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Archive for April, 2011

One little girl, one plastic egg and one pile of grass = One Cute Photo… 🙂 

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I have to admit, the business with which I am engaged is doing quite well. For the past several weeks, now, I’ve spent more time out at clients locations than being in the office.

I’ve done a couple of bank jobs, been in two Court Houses, two Sheriff’s Offices, Prosecuting attorneys Offices, just for starters. Hmmm wonder if I should re-phrase what I just said? Almost sounds like… well…

Anyway, we can include medical facilities, construction sites, corporate satellite offices, just to name a few. It seems that MFP’s that can print, scan, fax and copy, all with ease of setup and operation, seems to be the “in” thing now a days, and that’s just what I do. This involves setup on clients networks, configuring print/scan settings and training; actually training is something the sales department is supposed to be doing but somehow I’ve been the one chosen to do this.

Anyway, there’s money out there somewhere and business offices of all kinds have been switching over to electronic file saving and getting away from paper files. Even clients that have thousands of paper files on hand have been purchasing MFP’s and hiring an extra person or two just to change their paper files into electronic ones. I also remind them of redundant backups and for the need to keep at least one or two of these off site somewhere.

So, that’s where I’ve been, basically, since the first of the year. It seems that my last full year of work, so far, has turned into the busiest of all that I’ve done over the past 10 years. Go figure…

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Well, the countdown is now at eight and one half months. Sometimes I can’t wait for the time to arrive. At my age, it isn’t easy keeping up with changing technology. Every day there is something new that affects how the equipment with which I work must be configured to work properly within the system where they are placed.

But, you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. The funny thing is, I really love my job. It keeps me active, I’m constantly learning something new and, most important, it keeps me from becoming nebbish. Hee! You’ll have to look that up for yourself if you don’t know the meaning… 🙂

Every part of Information Technology is in a constant state of flux and the networking aspect of it is no different. Narrowing it down to that of being a network print/scan technician can place the tech in many parts of the I.T. world. You must know basic networking, a little about the various network servers and almost everything about the PC operating systems that are within the respective networks.

Printing and scanning can be setup for simple use or it can be quite elaborate in involving network security settings and permissions, and when you add in Hippa Rules, well, let’s just let it go at that. The problem arrises when just one part of the I.T world changes you must understand how it can affect the equipment with which you work. So, there is a constant need for keeping up to date on the changes even if they don’t affect your work, because you must know about the changes first before you will know how, if any, it will affect what you do.

I constantly read on a daily basis. If you don’t do so, even on a basic level, you won’t learn about these changes, and when you do then you must check to see how it will affect you. When you do see these changes and how they work, then comes the part of working with your clients and how your equipment will be affected in their network. Then you must decide whether or not you go out and make the changes necessary or just use a wait and see mode to see if they will need the updates or not.

I mean, can you just imagine how it will be when all I have to do is to just sit around, watch the grass grow, and occasionally go out on a photowalk somewhere just to keep my photoblog at Riff’s Photography Journal updated.

Hummmm, you know, that doesn’t sound to bad after all… 🙂

Oh, as for Spring having arrived… Here’s a photo I took when we went to Dairy Queen this afternoon. It’s called the DQ Spring Tree…

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Sometimes, through the grapevine, you will hear things at work that can be very depressing. Ever have that happen to you?

Well, this past week that happened to me. I won’t go into details but it did have a connection with my countdown to retirement and something that was said. So, until I can find out what the “story” is all about I can’t talk about it, but I just wanted to let you all know that it has depressed me to no end.

I’ve been here twenty-five years and to hear something like this is just outright asinine. I’ve worked hard, climbed the ladder and have been a dedicated employee to my work and to my employer. Just like you in your job. Then to find out that this thinking is out there just grabs at you and, in my case, just makes me want to get out of here as soon as I can.

On the other hand, what I’m hoping is that this is just a mis-understanding and not what it was intended to be. I’m going to be positive and optimistic about this and just go along with this thinking until the facts become known. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, let’s all pray that this doesn’t end up with retirement coming soon than planned… 🙂

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Now, as for a photo. This weeks photo challenge, beginning today, is lines. Well, here is a photo with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines. It’s called Headquarters and it belonged to a young officer in the British Army by the name of George Washington…

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I am a firm believer that not everything happens by chance. This past week is a good example.

Last week I placed my weekly post in the first part of the week on Tuesday. Usually I’ve done so on Thursday or Friday. Well, after placing my post Tuesday evening that night I came down with a pretty bad tooth ache. In fact, it had me up most of the night.

The next day I stayed home from work taking pain pills and waiting for the ache to go away. There wasn’t any swelling and I felt that this was a temporary thing and would go away, and by afternoon the pain did start to subside.

However, that evening my jaw where the tooth was started to swell up.  Again, I was up most of the night, not only with the swelling but with some pain that came back. By morning my face looked like I had stuffed half a tennis ball into my mouth. It was terrible. My tooth was so sensitive that just by touching it with my tongue would create a sharp pain.

Man, it takes a lot to want to make me cry, pain wise, but this was one of those times that I could have done so real easy, but I was afraid that if I did it would just make an already terrible situation that much worse. Even when I had a back operation to fix a ruptured disk that was causing my leg to go numb along with pain, I never felt this much pain since I was a kid. I had an infected tooth at ten, also. I even have a photo of me back then and there is no pain like it. At least for men…

Anyway, I was able to get in to see my Dentist by the afternoon and got some antibiotics to get rid of the infection and some pain medicine to help with that aspect. Went straight to the pharmacy, got my prescriptions filled, in fifteen minutes, no less, and went home and started to drug out, so to speak.

Had I not published last weeks post when I did I don’t think it would even have gotten done. I spent from Wednesday through the weekend before I started to feel somewhat better. I went back to work on Monday through Wednesday with only a partially swollen mouth and some manageable pain, but only if I didn’t talk much. And I made sure that everyone knew of my problem and not to talk to me for three days. That was interesting and I really liked that. Love being left alone for a change.

Well, Thursday came and I went back to the dentist to have it pulled. It was tight and came out in two pieces, but the Doc had given me enough local anaesthetics to numb my jaw quite well and I felt nothing.

They stuffed some gauze into where the tooth had just came out, let me lie there in the chair for about ten minutes and then had me stand up before letting me go. The Doc and his staff really went out of their way to take care of me and to make sure I was OK before handing me over to my wife to take me home.

By the way, in case you are interested in whom the Doc was it was Dr. Nelson whose office is at the corner of Seton Drive and Bishop Walsh Road. Our family has been with him from way back in the 70’s and he really is good. I do highly recommend him and no he has no idea I’m talking about him like this. I genuinely like him and believe he is a top-notch Dentist and has a great staff working for him.

So, here it is Friday and I’m recovering quite well. I stayed home one more day, even though I really can’t afford it, but only to make sure I’m OK before going back to work on Monday. Besides, it’s been a rainy and chilly day and I didn’t want to take a chance on getting a cold or something in the area where the tooth had just come out. It is still in the healing stage and not completely sealed. Just didn’t want to chance it.

Now I can’t quite this week without a photo. So, here’s one I took today of one of the Squirrels that come around our house. This is one of the benefits of being home, even when it’s raining. You get to photograph something that you don’t normally have the opportunity to do so; like this – a wet Squirrel…

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