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#0: 10-31-2011 @ 06:56:27 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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Okay so I figured instead of us continuing to make unique topics along these lines I'd just greate a general post for complaining about work or other "Ugh" tasks like school or what not.

As an FYI: This topic is not login locked, so you might want to be careful what you post here because it might be googled. 

With that said I'll start things off.

So last week, persons at work who will remain completely unidentified noticed that a site that was assigned to me had not been yet launched.  This site had not been launched because over a month ago I asked them what the URL the site should be launched to was and got no response.  The persons didn't care and in a tone suggesting that we were in deep shit, suggested this site needed to go up ASAP.

As the week continued it became clear that the people who were asking this of me also did not know what URL the site was to be launched to, as well as other pertinent pieces of information.  Notably, the site in question is a page that displays the status of other systems we are providing this client - sorta like a "Realm Status" page if you will.  However, at this time certain systems are not up.  Despite this, the persons asking me to post this site demanded that we make live links to these not-yet-deployed sites and say that they are active.   They also suddenly changed their dance for deployment from "ASAP" to "Before 11/1" to "Before 8am on 8/31"

So my co-worker who works from home took the completed site that I did on Friday and launched it yesterday afternoon.  Shortly there after one of the people among these persons sent an e-mail pointing out that systems the page said were up, were in fact down and not yet deployed.  The persons then began sending e-mails to take the site down and not put it up until 11/1.  So my co-worker took the site down.

I came in on Monday to the e-mail trail from this.  This is what I mean by "Some people at my job do not know how to communicate."


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#1: 01-14-2012 @ 08:15:28 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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So.  Some of you may have been wondering "man, Adam suddenly does work a lot, what is up with that?"

Well in the interest of "I'm not sure what is confidential and what isn't" I am not going to go into specifics, but I'm going to try and explain the situation as best I can regardless.

While there are many things I do for the company, I am primarily responsible for providing design assistance to two systems.  One is a system that allows students to take tests online (I will call this Online Tests) and the other is a system for displaying scores from various state-run standardized tests (we will call this system Reporting). Each of these systems have their own teams for content and coding, my job is to make sure that once they make everything it looks good.  I have quite a bit of freedom in this regard, but because it's rare that I get to design something before it is built, I feel a lot more like some sort of web page healer, undoing damage caused by feature deployment, rather than a designer.

Anyway, I am also new to this job (only had it for about 7 months now) and around November I launched my 4th version of the Reporting system.  Now one of the big features to the Reporting system is that it allows the client's staff to print off reports of how all the students scored in various levels of granularity.  While I had been made aware of the "Individual Student Report," this "All the students in the school at that grade level and in that subject" report thing was not something anyone made me aware of until after the site launched.  Which means I didn't test it for CSS bugs.  Which means that when the client started finding issues with the printing, my supervisors got understandably upset.

Ever since then however like a comedy of errors, more and more issues have popped up with systems that people never told me existed or levels of testing no one told me were necessary. In a most recent case, the test data I was given to evaluate the viability of the system did not include a scenario in which the system would output a 6 word phrase that included big words like "Administration" in the middle of a small area on a graph.  Because of this an error was found "in the wild," as one of my managers likes to put it, and needed to be fixed.

As a result one of my managers has decided that the quality of printing on the Reporting system is now my sole responsibility and one of my highest priority ones.  The day before I left for my Christmas vacation, which had been planned in advance, I was told I needed to complete a giant checklist of how well the most important pages of the Reporting system printed by Mid-Janurary in a long list of browsers.  I protested that while I understood the desire for this, a mid-January deadline was not feasible.  I had a hard time completing a similar request months ago and it took me a month to do, without a 2 week vacation in the middle of it.  This concern was ignored.

Then I came back from Christmas break and another issue was found "in the wild."  It was found because I hadn't gotten to testing that site but that didn't stop the manager from flipping out and demanding that I work however many extra hours necessary for me to complete this testing spreadsheet.   Before I knew it I had to complete about 40 hours worth of work in about 3 work days, all while still being expected to fix the issue found as well as another issue found with the Online Tests system.

