Category Archives: Frustrations

I’m sorry I’m not who you want me to be

This was going to be a very different post originally…but it’s morphed a bit due to the fact that my view on how I’ve seen events over the last few months has changed. So the draft that was a few weeks ago is very different to the post that’s published here. I’m sorry I’m not who you want me to… Read more »

Sysadmin is a thankless job

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I recently noted (and replied to) a post in /r/sysadmin regarding the fact that someone received (Holy Didn’tExpectThat Batman!) some thanks for a job well done. It’s something I’ve noticed in the jobs I’ve been in and the bosses I’ve had. Systems administrators generally don’t get thanks. They don’t get the same level of praise as the front line, who… Read more »

Anger and frustration at work – my experience and learnings

There are a great number of things that irritate me at work and while I do spend a fair bit of time ranting on Twitter, there are some things that do require more than the average 140 characters. I have a hard time controlling my anger and frustration, something that I am working on trying to fix (and I’ll address… Read more »

The wedding ring saga

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As those of you know, I had a rather unfortunate incident regarding the ordering of my wedding ring. Now, I’m not a bridezilla – I’ve been extremely calm through this whole process, I’ve maintained my composure because, after all, it’s just more day in our lives. Sure it’s an important one, but it’s just one day. The ring, however, has… Read more »

Driving as a young woman in a tiny car

The words above strike fear into the heart of many. Young woman driver. Small car. Pretty much a death trap on wheels at high speed. Based on a few experiences I’ve had over the last few days (and over the last few years) I wanted to share my opinions (and they are purely my opinions, so feel free to pick… Read more »

Admitting your mistakes…quickly.

I’ll openly admit it. I’m not infallible. I do not know everything. And I can (and do!) make mistakes. One of the most important aspects of an IT professional, from my point of view as an operations cog, is to admit your mistakes as quickly as you possibly can. Don’t be shy. Don’t hide behind ego, don’t hide behind bravado,… Read more »

I’m an extrovert…in IT >.>

Yes, I’m an extrovert in IT. It’s a very weird combination. It makes for some interesting meetings and it has quite a large affect on my personal and social life. To quote the dictionary, an extrovert is “an outgoing person; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment rather than with the self.” It does pretty much sum… Read more »

Niggling irritations of a Windows admin…

Realised I hadn’t posted in a while, have a few drafts on the go, but decided that rather than continue on one of them and do a half-assed job of it, I’d do a little post on my current irritations and frustrations in the lovely world of IT. Because, to be honest, there’s quite a few at the moment for… Read more »

My up-hill battle with the only ISP/Telco I can get coverage with…

As many of you would know from reading either my Twitter feed, my Facebook feed or knowing me in person, Telstra and I haven’t been getting along for about 6 months now. Considering the number if services we have with them…and the amount of money we’re *spending* on said services…you’d think they’d be more than wiling to help. Apparently not…. Read more »

No, good sir, sending me an email isn’t good enough!

I get really annoyed when someone says to me “Oh, it’s okay, I’ll just email that to you so you won’t forget”. I will forget. Because along with your emails, I get hundreds of others – from multiple monitoring systems, certificate renewals, server notifications, updates that are available, from systems available for testing, people telling me they’re away sick, people… Read more »