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Crikey! Actual work! [Feb. 16th, 2005|08:13 pm]

I started work on Monday. My head is still spinning. Lots to learn really quick. Some quick, ill-conceived impressions after three days:

Good parts:
-Great people to work with
-Fun projects (building new NOC, major fiber backbone work)
-Entertaining problems

Okay parts:
-Bureaucracy somewhat quick (like, heavy cream instead of molasses)
-Acceptable upper management support
-Fairly familiar with most software & hardware used

Not quite as good parts:
-Not the newest systems [1]
-Not the most reliable systems
-No real standardization of... anything really.

Bad parts:
-Massively overworked technical staff
-No processes to deal with common issues
-[redacted, but really bad]
-[even worse... no worse... okay, now imagine a steamroller. yup, that's it]

Needless to say, my job now is the [redacted] bit. On the plus side, I live in the server room where no one can get to me. On the minus side, I have 20 seconds to fight for survival before the halon discharge.

[1] - this could qualify for the understatement of the year award.

[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-02-17 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh... and FM-200 is actually less smothering than Halon - you're better off in a room with that than Halon. At least, that's what the sales video said. =D
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-17 09:40 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Then it was just the CO2 systems that actually can kill you.

We have a FM-200 handheld extinguisher; guess I'll read the labels the next time I'm waiting on my computer.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-02-17 09:44 pm (UTC)
The guy who taught the class for us said that you can actually be in the room when the FM-200 goes off, and all it will do is disorient you (for the same reasons as Halon - the fog, the sudden lack of oxygen, etc), but that breathing wouldn't be all that impaired. Then again... he probably got his info from the video... =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-17 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm actually downloading a video from fm200.com - It may well be the very same, but I doubt it.


They must host off of a winmodem or something, because the file is 1.8MB and I'm downloading at 2.6kbps. Feels like 1998.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-02-17 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hm - I just grabbed it in like 10 seconds. Wierd.

It's similar to the one I saw... but it was actually a sales movie, like a 5 or 7 minute demo tape - not just video of them showing it going off. They don't have the alarms or anything in that tape, tho... that's really half of the fun!
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