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By Phil the Canuck (Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:32:21 AM EST) (all tags)
Finally here.

This has been something of a soul-destroying week at work.  Every day comes with a new reminder of how my job has changed over the years.  All I do now is try to make up for the poorly-planned projects that fall in my lap, and try to avoid fallout from having an assistant that does not report to me and knows he won't be held accountable for his actions.

The Boss came in Monday afternoon all in a tizzy over getting our web services moved over to the new connection (which really isn't new anymore).  The same as last month, and the month before, I told him everything is good to go.  I asked him (again) if our new ISP was aware that they'd be hosting DNS for these services, and if that was part of our contract with them.  The response?  "I'm sure that it is.  I mean, you'd think they would, wouldn't you?"

I don't know.  I didn't negotiate the contract.  I wasn't involved in the project when the contract was negotiated.  I didn't know the name of the ISP until they started calling me to arrange installs.  I have no idea what our contract with them covers, and no, I don't think it can be assumed that this is part of our contract unless it was explicitly discussed or included in the RFP (which I have not seen). 

Anyway, I was told it was A-1-first-super-priority-one that I get the information to The Boss ASAP.  "What Information", I asked?

"What we need to do to make this happen, we're paying for two connections right now and I'm getting flak from accounting."

"We need to make arrangements to name New ISP as our tech contact and have them set up all of our various subdomains and such."

"Alright, make sure it gets done."

"I don't have a contact at New ISP, and even if I did I don't know if this was included in our contract."

"OK, I'll look into it."

That's where it dies.  He'll ask me again in December, and maybe by this time next year we can take down the old T1.  I feel like I'm banging my head off a brick wall.  He's reduced my job to the bare tech stuff.  OK, so that means I have control over firewall, NAT, and address forwarding.  All done, and quite some time ago.

I didn't hear from him Tuesday.  Not a peep on Wednesday.  On Thursday he busts into the office at 9:45 to get ready for the meeting he scheduled with the secretaries.  What he didn't tell me was that we would be doing a projector-and-laptop presentation of faxing through the new system.  Or rather, that I would.  The problems with that plan were that:
  1. The time I was supposed to spend learning the new faxing system was wasted on other crap issues,
  2. The projector and laptop were already in use elsewhere,
  3. While he brought his own projector, we dismantled the training lab and no longer had a laptop set up for the new phone system.
So, um, I managed to have him faxing for the presentation that I was supposed to do by 10:05. 

After the meeting The Boss told Mr. Angry to clean up the laptop and projector.  While we were at lunch, say, over an hour later, the maintenance guy came in with a bunch of the accessories under his arm.  The Boss made some comment about Mr. Angry ignoring him and I said, "glad it's not just me he's ignoring".

Oh, and The Boss wants me to get quotes on some parts.  Trouble is, I have no contacts with approved vendors.  You see there is only one approved vendor for these things now because The Boss likes them.  I have no contact with them and The Boss hasn't sent me his contact info.  I also have no purchasing authority so he'll have to place the order anyway.  I gave him manufacturers/part numbers.  All he has to do is forward them. 

I should stop talking about work and say something positive, but I'm out of energy.
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Who needs DNS by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:43:17 AM EST
just hardcode a few allowed interweb sites.

Not that way by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 07:57:18 AM EST
So people can get to our sites.

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Sure, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 08:25:42 AM EST
Just post the IP address on facebook. People will know what to do with it.

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Crazy hurts the brain by duxup (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 07:41:35 AM EST
but as long as you don't get hit hard buy it, just enjoy the ride.

Sounds by wilsley (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 07:58:53 AM EST
like fun.  Maybe it's time to change jobs if changing boss isn't an option.

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