I’m sitting here listening to Vince Garcia on Super70s.  Jesus, these guys are so drunk.  I wish I was recording this so that, if he says something hilarious, (as he probably will, given his propensity to be the most entertaining when he’s trying the least), and then play it back later.  Either way though, I hope he has a happy new year all the same. 

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Today I begin testing out other applications to try to fill another position at work.
That’s a good thing.
I’m supposed to go into work, install Jaws on another system, sit at one of the supervisor desks, and see what works and what doesn’t.
Hopefully it will lead to something, but either way, it’ll give me something to do for at least part of the day.
I plan to try to participate more in the blogosphere today, since I’d like to try to boost my traffic, and just plain participate.
Yeah, I’ve done some of that over the last few weeks, but with nothing going on to actually write about, and my internet priveleges limited at work, you know what that can do to the blog.

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I’m now sitting at the supervisor cube, and have tested some of the software.
The app that generates the call reports works, albeit with the Jaws cursor.
At this point, I don’t care.
Something actually works.
I still have to test some other software, for which someone else has to come over here with log-ins.
Definitely better than before.

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During the time I’ve worked here, I’ve moved from sitting all the way at the front of the center to all the way at the back.
I could literally spit and hit the back wall.
I’m kind of hoping I can stay back here, because there’s a modicum of privacy here.
We tested the schedule viewer, and the only thing I can do with that is print schedules.
I think we have a few more things to test.
All and all, today’s been productive.

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I’ve spent the afternoon going through more software.
So far, I’ve only found one thing that absolutely doesn’t work, and that a remote desktop client.
I knew it would work the minute I found out it was remote desktop, because I don’t have a remote desktop license for Jaws, but I figured I’d go through the motions of trying anyway.
What harm would it do?
The woman who’s helping with the testing is very nice, but very stupid, and in serious need of a stick of deodorant.
She’s working under the assumption that I know just as little, if nor less, about computers than she does, so I’m being walked through every step, one by one, including “Press the start menu, then programs … ” ETC.
And then there’s the musk.
It’s sickening.
How do you walk out the door before work, knowing you smell like that, or will smell like that by day’s end?
And finally there’s the stupid factor.
I think we should start a colony on the moon, for the stupid people, and let natural selection take its course.
They’d either learn to survive, (some of them undoubtedly would), or they’d perish.
Either way, they’d be in the not-our-problem category.

As seen at: Third World County,

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Thanks to the techno-shepherd on duty, I found a new report in the app that monitors the cue.
There’s an icon you can click on that will pull up the people in aftercall, witch is the state you need to be watching anyway.
Nobody else knew about it.
I had forgotten that the techno-shepherd showed it to me during the initial testing this morning.
I think today’s been very productive.

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I was late to work this morning because there was a huge accident on the way.
From what Christin said, there was a dump truck involved, and another car.
The dump truck hit the car, and completely destroyed it.
There were two ambulances, and the driver of the car had to be cut out.
I’m assuming that means the driver was still alive.
May Hashem bless them both with a refuah shlema.

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It seems as though we’ve tested all software, and the only thing that doesn’t work is the remote desktop client.
I’ll be looking for a Jaws-accessible telnet client at some point, but for everything else, it either works, or there’s a work-around.
UM says they’ll probably have me doing random odds and ends like cue management, entering exceptions into Digital Solutions, and whatnot, until they get the system fixed.
He still thinks they’ll fix the system.
It’ll do me no good to try to convince him otherwise, so I won’t bother.
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I just had a discussion with UM, and he says he wants me to take an actual call, using the inaccessible database interface, so he can illustrate to the client what exactly is going on.
What the hell?
For the sake of argument, (really, because I can’t tell the guy no), I’m going to have to attempt it.
But, as far as I’m concerned, there are too many uncertainties to start involving someone’s real-life problem in some sort of a guinny pig operation.
He says we can have someone y-connect to spot.
I’m not sure what that’s going to do.
How can you have two people taking a call.
He’s not registering that, if the client has refused to do anything up until now, despite the trouble tickets, despite the repeated and documented explanations of the problem, they’re not going to do anything.
And nobody’s even considered the logistics of handling a call whose first step, after giving the opening greeting, is fraught with problems.
John doesn’t even know, and he’s the one who trained me, and has worked for this company for at least five years.
I wish I could just quit, and leave, and say to hell with all of it.

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I slept through most of Shabbat.
I came home yesterday, showered, and went to bed at about 21:00.
I didn’t eat dinner last night, and I didn’t eat until just a few minutes ago today.
I wasn’t very hungry.
Work was too depressing yesterday.
I thought things were going to change, but after testing all that software Wednesday and Thursday, we’re back at taking calls with the inaccessible software, so we can explain to someone who has, until this point, illustrated that they don’t give a damn about whether or not their software is accessible.
I’m tired of playing games.
Ze’evi’s out of town this weekend.
He won’t be back until Monday, so we won’t get to talk until at least Monday evening.
I’m going to contact Division Of Services for the Blind here in town and see what my options are.
I have no idea how I’ll afford legal fees.
I think that’s the route I need to take at this point though.
The company’s doing everything in it’s power to avoid putting me in another position, and the client’s not interested in making their software accessible.
UM would rather play games with the client than just solve the problem.
I can’t believe I’m having to fight this much and this hard, just to do my job.
It’s ironic.
Most people wouldn’t fight like this over a customer service job.
They’d just leave.

