||[Dec. 12th, 2007|03:20 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Did I mention that on Wednesdays I'm not on site anymore, I'm in the office. This is so I can do work that I couldn't do on site - I'm learning how to do stuff we do with a documentation system called Planet Press. Because the office is now at bursting point, I don't have my own desk there - I have a laptop I use when I come in that has the software I need installed on it, and I sit at the desk of someone who isn't in for whatever reason. the best thing about this is that there's usually a monitor on the desk, so I can plug it into the laptop and have two screens! Having two screens is the best thing ever, because it means I can put the Planet Press software on one screen, and my email, or a green screen on the other, and I can see two things at the same time when I need to. It's grate! I want two screens all the time. Or three! Or four!|
Tell me about the computer you use at work.
Do you use a computer in your job?
Kinda sorta. It's like this...
No? What the hell kind of job do you do that doesn't use modern technology? Do you work in the 1980s?
What type of computer?
Both, depending if I'm in the office or somewhere else
Do you have a fancy multi-screen setup like what I'm using today?
What operating system do you use at work?
Non-mac unix like
Do the computing facilities provided for you run like s off an s, or is it like using a ZX 81 to analyse the human genome?
It does all my work for me by 9.15, allowing me to spend the rest of the day dining on food pills and driving my flying car around
I may as well be in a coal mine in 1756
It's not a great computer but it runs the programs I need to run, and obv the amount of time I seem to be on here is testament to something but I don't think it's anything to do with the computer.
Our network runs slowly because my colleagues illegally download music and movies all day.
I totally lied in my answer to that last question.
The software that's *there* usually runs just fine (as far as Win2000 is fine). It's the *amount* of software on there that's the problem, i.e. we're not allowed to install anything ourselves. So, no Firefox, no FTP programs, no graphics software, no Winamp, no QuickTime/RealPlayer/any-video-thing-except-WMP and DEFINITELY no codecs. Nothing FUN. We're not even allowed to use our USB ports for fear of scary viruses OH NOEZ. I have to update graphics for a departemental website using MS Paint v5.0, which won't save files as jpgs or gifs. I'm not allowed any other graphics software as 'the Helpdesk aren't trained to fix it if it goes wrong'. Given the fact that they can't even make MS Paint work properly I'm not surprised.
Multiscreen my arse, I've got TWO machines on ONE screen.
The KVM switch LIVES.
You're missing the point of working in the computer department, surely? You should get all the best, newest stuff.
2007-12-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
I provide my own computing facilities, so it'd be bit embarrassing if they didn't work...
An external 19" monitor has been ordered for me and arrived, but I'm not allowed to have it until I have had a health and safety assessment to prove that I need it. Presumably if turns out my eyes aren't bad enough to warrant it the monitor will have to be smashed.
We have a totally locked-down Windows system where no self-installations, USB devices or individual wallpaper is/are allowed. On the plus side, I do have two 22" flat screen monitors, which I sorely miss anytime I have to do work on just one screen.