CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Website, Website, Website! And IT, too!

This was actually an IT-related week for me at work...

So, time for yet another work-related update. (smile)

Before I say more, I want to note that I didn't spend a second on work either Saturday or Sunday (Jan. 19 and 20) last weekend! That's a very big deal, and I'm proud to mention it. One of our 2008 goals is to spend less time on work -- and more time on the house and on us. (I've said it before, but I'll probably keep saying it...)

Monday was a holiday. Supposedly.Collapse )

We had a website-related meeting yesterday (Friday), from 4:00-5:00 that included Jeff, Marilyn mistressmarilyn, Mandy and me. That doesn't begin to cover website-related things, but it's enough to note for now. (smile)

On the IT side, nine more computers went out on Thursday for rebuilds! As I've said over and over again, I'm very proud of how this has worked out for the festival -- and of my part in it. It's also a good thing for Donn and Denise, who are both good people and deserve this. (Donn is being very generous with the festival concerning the cost, which also pleases me.) And Denise was good enough to come with the van and pick the computers up, so we didn't have to figure out some way to transport all those towers! (yikes)

Rebuilds-wise, that means...Collapse )

So, I was moving computers around much of the week, lying on the floor under desks -- sometimes with my hair resting in dust. Being the IT Manager is a very glamorous position, don't you know. (grin) I got a ton of exercise, what with running up and down and up and down stairs all the time. And that, I think, is a really good thing. I actually enjoy it! Never a dull moment for me at work.

I've been working on typing up my notes and creating an IT Manual, both last week and this week. It's coming along really well. I wanted each page of instructions to be so simple to understand that anyone could follow them -- even if they've never been on the Server before, or used Outlook before. I don't skip a single detail -- and I include a lot of navigational instructions. (Sometimes it's hard to find things if you're not sure where to look.)

On a frustrating note...Collapse )

I might add images to this manual at some point, too. But even without images, it's going along really well. I'm going to eventually get to the point where I have every instruction I need. But more importantly, this will be every instruction anyone else would need, too. I'm eager to share what I know with others -- and to empower others, if I can. While I'm happy to do this work -- and really enjoy it -- I don't want times when people are stumped because I'm not there to do it.

I've been told literally dozens and dozens of times in my life that I should be writing text books/manuals (especially computer manuals) for a living. I do try to make things as clear as possible. That's why I used to go into a company and spend a couple days learning the basics of a software -- so I could teach it to the people who worked there. I never had time back then to write up many instructions, though...


This reminds me how much I like doing my tutorials here at LiveJournal. I haven't done a Paint Shop Pro (or Animation Shop 3) tutorial in some time. I do hope to get back to it, though. It's a lot of work, but I really enjoy it...

So, while I'm typing this, Marilyn is out at a housewarming for a friend, who recently moved into a new apartment. She wasn't anxious to brave the elements, considering the temperature was dropping and it's really wet out there. But at least we never got the freezing rain they were talking about!!! (whew)

There's talk of possible snow tomorrow. We'll see!

Speaking of manuals...Collapse )

Well, that's enough gabbing (mostly about work) for now. I need to share more -- especially about what happened with sister Sue and her tests. But I'll try and do another entry later...

I hope everyone is doing well -- and keeping warm, wherever you are. Hell, I guess some of my Aussie friends need to worry about keeping cool! Isn't that true? (smile)

Tags: 2008, cold-weather, computers-at-work, denise, donn, excel, eye-doctor, festival, it-related, january-2008, jeff, mandy, marilyn, martin-luther-king-day, work

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