All Change Please

Ok,

So it’s been a long while since I blogged.

You may notice there have been a few changes:

  • New website – http://www.stevenphillips.me.uk (It’s not very exciting!)
  • New name for les Blog – It’s no longer just IT stuff.
  • and I have contact lenses – but you probably can’t see that right now.

So I decided that just me drivveling on about IT and my apprenticeship was probably boring, so I shall now drivvel away on general life!

 

But first:

I have not (pretty much) Finished my apprenticeship WOO. Just a bit of work placed trash to get done, and then I am finished! WOO.

 

Life since my last post;

 

So, I’ve been to Poland and Amsterdam:

Poland:

  • 6 days
  • March of the living – A holocaust remembrance trip culminating in 11,000 Jewish people, marching between Auschwitz 1 and 2.

Another post will fill in Poland!

 

Amsterdam:

  • Business trip for the day
  • To drop off a parcel
  • I visited the synagogue and Jewish museum, and had a boat trip

A different post will do the gory details!

 

Otherwise, Life is currently very boring.

I think I’m going to make a start on my Poland post  – I’ve just watched Strictly Kosher and the Holocaust bit is making me think about my experiences.

Strictly Kosher itself- The heart is in the right place but they chose the eccentric of us, in order to make good TV, thus making us out like fools.

 

S.

 

 

Filling you in – Novemeber, December Jan and half of Feb

Ok, So I’ve been lapse.

I suggested I’d try and keep up as much as possible with my life on here…. but I failed. Let’s suck it up and move on…. I’ll try and fill you in….

Those observant of you will note the new theme…. cool eh! 🙂

November:

Nothing greatly exciting happened! I was at work from November till the 20th of Jan so I was getting settled in. Really loving it! As the end of December drew in, Literally the last few days, I was called into a meeting, and was told I was being sent to Swindon to re-build the server for our sister company.

The next day, I packed up Penelope the car and off we went….. Swindon is a funny place. Described by the woman in the hotel as “the Armpit of the world” and by a woman in a cafe as “those who failed to make it to London” … It was pretty much my beloved Hatfield… Moved.

Hotel (Express by Holiday Inn) was LURVELY – Shame the parking was a good 5-10 minutes walk away through the Town Centre (interesting on thursday night/ Club night… especially when you are basically in the clubbing part of town)…. My room was on the quiet side thankfully and I got a Lovely night’s sleep!! 🙂

 

December flew by without much more of a glance (that I remember) Although I do realise that December was probably the time at which I realised the value of visiting the pub at lunch time…. xD

 

Xmas was fun- Apart from that call from my boss on Xmas Day – But We’ll let him off… I’m Jewish, how was he to know I had the hat on and a Kosher turkey on the table?!

27th December till the 1st January was spent with the kids on youth camp – Enjoying being a member of staff and them listening to me when bossing. Some would say some of the other staff needed more looking after than the kids! 😛 *Puts claws away*

Mid January, I was subjected to a day’s training at the provider of our virus scan software in order for me to understand what the heck is actually going on with our centrally controlled virus solution – ITS COMPLICATED!!!
Our sales rep bought us lunch in a REALLY nice pub (see pub lunch!) and she was a bit of a shocker but lovely all the same!!

The end of January saw me taking a visit to Newcastle/Gateshead to wire up our new ‘Sales office’ to our network. I’m a bit jealous…. Nice cafe on site, free gym etc etc… they better get their act together at head office… I want the same facilities!!
Hotel, yet again Express by HI, Not bad, not as nice as the first one… but better than traveldodge for sure.

 

Oh, for those of you who knew I still worked for Traveldodge, I gave the white flag in this week, and Sunday will be my last shift – *cries one tear*… I’ll miss the rude and abusive customers whom think they are staying in the Ritz… Someone remind them that we don’t even provide Shower gel, or phones in the rooms!!!!! (I will miss working with certain members of staff… Sunday nights are the one!)

 

And that pretty much brings you up to date… nothing of major excitement has happened unless it was listed up here! (or it Flew out of my, at times, small and incapable memory)….

I’m currently dreading returning to the city for 3 weeks – I hate being crammed into sweaty tube carriages, while dressed like a prick in a suit… I much prefer commuting via car…. 🙁

 

That’s all for me from me for now… I’ll try and keep you upto date with things as they happen …. TRY…

 

p.s. I’ll include something about our City and Guilds Assessor which I’ve forgotten to include so far, but I’m too tired now!

