Why is it only Tuesday?

This is clearly going to be a VTW or a Very Trying Week – it’s only Tuesday, I’ve not even made it into the office yet and that feeling of impending doom is already ebbing at my feet like the incoming tide.

So what has caused this feeling of unease? Well I have a network upgrade to do at a customer site on Monday – which yesterday changed to this Friday due to Songkran festivities – not so bad – well the uograde involves removing an apparently redundant router and replacing an ancient switch with a nice managed one.

The router is a potential banana skin but otherwise okay – the switch is being sourced from a company in Thailand and this is where things can go awry.

Their website says the switch is in stock. I got a quotation from them with a real price and everything. Now they say the item is out of stock – three days before we need it. Okay don’t panic – find the main distributors for Cisco stuff in Thailand – a 60sec search – paste the link into an email to my client and before I can click send he calls me up to say that the supplier has the switch after all. This might end well but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t…

In other news my ERP program is about to start testing in the factory – I should run a sweepstake on the number of bugs that will be discovered in the first month of testing.

Hey ho I’ll probably look back at this week and laugh – well possibly

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F’in Shopping…

Now don’t get me wrong – I like shopping, I like malls, hell I even like people! My problem starts when you throw a load of people who really like shopping in my way when I’m out to buy that one item I need – that seems to be the fast-track to Kill Bill Syndrome or KBS.

Take today for example – I needed to buy a power supply for a pretty obscure hardware router/firewall thing and to compound my feeling of warmth and love for my fellow humans I had to walk through one mall, a crowded street market, past a massive fashion mall (their definition not mine) before eventually reaching my destination – an I.T. mall (their definition – I think of it as the place where I.T. dies with the immortal words “No have!” but that is quite another story all-together) Now for many that sounds like “motorcycle taxi” time but I like the cardio… The first mall was a piece of cake – not too busy – so engage hi-speed walking and route-planning modes and before you can say “out the other side” I was – well – out the other side…

Next up the street market – this is a 3D pain in the hole – cables up high to garote the unwary, random people walking in slow motion, bollards and just to keep things fresh someone will be sat on a stool where I want to be walking – oh did I mention the eye level umbrellas? It’ a nightmare and that’s during the day – at night it’s worse!

I pass someone selling swords – no kidding – it’s tempting but I really need that PSU perhaps I’ll stop on the way back…

Finally get to Pantip “sexy movie” Plaza and in the style of a purchasing jedi – I walked past the shop I wanted first before returning 15 mins later and finding my treasure… Yay! No time for loitering in the after-glow of success – I don’t like shopping that much and there’s the additional amusement of the trek home – another KBS flashpoint if ever there was one!