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Member Since 28 Jul 2001
Offline Last Active Jun 28 2013 08:14 AM

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Career Advice after a bad job....

25 June 2013 - 02:45 PM

Hello all,


First I guess I should preface that this may be a long post....I am not sure...


On March 20, 2013 I lost my job. I was fired, the reason, "insubordination" according to my employer.


I had worked at the company for almost four years. When I first started, there was one IT person responsible for day to day operations. A new "CIO/ITO/Network Admin/ISO...." slash whatever title you could insert for someone heading up an IT office was also hired a couple of weeks before me. The reason why is that the current IT person was retiring after 40+ years.


I was fresh out of college with an AAS in IT with programming as my major concentration. I took the first job I could find that would at least get my foot in the door. My first few days, I was straight up bored. The employer gave me an office next door to the newly hired boss, but I sat there by myself with pretty much no interaction by anyone. I then proceeded to pull up a chair with who would eventually become my "boss/supervisor" once the current retired. I spent about a week doing this, just watching him answer the phone and working on IT issues.


I then decided it was time to go see the outgoing IT supervisor and see if I could finally figure out what it was I was supposed to be doing for said company. He explained a lot of things to me in the two weeks before he finally retired. One thing he did warn me of though was my new boss. Apparently (which I did not know at the time), my new boss had worked for the company before. He had connections and history with a few of the senior management people.


Over the few years I was with this company, I learned how little my new boss knew. Questions of "How do I tell if someone is locked out?" (in an AD environment were asked of me. "How do I show hidden files?" once we upgraded to Windows 7 after two years....


Over those few years, I submitted many new ideas about how to improve our job within the IT department. As an example, my boss thought the only way we could update Adobe Reader and Java when new releases were released was to visit each machine and manually update......REALLY?????? Buying new machines meant we installed everything manually instead of using imaging technology (something I demonstrated in a feasibility study to save the company money, but my boss didn't understand it, so it was never implemented).


Eventually a third person was hired, and yes, the company had grown by about 50 employees, but my "opinion" was we didn't need another employee. Why, you may ask? Easy, if my boss would pull his weight, we didn't need an additional employee. Needless to say, at this point, I had figured out my boss, he was lazy. By this point I had already been to his boss on a number of occasions (which unfortunately was the CEO....).


In the meantime....ok, so story takes a twist here, bear with me. A new person was hired. Yes, it was a female. Yes, I almost instantly was attracted to her. Long story short, she was in an abusive relationship, I supported her throughout her whole ordeal. She eventually went back to her abusive relation. At one point I had shown her, and this is why I was fired, that I read my boss's chat log. Well, after the fact she wanted to go back to her abusive relation, we were both fired on the same day. I had read by boss's chat log over a year and a half ago at this point. I know where it came from, and I understand that it was hard for her to be around me at the same place of employment, it was for me too. Not the point.


Point is, that is how I came to be fired. Now, I am still unemployed, and deciding, or attempting to, whether or not I have a future or not in IT....of course, over the few years I was there, I wrote quite a few programs, and decided that programming is what I like more than doing mundane IT work.....


There is of course more to that story, just figured it was getting too long already.....what would you do dear reader of the forum, I could seriously use some advice. If you question my morals or ethics, that is fine, but I guarantee you that just about everyone at my former employer would say I am quite ethical and morally sound. Yes, I did read my boss's chats, for a reason.


Any help/advice?



Administrator question - Java, Reader, Flash and updates

15 November 2011 - 07:01 PM

Hello all,

General question for any admins out there, how do you handle Java, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, etc. updates? We have recently changed our internal user privilege levels from being in the admin groups down to just user levels. Granted, it was a change that should have been made long ago (not a thread to discuss that issue), but it has now raised the issue of how to administer updates for other than MS Windows (obviously handled by WSUS). Just curious what others utilize. I have made a couple of scripts myself that seem to work (in a testing environment). While I say they work, it requires some work to set up and also make exceptions to (ie people working late).

Do you use Group Policy to perform updates? Utilize scripts? Curious and looking for a better way than visiting each individual machine in order to perform updates. Domain environment is predominantly XP users (209 machines with only about 10 running Windows 7 right now), Server 2008 R2 (virtual via VMWare). Any ideas/suggestions (especially if you can provide links to efficient ways to accomplish) would be appreciated.



President Obama in Marquette

13 February 2011 - 01:19 PM

Just wondering if anyone else here had seen this video? I watched it, I thought it was great. Then again, I think the president has a good speech writer, and tends to say the right things at the right times. I read alot of the comments that were related to this video, and all of them seem negative. I guess I am asking, am I so naive as to think that what he is asking/searching for is not for a greater good here in the US?

Complimentary link:


Yes, he does start with a brief comment about the events in Egypt also.

[.net] Subscribe to an event based on system clock?

13 February 2011 - 12:37 PM

Hello all,

Basically what my question asked. I have a "Media Player" that displays static images, and also plays videos. I am currently using a Windows form to do this. At the onset, I have a static string array that reads a directory. What I would like to do, is at certain preset times, which in my case is 9 am and 1pm (dependent on local system times, I have systems in two different time zones, EST and CST), trigger an event to update my string array of filenames to reflect any changes in the directory.

I have no idea at this point in my programming career on how to do this. I imagine it will utilize Events and Delegates, but not sure how to implement them (if indeed they are needed). I currently am utilizing a PictureBox and a WMP object to switch between each dependent upon file extension. I am also using a timer to switch between each by reading what the next file in the string array is. I thought of just using the local system time to do this, but, what if a video is playing at the time. How do I account for that? Meaning, let's say a video started at 8:59 am, but was 5 minutes in length. I can't just check for 9:00am on the system clock, since that would have passed.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for any help!


Happy Independence Day!!!

04 July 2010 - 03:30 PM

So late in the day, yet I see no happy threads about celebrating our independence.....maybe I missed them, but, Happy 4th to all of those in the States.....sorry for everyone else, I guess it is just our own holiday ;-)