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Nov. 20th, 2014 02:27 pm
cryptogirl: (Default)
Yeah, still alive. Still writing. Might blog more here in depth later, because Storify is acting up on IE11 and I need to get down something about unhinged authors before it falls out my brain.

I tried to email a bunch of you lovely lot, but I got a 'delivery failed permanently' for addresses I thought would work. Cambridge folk will see where this is heading. If any of you have a GMail, Hotmail/Outlook, work address that doesn't mind personal mail...hell, even a sodding Yahoo, could you let me know what it is? (Comments screened, if you want to put it here.)

I'd apologise for the dreadful inconvenience, but think of your anger at using a popular free email address in the same way I look on the only method of contact for some people I care about being stamped on by someone with the social airs and graces of a plate of mashed potato.

Ta muchly!

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May. 19th, 2014 02:28 pm
cryptogirl: Angry protagonists (Isaac Mendez)
Oh, this wasn't the post I wanted to write today. I wanted to write something Wings Over Scotland-ish about social housing, but you'll have to wait now.

Sit doon, kids. )


MESSAGE ENDS.
cryptogirl: (Tebbit)
Ooh, blog. I used to write in this. *silently curses Twitter and FB*

So, I have a Conundrum which I'd appreciate some feedback on. I've anonymised the organisation because I want a few non-bloggers to give their opinion, hence public post. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO.

Prandial problems )
cryptogirl: (Tebbit)
So, I'm back from the hen do (which was amazing fun times), but very croaky due to bronchitis of doom. I mentioned this to my recruitment chap, who was willing to delay one of the phone interviews to next week. Annoyingly, he then scheduled the other one for today because all the other candidates were being crammed in; I said fine, but I won't be very audible (or very well, or ready for an interview at all, or not resembling a pubescent boy crossed with a creaking gate).

Cut for rude words )

GAH

Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:27 pm
cryptogirl: (Can we fixt it?)
Office internets is down! It appears the DNS is not working, so I dutifully trekked to the server room to prod the server that deals with this, but no joy. The secondary DNS pings fine, the primary address times out, and nslookup keels over. Having checked event logs, restarted things and poked some more- and the Danish sysadmin not knowing what it could be- I called Redstone, who promised me they'd call me back in my server room lair. They have not called back. Before I go and shout at them, is anyone else on Redstone at their work and having issues? And have I missed trying something else to fix the lack of DNS?

This post brought to you by camomile tea, hastily scoffed tinned curry and being the one shouting in the server room so you can play ping pong all afternoon so you don't have to D:

ETA- Looks like it is Redstone's end; the only DNS responding is the office internal one. They think it's fixed though, boggle. Also, minus points to a) trying to flog me infrastructure training on the same call and b) asking to speak to the sysadmin WHEN I AM SHE (for now at least :p) D:
cryptogirl: (Disgruntled Hyacinth)
(I'm sure the pain caused by reading this is somewhat approximate to the pain I've had sorting this lot out the past week :P)

Well. Since the last update, we've had not one, but two engineers out, and two calls to Bangalore. And a possible PC intrusion.

Read on... )

Oh, and a cautionary tale to end this. The second engineer said that not only is BT bringing its own inept brand of fibre to Cambridge this year, but the longterm plan is to do away with aerials and dishes, and provide all TV directly through the internet connection. Our sharp-brained engineer mused that next time there's a fault- which as we've seen is *so* unlikely, right?- you'd have no TV whatsoever, and would presumably have to entertain yourself with Kerplunk, or listening to a double-chinned toff falling off a roof, or host some kind of party with bottles of Blue Nun and cubes of cheese on cocktail sticks. Actually, that last one's not a bad idea. Does anywhere in Cambridge stock Black Tower...?
cryptogirl: (WTF)
Our net problems continue apace, at the rate of one a day; ranging from high ping through to the cutting out from incoming calls and just plain outages where the router isn't giving us any helpful orange lights of death. Having provided all the technical info an IT-infused chick can, BT on Twitter suggested yet another speedtest, then decided out of the blue it was the Hub that was faulty, and had the gall to say my current one was out of warranty and a new one would be £50.

More boggle-ness, minimal tech knowledge needed to get the fail :P )

So, yeah, that was my evening in a nutshell. 'Moff to look at decent routers methinks...

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