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. 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.