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Redundancy Letter Day

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

<p>Well, </p>
<p>The letter arrived yesterday. My position is to be made redundant due to a diminishing need for my type of role within the company.</p>
<p>I have  a meeting with the Managing Director on Tuesday to attempt to negotiate for my job, although I feel the decision has already been made.</p>
<p>The reason for the redundancy is and I quote 'a cut back in the company's requirements for particular types of work.'</p>
<p>I find this interesting, considering the company is still in the implementation phase of a major IT project replacing the legacy system with an off the shelf package and I was the only IT guy in the organisation running 4 sites with over 50 users.</p>
<p>My final day is Friday next week.</p>
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I've still got a job for the moment!!

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

<p>Got called into the Managing Director's office yesterday to be told that they had made a mistake and couldn't make me redundant. Apparently, they had 'role played' the meetings and he had put up such a strong case for keeping me that he had to reconsider. It's a shame that they didn't do this initially when they were drawing up the list of names.</p>
<p>Not quite sure how I feel about this, talk about messing around with peoples lives. I know that I feel for the people that are still under notice though.</p>
<p>I reckon I should continue my search for alternative employment considering that realistically I have absolutely zero job security now.</p>

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TheSword of Damocles

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

<p>Just had a further letter from the MD and I quote "...have reviewed the proposed redundancies and taken into account your comments and suggestions...we will review your position on or before 6th January 2006".</p>
<p>Wow, that gives me the potential for a great Christmas, wondering if I am going to go back to a job.</p>
<p>A colleague reckons that my boss wants to use the month to learn my 15+ years of IT experience......Besides which, he admitted that he didn't have the skillset to do my job on the 29th after my initial meeting with the MD. Hmmm do I do a clean or 'dirty' handover?</p>
<p>By the way, with the exception of two others, everyone else has been given the chop.</p>

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Frustrated by software versions.

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

Spent the better part of today, modifying some PHP scripts on a directory site for a client to improve administration.<br /><br />Ran them on my local server, no problem. However when I uploaded them to the clients website they didn't work.<br /><br />Turns out his host runs an older version of PHP (even though both the ISP and client assured me they were on the latest version).... Doh. Upload the backups and guess what...<br /><br /><br />Time to re-invent the wheel....<br /><br /><br />Lessons learnt - Run phpinfo() before assuming the client site is up to date.

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My Website

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

With my uncertainty about continued employment with my current employer, I decided to embark on a large re-design of my website at <a href="http://www.roypenfold.co.uk">http://www.roypenfold.co.uk</a> in order to attempt to build more freelance consultancy. Considering that the re-design was completed only two weeks ago, it is astounding the impact on search engines.<br /><br />My site now attracts first page listings on the uk versions of altavista, hotbot and msn search with my chosen keywords of 'computer support hastings', so that's not a bad thing.<br /><br />Still need to do a bit more work with regards to making it a bit more google friendly. Perhaps some more in-bound links will help. Think I will write a few more 'techy' articles and post them to appropriate forums....

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Still working on the website

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

Well,<br /><br /><br />Spent far too many hours researching and writing some pdf articles for my site, but that seems the way to go at the moment with regards to search engine optimisation. Discovered a useful search site that I've embedded in my site at <a href="http://www.roypenfold.co.uk/search.html">http://www.roypenfold.co.uk/search.html.</a><br /><br />This is powered by Eureksta.com.<br /><br /><br />Another rant - discovered a really great support back end package by a supplier who will not be named, however without major hacking of the PHP this will not work on my site...........coming soon anyway.

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Woohoo

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

A post on the BBC Action network was deleted. Guess why?<br /><br /><br /><br />I put a link to sophos and my own personal site - banned because of advertising.........<br /><br /><br /><br />For information, my home page is <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/U2954736">here</a>

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Just signed up for a blogger account to post some of my longer rants/musing

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

Well, decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon big time and signed up for a blogger account.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://computermuse.blogspot.com/">http://computermuse.blogspot.com/</a><br /><br /><br />Don't know how much time I will have to post, but anyway it's another place for people to find me.

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Still under damocles sword

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

After being told I was going to be made redundant, then that I was safe, then they would let me know (this over the Christmas period), I was again threatened with redundancy if I could not shave a few tenths of a penny on per-minute telecoms spend.<br /><br />Why do I bother.......<br /><br /><br />Family and commitments come to mind....

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A new tack to get rid of me

by Roy Penfold In reply to Confessions of an IT guy

My employer decided to change tack and issue a disciplinary against me. Unfortunately for them, they issued it in such a way that contravened the ACAS guidelines in the UK (this in-spite of them quoting ACAS in the notification letter).<br /><br /><br />I have lodged an appeal, let's see what happens.

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