploying Win 7.  Oddly, I didn’t deploy any Win 7 units.  I deployed Win 8 units ……… no, really!!!!  Stop laughing!!!!!  I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why large national company wants Win 8 on there PCs!!!  (Note:  Only one unit was a touch-screen). 

For those unfamiliar, Windows 8 was such a horrid release Microsoft upped it’s schedule and not only released Windows 10, but, is giving Win 10 away in an effort to move people off of Win 8 and previous versions.  In other words, Microsoft is looking to kill Win 8 ASAP.  Now, mind you, the office I was upgrading was their advertising office.  These people are not tech workers.  Many of them probably hold their PCs in contempt already.  Now, this internet providing, tech company, if you will, is going to subject their own workers to an operating system that so bad even Microsoft is embarrassed by it. 

BTW, the interface between Win 7 and Win 8 is so different the instructions were rendered pretty useless.  Fortunately, I’m a tech worker, so I can find the crap I need to.

Getting through the showing up a day late, and the useless instructions, I found a different problem.  One of the little chores one has to do to deploy a PC in an office is to make them a member of the network, in this case, it was a domain.  As is typical, all of the necessary software and applications aren’t stored locally, but, on a server.  There are some very viable alternatives to such a setup, but, that’s not what they’re doing.  Oddly, no one ever thought to register the computer names on the domain server ……. the domain server ….. which no one locally has access to.  Oddly, someone did have someone already change the computer names.  No one bothered to write the name changes down, though.  Fortunately, even techs have tech support!!!!  That role was to be filled by the original contractors.  So, I call them and tell them the credentialing isn’t working out ……. silence for a while.  Then, I’m told they don’t have access and that’s someone else’ problem.  I was awestruck!!!!   There is a fortune to be made as being a useless 3rd or 4th party!!!!  You can give useless written instructions, have people show up on the wrong day and be tech support who renders no technical support!!!!  And large companies will pay you large sums of money to do so!!!!!

Sometime late in the morning I got a call from the original contractors …… not to help me with my problem, no, but, to rather screen me to make sure I’m qualified to do the job I contracted to do.  You see, this part of the original contractors thought I was suppose to be there tomorrow.  The screening process is basically asking you if you know how to join a PC to a domain …….. I $hit you not.  I actually took 3 days off of my real job for this BS!!!!  Which I only am working 2 because …. well, someone took Monday off so, everyone is closed on Mondays or something.  How f’n hard would it have been to pick up the phone and ask them?  They certainly could call me and they didn’t seem concerned about asking me inane questions. 

As it turns out, I had to call the tech support people of the company I’m installing the new PCs for and have them register the computer names with the server.    You’d think that would solve all the problems, but, it doesn’t, really.  You see, it apparently takes quite a bit of time to port all of the apps to be useable to the PCs.  I’m suppose to kill their old PCs but, the apps they need to do their jobs aren’t readily available on their new ones.  I don’t know why I think these things shouldn’t be a Charlie Foxtrot every time I do one.  They are each and every time.  And, all of it is senseless. 

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26 Responses to Adventures Of A Contract Tech Worker!!!!! ….. And The World We Live In

  1. leftinflagstaff says:

    That amazing disarray in the major corporations is partly why I went Contract Worker, though now you could say I’m more of a company myself, when i became an LLC.

    Mine was a different industry — Reebok, Adidas, etc.– but, how they managed to stay major, with the day-in and day out incompetence, is a wonder. I guess so much money coming in, screw-ups are easy to hide.

  2. Sarah Palin endorsed Trump Tuesday. At least Trump won’t be attacking her. I still think Trump is in there to help Hillary become President. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him drop out at the last moment and endorse Hillary. I’ve seen so-called Republicans do it before.

    Jim

  3. DirkH says:

    “For those unfamiliar, Windows 8 was such a horrid release Microsoft upped it’s schedule and not only released Windows 10, but, is giving Win 10 away in an effort to move people off of Win 8 and previous versions. ”

    Hmm. I recently bought a cheap notebook with Win 8 and haven’t upgraded to 10 yet. You say 8 is bad. Strange. I use it like I use Win 7 only with a funny Start menu.

    So I got me an article listing the 10 worst things in Windows 8. Three of them bemoan the funny Start Menu. the other 7 address “apps” and “Metro Apps”. I don’t use those, I use boring old Windows applications. And everything works like 7.

