To the grave

I am currently in hour two of my second graveyard shift at work. Leading up to this shift I was dreading the hours as I can’t even remember the last time I was still awake at 5AM having not slept the night before. Back in my clubbing and heavy drinking days.. back in those long lost days of teenagehood. Up until recently, the idea of being awake at 2am was a foreign concept to me… perhaps I was becoming a bit of an old fogey.

So, you see what a shift this was going to be for me? Going to work at midnight!?! Yikes, what a world I live in now. I did it though and you know what? It was actually incredibly easy. It wasn’t until about 6:30 that I started feeling it and just wanted to be in bed but then my colleague who took over at 8AM brought me in some breakfast so it was kind of worthwhile ๐Ÿ™‚

What things would you do on this type of shift so that you stay awake and occupied? Unfortunately tonight there is no milk! I was going to have a scheduled Hot Chocolate and later on a scheduled Chocolate Milk shake… luckily McDonalds is 24/7 around the corner and I got a shake from there.

Anyway, I think I am rambling so I will stop while I am ahead and hope you have some advise on keeping the boredom away.

Influence of the internet

Recently, working closer with the internet now, I’ve been seeing how the internet can so easily influence people. On a work level people are nearly brought to tears when their websites are down and we can’t get them back working immediately. Personally, I’ve seen people get so hurt or angry about what happens in forums or in comments and can’t help but laugh.

Yesterday, I had a reseller’s customer call because his domain was still expired and he’d paid the reseller to renew it for him. The reseller hadn’t done it as yet and in turn his customer ended up abusing me. Apparently, as the domain registrar it was my fault that his domain hadn’t been renewed and it was my fault that I wasn’t able to renew it for him. He told me that I absolutely would be renewing his domain and I would be doing it RIGHT NOW! This was his livelihood after all.

For everyone out there with a domain and hosting package, there is actually a lesson to learn from this. Never let your host register your domain for you in their name! Make sure you have full access to the domain should you ever want to move it somewhere else so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting it back.

On a personal level there is and, apparently, always will be internet/blog/forum dramas. Yes, drama llama’s exist everywhere on the internet! I know of a forum where occasionally the mods abuse their power. They, on occasion, feel as though they are better than the regular members and when the admin tells them off they start losing self confidence and deem themselves bad bad mods. Why do we take forums so seriously? Why can’t we just accept that other people will have different opinions from us and move on?

Is it a reflection of these peoples real lives? Do they only have power on the internet? Are they only in a clique online? I always wonder what these peoples lives are like off of the computer.

All in all, when did the internet become so important? When did we become unable to live without it? If you think about it, it wasn’t all that long ago when we lived our lives without even knowing what the internet was…

… granted, I know some people reading this were probably born in the late 90’s and probably have never lived without a computer or the internet or a mobile phone. Does this mean I’ve turned into one of those people that talks about how things were in their day?