Frustrated by Technology
Friday, February 19, 2010
I just finished writing a long blog about whether or not I should go to the gym this afternoon and feeling guilty about taking rest days. Just to stop all of you who say I should go to the gym I should also mention that I have already gotten in a 20 minute power walk and have completed my calories burned goal for the week.
Just as I was to run my spell check and then post the blog my internet connection went down, my IE stopped responding, and my Outlook locked up. So, my nice blog is lost. I then had to re-boot my computer and I could not establish a network connection. I got an authentication failure notification. This has been happening frequently lately but the IT people seemed to be stumped. My office is located at a satellite site on a construction project. I am the only person from my company, so I can't even check with someone else to see if it is just me. Then all of a sudden my connection will re-establish itself. Today it took rebooting my computer twice and waiting over an hour. To kill time I started to read my Rick Steves' guidebook for Scotland. Nothing like daydreaming about your vacation to pass the time!
At the same time while I waited for my network connection to re-establish itself I felt impotent. I am waiting for information from my architect and mechanical design engineer to respond to questions from a grant administrator for a grant that I applied for and is in the evaluation process. Unfortunately with this grant they only accept electronic communication, so I couldn't even call them to tell them the information was coming. And to give some perspective this grant is valued at somewhere between $700,000 and $1.2 million. So, there are big stakes tied to this grant. Who knew not being able to send or receive email could be so stressful??? Thank goodness it is Friday! I need some time away from here to decompress. Once 5PM roles around, in about 11 minutes, there is nothing I can do about it until Monday morning.