Nerves = Frayed
Today I am exceptionally woeful.
I have been in technological hell for the last two days. Couple this with the usual daily freak show that my business environment is, and you have an exceptionally bad situation. Lately, in addition to constantly kicking children off our catalog computers (OPACs) (because kids have learned that the OPACs are open to the Internet, and therefore they do not need to sign-in at the Reference Desk to access MySpace), elderly folks who can’t seem to grasp the concept of using a mouse (there is something about being over 60 where many people seem to loose all hand-eye coordination and have a complete inability to “click”), and our Internet PCs freezing every 10 minutes, we have had two major technological meltdowns that have effected our daily operations and/or my sanity.
One of these meltdowns happened this afternoon when our OPACs went down with a, 404 Internal Server Error message. When we finally got them up-and-running, one of the four catalog profiles that I created was gone. M.I.A. We still have the KidsCat, and the ADAcat, and the internal catalog, however, the external catalog that I customized with all kinds of cool and useful bells and whistles is gone. I’m still hoping that I can recover it, but I think it back to the drawing board for me tomorrow. The other issue was a problem with our statistical reports. These reports are crucial to our funding and, therefore, need to be accurate. I got a call late in the day yesterday from someone who discovered inconsistencies in the reports I’ve been certifying (fuck me). I am very careful when I generate and compile these metrics, and I take great pride in their accuracy. I certainly didn’t realize that the numbers were drifting when I submitted them. I still don’t know why the system is generating these funky reports, but I have found a workaround and, thankfully, the numbers are now accurate…
I need a vacation.