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Telecommuting GoGoGo My Life 07 MAR 2008

telecommutingGreat news on the whole work deal: Kyle has confirmed with me that the new telecommuting contract has been confirmed in principle, we’ve gone through and agreed upon the conditions that will be appended to my current contract and the final contract is currently being drafted by our HR representative.

Thankfully nothing really changed on our original spoken terms and as such, my new telecommuting job description WILL see me in the Commerce IT offices on Mondays and Fridays for a full day shift. Kyle has however agreed to allow me to shift the hours slightly, so instead of having to be in the office from 08:00 to 16:00, I can say shift them earlier, say 07:00 to 15:00 in order to miss traffic. Obviously, public holidays that fall on either a Monday or Friday means that I’ll have to shift my coming into office day appropriately. I am also expected to attend any and all team building functions (as if I would ever skip a free lunch!)

As was said before, I get to take all of my current electronic equipment in the office home with me, provided they are locked down at my new residence. On the administrative side of things, I won’t be logging into the Novell network anymore and as such will need to liaise with Tracy for purposes of call logging.

This is the first time a non-academic has applied to telecommute, so UCT is treating this very much as a test case so they will be inserting an escape clause in my contract which pretty much means that if things don’t work out, either I will be forced out of my position or I’ll need to move back on to the premises.

Kyle has also inserted a couple of interesting clauses of his own, one of which being that we’ve put a radius on this telecommuting jaunt of 50 km as the crow flies. Basically if I ever move residence to within that radius, the telecommuting will fall away. Also, because it is such a nice drive out on his motorbike, he has added the stipulation that he is allowed to drop by my new office anytime he wants to come and check up on me – guess that means I will need to stock a spare beer or two in the fridge then!

So the official go ahead has been given and come the 1st April I’ll be officially working from home! :)

It is a pity about the twice a week trip to UCT though. 50 km there and 50 km back means I’ll be doing 200 km per week and with these new fuel prices that is going to knock my pocket a little. I guess I could look into taking the train, but a train ride in from the Strand is pretty long, so it isn’t all that attractive to me. On the other hand, the positive of having to go into the office twice a week means I get to see and work with my colleagues and other people, something that is probably quite useful in warding off the isolation some telecommuters must begin to experience after a while.

Oh yes, and I am losing my desk space, which kind of sucks a lot :(

And in closing, because I feel like posting cartoons this week, here’s Scott Adams’ view on telecommuting:

dilbert on telecommuting

Click on the cartoon to view it in human size…

The Futility of it All My Life 07 FEB 2008

TypingAargh! The futility of it all! The last while I have been rather busy at work (to say the least), particularly on the SAN system which needed to be in good working condition by this morning because we are finally going ahead and installing the production storage area network hardware today.

And of course, as karma would have it, the minute I have a really, really important project to work on, tons of other jobs will keep cropping up at an alarming pace. Of course, I can’t ignore these requests as they tend to be needed to be done ASAP, with the end result that my SAN system is not quite where I would have liked it to be. It works but the client interface is not anywhere near completion in terms of functionality.

This doesn’t really bother me all that much as I know I have been working hard and that there is only so many hours in a day, but what really does get my goat is when the lecturer walks into the office this morning, approaches me and thanks me for the emergency tutor application upload system that I created but then proceeds to tell me that they’ve decided in the end not to make use of it.


Over the years I have lost count of the number of unused projects that I have been forced to craft for people only to have them abandoned before they are even used! *Sigh* the futility of it all…

Flat Out of Screen My Life 19 NOV 2007

lcd pc monitorNuts. So I mentioned last week that my (fairly) new second-hand flatscreen monitor had packed up rather unexpectedly, prompting me to haul it into work and get it sent off to our supplier to see if they could repair it.

It’s been gone for a week now, and I couldn’t help but smile just now as I walked back into the office to find it neatly sitting on my desk, swathed in bubblewrap and with a little delivery note next to it (plus, I really needed a smile, because damn, I’m feeling like shit at the moment thanks to this bout of Gastro I’m currently under with).

However, that smile quickly turned into a curse as the delivery guys left and I took my seat, turned to the delivery note and read:

“Faulty onboard Audio/Video controlling IC. Monitor is UNECONOMICAL TO REPAIR”.

Kak. Means I am now sitting with a nice new paperweight on my hands :(

(Well technically it is no longer on my hands anymore. Riethwaan has already swiped it off my desk.)

Keyless My Life 31 AUG 2007

bunch of keysSo I was off sick yesterday from work (not that it stopped me working from home of course), but seeing as I’m feeling a bit better today (note I said a bit, not a lot) I thought Id better shuffle in and get some stuff done. Even with my working off my laptop yesterday, there was some work which I couldnt do remotely, so I thought that seeing as today is my half day again, I’d better come into work super duper early to get everything done that needs to be done so that I can leave at 12 sharp.

So plans were made, I went to bed (round 12 last night, got home from C and then finished the last couple of levels of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), woke up at 5, had breakfast, got ready and prepared to leave at 5:30 only to discover that I couldn’t find my office keys! I looked high and low (which is something I don’t have to do very often seeing as I am usually quite organised), but to no avail. The damn keys were nowhere to be found – which didn’t help my super duper early to work plan one bit.

So I was forced to hunker down and waste time playing some games until 6 which is the latest I can leave if travelling into UCT by car if I wish to avoid heavy traffic flow. Eventually I got to work round 6:30, trundled up the stairs, thanked my lucky stars that the boss was already at work (meaning I can get into the office) and dumped all my stuff onto my desk.

The final step of which was to take off my long top and hang it over the backrest of my chair.

And of course, as I turned the top upside down over the chair, what should fall out of one of its pockets but wait for it… my damn keys.