Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


What’s my Job?

Filed under: Career Archive,Geek Work,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:26 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Crescent

What if I did a report and no one noticed?

Well, two days ago, that’s just what happened. I do the regular check of all the backups for our company. I mean everything. I check all our local servers as well as all 35+ remote servers. Then, of course, I do up a report in Excel and e-mail it to everyone. Seems fairly important, right? Hmm, maybe not. On Tuesday, I was up to my ass in alligators and was all the way home before I realized that I hadn’t sent the report out. I created it and dealt with most, if not all, of the problems on it, but I never sent the e-mail.

But no one noticed!

So, why do I send out the stupid report? Why did I get chewed out a couple of months ago for not doing it “right”, even if I was doing it the way I was “trained” to do it? If a network admin falls in the forest and upper management isn’t there to hear him, does his resume make any sound?
Well, at least it’s a job.


  1. In the server room, no one can hear your screams.

    Comment by Anne — 3/19/2004 @ 8:09 am

  2. Couldn’t you just copy paste the previous days report?
    Or subtlely change it with rude words to see if anyone actually reads the thing?

    Comment by Andy — 3/19/2004 @ 8:35 am

  3. Actually, I *do* copy the previous day’s report, then change the results. I still feel compelled to do the actual work, though. I’m funny that way about backups.
    OTH, I like the suggestion about “rude words”. I wonder how many days it would take for anyone to catch on?

    Comment by RyuMaou — 3/19/2004 @ 10:37 am

  4. Might be fun to make up a location in, say Kalamzoo or Ethshar of the Sands, and see if anyone notices.

    Comment by Anne — 3/20/2004 @ 11:38 am

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