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8 days a week... - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
paranoidandroid
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8 days a week...
The conversion was finally completed over the weekend. I'd like to say that was the end of it all, but until we get approval from the CSSF there are jobs to be done first thing every morning.

There's also the reconciliation and corporate reporting to be done. The list of task grows day by day.

The conversion itself was quite successful, although there was something of a rocky start. I arrived in work at 8:30 on Saturday. I hate getting up early, and I especially hate getting up early on a weekend. I like my bedtime.

I found I couldn't log in on Saturday morning. None of my networked drives were available. This is bad, but it was made worse by the fact I'd called the helpdesk on Friday to make sure I could get to me stuff over the weekend.

I called the helpdesk... and for approximately an entire hour I was "in a queue." Truth of the matter was there is no queue! There was no bugger answering the phones. Looking up the support numbers on our intranet I see that there is no support on Saturday or Sunday. I call the rest of the project team to see if we have a special number to call. We do not, but Wayne has the number for Bournemouth LAN support, and they are open all day every day.

A call to the Bournemouth LAN support does not go well. They have never heard of Romford, and have no idea who the hell should be looking after the servers there. They ask me if I can ping the server and I can but I am still unable to map any drives. They go away to look for someone who might be able to help me.

Nicky and Des have now arrived, and Nicky signs me in to a Morgan build machine. Luckily I copied a version of the databases from my drives to the ones Nicky can see. If we were all on the same login I don't know what the hell we would have done.

After the initial disaster the rest of the day went remarkably well. I'm still waiting for the fall-out to occur.
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nuala From: nuala Date: October 8th, 2003 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
love the sheep! very cool :o)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 9th, 2003 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Hi!

Thanks!

Welcome to my LJ. I was going to drop you a note when I found you (from a link in the Ferretts journal), but you were kind of busy with the wedding/moving thing so I thought I'd leave it for a while ...

Your situation (American lass marrrying a Brit, and moving here) is uncannily like my own (my soon to be wife is from NC). So it was no small amount of self interest to what and see your plans going so successfully!

So a belated congratulations... and thanks for the "British word of the day"'s ... they crack me up!
nuala From: nuala Date: October 9th, 2003 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi!

Oo, how cool is that (being a southern gal as well)! I had read that you were getting married soonish. I'm still sorting out minor paperwork for the spouse visa, but I don't think it'll be nearly as nasty as the Fiancee one. Although, I have to take a train to Croyden. I hear that's a bit scary. ;o)

As a side note, re: your/her dress fitting weekend in Scotland - An American guide book would say something along the lines of the enlightening local color (truckers) and the quaint old world charm of the rooms (no central heating, no shower, etc). I hope it at least had hot water for the bath ;o)

My only advice to your other half on this whole bride thing - use the journal for venting and just don't let the details bug her in real life. I had the occassional vocal rant and cigarette craving during the whole thing, but overall, I don't think I was nearly as frantic as I could have been. Andrew didn't pull 'a runner' at the last minute, so I guess I did ok ;o)

Good luck with preparations, and congrats to you 2 as well :o) Oh, and I've managed to get all of the Britword entries onto my Memories page under Brit Slang - nice and organized and easy to catch up on the older ones. ;o)
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