Got paid for the work in the school. Felt like I learned a lot about servicing older machines, and how to sell myself. I also learned most professionals are clueless when it comes to IT issues, and making a computer seem twice as fast must be magical. Once I finished hooking up computers to the network in one place, using a router to split the connection via ethernet, I got a message from a staff member saying she couldn’t connect to the internet. I thought “oh shit, something went wrong” and went upstairs running through potential conflicts with the router. It transpired she had switched the wifi button off on her laptop.
And staff take their work laptops home, and use them for torrenting and porn. Meaning I find all kinds of malware, and processes like “Make Your Computer Faster – FREE.exe” running. Even your own computers aren’t immune – I inherited a netbook from a friend, but never cleaned it up when I got it. I used it for anime and browsing, but it was really gunked up. I had this positive picture of the dude that gave it to me: that he wouldn’t be jacking it porno and getting viruses off dodgy downloads. But computers never lie. They know us.
The downside of all this is that you’re now the IT guy. It isn’t really a job I want forever. But it gave me a better feeling about being self-employed in the future. At least it’s not a total write off.
Thinking of buying some more plastic crack now that these two are finished. The Gundam needs lining, and I’ll hit both with some matt varnish spray when it gets less cold. Cold makes that shit frost up, and I don’t have a garage to work in. Which is something I’ll get, someday. Prolly have some dumbells there too.
There are 3 places I’m thinking of ordering from: 1999.jp, HobbyLink Japan, and Amazon UK. I wanted to minimize the cost. I figured there would not be much of a difference overall, but wanted to keep the shipping costs low. Amazon does free shipping to the UK, so I can pick it up when I visit the woman in Belfast. So I analyzed it. The results are below.
Only a €6 euro difference between the three options. Unfortunately, it raises the larger question. Do I really have $110 dollars to throw away on plastic models? I think I will finish scratch-building the weights room, and the 28mm wargames models I before ordering more. But it really would fit into the stereotype of the shy IT nerd I’m becumming.