Since that time things have calmed down some, but up until the 11th hour the requirements of this testing spreadsheet kept changing.  OSes and Browsers kept getting added so as we are now, not all of the testing has yet been completed, and this week it's been hijacked by you know, actually fixing issues.  Just to give you an idea there are four states the Reporting system works with and I have to test printing for all of them in:

  • Windows Browsers
    • Firefox (current)
    • Firefox 3.6
    • Firefox 2
    • Internet Explorer 9
    • Internet Explorer 8
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Internet Explorer 6
    • Google Chrome (actually I don't need to do this but we didn't find that out until AFTER I'd done it so thanks guys)
  • Macintosh Browsers
    • Firefox 2
    • Safari 5
    • Safari 3
  • Linux Browsers
    • Firefox (current)
    • Firefox 3.6

So that's basically been work so far this month, and will continue to be for a while.  I'm writing this post because chances are if you are talking to me, that thing I want to talk to you about is work.   This way you know the deal so I don't have to talk about it.


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#2: 01-18-2012 @ 06:37:38 pm
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St00fSt00f

  • Real Name:Steph
  • Joined:2010-01-22

Ok, a little bit of background and then you guys can listen to my rants about surgeons and understand better.

During surgeries, they sometimes ask pathologists to come take a look at something they pulled out of a person -- sometimes it's looking at a whole organ, sometimes they have us actually do a section and look at itty-bitty portion of tissue under the microscope.  They are supposed to use our services to help make decisions regarding patient care: make sure a margin has no tumor, see whether or not there's metastatic disease (if yes, they usually stop the surgery), that sort of thing.  We can be crucial in the process.

Today we got paged for a benign kidney -- the patient has a HUGE staghorn calculus (Google image search has some nice ones) and subsequent renal failure. No malignancy. Nothing that they would need us for......in theory.

They had us come to the OR to confirm that yes, that hard thing in the ureter is indeed a calculus.  Yes, it does appear to be blocking the ureter, as it is dilated proximally to the stone.  Is that all you wanted?  Oh......no, that's ok, my resident can totally handle the specimen.  She needs more work to do.

. . . . .So I got extra work today (tonight rather) because they apparently couldn't figure out that there was a stone in the ureter. Amazing.


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#3: 01-18-2012 @ 06:47:53 pm
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

This sounds like grade-A level retarded. Unless there's some cover-your-ass bullshit I don't know about going on, this sounds like the kind of thing a 2nd year med student would have been able to recognize:

Giant staghorn calculus is obstructive. You can tell by the way it obstructs urine before it <_<.

 

BTW - for those curious about staghorn calculi:

 

The idea is a solid mass formed in the shape of the branching paths within the kidney's tubules.

-AHMAD

 

This post was edited by BountyHunterSAx on January 18, 2012, 9:57 pm


#4: 02-05-2012 @ 07:52:21 pm
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

*Grrr*.

So I had my first weekend call day: 6AM Sun -> 10pm. I don't mind working a full day every now and then. . .or even fairly often. But today was a special kind of torture.

When I arrived at 6AM to pre-round, there were a total of 5/6 patients on the floor and I had just one. So I had 2-3x as much time as I needed. . . and this was a simple case to boot. Then the attending shows up 1.5hrs late. A good hour or two of actual work gets done next, and that's all well and good, 1:00 rolls around and our to do list is done.

And then NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS ALL ****ing day!

Seriously, barring a short break of an extra 20-30 minutes of patient care and discharge paperwork, I spent hours on hours sitting in an office room doing nothing, but needing to not let on that I was bored off my ass or come across as non-productive lest it hurt my grade.

Still, resident let me out early at 7 for superbowl stuffs, so I guess I have no right to really complain. Moral of the story: *ALWAYS* bring textbooks to read when on call.

-AHMAD


#5: 02-06-2012 @ 07:06:07 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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Blech...

At least at the jobs I worked with hours upon hours of down time I've either been in front of a computer or they told me up front "You need to be able to occupy yourself, because son, there will be down time."

That bridge tender job was probably the coolest job I ever worked.  Kinda crappy pay, absurdly seasonal, but all and all a neat job.


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#6: 02-06-2012 @ 01:36:50 pm
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St00fSt00f

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Yeah, you always need to have something to do.  I ran into this problem a few times on my sub-internship rotation -- thankfully one of the residents was into videogames, so we'd talk about that.  Other times I'd update the list and, because they loved me so much, they didn't care if I faffed about for a while on the computers while waiting for something to happen.  Always having a little book in your pocket is a great idea -- the other book you could get for your coat is the Pocket Medicine book.  Tons of stuff that you need to know (especially for general medicine stuff) and you can easily whip it out and read a section or 2 if you have downtime.

