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OK, so I'm working on this project that involves doing a really lame and repetetive task that a monkey could do. I jokingly asked my boss earlier today if we could maybe hire a monkey to do it, because this task was sucking my will to live. I even volunteered to clean up the poo the monkey was bound to fling when it got as bored with the project as I was.

Anyway, I was just talking to the boss again, and I said that I'd considered asking for a temp to come and do this job (seriously, it involves saving attachments off of approximately 5,000 emails, every single one of which is a zipped file...and then unzipping them) but had decided against it because I don't think that we'd get a temp who would last through more than an hour before getting bored and quitting. Boss then tells me that he's sure I'm right, especially based on his bad history with temps.

This is seriously the worst case of inappropriate temp placement I've ever heard of. Apparently, bossman called the temp agency and asked for them to send someone to do data entry...nothing else, just data entry.

You'll never guess who they sent...







...a lady with NO FUCKING FINGERS.

OK, I exaggerate. She had one. One finger. To do data entry 8 hours a day.

WTF??

Date: 2006-08-17 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ubet-cha.livejournal.com
Ignoring the illogic of the new hire and leaving you with some questions;

1) Why unzip the file?

2) Why not hire someone to write a routine automate the strip/saving of the attachment from your email? I'd think a decent programmer could knock fairly quickly.

Date: 2006-08-17 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadis.livejournal.com
1. Because the zipped files are compressed text of call detail that I need to mine data from, which can only be done by opening it in Monarch in text format.

2. Because it's IT that put them there in the first place. One of our LD carriers dumps detail to text files by switch and trunk group every day, producing about 40 different files. IT wrote a routine to FTP the files from the LD carrier's server to our own, and then the routine zips them up and inserts each one in an email, which gets shipped off to me. I was getting this data summarized from another source, so I wasn't really using these files for anything. Thus, the stupid way that they were sending them to me didn't bother me much, since I was only archiving them for a rainy day.

Now, the LD carrier changed the way they bill us and the summary file I used to use is no longer available, which means I now need these files I dumped to my email archive. To have IT write a new script that goes into my email archive, pulls these 5000 emails, strips the attachment and unzips each individual file would involve a huge long request and approval process, allocation of some IT guy's time, Og knows how long to write the code, etc...and I need this stuff RFN. Plus, now that I know I'm going to be needing it on a regular basis, I had them change the routine so that instead of zipping/emailing, they just dump it raw to the FTP server and I can pick it up there on my own. It's just the stuff from May until now that's an issue.

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