October 20th, 2007

Vexen Crabtree 2015

Computer course...

I've been doing a computer course at work for the past month, as part of the training for a possible task next year. Technically, I have always been a telecommunications technician - fixing radios, receivers, transmitters, radio net bandwidth management hardware and settings, modems, fibre-optics, satellite connections, DLOS links, etc... but in reality, I've always been the bright software specialist. Finally, my work have realised that my talents lie in computers, and are now 'training' me for that role.

Unfortunately, my workplace is both beurocratic and slow in realizing what century it is. So, in their wisdom, all Information Systems personell must have ECDL.

Yes, ECDL. The computer qualification designed for the long-term unemployed and immigrants who aren't so hot with anything computery. So, basically, I skived for a week, sat the 7 modules one afternoon and pretended I'd been working hard all week. What a farce... me, doing ECDL??? My seniors all thought it ridiculous that after years as a computer professional, programmer, server maintainer, etc... I was doing a course that involved tasks like "Here are 4 pictures. Click on the two which you think are input devices". Well done!

Thankfully the course moved on... we've done weeks of genuinely good stuff, like N+, A+ (which I already had), MCSA and MCSE courses, etc. There's even talk of putting some people on CCNA, later (another one I already have, but that was 5 stagnant years ago). We've all been given half a shelf of expensive MS 2003 server books; it's a shame many of the others on the course don't appreciate their 5-year worth.

For me, this course is mostly revision, but there are various MS features that I haven't used before (although working it out would be a diddle), such as Compatability modes, volume shadowing, folder and file encryption, etc. And lots which I'm familiar with; IIS, disk management, Active Directory, server software, NTFS kung-fu, and lots besides. I'm the "cone-head" of the course.

They all consider me an expert, although I have so many intelligent friends that I think its truer to say that I'm more like the one-eyed man amongst the blind.
Vexen Crabtree, LS Meet

A loyal cat!

Recently I've been admiring how loyal our cat, Missy, is. She does the normal pet thing of following us around the house all the time; she sits in the bathroom with us as we get ready in the morning, goes to sleep in whichever room we're in, follows us around casually from room to room as we do housework, and meows at us from inside the house as we return from work. And none of that is counting her extra-affections at feeding times or when she wants to go out.

Anyway... just one example from earlier today, she was out, but I wanted to go out to drive to a nearby town, so I wanted her in. I went to the back door, shouted "Miseeeeeey" once, not very loud, and she immediately came running from one of her resting places in a nearby hedge... jumped into our garden, and trotted quickly straight into the house.

Admittedly, we have taught her pavlov-style, so, I did of course give her some cat biscuits. But she really did deserve them, because she's loyal and almost obedient!