November 2017

November 1, 2017 - The question isn't WHETHER to replace -- it's WHAT

"Why'd the stylus I'm using go dead?"
What I found made the help desk turn red.
When the battery died
They should toss it aside,
But they'd throw out the stylus instead!

November 2, 2017 - Throwback Thursday: Paging Dr. Frankenstein

"My darned laptop! The power is gone!"
After printing, to this, I was drawn.
To my boss's chagrin,
Everything was plugged in,
But the power strip wasn't turned on.

November 3, 2017 - Word to the wise

My text editor dug up a mystery.
To avoid sending Word's edit history,
You get out and back in
Which gets rid of this sin,
And avoids client tirades so blistery.

November 6, 2017 - Definitely NOT the kind of backup we had in mind

They won't listen to me, not one bit
When I'd tell them our drains were unfit.
I will bet those guys blushed
When a glove had been flushed.
Like their server room, they're in deep shit.

November 7, 2017 - Disaster recovery, redefined

'Twas enough to cause admins to crack up.
When production died, things didn't stack up.
Soon the backup died too.
What that group needs to do:
They need backups to back up the backup.

November 8, 2017 - New features, new look, same old mistakes

When rewriting the firm's mobile app,
The design firm could not give a crap.
After bombing QA,
Throwing hours away,
It was tossed in the bucket called "Scrap."

November 9, 2017 - Throwback Thursday: When in doubt, escalate!

Our darned network's not working as wished.
On IT the executives dished.
Levels one, two and three -
What'd we finally see?
Lots of cables all wound up or squished.

November 10, 2017 - Annual reviews, reinvented

Those reviews are a crock, we all know it.
No one reads them. He set out to show it.
Like his common cold cure.
That's impressive, for sure.
Could I mention "ComputerWorld Poet?"

November 13, 2017 - You want the job done? Just don't look...

We can't screw in a light bulb?!? Get real!!!
Why is doing that such a big deal?!?
Why'd our permit get nixed?!?
Now the way it gets fixed
Is to bring in Shaquille O'Neal.

November 14, 2017 - Don't worry -- we've got this for you!

We'll scan docs for the ABA guild.
Of this program, those lawyers were thrilled.
Just as quick as can be
We will scan them for free,
While their clients will surely get billed.

November 15, 2017 - Wireless IT is harder than it looks? Who knew?

'Twas a warehousing networking riddle.
With repeaters, our techies would fiddle.
But they sent it away.
Could there be any way
The antenna could go in the middle?

November 16, 2017 - Throwback Thursday: Circular Filing

There's a 200-megabyte limit!
All the users - each one was agin it.
How's the limit defeated?
Their folder "Deleted!"
Unlimited! Old mail's put in it.

This could wind up a huge disk space risk.
So to action, our techies would whisk.
A new class would entail:
How to archive their mail,
Which would save it instead on their disk.

November 17, 2017 - Now THAT'S a job interview

It was curious, thought this observer.
That guy wheeled and he dealt with much fervor.
'Twas a barter affair -
A disk here, a case there.
In the end, there's a new Franken-server.

November 20, 2017 - Sometime saying sorry really ISN'T the thing to do

At our firm, we've become quite reliant
On email, but a note with "to's" giant
(Over 32K)
When it went on its way,
It would crash every emailing client.

Every user became really mad.
When the second time, crashes were had.
What I saw was the worst:
This one followed the first,
And in essence, was saying, "Our bad..."

November 21, 2017 - I'd love to help, and I will, if you'll just...

It's a method for meeting removal.
Who should use it? All those in the groove'll.
How's our goal get across?
Make them contact your boss
And then ask if they have his approval.

November 22, 2017 - Who needs a database admin on the payroll, anyway?

When the DBA's contract was tossed,
They were sure they were saving his cost.
They're now having a cow.
He's a huge bargain now,
Since there's two months of tickets now lost.

November 23, 2017 - Throwback Thursday: As long as you're in there...

Of that doorknob, my view's really dim.
Was it missing a piece or a shim?
My boss gave it a spin.
I must work while locked in?
Boy, that sounds just like working for JIM.

November 24, 2017 - It's all about wrist management

There's an issue that gave us the blues.
Who would fix it.? An odd way to choose.
'Twas by wrestling wrists.
If my comp'ny insists,
I know every darned time that I'd lose.

November 27, 2017 - Sometimes just drop the good-natured ribbing, OK?

Germans don't like to hear "World War Two."
Do not joke at that meeting. It's true.
That's like poets who'd say
If there's no V-J day
That today they'd be writing haiku.

November 28, 2017 - DIY: IT's first three-letter acronym

We need ports in the PDQ way.
For our PDP without delay.
I'm a DIY bloke.
What I built didn't smoke.
In the end, it all worked AOK.

November 29, 2017 - Just one bright idea after another

"Get my change in or else you'll be damned!!!"
So the system I soon reprogrammed.
Multi-vendors are found?
I'll make word get around
'Til the suits realize they'll get spammed.

November 30, 2017 - Throwback Thursday: Fringes with benefits

That new 401(k) page by far
Had a link to a site so bizarre.
'Twas a link that could trouble you
Actors now work in HR?

...and producers?

...and comedians?

...and authors?

...and politicians?

...and network morning show hosts?