After a fairly easy drive to Irvine (40 miles), I arrive at the training facility to find out that my class, “Deploying Windows 2000,” has been cancelled. My rep had never called me to let me know. My special training package allows me to take unlimited classes for a year, but it expires soon. My rep’s boss says he’ll arrange for me to take the class when it’s next available, despite the expiration of the package. Upon my request, he even gives me the courseware so that I can still get most of the information I need.
I notice an “Administering Windows 2000” class and ask if I can take that, since I already arranged for the time off for training and am already there. Not a problem, so they get me the course materials.
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An hour into the class, I realize the class should really be named “Windows 2000: 101.” The instructor starts talking about how drives are shared and what a network is. We start creating user accounts, giving them passwords—I think I’m in the wrong type of class. I decide to hang out until lunch and see if it gets any better.
I nearly bolt out of the classroom because I felt like a high school student held prisoner in a kindergarten reading class. I decide to work the rest of the day from home.
I get home and dial in. There are tons of e-mails that have piled up over the last few hours since the office has been open. They’re mostly little things: How do I e-mail this? Where do I find this file? A few people need some more serious stuff done that will have to wait until I get back into the office. There’s only so much administration you can do with a 56K line.
Good thing that class thing didn’t work out. It’s going to be a busy week!
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