5.12.03

What a day !!!

WOW !! I couldn't blog yesterday, there was a small 'crisis' in my office. Our mail server crashed. (Microsoft Exchange) My immediate boss (Head of IT Unit) wasn't around, so I had to bear the brunt, horrible day.......

It was a really annoying problem. The hard disk was full, so the server went 'down'. To get it back up again, I needed to delete stuff on it, or get users to delete any old mails in the mailboxes. To get them to do that, I needed them to log into their mailboxes. TO get them to log in, I needed to get the server back up again. To get the server back up, I needed to delete....................(Kinda like the song, "There's a whole in my bucket, Dear Lisa...."). Kudos must go to Microsoft for not thinking about this......

Anyway, server's back up (don't ask how, trade secret ;). And yours truly is free to do whatever he wants to do. I've wanted to blog about this for WEEKS, but haven't had the time or kept forgetting.

Michael Hanscom lost his job recently, for.............BLOGGING !! He was a contract worker at a print shop at Microsoft's print shop. (Why does that name keep coming up?)

He saw some Apple Power Mac G5 computers being delivered to Microsoft office, and he decided to stop and snap a photo. The scene wasn't entirely surprising. Although the companies are in many ways rivals, Microsoft makes software for the Mac operating system, and Microsoft makes no secret of the fact that it tests competing technologies, including the Linux operating system.

Later that day, he posted the picture to his Blog, which he had maintained for 2 years. Under the photo, he explained that he had come across the computers at Microsoft's shipping-and-receiving facility, which he identified as being in the same building as the print shop where he worked. He was careful, he says, not to photograph anything around the computers that would have indicated the location.

On Monday, when Hanscom came into work, his manager asked him about the post and informed him that he was being let go. Hanscom says he took from the conversation that the post was considered a security risk because a careful reader could decipher from his description the location of the shipping-and-receiving department.

As the weblogging phenomenon has taken off, there have been isolated incidents around the country in which companies fired employees for posting in their personal weblogs work-related material that executives consider compromising or inappropriate. But Hanscom appears to be the first person let go for that reason from Microsoft, where an ever increasing number of employee webloggers regularly post work-related material.

I really feel for the guy. While he says that he didn't like the way Microsoft dealt with the situation, he agrees that he made a mistake. Fortunately, he's found a new job in another print shop.

I guess I should be careful what I blog about........................

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