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Public Service vs. Academia – my current observations

So I’ve been working for a government organisation for just over 18 months now. After working for a university, it’s been an interesting transition. I realise that, having never been exposed to ‘Corporate land’, I may have some bias but this post will take a look at a few of the things I’ve noticed that are extremely different…and a few… Read more »

Moving into management…the catch-22

So, I’ve decided (well, had it decided for me, really) that I want to move into management. It’s something I feel I’d enjoy, I have some skills that I believe would benefit me and it’s honestly the right move in regards to my career. The problem is – how do you move into management without ever having had management experience?… 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 »

Apparently, I’m an IT Professional ^_^

(Honestly thought I’d posted this earlier! Appears I just saved it as a draft and then promptly forgot about it!) Certainly not going to complain about the label “IT Professional”. Was quite nice to receive it, to be honest! And the reason behind it? While at Tech.Ed 2012 last year, I was filmed discussing what parts of Server 2012 I… Read more »

Taking leave…and why it’s so important to just *stop*

I’ve hit that point in the year where I’m cranky with everyone, I’m fed up with dealing with people, the tasks that I wanted to get done this year haven’t all been done, things are behind, everything’s irritating me and I’m just fed up with life in general. It’s been 8 months since I took a “holiday”. Most of the… Read more »

“But it’s how we’ve always done it!”

If you are *anything* at all like me, the saying “But it’s how we’ve always done it!” will make you want to tear your hair out in frustration, throw something through your monitor and find something sharp and pointy to hurt the person who could have said such a stupid thing. I absolutely loathe the saying. I can’t understand how… Read more »

‘Inbox’ and ‘Trash’ aren’t the only folders you need to use!

I am OCD. There. I personally feel (as others do) that it should be written as CDO so that it’s in alphabetical order, but I digress. I’m OCD about a lot of things. I like my desk to be tidy. I like my files that I’m working on to be tidy. My house is, generally, tidy. I also like my… 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 »

Religious bias in the tech world…

And no, I’m not talking about actual religions here (insert mandatory reference to Flying Spahetti Monster ^_^), this is about technology religions, technology evangelism to the point where you’re blinded to all other options. Admit it, you’ve done it at least once in your life – we all have. I’m a Windows Systems Administrator. There. I said it. I’m *proud*… Read more »

“You can pry into anyone’s files or emails….right?” I really hate this question!

As a systems administrator, I have a higher level of access to people’s information – their files, their account details, their email. But, as quoted a number of times in SpiderMan, “With great power comes great responsibility”. Yes – I can pry into anyone’s files or emails *if* (big “if” here) I was requested to by a manager, in writing… Read more »