November 13th, 2008

nerd

Computer Castration

I have nothing to do at work today. My computer has been taken to surgery where it will be functionally castrated so it can be more Borg-like. There was a mandate a couple of years ago to make all computers identical for ease of maintenance. All upgrades and installs would be done from a central system. Part of the directive was that NO outside programs would be allowed. Even if you owned the license for personal use, you could not install it on the work computer. Even freeware is forbidden including Google Earth. All administrative privileges are revoked. *sigh* This is so like the Bush Administration. We are all treated like children who cannot be trusted. As much as Clinton/Gore empowered employees to do their own things to get the job done in an efficient manner, this administration wants clones and group thinking. Well, actually more like zombie thinking since we all must support the party line. For the past 8 years we have had Big Brother constantly looking over our shoulders. I have never seen so many reports to DC constantly telling them what we're doing at all times.

I see this as a throwback to the days when I first started with the gov't back in '93. At that time no computers had hard drives. Everything was done on the network. Gradually we got hard drives and we could take more control of data storage and manipulation. Yes, I can see the negatives to that as well, but it gave us a nice sense of freedom. This was especially important because we all have different needs. We can still get specialty programs installed, but they will require supervisory approval as well as approval of our regional IT department. *facepaws* So I doubt that I will be able to watch Netflix movies during lunch time any more. We'll see if it's possible with the wireless card. I have a feeling I'll be spending more time on my personal laptop.