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The IT Professionals’ Laws (2nd Edition)

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Developer’s Law: Debug and debug the code until it compiles.

Team Lead’s Law: Rework and rework the module until it is signed-off.

Tester’s Law: Run and run the test script until you get the expected results. 

Technical Administrator’s Laws:
1.    Hack and hack the system until you gain access.
2.    Crack up the registry and find the solution to disable ALT-TAB. 
       •    Corollary: See User’s Law # 3.

Manager’s Laws:
1.    Plan and plan the work plan until the release goes live.
2.    Always prioritize the managers no matter how small the problem is.
3.    Let’s spend this year’s budget.  Yes, we have to. 
4.    No web filters will be applied to all Managers.
5.    Don’t hire an applicant who has a Master’s Degree on ALT-TABBING.
      •    Reversal: See User’s Law # 3.

Continuous Improvement Lead’s Law: Re-baseline and re-baseline the work plan until the metrics become green.

System Administrator’s Laws:
1.    Troubleshoot and troubleshoot the system until it comes online. 
       •    Reversal: Do not to do shortcut troubleshooting.  Always do a hard reboot.
2.    Reboot and reboot the server until it stabilizes. 
       •    Corollary: If users don’t want the server rebooted then compromise and say that you’ll just restart the kernel.
3.    Migrate and migrate the code until the developers give you something that actually works. 
4.    Ignore a problem long enough and it either becomes irrelevant or someone else solves it for you.
      •    Corollary: Wait 10 years before resolving a problem.
5.    To find out who owns / uses an environment when no party is identified, decommission it and wait for someone to scream and panic because it’s missing. 

Technical Support’s Laws:
1.    Follow the troubleshooting script even if it wastes the time of users who know exactly what the problem is, and may even know how it should be solved, because that is procedure.
2.    Put users on hold until they give up.
3.    Agree to anything just to get the user to shut up / move on – but don’t act on it.  Have the next Technical Support person handle the follow-up.

User’s Laws:
1.    Follow-up and follow-up the System Administrators / Technical Support until they do the needful (or find a way to get you to shut up / move on). 
2.    Skip Technical Support – let’s ask the experts.
3.    What is ALT-TAB?

Technical Architect’s Law: Design and design the solution until it works and performs optimally.

Technical Lead’s Law: Pretend to know what you’re doing long enough until people actually think you know what you’re doing and consider you a real Subject Matter Expert. 

Senior Executive’s (President, CEO, CTO, CIO, etc.) Law: Sell and sell your IT work until someone buys it. 

Liaison’s / Account Manager’s Law: Bluff and bluff to the client that “everything is alright” until the system explodes. 

HR’s Law: Interview and interview applicants until some fool accepts the offer. 

Obviously these are all just half-meant jokes.  Promise!  Hehehe! Open-mouthed smile

Ultimately my point is this: There’s never a dull moment in IT. 

Yeah, you’d be surprised.  But that’s why I’m in this industry.  Open-mouthed smile  (With my excellent qualifications I could have gone into show business and ramp modeling, but that’s another story for another time.)

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Dio and Rommel for contributing a few of the ideas here.  This edition also takes into consideration a number of additional Laws that I got from Mon. 

Categories: Entertainment

A Love Story: “TEXT”

June 9, 2010 Leave a comment
Boy: Di ko na kaya ‘tong ginagawa mo sa akin eh. Lagi na lang! Sa lahat na lang ng sasabihin mo, nahihirapan ako. I’m sorry babe, I just can’t take it anymore. Sobrang pagod na akong intidihin ka. Sad smile
Girl: ,,bvHeillB aNoUh bV4h 3An6 pN46xx4b1h m)uH ?? di cKitAh mA1NtiNd1hAn !! aNoUh bV4Ng NuAg4w4h Q0uUh x3oH !! bV4T k4h nKk1pAg bVr3Yk xK3n ?! pFuaG uXz4P4N nhU4T3N to !! JUJUJU !! T_T
Ang gulo ng mga Jejemon! Nosebleed!!! Baring teeth smile
Categories: Entertainment

Advancing the Future

June 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Time waits for no one, and time will march on – with or without you. 
Many years ago, in my youth, the 21st century seemed like a long way off.  When I look back now, the past seemed like only yesterday, for many years have since passed in a blink of an eye when I first wondered about the future.  It’s now 2010 – we’ve just gone through the first decade of the 21st century. 
Last week saw the end of the action drama “24,” and I couldn’t help but wander into thinking about the future as a result of the end of this show.  I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say, this show was one of the best of its kind.  It broke new ground with its innovation to present events in real-time – within a span of 24 hours.  Anyway…  The show ended with the hero fading off in the distance after another interesting day (24 hours) has passed, and this day happened sometime in the future.  There is no sense of time in terms of when this “future” is so it could have been in 2010 or in 2020 for all we know.  It didn’t matter.  Although there aren’t any flying cars or personalized jetpacks that previous generations fantasized would be present in the 21st century, what we are experiencing in life as it is at the moment is our present reality.  The future is where we are now. 
Speaking of time, last week I watched the movie “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” and the obvious theme in the movie is the concept of time travel and what one would do with this power.  It made me wonder what I would do if I could go back and talk to my younger self about the future, knowing what I know now.  The one thing that comes to my mind is what I’d do about the relationships I have; there’s at least one mistake that cost me 12 years of my life that I would like to avoid.  I guess it’s fortunate that time travel isn’t possible (at least not yet?); ultimately even the bad things that have happened in my life had a good side to it because they helped build my character.  I am who I am now because of the many events that has happened to me over the years and how I responded to such events. 
I think about my present reality, and am very grateful to God for the many blessings He has given me in all the years of my life to date.  I wonder how my life will be like 10 or 20 years from now when things will definitely be very different from what I’m currently experiencing. 
In the blink of an eye, one day I’ll just wake up to find myself an old man.  Possibly, I could be a single old man, though, not really completely lonely in life. 
God was there for me in my youth.  He is with me now.  He will still be there for me in my twilight years. 
Whatever the future will look like for me, one thing I’m sure of is this: God will be with me every step of the way.  As weak as it is, I have faith.  And I trust in Him. 
Jesus, I trust in You! 
Categories: Personal

Trust in God: The Father’s Will

June 1, 2010 Leave a comment
God the Father, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven –
  • Even if I don’t understand Your Will.
  • Even if I don’t appreciate Your Will.
  • Even if I don’t trust Your Will.
Someday I will understand Your Will, and see how all that You allowed to happen to me and to everyone I love fit into Your Divine Plan. 
Someday I will appreciate Your Will, and see the blessings that I have gained, even during moments of great suffering and distress. 
Someday I will be grateful for Your Will, and see how it has shaped me to be the man You want me to be.  Someday I will be grateful for Your Will because it has lead me home to Love, to You!
Have mercy on me, Your servant with a very weak faith.  Grant me the grace I need go where You lead me and obey what You teach me despite my weaknesses, for with what little faith I have in You, I know that ultimately everything You want for me is for my own good. 
I ask all of these through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen. 
Jesus, I trust in You! 
Categories: Religion