My Glitch in the Matrix

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So….

I have to share a story.

One particularly frustrating week of working on endless SQL’s caused a glitch in the Matrix for me.

I had been working on a couple of small reports which had to be done yesterday! And, one rather large report which was seriously pissing me off. No matter what I did I could not get the large report to run. It was error after error after error after error….enough to drive you to drinking!

I finished up the two smaller reports. Decided I’m leaving the large report for the next day because I’d had it. I was just mentally done with fighting with it.

Went home that night. Relaxed. Watched TV. Went to bed.

Woke up from a horrible dream at 3 am. In my dream I had accidentally deleted the large report. Upper management was wielding pitch forks and torches, and chasing me down a road I’d never seen.

The whole time I’m running I am retyping this huge query. Trying to get it finished before they catch me. The running and typing thing is a super power I do not posses in real life. Thankfully, I get the last line typed and …they catch me before I can tell them I’m finished…and….that’s when I woke up.

I get to work the next day. Finally stop procrastinating and decide I’d better work on the large report before there really are pitchforks and torches. So, I open the query and run it to see what errors I need to resolve and…the stupid thing runs!! Not a single error in sight.

I validate the data. It’s spot on. The client is happy. I’m confused.

I have to admit though, it is not the first time I’ve written an query in my sleep!

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

R3b3l

A Geeky Little Christmas

 

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The Holiday’s are here and since I’m a (wo)man of few words. I thought I’d share some geeky funnies.

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And last, but not least, Geek and Poke…because everything is better with Geek and Poke.

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May the best of 2019 be the worst of your 2020. Happy Holiday’s All and a Blessed New Year!

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

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All Grinched Up

Halloween decorating was a great success for the IT department…unfortunately. Since it was a success a repeat performance has been requested for the Christmas season.

Problem.

The IT department is Grinch-afied. We do not want to decorate!

We exhausted our energy on Halloween because…well…Halloween is our favorite. The dark dungeon of IT should be the first clue for anyone who doubts.

But….

The office receives a pizza party if all departments decorate. ALL departments. Ugh!

So…. How do you motivate an unmotived and bah humbuggish department to decorate?

I have no idea! 

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

R3b3l

Ideally Stuffed

I hope everyones Thanksgiving was awesome! They rolled me out the door so, I would say mine was a complete success. The best…no work!

So, I thought I’d share a friends work. (I seem to be on this kick lately, but hey, you have to share the awesome stuff, right?)

If you are a geek of geeks like I am. You have to check out idealcomics.net.

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This great group of guys is from my home town. They work their butts off and they are good! They’re also pretty cool but don’t tell them I said anything to that effect lol

Check’em out! Show’em some love! And for goodness sakes, keep me AWAY from the turkey! Ugh!

Happy Holidays All!

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

R3b3l

SQL Clause is Coming to Town

He’s making a database.

He’s querying it twice.

SELECT * FROM People WHERE Behavior = ‘Nice’

SQL Clause is coming to town.

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I am going to have this stuck in my head the rest of the day!

 

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

R3b3l

I T-Shirt You Not!

I’m not a salesperson. I’m a computer geek. But…

A couple of people I know well started a T-Shirt shop. They have some pretty funny items. Thought I’d pass it on in case you were…like me…a huge T-Shirt fan.

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No purchase necessary but, they may bring you a smile.

 

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

R3b3l

Calling all Clock Keepers

Walked in to the office this morning. First issue of the day, the time clock was not clocking.

This, is NOT an IT issue.

IT receives first notification because…well, one of the first people who arrive in the office is an IT person. And, well, IT is where you report everything! No toilet paper in stall three of the west women’s bathroom…report it to IT! Out of post-it notes? IT will have the answer! Can’t find the right power cord for your laptop? Maintenance will have it!

Office logic is never logical.

IT is not the keeper of the time clocks. We will, however, report the issue to the keeper of the time clocks. They will then remotely diagnosis the issue. If it can be fixed remotely they work their magic. If it cannot be resolved remotely they send someone with a big hammer to realign the clocks attitude. Today, required a realignment.

A very nice ‘keeper of the time clock’ came down and worked to resolve the issue. We, IT, sat and listened to her fiddle with the time click while talking on the phone to whomever was supplying assistance to her.

We, IT, listened because the time clock lives right outside our office. We listened to offer assistance if needed. We listened to gain insight into a possible resolution. We listened because we reported it. We apparently didn’t listen well enough because….

The very nice ‘keeper of the time clock’ left. No update on whether the issue was resolved or persisted. Nothing but silence.

Then….twenty minutes later the phone rang. It was the very nice lady calling to report the issue was resolved but, there was a slow connection and they may have to replace the Ethernet cable.

She called…

She called… instead of taking five steps to the right, or left, and stepping directly into the IT office.

She called…while the door to IT was wide open with every computer from the history of the company sitting right inside.

She called…instead of asking any of the twenty people sitting there could have been asked, “Where is IT? Where is such-and-such person?”

She called!

We have come to the unanimous decision she is apparently NOT an IT person.

 

Yours Faithfully,
R3b3l G33k

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