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I have a bunch of database interface screenshots, made using Jaws and a text editor.
I think, instead of taking a call, I’m going to have the suits sit down at computers with no mice, and scroll through those with their keyboards to find the information they need.
It will simulate, as best as possible, the way I use the database interface.
It’ll make it easier to explain what doesn’t work, and it’ll give me a little malicious satisfaction.
Sounds like a winner to me.
I’m going to love tormenting the suits.

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I got off the phone with Cary about an hour ago.
It turns out he has been complaining, and submitting trouble tickets, to no avail.
No one’s listening, as usual.
Furthermore, the client’s coming down here and saying he’s not complaining.
Looks like it’s time to take further action.

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I woke up around 03:30 with a migrane, and it hasn’t gone away.
I don’t have to be to work until 09:00 now, and I’ll work until 18:00 this evening.
I wish I could just stay home and sleep this thing off.
I plan on going in to work this morning and letting the suits know that I’m not accommodating anymore.
I think Cary and I have accommodated enough.
I’m also going to be emailing Division of Services, and looking into filing charges with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
I’ve had enough of this.

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I went back to UM’s office, and put forth my idea about having the client attempt to get Jaws and the db_interface to cooperate.
He didn’t shoot it down, although he could have been blowing smoke.
We’ll see what happens.
I hope to blog the results.
In the meantime, I’m still going ahead with the research of information for filing charges of discrimination.

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I’ve spent the afternoon doing some reading, but not as much as this morning.
I’m really sleepy by this point.
God, this is really bad for me.
I’ve added more links to the respective categories in the links section, so take a look if you’re lacking reading material.
I’m not saying the blogs are boring, but I find myself wishing they’d update more often so there would be more to read.
That’s really bad.
I googled UM to see if I could find any outside-of-work info.
That’s even worse.
This is past the point of insanity, and I’m not entirely sure it’s UM’s fault.
It probably isn’t.
That’s why my efforts regarding pressing discrimination charges have nothing to do with him as a person.
What’s sad about all of this is that he at least portrays himself as believing he’ll actually get something accomplished with the client.
He may actually believe it.
Granted, if he does get something accomplished, I’ll be the first to acknowledge it.
But my guess is that he’s got a ton on his plate, and that this situation isn’t the highest on the list.
I don’t cause any trouble when left to my own devices, so I imagine he probably thinks, (if he has the time to stop to consider it), pretty much along the lines of “Out of sight, out of mind.”
That’s not saying I agree with that view.
And he still hasn’t managed to become acquainted with my twisted sense of humor, but if the Jaws challenge actually happens, he will.

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Today is Tzom Asar Tevet (the Fast of the 10th of Tevet), a public fast which commemorates the date on which Nebuchadnezzar began the siege of Jerusalem, ending in its destruction and the exile of its inhabitants to Babylon.
The fast gets the ironic distinction of being the “easiest” fast, since it falls near the winter solstace, making it the shortest one on the calendar.
This also means that heat and dehydration aren’t factors when trying to observe the fast.
Everyone have an easy fast.

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It’s almost 17:00, which means the work day’s almost over.
I didn’t get to torment the suits today.
I actually managed to catch a nap today.
God, this is ridiculous.
This isn’t the kind of stuff I’m supposed to be able to do at work.
I have to find more creative ways to spend my time.
I emailed DSB today, but haven’t gotten a response yet.
I wonder if I can civilly sue for pain and suffering.
Bordom definitely falls into that category for me, (and there’s definitely a hint of depression), because I can’t stand being prevented from doing my job.
It’s not that I’m some sort of workaholic, I just have a work ethic, and if I’m going to be in this hell-hole, I might as well be working.
Instead, I’ve gotten caught up in some sort of political bullshit.
I promised myself I wasn’t going to blog about this today, but unless an earthquake happens, it’s literally all that’s going on.
Being able to listen to some music helps a little, but there’s only so much that can do.
I can’t read blogs all day long because (a) they only update so often, and (b), what am I going to do, steal their content?
Something’s got to give.
Bobby says he’ll push the issue.
I don’t think this has anything to do with UM, or what he can do on the local level.
I think he’s being held back by his superiors, and the political scene he’s bound himself to, and maybe he just doesn’t give a damn.
I’m feeling very tired.
I usually end the day feeling like that, and I shouldn’t because I haven’t worked.
It makes for a lousy evening, not to mention it screws my own sleep schedule up, and I’ve just been feeling all around crappy because of this.
But then, when it comes to pressing charges, I will probably get caught up in yet another bureaucratic web.
Maybe I should contact Pat Robertson for some answers.
After all, that crazy seems to believe he has a line to God.
He’d probably tell me to give more to the church or something.
God, I really hate being unproductive.
Every last bit of this sucks.
I’d like to take all the suits who created this mess, or who contribute to it in any way, out and shoot them all.
It’d probably be more entertaining.
Probably the circle-jerkers who sit around creating travisties like the db_interface too.
This really isn’t bringing out my better side.

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