Working life

In the office

2:25pm. I am not having a good day in the office. My code is not working. Without getting into too much detail, various COM objects are conspiring against me.

Now I’ve rebooted my PC and, courtesy of the evil hand of fate and the corporate standard setup of Windows, my personal settings have vanished, taking my browser bookmarks and Windows Explorer options with them (back down to "dumb user mode" – yeah, hide the DLL files, I’m only writing them at the moment, I don’t need to see them). And it’s even refusing to let me back into my e-mail.

An unattended mobile phone rings on somebody’s desk. My chair is rebelling against me – it simply won’t stay in the position I want it – the back keeps going forward. I push it back, supposedly lock it into position, and a few minutes later, the fucking thing’s gone forward again.

The fax machine across the partition is incessantly beeping, and the three people standing around it who were trying to fax off their timesheets while having an impromptu conference on the state of their weekends are now looking around for help with it. If I look pissed-off enough, maybe they won’t bother me…

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.