Sometimes, not often, maybe just most days, I feel the urge. I really, really wan’t to hurl my laptop out of the window. When it is closed. The window that is. Today has been such a day. The wifi network decided to give me problems. Not on all of the computers just the one I needed to use for work. At 4pm. As it was the work laptop I duly threw a paddy. “You can have the blinking thing back” I shouted.
And so it came to pass that Saint Ben the CEO despatched two wise men to Sai Kung to see what on earth was wrong. These guys came from IT (Kwun Tong actually) bearing gifts of LAN cables and hammers.
And the first wise man spent 20 minutes doing exactly what I had been doing for several hours. Pressing buttons, changing settings and cursing. Then the second wise man asked: how many pieces of equipment are you using on this router? And I said “not many”. He persisted: “How many is not many?”
OK……… 2 MacBooks, 1 desktop, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, 1 Galaxy Note 10.1, a Lenovo laptop…….oh and the bank’s pc too.
The wise men looked at one another and gasped. “Not necessarily all at the same time” I pointed out. And so the second wise man started shutting a few things down and switched off the router. “When did you last reboot the router?” he asked. I look puzzled. “Reboot? Reboot? Why would I do that? It buggers up the CCTV system. Oh! Did I forget to mention the CCTV system?
And so the wise men looked heavenwards and a miracle came to pass. The “must have by 4pm bank pc” worked. They could leave the stable of Mr. & Mrs. Ha and return whence they came. But then the heavens were rent asunder and the taxi man said not on your nellie. So as a penance for connecting all my offerings to one router I drove the two wise men to the MTR station. For there was no room at the inn.
And in despair I turned my eyes to the blessed Lightroom and produced not two wise men but two colour images. Nothing like a miracle. But its all you’re going to get. Here endeth the lesson.
And just for the record the Third Wise man was the really smart one. He stayed in the office.