telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


The Ill-timed Automated Sat Survey

It’s been a hard day today.
I mean, it started out ok, coffee, good weather - gorilla on driveway (see below posting).

It was 7:30 am - I was ready to go. Booted the trusty work DELL, triggered the VPN - trigger, trigger, trigger…. Nothing. I connected to Vancouver. Nothing. I connected to Calgary. Nothing.  But this point, I’m a little exhaused from my cross country jaunts, and a little tense about all the work I need to do today.

Helpdesk - I’ve got to call the helpdesk. The standard reboot won’t do today. This isn’t one of those days where I can futz around with the settings in hopes of coming across the fix myself. Helpdesk will know what to do.  I call, I press the appropriate buttons to get to the correct queue. I wait.  I take another conference call on my cell phone.  I wait more… 3 hours later, an exhausted helpdesker apologizes, acknowledges that there’s a widespread problem, but there’s no eta on the repair. I resort to the Blackberry and gmail to try and get things done.
And now…. the punchline: An automated message from the helpdesk just hit my berry inbox - asking me to fill out a sort satisfaction survey. Hmmmm…. My VPN is still down.  How satisified should i be? And how can I answer this email, without my VPN working? Shrug.

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