    So. I’m happy as a clam. I actually like the funny Start menu, it’s easy to configure.

    • suyts says:

      Regardless, Win 8 is horribly unpopular and already on the kill list for MS. It makes no sense to deploy it to people who are not necessarily tech savy, only to force them to learn a different interface in just a few short years (or even year).

      • DirkH says:

        Oh I sure won’t use the Metro Apps whatever they are. I’m exploring writing my future desktop apps in JavaScript using AppJS / NODE.JS as the framework. This allows full multiplatform compatibility from Win to Max to Linux to Android to iOs.

  4. DirkH says:

    Racist Brits not only pay living expenses of illegal immigrants and give them free housing, no, they force them to have a RED FRONT DOOR!!!!
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/01/20/2819525/
    Luckily vigilant hero journalists have uncovered this crime against humanity! What would we do without these heroes of the international sub-proletariat!

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      The more I see of this kind of stuff, the more I realize England, and Europe, should be no more. Survival of the fittest. Weaklings should always go extinct.

      • leftinflagstaff says:

        And America should also.

      • DirkH says:

        “Weaklings should always go extinct.”

        Well that’s EXACTLY what the Left WILL.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Yes. Taking the enablers of the Right along with them. Replaced by a people who are stronger than both.

        • DirkH says:

          Well, the CDU is not “right” anymore. There is a poll in Germany since 1998 that asks people to sort each party in on a left-right-scale. CDU is left of centre now.

          Meaning, all of the Bundestag is leftist.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          The labels don’t mean anything. It’s a people being courageous enough to defend themselves, or not. Or at least attempt to.

          Nothing is more natural than the stronger overcoming the weaker. Probably the most common interaction in the natural world. Especially when the natural, intended reaction of self-defense is removed.

          Those who removed that self- defense were allowed to rise to power, and are still there. The stronger are still coming to take more away. Without a care as to Left or Right. And, unfortunately for the weak, as it was meant to be.

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Wonder if Native Europeans will garner the same sympathy Native Americans have in a couple hundred years.

    • DirkH says:

      Lat, re the first link, I like this the best
      ““There was, for example, a resident who came to me with a deportation notice addressed to himself. He wanted to know what would happen next. I explained it to him, and then he went away. Soon afterwards, he appeared in front of my colleague and showed completely new identity documents in a different name. He was then just moved to another camp.””

      They all get themselves two or three or seven times “pocket money” it seems. There seems to be absolutely no identity check, they take the fingerprints and throw them away.
      While telling us they have this great computer system that gets it all figured out. I find it funny at this point. Just lock’em up (the SPD and CDU members that is).

      • Lars P. says:

        “There seems to be absolutely no identity check, they take the fingerprints and throw them away.”
        I think I read somewhere that about 600.000 migrants are currently missing in Germany – authorities do not know where they are – about half of all did register twice or more, until they were satisfied with the place where they have been sent…

  5. DirkH says:

    Salon finds reason for rising suicide, drug deaths: Trump (not Climate Change).
    http://twitchy.com/2016/01/20/death-by-trump-salon-diagnoses-cause-of-reported-increase-in-self-harm-deaths/

  6. DirkH says:

    Kommon Kore Kim Koerber:
    “KK: They don’t agree with Islam, so they don’t want their kids to be taught it. They don’t agree with birth control so they don’t want their kids to talk about it. They don’t agree with math because they don’t understand it. It’s not the same math they did in high school. So they don’t want their kids to know about it.”

    It’s not the same math. She said it.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/21/exclusive-former-pearson-exec-reveals-anti-american-agenda-in-common-core-on-constitution-guns-christianity/

    Well it is actually still the same math, only the teaching method is complete crap. Amazing how ignorant education “experts” are – they ignore EVERYTHING we learned about neuroscience since 1980. (rote learning works and it has a physiological basis.)

    Which reminds me of this guy – who studied neuroscience, amongst other things.

  7. DirkH says:

    Pathological liar and drug addict wins 5 million USD by bringing 2 catholic priests, one teacher and one Monsignor into jail through made up claims of having been raped.
    Collusion of pathological liar, lawyers, the state and the rag Rolling Stone.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/21/rolling-stones-disgraced-uva-reporter-faces-scrutiny-catholic-child-rape-story/

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