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The wind down... and the pitch...

01:02 Mar 31 2011
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...the project is winding down.


Kind of.


It was supposed to end today as it is, but it will probably extend out at least another week due to a lot of used devices being recycled by the end-user, shipped in sloppily from a location near Chicago and needing a lot of repair.


That and three very large companies all coming together to ensure technologies are is difficult to configure with each other as possible. It's good stuff.


This job was contracted through a personnel contracted used by the selling entity in the whole mix. When they approached me with the first project a few weeks ago, they were excited. Communications were coming at me by the hour trying to make sure I got on board. For this project, much the same. They had trouble finding anyone besides me in the area that could help so I recommended a few people. It helped put an out of work friend to work for a while and got me more in the good graces of the contractor.


Or so it would have seemed.


Once we got on the job, communications pretty much ceased. No responses to emails. Voice mail when I would call... now as the job is winding down, I can practically hear crickets chirping in response to my communications.


Ahhh... to be in the position where you don't have to do anything but focus on the next thing and yesterday's work is completely behind you the minute the ink is dry...


...some people still do have great jobs.


But the technical lead from the vendor did call me today to ask me if I could look at a couple devices at an office on 52nd and... something...


Me: "Umm.. That's in New York City."


Him: "Right, they've gone off-line and we can't get them to respond."


Me: "Well, if they're off-line, they need attention at the device. I can't remote into them."


Him: "Yeah, so maybe you can stop by there and power-cycle them?"


Me: "But that's in NEW. YORK. CITY."


Him: "I know... oh! Right. Right..."


*shakes head*


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Bones
Bones
01:07 Mar 31 2011

Wow, dude, you need to read through and edit this entry. Just saying. :P





Morrigon
Morrigon
01:07 Mar 31 2011

HURRR It's in New YURRRRRK Shitty.... DURH





birra
birra
01:09 Mar 31 2011

Bones, I do in realized that this has poorly writted and I does not. care





Bones
Bones
01:11 Mar 31 2011

if u say. so.





 

Workin', workin', workin'...

11:37 Mar 16 2011
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...working another contract this week - it might go until April 8th or so. My availability will be very limited.


Enjoy your VR'esque time...


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TGIF?

01:32 Mar 12 2011
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Not today... ugh.


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Feel the love

14:17 Mar 10 2011
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We have a new web client that is starting a business in holistic healing therapies and relationship counseling. She had been struggling with her website - a DIY template thing that was... well... to put it bluntly, damn ugly.


She started coming to our Wednesday night networking meetings and got to know Morri and I, but wasn't quite ready to make the jump into hiring someone to develop her website.. until I got a spam message from her Yahoo account and she was in a bit of distress, concerned that her Yahoo had been hacked and this could cause a huge problem, since this is the email she was using for her business.


It was at that point she decided to give us a try. We recently completed the transfer of her domain to our hosting package and yesterday Morri rolled out her new website design for her to see. This was her response:

I am so happy I could cry! I love it! Its beautiful! I love the calendar, the colors, the layout. Its just how I want it! ... Thank you both for everything! You are angels!


So... I guess my question is... would it be in bad taste to start calling ourselves, "The Guardian Angels of the Internet?"


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
14:33 Mar 10 2011

Nah. You two are all kinds of goodness. :)





brileybeauford666
brileybeauford666
23:29 Mar 10 2011

I could not have thought of a better name.





RedQueen
RedQueen
16:57 Mar 12 2011

Ya know, you guys are fabulous. I think Samaritans of the Internet would be great- and you're both so good at it.





Joli
Joli
05:07 Mar 20 2011

Hee hee. You know I love the last suggestion! You're definitely both my Good Samaritans!





 

This can be the frustrating part...

03:35 Mar 07 2011
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...visiting a local business yesterday with my kids - I walked in and immediately pulled up Facebook on my phone and looked up the business I was in.


I found they had... five pages.


Five.


A personal page, like a person would. With about 2200 friends.


Four business pages with about 8 total "likes" across them. No check-in option, and for a public business like this, that would be a nice feature.


So as my kids perused the wares, the owner was walking around. I stopped him, introduced myself and reviewed some of these things with him. He listened, but also I could tell he didn't want a sales pitch - so he took me to the employee who was in charge of marketing.


He was young. Really young. And really green. He was a service technician; to service and repair customer equipment - not IT stuff. But he was their acting "IT" guy and... apparently... their marketing guy.


He almost immediately admitted to me he has no idea what he is doing and is trying to learn it as he goes, hence how screwed up it is.


This is no way to run a business these days... and the mere fact people waste their time and money this way instead of hiring a business that can do this... it is frustrating.


Case in point - one of our current clients had someone else set up their Facebook page and marketing... instead of coming to us about it. They screwed it up. They couldn't get it done. They are young, amateurish and inexperienced. When the business finally got tired of wasting time, they came to us and within about 20 minute Morri had the whole thing sorted, fixed and working.


I guess I know who the next customer we need to go after is...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
00:56 Mar 10 2011

It was actually within about 8 minutes...





birra
birra
02:49 Mar 10 2011

I was trying to make it sound like it isn't THAT easy... heh.





 

Not being here....

12:25 Mar 03 2011
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...it's just not happening. Busy with installs and such, so I won't be around much for a while.


Enjoy the silence!


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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
13:19 Mar 03 2011

:o(





sahahria
sahahria
14:02 Mar 03 2011

Take care of yourself!








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