December 2019

December 2, 2019 - Infallible

Today's fish told his boss, "Error checks -
Users need them." The boss, he objects.
Users shouldn't be dim,
They should be more like him!
Their perfection is what he expects.

December 3, 2019 - Sometimes you win one

A DR cage we must get in shape.
"That takes months!" Of that plan, let's escape!
With no site, we'd be dead
So we went rogue instead.
And avoided that vendor's red tape.

December 4, 2019 - Wayback Wednesday: If it works, don’t knock it


Today’s user showed some apprehension
Since his coral had got my attention.
As I took it away,
I was told it should stay.
Then I flipped out the print tray extension.

Since then, I have been treated much warmer,
For he knows I’m an IT performer.
Now he thinks it's so cool
That his laser print tool
Works just like his young son’s toy Transformer.

December 6, 2019 - Shell Game

There's nine programs that have to be run.
A report's made when each one is done.
But one day, the run died.
What to do? I'd decide:
Find the cause. Boy, that ought to be fun!

Program 9 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 8 writes a file
Meant for 9 to compile.
Program 8 needs our bug-tracking eye.

Program 8 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
7 first writes a file
Meant for 8 to compile.
7 now needs our bug-tracking eye.

7 crapped out. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 6 writes a file
7 needs to compile.
Program 6 needs our bug-tracking eye

Program 6 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 5 writes a file
Meant for 6 to compile.
Program 5 needs our bug-tracking eye.

Program 5 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 4 writes a file
Meant for 5 to compile.
Program 4 needs our bug-tracking eye.

Program 4 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 3 writes a file
Meant for 4 to compile.
Program 3 needs our bug-tracking eye.

Program 3 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
Program 2 writes a file
Meant for 3 to compile.
Program 2 needs our bug-tracking eye.

Program 2 died. We looked into why.
Our debugging skills we would apply.
We located the glitch
That created the hitch.
"We have found it," we said with a sigh.

All was fixed when our checking was done.
I'll admit that it wasn't much fun.
It was tough for our crew
To check 9 down to 2.
I think next time, start checking with 1.

December 9, 2019 - Memory-Lane Monday: Sometimes these things just slip our minds


From the user I took lots of flack.
Her lost spreadsheet was stored on a Mac.
I did not have her scan
Through the stuff in her can.
And my boss also covered my back.

Her abuse, I sure did not deserve it.
And I’m glad that my boss could observe it.
If she saved on the net
Then she won’t be upset
Since our backups could then go preserve it.

December 10, 2019 - DOS-si-do

"del *.*" soon left me snortin'
When I found there's no means of abortin'.
What I bought would bring smiles
By recovering files.
Lots of techies thank goodness for Norton.

December 11, 2019 - Hey, he said sorry

To keep users from getting quite mad
A reboot of a server was had.
I would spent half the night
To make sure all was right,
And the culprit just said, "Oops. My bad..."

December 12, 2019 - Throwback Thursday: Just our way of saying thanks

Throwback Thursday Limerick (12/8/09)

I thought HR was being quite ball-y.
When they axed me, I thought out loud, “Golly,
Now I really am peeved
That I overachieved.
I should be more like Dilbert’s pal, Wally."

December 13, 2019 - The usual suspects

"My computer's infected? Now, why?"
"Let's investigate," Betty'd reply.
There's a virus, a cubby,
Third shifter - unchubby.
Our version of "Shark Tank: P.I."

December 16, 2019 - Code blue

"Hey, these codes that are ICD-9 -
Are there some that we need to assign?"
"I'm afraid it's so strange -
No one likes to make change,
So the codes that are there are just fine..."

December 17, 2019 - Time-Machine Tuesday: We’re picturing two bathtubs in a field

Time-Machine Tuesday Limerick (12/11/09)

Our new software went live and it wrecked.
Our replies all were marked as suspect.
Things got thrown out of kilter:
The email filter
Thought we could help guys stand erect!

December 18, 2019 - No way out

I explored and did something so dumb
That I had to walk outside, get numb.
I was really quite shocked
When those two doors were locked
Which resulted in freezing my bum.

December 19, 2019 - Throwback Thursday: What repels as well as attracts?

Throwback Thursday Limerick (12/14/09)

The new lab’s not to our satisfaction.
Its disk wiping is quite the distraction.
Every coed and boy’ll
Find out that a coil
Creates a magnetic attraction.

For that physics class said it is real.
A magnetic field’s hard to conceal.
The school bought too much cable
Now disks are unstable.
But really, they got quite a deal.

December 20, 2019 - ¿Qué pasó?


Due to Hispanic clients we've got,
This job's "muy caliente" - it's hot!
Their T-uno is down,
But for months they don't frown.
Even when a job's urgent, it's not.

December 23, 2019 - That boss is all wet

The big boss sure would pinch every penny.
Cheapskate stories to tell - there's so many!
Air conditioning cheap
Made a lake oh, so deep.
You'd believe he's a kin of Jack Benny.

December 24, 2019 - It’s a small world after all

My new boss - she's a change pushing creature.
I should learn every DB2 feature?
Should the boss be concerned
When not much will be learned
Since the teacher is teaching his teacher?

December 26, 2019 - Throwback Thursday: It seemed as if you would be quicker


All the phone calls would drive me insane.
“Lotus Notes will not work! It’s a pain!”
“Call the desk,” I implore,
“It’s at 1234.”
But he called back again and again.

So to bring his box back up to health,
I went down there to access the wealth
Of support from afar,
Then I said, “There you are!”
Sometimes, I have to fix things myself!

December 27, 2019 - Flashback Friday: User tweaks: The gift that keeps on giving


The first time that I helped was in vain:
A month later, he called back again.
When I checked, it revealed
He dropped every field.
Man, users like him are a pane!

December 30, 2019 - Deep background

"Something's wrong!" was the owner's loud roar.
"All our data's not here any more!"
The fish thought while amused,
"While this background's abused,
It'd look great in a camouflage store."