 

Adios Amigos! 🙂

 

The last three weeks/ the night before the course returns

So… the last three weeks – Work work work CAR CRASH work work work JEW days.

 

That’s pretty much it. Important points at work have been:

 

  1. Starting work
  2. Ordering label maker
  3. getting quotes for virus scan
  4. waiting for label maker
  5. waiting for quotes for virus scan
  6. still waiting for label maker
  7. still waiting for virus scan
  8. Label maker arrives
  9. re-organise every single CD and label them all
  10. wait for virus scan quote
  11. CRASH CAR
  12. receive virus scan quote and get go ahead
Simples MEEEK.
Right, course again tomorrow – NIGHT NIGHT!
Adios! 🙂

Job Day 1

Not a lot of great excitement happened today…

This morning I arrived at work late (as planned) and there were no spaces in the car park… I learnt the overflow very quickly!!

Then I had induction, Got shown my desk, given my laptop and did some menial tasks….

In lunch break,  I went to Asda which was full of very ugly people as always… and then this afternoon, I spoke with some directors, and did some more general tasks…..

Nothing of great interest of funniness to report!!

Tomorrow might be more fun…. 😛

 

Adios! 🙂

 

The last before work

Today began with a standardly vile commute to Old Street. Sat next to me was a “not-underweight” man, (hey fatty bom bom) who decided to spill some of his fat under the arm rest. Not only did he have excess fat to “share around” but he was sharing round “Eau du Fatty”- HIS BODY ODOUR. Not only did he smell bad, but every time he moved… it got worse…

Overall, I think he read the Metro FIVE TIMES, briskly flicking through it each time, turning the page, moving his arm, intensifying the smell. My nostrils will never be the same.

So I arrived at the training centre…. and DIDN’T have a free cuppa! Not one, all day ! wowo! just water… whats wrong with me?! I spent most of the first part of the morning; Riding round on the char, trying to fix my virus riddled computer, going to the toilet, more chair riding, more virusing, more toiletting etc… then we had a short break…..

After the break we came back and did three Mock exams. Each one had worse questions, I failed the first two (as did everyone else) and passed the third (as did everyone else)

At this point, we all recieved some VERY good news… that we were having the afternoon off so off we trundled home.! xD

So far, We haven’t had one full week! Woopwoo!!

Anywhos, off to the wonderful world of work next week… I shall keep you readers posted!!

Night night, Have a good weekend,

 

Adios. x

City & Guilds

Yesterday I was too angry to blog….

 

So yesterday, we started our City and Guilds First “coursework” section… we got given the brief… and then tons of help and told to be on our way. Busy working away, when someone places their usb stick into their computer and infects every computer on our mini-classroom network with virus. FUN.

After spending forever trying to remove the virus on each computer (with it coming back) I eventually pulled the plug out my machine and worked “offline”.

During the morning, I had got a large wadge of work done… which when I returned from after lunch was missing. FML

So I set about trying to re-do the work and dodge viruses. I was convinced it was on the class server… but our tutor wouldn’t have it. Eventually as the goal posts of our work got changed, and changed and changed, and I got more and more and more annoyed (I’m  not gonna bore you with details of copying tables and not copying tables etc) it became time to go home…. but it was 3.30… Thanks for that early hour!!!

 

This morning I ventured on the tube as always from high barnet… as Finchely central we waited for 10 minutes… and I got impatient and stood up to see what was going on…. I needed to change trains to a bank branch one at some point….Eventually we left, and I was left squished up by the door…. this train got busier and BUSIER and BUSIER until one man decides the way to get on…. is to barge onto the train…. He did this forcing people to practically get inside one-another and created room behind him for 4 more people to try and cram their way in. IDIOTS.

Imagine me now.. squished tight into a carraige with a man so close he is practically drinking the tea out my mug with my limns squished into some poor short womans face…. the last thing I need as the next station is for the doors to open on the other side and for some stuck up lady to scream ” Could you lot MOVE DOWN so I can get on”.

Being in a shoddy Squished mood I decided she deserved a loud reply of “If we move anymore down love we will be out on the tracks.” Most of the carraige smiling… she waited for the next train.

 

When I did finally move train I perched on one of the end seat things… by the doors which go between the carraiges… during my few stops on the second train… a rather overweight man decides he is going to JOIN ME ON THE SEAT and squeezes his fat bum into the tiny gap…. Subtly I did the elbow thing… with no avail through his rolls of fat…. evenually, one large jab… pretending to be really into my music and he was up… THANK G-D!!

