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?

More of the same

Recently as I was walking to work I noticed a taxi driver pull into McDonalds drive-thru and I wondered if I were in the same situation (that of being a taxi driver) would I do the same? I think if I had a drive around all day for a living I’d do whatever I could to get out of that car for lunch. Even if just to sit on a bench and eat a sandwich.

I’d even do that now if I could find somewhere to sit. Each lunch I leave the office and go for a walk just to get away from the artificial lighting and air. The fresh air makes me feel so much lighter and clears my head.

I know there are complete opposites though. I would say that 75% of the other people at work barely even see the daylight and go home and sit on their computers all night and then go back to work to sit on a computer all day. I just can’t do that… it hurts my head.

That being said, I’ve spent a good amount of the weekend here ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it is the knowledge that I have a 4 day weekend and have a chance to do other things later in the day. Also the fact that the weather has been crap and made me sad. And that I can’t beat Deadwood in Drawn to Life.

Given the option, do you spend your time outside of work doing something different or are you happy to do more of the same?

That long?

Yup, it’s been more than a month! I just haven’t had the time or inclination to sit in front of my computer when I get home. I had forgotten what it was like to sit in front of a computer all day at work and fix things.

What’s more this time the thing I’m fixing is people’s broken websites so I don’t always feel like coming home to mine… sorry Lazily!

On the plus side, nothing seems to be proxied at my new workplace and, actually, the “worst” sites I’ve stumbled upon are actually customers sites ๐Ÿ˜€ Yup, I could buy some vibrators and blow up dolls at the same time as fixing their server. I wonder if they’d give me a discount?

So am I liking the new place? Well, yes but I also have to actually use my brain now, which is hurting. On most days I have a moment of feeling like an utter moron and wonder if I’ll make it through the day without making something worse. Luckily, though in the last 2 weeks things have started to connect into place but I still feel like I should be learning faster.

That being said, they have a leader board that is based on feedback received and the total number of tickets and calls taken. As of Friday I was 2nd in my team and 5th overall! Yeh, go me! Hopefully, that doesn’t give them the impression I’m fobbing people away (haven’t received any feedback yet).

I haven’t been doing a whole lot more. My weekends are spent winding down from the information overload really and trying to work out what it all means.

I did buy a new bike though (bicycle… the type you have to push yourself) and have been riding it when I get the chance. I actually like it! I’ve never felt that way before about a bike… probably just never had something decent.

In fact, I’m off to ride it now ๐Ÿ™‚

Now is no time to hyperventilate

My last day is over. It is only the 2nd time in my life that I have resigned from a job (which isn’t saying much considering I’m about to start the 4th one) and I felt very strange and unsure what to do and there was lots of hugging or awkward should we or should we not hug moments. Generally, I went with the negative in those moments.

My favourite boys (well, men but whatever) in the warehouse made me a lovely, heart felt card, although I kind of demanded they make it. Isn’t it lovely? It is all the things that affected me in the day to day. There are things on the front and back too but I liked the middle the most. Not only that, but they bestowed the much contributed too rubber band ball. To put this into perspective, it is larger than a softball. It has much love and effort in it.

Farewell Card & gift
Click to enlarge – pretend there are no addresses on there ๐Ÿ™‚

So, perhaps it wasn’t my desk I missed the most. Although, I did say goodbye to my computer and farewell to all the browser history I had to hastily delete. Perhaps, it was the people that I will miss the most. I will, after all, have another desk to sit at and hope that they let me use Google Chrome (and that there is unlimited internet! Which, alas, I doubt) but I will be the loner girl in the break room and the one looking on in confusion at the in-jokes that are told. I’ll have to break in to a new group of people again and probably think how much they all suck initially ๐Ÿ˜€

It is strange to think that these people are no longer colleagues (or ex-colleagues as one of my… ex-colleagues used to say) but… friends? I have to say I’ve never kept a friend from a job I have finished but these people will probably change that. It seems that way right now anyway.

One more

Tomorrow is my last day at my current job. It feels a bit unreal. I feel like I will get up on Monday morning and get ready for this job instead of the new one.

I think it is like that though because people seem to have forgotten that I’m going. There has been no active handover and people are treating me the same which makes me scared for them next week, and the week after and so on. Not so scared that I am willing to stick around though ๐Ÿ™‚

The funny thing is as I look around the office that will never be mine again the thing that makes me sad is the idea of de-personalising my desk. Of making it into the new person’s desk. I don’t have a lot but I have it arranged in a certain way which will no longer happen. My computer will no longer have my desktop and Google Chrome probably won’t be used anymore.

I am happy though. I need to get out of that environment. Unfortunately, I’m not the type of person who will idly stand by when a restructure happens and people lose their jobs and get their hours cut back. I’m not happy to see people, friends, be made to leave knowing that my job is secure. I am also not happy to take on their jobs and be paid the same amount of money.

Hopefully the future holds more for me. I’m hoping this job will have good career progression and I am never bored. I know this is hard and is unlikely but also highly possible. Who knows! I’m a bit scared!