First day on the Job

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  1. 18thTomorrow macrumors 6502

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    I just nabbed a job in my university's website department--my title is "Student Website Design Assistant"---oooh, how special!! Anyway. Today was my first full day and I love it.

    I am the only girl working with 10 guys. We all share a windowless, closet-sized room decorated with posters and lava lamps. It's the greatest thing in the world. If every day is as eventful as today was, I'll never be bored.

    8:15a--I arrive late because my alarm didn't go off. Again. My supervisor just shrugs his shoulders. He's the coolest.

    8:30a--Because of our small space, everyone uses laptops. It's decided I'll use my iBook. However, my Dreamweaver's acting sucky so I can't connect to the server. So, they give me a choice between a 677mhz Powerbook and a Dell. Oh, wait, the PB doesn't have Dreamweaver installed. I guess I'll have to use the Dell. My coworkers snicker evilly amongst themselves. I'm happily working away on the Dell when all of a sudden IE fires up and windows keep popping up and popping up faster than I can click out--all kinds of annoying "system messeges" and porn ads. "Make it stop!" I yell, and they're busting a gut. Seems this computer's legendary for its spyware infestation. One time somebody switched it out with the supervisor's laptop--they're virtually identical--as he was on his way to a meeting. There he is in a meeting with the faculty when the spyware does its thing...he was not happy when he came back. :p

    9:30a--We almost start a fire when one of the many posters falls off the wall and onto a lava lamp and nobody notices until it starts smoking. We all bust a gut laughing.

    10:15a--The main server starts to slow down. My coworkers start to talk worriedly amongst themselves.

    10:45a--The main server goes down. My coworkers spend the next half hour working to get it back up. Being a lowly, illiterate designer, I had no help to offer so I just sat in my corner, watching them run around frantically. It was great :)

    12:00p--I go to Student Services and fill out my I-9 and W-4.

    2:00p--My coworker tries to convince me the freeipods.com is real. I'm skeptical, and I'll believe it when he gets his in the mail.

    3:00p--Server goes down again.

    5:00p--Closing time. WHat a great day.

    BTW I spent an hour scanning the offensive Dell with Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware, and the thing's still not clean. Anybody have a way to eradicate searchmiracle.com?

    And that was my great first day.
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Congratulations!

    It sounds as if you're going to get a good workout. :D Maybe that was just a first day initiation with the Dell.
     
  3. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    hmmm.....i could say something kinda crude and funny, but i'll refrain ;)



    what's the betting they have a bet between themselves eh???

    seriously though, if you like your job, you're a lucky one. enjoy it while ya can! :)
     
  4. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a

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    HOT!

    What they haven't told you yet is that you are being paid to work in a 'meth lab.
     
  5. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    I know what that's like, there need to be more girls in the computer world (as I'm sure some guys would agree too) ...Anyway, congrats on the job :)
     
  6. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    For the spyware issue, try ad aware http://www.lavasoft.de/ I wish where I worked was that fun. It's close, but not quite :)


    edit: sorry, just noticed you tried ad aware.
     
  7. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    wow what a thread. Today was my first day at work too. but i work at perkins as a busier which stinks but its like free money for the week.
     
  8. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Sigh........stupid child labor laws.

    Maybe in a few years...
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Congratulations on your new job, 18thTomorrow. Sounds like you have a great first day. Just don't let all the guys get you down. It should provide a lot of experience. Will also look good on your resume.
     
  10. 18thTomorrow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I agree that it will look great on the resume. I was so excited when they hired me. Even though it's the standard student-minimum-wage type job, I'm still convinced it's the greatest thing that's happened for me at school thus far.

    I just re-read my sentence about the dark room, lava lamps, and 10 guys...yeah, that sounded kinky :p
     
  11. makisushi macrumors 6502

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  12. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Congrats :)

    As for the spyware, what usually works best for me is updating Ad-Aware and Spybot with the most recent definitions, then booting the computer into safe mode, and running full system scans (make sure you scan the full hard drive...don't do the "smart scan" or whatever it's called) with both programs.
     
  13. 18thTomorrow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip, MattG. I'll see if I can't get my hands on that book again and try your technique. Because that stuff just wouldn't come off. There were "5 suspicious objects" that SpyBot couldn't remove and Ad-Aware would always freeze at the same point in the registry scan. If I can pull this one off...wow, that would impress the co-workers :) (Many of them have tried and failed...)
     
  14. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Yeah you can rub it in, the fact that it took a Mac person to fix their Windows problems :)

    A lot of times those Spyware removal programs can't remove stuff because it's running in the background. Booting to Safe Mode prevents a lot of the stuff from loading in the first place, so it can be removed more easily.

    Good luck!
     

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