Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Top 10 Signs You're in a WTF Company

The Daily WTF website celebrates (or should I say reviles) "curious perversions in information technology". They recently launched a new service offering job postings to save people in WTF-prone companies with new jobs in (hopefully) WTF-free organizations. I am extremely grateful that I have had few personal encounters with such incompentence on such a grand scale . . . but I have seen a few.

So here it is:

Top 10 Signs You're in a WTF Company:
  1. Months of work by the marketing department gets proactively wiped out by an IT deparment trying to "clean up the servers." None of the data is backed up.
  2. When asked if the users call them much with issues, the IT staffer says brightly, "No, they don't ever call us unless the servers go down. They call us a lot about that."
  3. When asked if the IT staff should be called to help resolve an issue, the end user snaps, "Don't you ever let them touch my computer!"
  4. FoxPro 2 applications are still in production.
  5. The IT department's testing server, where they try out new stuff, has SQL Server 7.0 installed.
  6. Power in half the building goes out due to a cable being cut by construction crews. The switch is fried and most users cannot access the network. Surprisingly, nobody is yelling, screaming, or even laughing.
  7. An intercom announcement says, "The network is back up. Repeat: the network is back up." A user turns to his computer, tries to log in. The network is not back up. The user does not yell, scream, laugh, or even cry. There is no expression at all on her face, except maybe a distant look of sadness.
  8. When told that the network is still not back up, the IT manager says, "No, it IS back up!" and walks away.
  9. When asked about any particular IT system, the end users say, "Well, that's the way it was when I first started here X years ago."
  10. The IT manager gets irritated because the consultant keeps asking so many questions.

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