During one of my past “lives” aka the State of Alaska job I held I was one of IT’s favorite people. I saved systems, setup systems and tested systems but it was well out of my job description!
I walked into a co-worker’s office as she was booting and heard the fans growling loudly and start yelling shut it off…. saved the HD from frying along with a ton of work. Went down to IT to tell them what was wrong and in less than half a day the HD was in a new machine. Same thing happened to my boss. Growling fans, quick shut down and she was back up in a couple hours no data lost. The rest of each machine was toast but I knew to shut it off so it didn’t completely fry! If something was wrong my co-workers asked me first and then had me explain to IT what we’d tried. I was also a guinea pig for new builds… bricked a new build in 2 hours flat… it was a record. I had another machine real quick.
At one point at the same job I had keys to the server room, I got upgrades first so I could run interference when everyone else upgraded, I knew how to force update laptops and my own PC, I was nabbed by Sr management to troubleshoot teleconference equipment, I fixed 3-5 different copiers frequently enough that when repair was called they’d troubleshoot over the phone with me or come find me to see if I had a part stashed somewhere. I once spent time on a 3 way conference call with the head of IT and Costa Rica tech support so we could setup a new copier. That was fun, desk phone, cell phone and run back and forth to the copier.
Best one was my “hammer of behavior” which was for whacking computers and printers that didn’t want to work. 3 whacks and it was back to purrrrring. IT witnessed that one and couldn’t believe it until I had to do it again. I still have that foam hammer.
I wish I’d had the IT type title but alas I was an underpaid clerical staff member.
So I’m helping out a friend I’ve known for 20 years or so online today as we discovered that we’re both new to Notion, me only by a couple weeks! Being the Technical Writer I am and the fact that we both have books written and things we’ve published it made sense to me to build a custom system to track data based on what she needed but using my own books as sample data.
Column 1 is a Title and should be the main theme of the table as it will also link to detail pages
Column 2 is set as a multi-select property
Column 3 is a text field for notes
Column 4 is for files of a wide variety such as Word, PDF or Images
Column 5 is a date field
Column 6 is also a date field
Column 7 is a checkbox
Column 8 is a multi select
Column 9 is a number field with the properties of the numbers set to dollar. This column also has Sum chosen at the bottom for the calculated field.
The Little Bo Peep entry below is linked to a details page where images, text and anything that can go on this page can be put there including a copy of the magazine article, pattern, photos from the fair or whatever is wanted
Go ahead ask me about my “football” and you are likely to get me to go off on a half hour or more deer trail where I send you links to watch clips of my “football”. Remember you asked! My “football” entails long hours of watching live streams on YouTube of a variety of channels all focused on rocket ships. Not just any ship but Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, StarHopper and Starship the lineup of rockets built and launched by SpaceX.
The BEST is coming soon however…
Next week is the launch of Dragon 2 to the ISS with VERY SPECIAL cargo… the first humans since 2011 to launch from the USA! Yes, it is football season year round for me…. right after the DM2 is a Starlink launch AND a 150 meter launch and land of Starship after likely a couple more test fires of it’s engines!
So really, I double dog dare you to ask about my “football” you will end up getting an education on Raptor Engines and LOX and so many other things that go into a launch. I’m only an armchair scientist but with every single launch I learn something new!
I do have to admit I have watched other live streams of Boeing, Ariene Aerospace and several other ships going up too but I am a big fangirl of SpaceX.
The most rewarding aspect of what I do is the giving/sharing of my knowledge, skills and abilities in pursuit of doing a set of tasks more efficiently. I love knowing that my team is doing simple things efficiently and has more time to move on to more advanced tasks. Or is doing a very complex task well with high accuracy and excellent results.
Designing and building the tools the team uses with only the basic tools on hand and currently installed on our systems is a great challenge. I learn about writing macros from scratch versus recording a macro. I learn how to share those macros across the network and write the scripts that automate tasks. Yes, my skill set is homegrown but as I’ve needed to learn something I’ve read more and more about programming which has inspired my taking 30+ courses across LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and EdX to expand that knowledge.
I am now looking for a job where I can continue to innovate, create, solve and build as well as apply all that I’ve learned and am yet to learn.
So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.
While the State of Alaska now has a fancy new dynamic tool to find providers it wasn’t always like that. In fact the Non-Certified Providers, Care Coordination and PCA lists were generated for posting to the website monthly by me. Below are how I built the lists: