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On Call Hurrah, the weekend is here! And with it comes the promise of two days free of work and filled with joy. Calm your excitement with another tale from those at the coalface in our regular On Call feature.
Today's cautionary tale comes from "Edward", who began (and almost ended) his IT career in the late 1990s with what can only be described as a self-inflicted call-out.
Story - Edward - Months - Job - Banks
The story begins with Edward having successfully navigated the first six months of his new job. "It was," he told us, "one of the better banks in my tiny nation."
Clearly, he had time on his hands, and as that notorious festival of fun, 1 April, rolled around, "I decided to do something funny, but harmless."
Harmless - Judge - Edward
Harmless? I think we'll be the judge of that, Edward.
Using the tools of the time (Visual Basic or perhaps Delphi, anyone?) Edward knocked together "a quick program that would output a 'Warning' dialog window with 'A critical fault in the system' message."
Screenshot - Email - Thing - Bank - Distribution
He then snapped a screenshot, pasted into an email and sent the thing to the bank's global distribution list in the morning. What larks!
Edward then promptly forgot about his japery and got cracking with the day's work.
Call - Afternoon - Vice - President - Bank
The inevitable call came that afternoon. The vice president of the bank was attempting to present to clients, but the computer was not cooperating. Edward was called to lofty heights of the VP's office to fix the problem.
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