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    Angry Anyone else get this kind of stupid at work?

    This is what I have to deal with daily. I am, among other things, the "green", energy conservation guy. Yeah, I know, the guy who drives a Vette to work every day and has rock crawler, quads, and a supercharged boat is in charge of energy conservation.

    Anyway, I have access to this gizmo that will shut off the computer peripherals when the person leaves the area, and start them back up when they return. And I can get them for free (grants are my specialty). I send out an e-mail to all the mangers and department heads to get a count of the computers that could be fitted with this device so I can apply for the grant - if I get one too little, we miss out on energy savings, one too many, and I have to pay for the unused device.

    This guy is a department head and shares my office building, so I already had counted his computer, but here's the e-mail string I got (names changed to protect the guilty):

    From: Me
    Sent: Monday, 1:11 PM
    To: All managers and department heads
    Subject: Computer count request

    I have access to funds to purchase a motion-activated power disconnect strip for each computer we have. The energy saving per year is calculated at $50 per unit. This unit would turn off the monitor, printer, and any peripherals, but leave the computer “box” itself up so that users could VPN from home, keep files up and open over lunch, etc. Not all computers would be appropriate for this device; Police Dispatch computers come to mind, as they must be up 24/7, but the admin computers in the same office might. The device would shut off the monitor if it doesn’t detect motion, and would turn it right back on when it did detect motion.

    I need an exact count of the devices we can use for this program, and here’s why. All the units must be installed on a computer or we will have to pay $48 each for unused devices, and any computers that could have a device and do not have one installed represent a lost savings of $50 per year.

    As an example, in our office there are 5 computers that qualify for the device. Please get back to me as quickly as you can so we can get these ordered.

    Thanks!
    Me


    From: Dingbat
    Sent: Monday, 4:23 PM
    To: Me, as well as all managers and department heads
    Subject: RE: Computer count request

    Our practice, or it should have been, to shut off all computers when we go home. That means the CPU, and all peripherals, including monitors and printers. By leaving the CPU on, doesn’t it cost more money to power it 24/7 as opposed to shutting it off completely?

    All of us do not have a need to keep our computers on to have it accessed from home.


    From: Me
    Sent: Monday, 4:52 PM
    To: All managers and department heads
    Subject: RE: Computer count request

    The system will shut off the peripherals when the area is vacated, even throughout the day, such as lunch, bathroom breaks, or meetings. Most people do not shut down their computers because they take so long to boot up in the morning, so this system, which is no cost to us, works with the way people actually function, not the way we would like them to function.

    Me


    From: Dingbat
    Sent: Monday, 5:35 PM
    To: Me, as well as all managers and department heads

    People should not function the way they like. If we have policies, we need to follow it. The problem is that we have no policies regarding computer usage and people do what they want. And we do not know how many people do not shut-off their computers or leave it on. If our goal is to save energy, enforce shut-off. If that is not the issue, it does not matter either way!

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    I went back later to check his computer, before he got in to work (he comes in about 10 AM for the start of his 8 - 5:30 workday, which is another issue). It was all turned on.
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    Dont worry I am sure he will come up with some bright idea in the near future. It may sound alot like yours but i am sure he came up with it on his own.

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    I hear ya man...


    He does have a point about policy (which i venture to say he would not follow anyway) that needs to be part of a computer use policy. We are working the same situation, writing policy he boring, but needs to be done.

    We actually do all updates at night from WSUS so we have the users log off and they go into sleep mode. I guess we can have them turn off the monitor, but maybe that is another policy.

    I have heard about the devices you a are looking at getting, curious how that works out. We just move to a new facility that was Leeds certified so i know the building is efficient.

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    You should try running this place! The help request I get here are sometimes so off the wall it amazes me. My favorite are these "can't get in".

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    Ya can't fix stupid!
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    Heck....That guy's fully qualified for a high-paying govt job....

    I work for the CG, tracking and ordering their Helo parts...I have a guy(Jeff) that keeps track of stuff on the night shift; One night Jeff gives me a call to tell me about one of the mechs who came in for a small part....We have shop stock, which is a "Free issue" and a number of cabinets that are locked that contain re-stock for the shop stock. This guy asked for an O-ring out of the locked cabinet, so Jeff asked,"Did you check shop stock?" "Yes!".....so he gets the guy the part and some re-stock....goes to put it in the shop stock....and found that there were a bunch already there......wait...it gets better!........two days later, he calls, and the same guy came in looking for the same part and did it the same way...

    This same "mechanic" came to me for some safety goggles......later that day he came back....lost the first pair....the next day....you get the idea....
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    Yeah, he makes almost twice what I do, but does less than half the work. Last week he tried to tank a real estate sale I have pending, and next he will complain that I get too much overtime, OT that was generated from fixing his screw up.

    I'll do the policy as we go along, but the device is free, and would have been easy (getting PD to respond is another matter) except for him. I had to write a water conservation ordinance and do the land sale last week, referee a fight between two design contractors on my park design, transfer 27 properties from the Agency to the City (I work for both), and keep track of Moonbeam's shenanigans. All in a normal week's work, but to have to redo a major item that will pay the salaries for three or four people for a year due to his goofiness.
    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. -William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)

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