No more moonlighting

Being in IT it happens, a friend of a friend, knows this man whose uncle needs a few computers fixing in his work, and before you know it you are walking around trying to fix some ancient network together with software for something you never knew needed it, that has been running for 10 years, held together by the fact, that the IP address of the server is prime.

well I’m not doing it anymore, you see just before Daisy was due, I did make a mistake and I got myself into one of these situations, and almost straight away regretted it. Had it been a week later I would have backed out too, but once I’ve touched the computers I feel a moral obligation to leave the whole system in a working state, so much procrastination and returning of hardware later.

I think we reached that point today. I’m going to give them a document, telling them how there network now works, and then I am walking away, I have much better ways to spend my time, and besides, I have a job, it pays bloomin well, and this kind of fiend of a friend lark gets in the way of not just that, but my family, and that’s not on.

At one point I thought I could go down the small business, computer consultantcy root, but my lack of drive, coupled with my desire to have weekends meant it never really happened, and now I am glad, because the reality is, these people are so hard to work with, and they don’t know what they want.

a typical thing would be upgrading a server, which runs most if not all of a companies critical software, now being though I ask them what is on the server, what is really really important that they need to work, and where is it. And then because I know they won’t answer everything I ask them five times again during the day, and yet you will always get to the end and someone will say,

“we just need to make sure X works, or the payroll/checks won’t get paid”.

It’s at this point I usually go beetroot, if it was me, (and I know this probably says why I don’t run a company) I would make sure I could pay my staff/suppliers before anything, I mean you can live without a spreadsheet, if you have to, but just how long do businesses survive when they aren’t paying people ?

It’s these types of incidents that make the whole thing just not worth it, it’s to much stress, and to little rewards, I think I will spend the time, writing software, and trying to convince people that’s the bit of string they need to hold there company together.