Where I work, I dont have control over my colleagues. I am sure most places suffer from those people that are just there to stay in their lane and keep the status quo, at least everywhere I have ever worked. This sometimes applies to department heads and those people that should be taking charge of things like training. Generally, I find myself training users on specific tasks that they need to do their job, but a lot of times it comes down to how to process a specific task within our ERP, or somehow relating to how they use the technology we provide. I dont train our estimators how to make an estimation, but I will show them how to enter that into our ERP, or show then where to put all related documents. In a company our size, if there is no one that will take charge and try and force some sort of consistency and order, there will be chaos. A great example is the idea of a classic file server, whether it is a NAS or something else. Without proper permissions and forethought, you will end up with multiple users trying to share the same resources in multiple ways, that are often mutually exclusive. It also doesnt help, when talking about training, that some 'department managers' or other mid level managers are not really managing as much as they are just the most senior person in that department. We have a lot of these types of managers where their workload is still doing the primary task of the department, instead of managing their workers who do the actual work. It makes it hard to have consistency for training, when no one seems to even have the time to train any properly, let along work up any training materials and document any procedures ahead of time. It pays off in the end when it happens, but its never an organic thing that happens, that's not how entripy works. This is one of the primary struggles for our company, and I have taken on some of this (not all of it mind you), possibly because I happen to be able to find a solution that fits our variables, and other people are not as well suited to the task.
@carnival-boy said in When Is It Too Costly for IT to Cover Bench?:
£100 per hour may seem expensive, but I couldn't find anyone that would do it cheaper locally. That was often an hour at a time, so represented two hours when you include travel to and from our site (we only paid for time on-site).
It does, but I think you are in London so compare to Manhattan and it's still high, but not crazy high.
However, in Manhattan we'd never be able to get someone full time for $30K. That shows how different the numbers are. NYC and London are similar in a lot of ways, but your employment costs are half ours, while your hourly on calls are higher.
@dustinb3403 said in IT rock bottom:
@wls-itguy said in IT rock bottom:
I didn't just burn the bridge I poured gas on it and stood on the other side laughing.
Did you really? I'm surprised the cops weren't called and you weren't arrested for arson. . .
There was no bridge left to burn by the time they got there.
@dashrender said in PORT - Rant about unsupported OS connecting to company VPN:
@dustinb3403 said in PORT - Rant about unsupported OS connecting to company VPN:
Why did it take 30+ calls to find out that the doctors personal equipment is running Ubuntu?
It took 30 calls and a 6 hour round trip to discover it was running Ubuntu - because their remote access solution wouldn't work either - likely because local kid didn't want them to know it Ubuntu - he was likely saying - aww, those idiots at the hospital, they don't know anything, Ubuntu will run anything.. LOL
Even if the application that the hospital is using, was built for Windows 2000, has no bearing on the matter of the VPN dropping the client.
Why the vpn server didn't have logging to say it was dropped because it was a blacklisted OS or anything else is the part that is insane. Even Cisco has this functionality. . (lol.. . )
@emad-r said in I.T Question for Parents:
@dashrender said in I.T Question for Parents:
@msff-amman-itofficer said in I.T Question for Parents:
I wish all the best to your children but I wondered this, especially for small kids (I dont have any):
Would you like your kids to be I.T Smart as you and be in the I.T Field ? I actually would hate it, I would want them the farthest thing from I.T so we can leave the house once a while.
What does this have to do with leaving the house? Granted, if your hobby is something on the computer, you're more likely to stay indoors, but it doesn't mean you're relegated to never going outside.
I think this has more to do with exposure to those other things.
Abit related to 1, if you teach them how to be smart in using I.T devices, It is scary for me seeing my brother child seeing all those weird videos supposedly target-ted for children on You-tube and ...
How to use devices doesn't mean you're smart in IT, it just means you learned how to use a device. A person who can make an iPad sing doesn't mean they are an IT Pro.
What weird videos are you talking about? Of course as a parent, it's your job to monitor what your children are viewing. I'm pretty sure YouTube has a child friendly mode for things like this.
how soon kids age of 4 can navigate smart phone or tablet, but how can we combat this? Offline content perhaps, any other good ideas .
What are you trying to combat? Their use of technology? why? It's the world we live in. Should they have more skills than just how to operate a smart phone/tablet, sure, but should you reduce their skill there? I don't think so.
Is there something about your own life you are unhappy with, that you think forcing yourself to do outdoor activities will make you happier? or any non IT activities that will make you happier?
What about shit like this:
For some reason its all the rage for some kinds of kids, they are obsessed with it. The thing is you cant monitor them all the time, btw I heard 2 parents complained over this in Canada and Jordan.
you do not protect your kids by make them more or less ignorant about a comminication medium. You protect them by educating them to contents.