EDIT: Oh, it turns out I was wrong about them not knowing there was a stone in the ureter.  What they really wanted was to make sure a photo was taken of the specimen.  Which is something we normally do.  And they could've written the request on the paperwork or the container if they were unsure. *sigh*

This post was edited by St00f on February 6, 2012, 4:38 pm


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#7: 05-24-2012 @ 08:44:53 am
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St00fSt00f

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So not everything about work can be bad.  I get to see some neat things here.  And with spending a lot of time looking through a microscope, I get to see things in a completely different way than most.  So I figured I'd bring a little bit of that coolness to you guys!

https://www.msu.edu/~buckste2/PolarizedBone1.jpg

Here are some photomicrographs of bone (click for BIG), which I took with a polarizer in place.  Because the bone is refractile, when you polarize the light flowing through it, you get certain areas that "pop" brightly. 

Kinda reminds me of oil paintings I've seen. 

This post was edited by St00f on July 15, 2012, 7:28 pm


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.
#8: 06-22-2013 @ 05:12:02 pm
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St00fSt00f

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It's a big version of what we do to tissue to look at it under the microscope!


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.
#9: 06-23-2013 @ 11:01:38 am
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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Last night we moved our servers and supporting network infrastructure to our new building, redid the IP scheme, and generally got things all running out of the new building's data center. To do so our three-man IT team worked from about 7:30pm Saturay night until about 7am Sunday morning.

We ran into a few problems. The server room in the new building wasn't at all setup to be a server room, so we had to have a wall moved and proper power and AC installed The various contractors doing construction in the server room were supposed to have to have everything perfect on Wednesday of this past week. They didn't.

  • AC unit was why it took us two weeks after moving all the desktops to finally move all the servers. We knew it wasn't going to be done before we moved our users to the new building, but it was supposed to be done in plenty of time for us to move servers last night. But somehow it is still not done. There are two temp units in the server room right now. One of them drips water all over the floor. We had to mop it up with paper towels before we could do anything last night. We'll have to mop the floor up again every morning until those things are gone.
  • When we went to start putting the servers in the racks we had ordered we discovered that the company we had ordered them from shipped us the wrong size. Width is standard, but depth is variable. We had ordered something like 36" deep racks because we have a couple longer than average things and also wanted to have power outlets inside the racking unit (they close and lock in front and back) to keep things looking neat and clean. Unfortunately the place we bought them from sent us something like 32" units (I don't remember the actual measurements). We had to remove the section where power outlets would hook up to the inside and then move the actual racking posts back a couple inches so our servers would actually fit. There's no way we can have power outlets not look like crap on the outside now. We probably can't even close the back doors on them and have things reach.
  • We had four outlets with those big, round outlets installed. The kind that run at a higher voltage or wattage or whatever (I'm no electrician) which you plug washing machines and refridgerators into. They are supposed to run our Uninterruptable Power Supplies, which all of our servers, switches, and whatnot are then plugged into. Two of the outlets are just plain DEAD. They don't work. Nothing happens when you plug something into them. The other two trigger warning lights on the UPSes, indicating the lines are running at a higher voltage (or wattage or whatever) than is proper. Fortunately the UPSes don't care about that, they can compensate for it without any ill effect at all, but it means that the electrician didn't do any of big power outlets right. Because of all this we only have two of our three UPSes plugged in and operation. This means they are running at a higher utilization than we'd like to on those two units. If the building has a power outage that lasts longer than 5 minutes they'll be drained entirely, so if that happens off-hours one of the three of us will have to notice it immediately and be in a place to be able to remote in and shut everything down right away. And even then it will be lucky if there's enough time for all the servers to be shut down gracefully.

Ugh. That being said, we encountered no major problems. Once it was all plugged in correctly all our servers came up. A couple needed slight settings adjustments in software, but we had no hardware failures or anything like that. I slept until like 12:30 today and am still exhausted, but my body wouldn't let me sleep any more right now.

 EDIT: And I just got asked by my boss to go into the office in the late afternoon to empty the drip buckets on the temp AC units and to try repositioning them to blow cold air more directly on the servers as they are too warm. I'll probably have to mop the floor as well.

This post was edited by Misharum Kittum on June 23, 2013, 1:47 pm


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