The weekend’s events prompt this nerd rage I need to get off my chest.
I’m an “IT guy” and have worn a lot of hats over the years; 20 in the business. Sometimes working for a company; lately working as an independent contractor more or less. I’ve done or participated in a hundred office moves of one type or another. Whether physically picking up an office and putting it down in a new location or boxing everything up and out of the way for re-carpeting or remodeling, etc.
I have NEVER been involved in such a shit show as there was on Sunday. And I don’t even know who to blame. I work now with another IT guy; the two of us joined forces a year ago. This is one of ‘his’ clients that I don’t know all that well and he must have got the ball rolling but then had to go out of town and I was the one who had to be there on the day to put everything back together again. I say this by way of absolving myself of any blame in the way things got to this state.
Really, at the core, an office move is very simple. People have their office or cube which has their ‘stuff’. They get assigned a number and given boxes. They put their stuff in their boxes and stick their number on them. Usually they are instructed that the IT guys will come around to disconnect computers and printers after that takes place, and we tag and bag it at one end and then come around again on the other end first to put the computer, monitor, peripherals, attach PC and phone to the network, etc.
If anyone gave it an ounce of thought in this project it didn’t show. Like I said, I was not consulted on this project and only pulled in to set everything back up. What I found was this: Monitors strangely were on their respective desks but had been stripped of video and power cables. PCs were all labeled by user names and not user’s office numbers; not knowing who sits where made this all but useless. All the PCs were together but none of the mice, keyboards or cables. Each office had on average 4 to 8 boxes; all identical and very few thought to label what was inside. Oh, and most of them were taped up as though they were going to be shipped overseas. One office had, easily, 50 boxes, and I wish I were making that up. Somewhere inside these boxes were the individual’s keyboard, mouse, phone. Often in different boxes and often at the bottom of boxes being hidden by other debris.
And finally, the fucking coup de grace, the cables… There were three more boxes that had all of the power supplies, power cords, ethernet cables and every conceivable video cable configuration imaginable. Every office had dual monitors and rarely were two monitors the same make or model. Couple that with their being a wide variety of PCs which had various combinations of video input ports. It was quite the challenge to pair each computer with the correct set of cables such that by the end I still had a usable set for the final PCs and monitors. Additionally, some monitors had proprietary power supplies with bricks and such. And all of these… just piled and tangled together in boxes.
WHAT. THE. FUCK!? Who’s idea was it to strip all the monitors of all their cables; who thought that was necessary? And it didn’t end there. The phones all were stripped of their phone wire too. And the business with users just stashing away their own peripherals in random, unmarked boxes? I mean, if they set out to make my job a nightmare from the beginning they could not have done a more wretched job.