The yearly ritual of academic pursuit begins anew, and this means everyone is busy – busy waiting at the bus-stop for the bus, waiting for the bus in front of you in the car, waiting at the MRT station for the train, and waiting for the taxi before the 35% peak hour surcharge. As a techie, this means we are busy too. Yesterday’s and today’s work consisted of resetting passwords, calling up vendors and chasing their asses to replace spoilt hardware, getting the server people to fix the login script for users (which has been broken for almost 2 years), imaging laptops, and settling itsy bitsy stuff (e.g “No internet? Reboot.” 5 minutes later: “Hey, it works!”). And as usual, when school starts, office politicking begins – and this, unfortunately, has the IT department caught in the crossfire. Let’s just say that automatic mass deployment of Adobe CS3 is not possible with on-site people like me due to computing policies, tablet PCs are not a precious resource to be clamored for, and one man doing PowerPoint, Word and Excel teaching resources for 8 subjects for sec 1 to 5 students is insane.
Speaking of Adobe CS3, we finally got our hands on the site licence, and I ended up spending quite a few hours getting the deployment XML file to work. Sadly it’s still not done, but hopefully by tomorrow it should be up. And my experimentation with MsiExec.exe to silently install an application and its corresponding drivers actually worked, and that trick is now in the bundle of software that gets installed whenever an image is loaded onto a system.
You smiled at me with your perfect lipstick