Today’s City and guilds entailed me finishing off yesterday’s  mess, dodging more viruses and getting told off for talking even though my hand had been up, and he had said my name and invited me to talk -.-

Handing the assignment in, with the tutor having looked over it… he told me I was well on the way for a distinction. WOO

 

Tomorrow is my last day at the Course for 3 weeks… Roll on work next week!!

 

Adios!

x

City and Guilds 1

before I start, a few things I have noticed:

  1. I’m constantly tired no matter how much sleep i get
  2. I didn’t finish the last post … SORRY
  3. The tube Smells
  4. The tube is full of nasty, careless people who think they rule the world
  5. The man on the tube this morning was rather embarrassed when I rather loudly proclaimed “Thank you for letting us passengers off the train first” While his chest was practically pasted against the door/doorway.
So now the more interesting stuff –
This week our Tutor has to see his other class so has left us in the capable hands of another tutor. You may be pleased to know that this tutor’s classroom has windows!!!! 😀 But, its on the third floor… and the lift can only described as borderline shitty. ANYWHOS.
Yesterday we spent most of the day doing mock exams… which I passed all of… 🙂 and we went over IP addressing, which I now finally understand – and learnt some Binary! WOOP.
Today we had a “brief” “Look” at our City and Guilds assessment number uno.
This is a task set by the tutor which we need to carry out and document numerous things during the task. Today’s task was to backup a “customer’s computer” Scan the Installation media, and the USB containing the Antivirus+Antimalware and the reinstall windows meeting a few criteria.
There are multiple issues with the task… Firstly, WHO SCANS THE WINDOWS CD FOR A VIRUS?! Then you wonder who scans antivirus software for a virus…. And at no point in the task does it require you to restore the data from the backup. Also, we can take our “practice materials” into the “assessment time”. WOOP DE DO – its practically finished….
Adding to all this… half of the people can’t get their computers to work… its all good fun…
Right… its bed time… some of us have assessment work to do tomorrow 😉
Adios!!!! 🙂
p.s. WOOP I finished this one! 😛

31/08/11

I have already began to loose count of the number of days I’ve been apprenticing… so we are going by date….

Yet again, without fail, at 9.30 we entered the windowless room, which I have began calling the “secret cellar” to begin our day’s learning. Today we went back to our virtual machines, and tried to network them together…. Last time, I’d already networked it to my physical machine, but had to try and get the virtual ones to work….

This should seem fine and dandy, however the DCHP server is set up to only allow a set ammount of IP addresses, and needless to say- there we’ren’t enough. People had problems all over… IP conflicts, mismatched workgroups….  A right Royal Kerfuffle!!!

This afternoon, we carried on with some virtual machineage…….

 

I forgot to finish this one… and now Ive forgotten! 😛 sorryyyyyyy! 🙂

4 Day weekend and the Tuesday After

Day “6”,

Lets quickly fill you in on my weekend, before getting onto day 6……

My weekend was spent in the Welsh Land of Wales, in the Capital City Cardiff. We were there for a Barmitzvah and an amazing time was had by all…. the important events were:

  • Excellent performance by the Barmitzvah boy in Synagogue
  • Excellent shopping trip into Cardiff – bought up most of primark
  • Excellent Barmitzvah party
  • Meeting a new blog fan (you know who you are!!!!)
  • Being Puked upon.
And now onto day 6……
Day 6 Started with me getting a lift to Hendon Central and the tube in, Arriving EARLY! very Early.
After two cups of free coffee, the day started, and I soon began drifting off to sleep in the uncomfortable chairs, only to be re-awoken by a chilling blast of icy air from the air conditioner.
We dilly dallied along about windows Xp and networks, learning different types of networks, topologies, protocols etc… Soon break time came, and I dived round to tesco – 49p Energy Drink – BAD MOVE….. It kept me awake for this morning but had disasterous effects after lunch….
At lunch time, I took a brisk walk down to marks & spencers and bought some salad, and crisps, and took them back to the training centre, to eat with a cup of tea.
This afternoon we finished off the networking chapter, and looked at our windows XP virtual machines…. As our tutor left the classroom, all hell broke loose, and my hyperness took over. It all ended with me being pushed round on the chair like a giant game of curling. The plus side to this, is that I also got some work done!!

So there we go, day 6…. I say we should get more 4 day weekends but LESS tiredness!

 

Adios! 🙂