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Monday 16th January - First job after break

by youshoponline In reply to Marty's Musings

My first day back at consulting went well, with a great new client who has a small business located close to home.<br />
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I fully audited his current situation, and gave a quick summation of my
findings.  I will be writing the report for him soon.<br />
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He has a typical setup - 6 computers on a LAN @ the office, which he
wants me to link to his home VIA PCAnywhere, so he can work
remotely.  What boss wants to be in the office, anyway?<br />
<br />
I went to his home to find a Celeron 430 staring at me, like a cheeky
schoolkid.  Oh my gosh!  I think my report will be suggesting
a new computer for home.  The computers at the office are workable
- mostly PIII 700's with 256Mb plus of RAM, and perform adequately for
the tasks required.<br />
<br />
But a Celeron 430?  I stopped supporting them two years ago! 
Amazed it still is ticking along.  Anyway, all in a day's work.<br />
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And to cap it off, the son says to me "Can you upgrade this so I may
play the latest games?".  I ACTUALLY CONSIDERED THE
QUESTION.  What is the world coming to.  So, I ripped off the
hood to be faced with an all in one INTEL 810 board, with no AGP
slot.  What was I thinking?  "NO, son.  You cannot play
any games on this created within the last decade!"  Whoa is me....<br />
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At least it wasn't a 286, I suppose...<br />
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All in all a great day back in the saddle.  They were so
impressed, that my name will be passed around several family members
close by. <br />
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The only thing that did go wrong was just when I was about to get paid
for the job, the phone rang to tell the bill payer that his uncle had
just passed away.  All thoughts of payment out the window, I am
still no closer to paying my now VERY outstanding phone bill.<br />
<br />
Am quietly drunk now on $3 a bottle passion pop, about to start
structuring the report for submission tomorrow.  I LOVE BEING A
COMPUTER CONSULTANT.  He who has a boss has constraints, he who
has many bosses has freedom.<br />
<br />
There endeth the lesson...  ;-)   M OUT<br />

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