I knew I should have typed this as the day went...
Got in at 8:30, made coffee to get ready for the day
Checked mail, LISNews, and other sites just to see what was going on
Had to help a patron who was trying to download to a disk. Images 1.66MB aren't going to fit on a floppy. I formatted a CD for him but Hotmail still wasn't letting him download it just automatically opened the disk and I had too many security settings to use my normal workarounds. Still not sure what happened there...
Went down to Children's and unboxed 2 new computers and moved the 2 old ones upstairs for a pet project. (I replace 20% of our computers each year and do half of that in the Spring and the other in the Fall, got a good buy so Spring is early). I have 4 in Children's to do and I should have came in yesterday and taken comp time but was lazy instead. Setting up new computers in jeans and t-shirt: fun. Doing it in a shirt and tie: not fun Shirt, tie and an active Children's Room: hell. I didn't want to get into booting the new ones just yet so headed upstairs.
Librarian at Ref desk mentions something about our Museum/Calendar program blinking out. I have a phone message from the guy we contract with for our Museum/Calendar program saying the person he contracts with for hosting changed servers and computers might not be seeing the new server yet. Luckily the Ref Desk is so we can function(more on that later). I send an email to staff explaining the situation and post a message on our site for patrons. Everything should be normal tomorrow. Heh.
I ordered MS Word 2003 last week for some of our public stations. The CD came in but no license code. I played a little phone tag with the vendor and they said I now have to call Microsoft to get the codes and they only email a code number to give to MS so I can get the license code. So I got to walk though Microsoft's new phone system for this bit of nonsense and then sit on hold for a bit until I finally got my number. Those bastards!
I typed up a note for teen video project that I wanted to send to someone, printed out profile sheets for the new computers and dug out the profiles for the old ones for the IP numbers. Went to lunch. Tomato soup and cheeseburger Hot Pocket. (Not to shabby but starving by day's end.)
A scheduling swap meant I had an hour after lunch before desk time so I combed through my desk some. I should confess I lost the war to the paper tiger a long time ago. Once in a while I stage a huge comeback but it never lasts for more than a week or two. Anyway, I put together some reviews I had to go through for the desk and did some overdue filing. I also booked the edit room at the cable station for after work so I could download the files I left there from Saturday.
I went through the reviews at the desk. Its school vacation week so it was quiet sorta. Lots of museum pass questions. (Our Friends by annual passes to a variety of museums in and around Boston to check out to patrons). Thing is you can book the pass up to 60 days in advance so unless the patron was there to pick up a pass they had already booked I didn't have much good news for the jonny-come-lately's. Oh well, their eyes usually light up when I say they can book passes online from home. Vacation or not there were still the teen Runescape junkies to deal with. If I let them they'd spend the entire day right in that one spot. But once I'm proof-postive they've been there over an hour and I start to see patrons looking for workstations then I shoo them off for 15 minute intervals. If a station is free they can get back on but at least it gives possible newcomers a chance. The only questions that competed with the museum passes were "how do I print?". Oh well.
I had an hour til the day was over so I went down and started up the computers. I'll admit its fun booting a fresh clean computer but its daunting sometimes. As soon as I go through the first walk through and see Google I get annoyed. I was feeling a little friendlier to them after their defense against the China-Evil accusations but the jerks have a Google-Desktop bundled in with the Windows XP Pro plus the Google toolbar automatically coming up in the IE browser. Now to me, in computerland that is the definition of evil. Don't start stuff up I don't want, don't get in my way. If I want you I'll find you, otherwise be gone. Ugh. To top it off Dell completely changed their BIOS setup and it wasn't an improvement. It probably was to whoever knew what the extras were but all I want to do is password the BIOS so no one locks me out, make sure its only booting to the C drive and blank out the F2/F12 instructions so nobody gets any ideas. Keep it simple. Anyway, computer booted, BIOS fixed, admin profile edited, Adobe and Flash installed. It still needs the security, filters, and a couple extra programs installed which I'll work on later.
It was 10 to 5 and I had all the screaming kids I could handle. I checked email again and scanned some sites and headed out to pick up my files at the cable station.
I said on my Saturday post that nothing ever happened when we took ref stats. Jinx. Not that today was hard, just scattershot. I hate scattershot.