So, I get into work this morning and the hallway is abuzz with the fact that our computers aren’t working. No email. No Internet access. No access to the one drive where everyone in our Centre saves all of our files. Nothing.
Two and a half hours later, when they finally got around to fixing the problem, I find this email in my inbox:
From: IT Services
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION – NON-SCHEDULED INTERRUPTION TO
OUTLOOK EMAIL AND FILE/APPLICATION SERVERS
Who is affected? All XXXXX clients across all XXXXX agencies.
What has happened? A power disruption occurred sometime this morning in one of the server rooms at XXXXX.
What is affected? Access to Outlook email servers may be intermittent.
However, the following applications are currently unavailable: X, Y and Z.
Other applications may be affected. XXXXX IT is currently in the process of identifying which applications are affected and will provide a further update as soon as more information is available.
You just emailed me to tell me that my email isn’t working? Seriously??
So, without access to the Internet, email or any of my computer files, I did the only thing I could. File all the paper that’s been piling up all over my office since the last time the computers weren’t working.
This computer outage lasted so long, however, that not only did I file everything, I also wiped down all the coffee spills on my desk (of which there were many) and took apart my keyboard to get the crumbs out. Seriously, it was disgusting the amount of crumbs and dust and unidentifiable gunk that was in my keyboard.
While I had my computer apart, I took this photo for y’all: