One of many WTF's in a past life.



  • In the late 90’s early ‘00’s I worked for a “start-up/spin-off” dot com company.  We had been an office with a college that had been re-constituted as a for profit company to run the college’s distant learning. The company was a year and half old and had grown from the original six of us (three IT, one programmer, two designers/managers/sales people) in a trailer on campus to 75 people in three offices and a Co-Lo site. The IT staff was still three.

    The new sales department was three friends of friends and based in NYC, five hours away. One, we will call M. was a “problem child”. Every computer M had became infected, corrupted, or other random problems that come from deleting your anti-virus program and visiting porn sites. [I should note that M had admin privileges over the computer at the demand of the CEO, M’s neighbor.]

    After a year and three sales, the CEO left so a new CEO was appointed by the College. The first thing he did was appoint a CTO and than added new sales person.

    The new sales person on his second day called our help line with a crises: “I can’t get to the web site and I have a perspective sale coming in a few minutes!” A few quick questions later the issue is resolved, being new he had miss-spelled the company name. An understandable new person mistake.

    The three of us had a habit of answering by using the speaker phone so everyone in our closet could hear the question and all pitch in if needed. We all looked at each other and said “Noob”. The CTO walked in and looked confused, at that moment the help line rang. I hit speaker and it was M.

    M :“I’m having the same problem as {new sales person}!”

    “Oh? Your miss-spelling the company name too?”

    M: “What? Uh, No, my computer is slow! It keeps opening programs like crazy. I had to power it off.”

    “Programs” are what M called IE windows, Java-script pop ups.

    “What web pages did you visit when this started?”

    M: “Uh, I don’t remember…I’ll call when it happens again. Bye!”

    My co-IT guys pulled up M’s logs. Some very interesting URL’s were visited between the log in at mid-day and the call twenty minutes later. (good thing we are not low on X’s, that list would have had most of them)

    On the bright side the CTO then had us pull up the last four months of logs for M’s machine as well as all the trouble tickets we had on M. M was let go two weeks later and the number of trouble tickets in the NYC office dropped by two-thirds.



  • @DrillSgtK said:

    In the late 90’s early ‘00’s
    I call the 00's the naughties.  I'll admit that I got the idea from User Friendly.



  • You misspelled misspelled ;-)

    Sometimes you gotta wonder what people are thinking when they use their work computers for this

    See: NASA 



  •  What are the URLs?



  • @dlikhten said:

     What are the URLs?

    Late '90s. The links are probably all dead by now.



  • My last job was in a pretty small firm, and amongst other things I was designated as the IT manager.

    The company hit some hard times and was on the verge of bankruptcy. Our Financial Controller said there would have to be staff cutbacks. Strangely enough, it was on that day that I chose to email our MD with the proxy logs for the FC's internet usage, showing he spent most of his day browsing a mixture of cricket and porn.

    A few days later, he was gone. A week later I left, too. The MD begged me to stay, but it was time to move on. Good thing I did, as the whole firm went under shortly after. 



  • @Carnildo said:

    @dlikhten said:

     What are the URLs?

    Late '90s. The links are probably all dead by now.

     

    I am assuming porn sites. Strange question: Don't people realize that your internet activity goes though a computer that can LOG SHIT? I mean you are more anonymous in person than you are online since everything is logged.



  • @dlikhten said:

    Don't people realize that your internet activity goes though a computer that can LOG SHIT?

    That's why I'm glad we don't have an IT department. I'd be fux0red.



  •  @AbbydonKrafts said:

    That's why I'm glad we don't have an IT department. I'd be fux0red.

    That's why I'm glad that I am the IT Department.  I can do whatever I want (although I don't use my work computer for that stuff), whenever I want.



  • @ObiWayneKenobi said:

    That's why I'm glad that I am the IT Department.

    Well.. that would be even better.



    I do use my work computer for everything, but I installed VMPlayer and will be installing Linux in it. That way, I can use a batch file to nuke the VM (and hence destroy anything personal) if need be. I have an external hard drive that I bought with my own money, so I keep everything like the SS pics and stuff on there. It's mostly the browsing history and the like that hangs around on the computer.



  • @dlikhten said:

    Don't people realize that your internet activity goes though a computer that can
    LOG SHIT?

    Whew! Thank god I use my Internet to transfer DATA instead!



  • @ObiWayneKenobi said:

     @AbbydonKrafts said:

    That's why I'm glad we don't have an IT department. I'd be fux0red.

    That's why I'm glad that I am the IT Department.  I can do whatever I want (although I don't use my work computer for that stuff), whenever I want.


    Being the IT assistant also works: I know exactly what is logged and where.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    I call the 00's the naughties
     

    Should really be the "noughties", as in "noughts and crosses"... Or is this just a US vs rest of world spelling issue?



  • @Zemm said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    I call the 00's the naughties
     

    Should really be the "noughties", as in "noughts and crosses"... Or is this just a US vs rest of world spelling issue?

    Yeah, it's another case where you guys spelled it wrong.  It's okay, we forgive you.  However, even if it was "noughties" you miss the joke in calling it the "naughties" (as in misbehaving or degenerate).



  • @Zemm said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    I call the 00's the naughties
     

    Should really be the "noughties", as in "noughts and crosses"... Or is this just a US vs rest of world spelling issue?


    It's a bad joke.


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