Looking for an article
(Don't know if this is the right place to post this)
I am looking for a daily wtf article, I forgot what it's called.
It's about a guy who does some sort of conversion of a file manually, it's very tedious. I think he opens the file in different programs and saves them to different format and it takes a very long time.
Then another guy automates this with a script, but since the first guy would be useless if his work could be automated, he just keeps doing everything manually.
Does anybody recognize this?
Yeah, it was a feature a few weeks back. Hang on...
That's the one I was thinking of. Apparently my internal calendar is broken
That's not the one I was thinking about, but it's kind of similar.
I think the guy who does the converting is a big and scary looking guy and doesn't talk much. And the guy who does the script is visiting his company. And in the end the converting guy just gives him a scary look and continues to work in his normal way. So nobody else finds out about the script in the end.
It's hard to recall it was a long time ago I read it!
I can't speak for the OP of course, but that's not quite the same. That's moving the report from Clarke (who wanted the time-saving software) to his boss Rick (who didn't "trust" it, despite it being well-tested, and started doing the reports manually on his own instead.)
That's still an IT win, because Clarke still generated his report in 10 minutes instead of 5+ hours.
Although I guess the net was a loss, because at least Clarke was using Excel sheets, while Rick did it all on paper with a 4-function calculator.
Damit on the recycling of things @anotherusername
So I will have to go with: TIL It takes about 6 mins to skim read 3 1/2 months of Articles.
That one fits pretty closely to the OP's description.
Doesn't fit as well. No grumpy person declining the automation improvement.
Doesn't match well at all. Focus is on a business in a panic over not being able to retrieve 25-year-old records when it turned out their data retention policy made that data moot.
Hmm. Possibly? In this case, most of the system was still automated, just submitting the data to the billing partner was kept manual. No scary looks.
Hmm It\s not any of these either...
The conversion guy is not a boss, just a guy whose only task is converting the stuff.
Probably not this...
I do seem to remember one where some old guy is terrified at the fact that his entire job is performed by this script and refuses to use it.
I can't find it, though.
Yes!!! That's the one!
I remembered something about taking a screen shot but I thought that was probably too good to be true.