June 27, 2016

Errors and Bugs

Have you ever had one of those days where you might as well be banging your head into a wall as far as productivity goes? Today was one of those days for me. I swear everything I touched got worse, not better. I don’t have these days often but when I do, I am thankful that I’m not a surgeon or a pilot or something.

Please tell me that I am not the only person who has days like this!!

First, at work, one of the employees accidentally downloaded a virus. It luckily did not infect anyone else’s computers because we were able to physically remove it from the networks (and the employees wonder why everything here is hard-wired. This is the reason!) and isolated the virus but I could not get it removed. It just sat in the employee’s user profile, waiting for the profile to be installed on another computer so it could start all over again. Ugh. I went through everything countless times and just could not get it all. Finally, I gave up and passed it off to my boss, who showed me what I had been doing wrong. He made it look very easy and I felt inexperienced and foolish. We wiped that hard drive and gave the employee one of the refurbished computers. I spent another hour getting that one up and running, plus we’re required to change all of the passwords on the user account, and then give the employee a computer security seminar. Really it is a lecture, and there’s a form the employee has to sign at the end of it. It’s all a bit humiliating, for them and for me. I’m pretty sure when everyone else has to shut down their computers and we have to turn off the networks as part of the security procedures, they already feel about as dumb as possible and don’t need a dressing-down with me in the conference room to help matters.

I tried to shake off the rough day when I got home. I had a project from a client waiting for me. They wanted me to adapt a specific type of accounting software so that it was customized for their niche market. It should not have taken long but I just could not get the programming correct. Every time I thought I had it, I would run it and be hit with yet another bug. I would fix that one and run it again, and something else would come up. I finally went on a message board to ask for help. I got a lot of the “aww, poor little girl, leave programming to the big boys” as I expected, but I also got a few tips. I went back in and tried ond or two of them and that got it nearly running perfectly. I decided to walk away for awhile and went for a walk and dinner with a friend. While I was eating dinner, I figured out the last piece of the puzzle. I thought about leaving but didn’t want to abandon my friend.

You know what I’m going to say here, don’t you? By the time I got home, I couldn’t quite remember how I had figured it out. It took me another hour to work it all the way out. By then it was super late and I am about ready to fall over.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!