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A Stengthening day

Ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? I call them stengthening days, since I seem to come out of them stronger and better able to handle things ... but, my goodness, they're intense while they're happening ...

It all started with the Internet connection going on the blink - LITERALLY. The router was trying to emulate a Christmas tree - lights flashing every few seconds as it tried to go up and down and failed in all sorts of interesting ways ... just as a full class on a course that really requires net access was arriving.

Did I say "full class"? Ah yes ... I should have said "overfull class". Seven places, but eight trainees turned up; careful checking of the paperwork very clearly showed "NOT our error", but at the same time we want to do what we can for the guy who's travelled with his colleague halfway across the country - on Sunday too - to find no room at the Inn - is offered the best solution. At the same time, I'm conscious that we've had to turn business away from this course and that we cannot alienate the customers properly booked by squeezing an "extra" into facilities that can't cope with more than seven.

Then - hey, can I feel sorry for myself, I have this cold that's numbing my responses. And because I'm campaigning to save the train in Melksham, everyone seems to think that I have some control over the current service, signs at the station, and the lack of information at the Tourist Information office on the Santa Specials!

The day concluded with a trip to Swindon - to pick up a new network router. Yes - I KNOW you'll tell me that this was the least likely component to be causing the problem, but by the time er had unplugged all the cables except the power (and we had cycled power too) and it was STILL playing up, I was concluding that it was either corrupt firmware, a dry joint, a power supply problem or something else along those lines, and the economics of it tell me that it makes business sense to chuck the old and start anew. Hey - and I noticed that some boxes state "Up to 8 Mbit WAN support" and ours is just going up to 10; perhaps THAT was the problem.

The extra trainee was offered a couple of options ... and plans to be back on the next Apache Tomcat course. Left on good terms with us; he had seen the room, he realised the problem and that we were suggesting everything sensible that we could. We're on the best of terms there.

And - do you know - having the "ear" and perhaps a bit of admiration from a couple of people on the train issue WILL help to get the message across, and will encourage them to tell other about the issues, put more people in touch, etc.

So I could say it was a grotty day ... but I'm going to say it was a stengthening one instead.
(written 2005-10-04, updated 2006-06-05)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Z100 - Daily life
  [19] interesting products and subjects - (2004-08-19)
  [20] Not two the same - (2004-08-20)
  [26] Matching Cat - (2004-08-24)
  [110] Friday, busy week! - (2004-11-05)
  [149] Fish stocks - (2004-12-12)
  [206] Fox and Python - (2005-02-08)
  [228] Beard Justification - (2005-02-26)
  [232] Diverse activities - (2005-03-01)
  [238] Difficulties with a trolley - (2005-03-07)
  [271] Different course every day - (2005-04-07)
  [283] Natural or man-made? - (2005-04-18)
  [307] Farming yesterday - (2005-05-10)
  [330] An O level comes in handy - (2005-05-30)
  [363] Greetings from Edinburgh - (2005-06-29)
  [446] Up early - (2005-09-16)
  [473] Looking different in town - (2005-10-22)
  [474] Vintage Bus Day - (2005-10-23)
  [516] Open source questions? Anyone can ask. - (2005-12-03)
  [580] What to do with milk - (2006-01-28)
  [584] Loosing breath with Gerald - (2006-01-31)
  [605] Design your day with a walk - (2006-02-13)
  [612] Coming or going? - (2006-02-18)
  [613] Greetings from Dublin - (2006-02-20)
  [623] Behind every face is a person and a story - (2006-02-25)
  [635] Odd one out. - (2006-03-06)
  [645] Lost Camel - (2006-03-14)
  [654] Making use of disabled facilities - (2006-03-22)
  [655] Can some food be TOO different? - (2006-03-23)
  [692] Healthier eating - (2006-04-20)
  [698] Catch up weekend - (2006-04-24)
  [706] May day away - (2006-05-01)
  [724] Helping mental health through diet, exercise and other lifestyle matters - (2006-05-18)
  [752] Over zealous police activity? - (2006-06-09)
  [777] On Crosby sands - (2006-06-25)
  [817] Working on Weekend in Wiltshire and others - (2006-07-29)
  [843] To join an organisation? - (2006-08-23)
  [882] Rocks, hard places, trains and funerals. - (2006-09-30)
  [897] Too much for the National Trust - (2006-10-18)
  [908] And so to Inverness - (2006-10-29)
  [911] Letter Home - (2006-11-01)
  [921] French Exchange - (2006-11-11)
  [978] Wellhouse Manor, Hotel, Melksham - (2006-12-10)
  [992] Enthusiastic, but .... - (2006-12-16)
  [1056] Another frantic posting! - (2007-01-30)
  [1057] Selling by phone and Skype - our policy - (2007-01-30)
  [1061] Take vehicles off the road - put all the passengers into one - (2007-02-01)
  [1100] Wondering where I have been - (2007-03-06)
  [1138] The Holiday - unlikely romantic comedy? - (2007-04-08)
  [1151] Gordon Dodge, R.I.P. - (2007-04-16)
  [1178] Ducking stool for Melksham? - (2007-05-06)
  [1189] Meet, greet and welcome - (2007-05-16)
  [1272] Behind closed doors? - (2007-07-22)
  [1303] Heading Upstate New York - (2007-08-14)
  [1429] Remembrance day - inside a church and inside the day - (2007-11-11)
  [1643] A lack of technical content - (2008-05-16)
  [1810] Middle aged subsidise young and old - (2008-09-26)
  [1953] End of Training, 2008 - (2008-12-20)
  [1979] Looking forward, in Melksham, in 2009 - (2009-01-05)
  [2000] 2000th article - Remember the background and basics - (2009-01-18)
  [2008] The Month Ahead - What is happening in Melksham - (2009-01-25)
  [2024] Carry on Training - in spite of the weather - (2009-02-03)
  [2027] Who sticks by you in the snow? - (2009-02-05)
  [2030] The final step to being British - (2009-02-07)
  [2034] Through Snow and Flood to Linux and Tomcat - (2009-02-10)
  [2064] East of Melksham Countryside - (2009-03-02)
  [2068] Playing Catchup - (2009-03-06)
  [2090] Melksham to Georgia - (2009-03-19)
  [2105] Hire Car, from Atlanta Airport - (2009-03-27)
  [2106] Learning to Twitter / what is Twitter? - (2009-03-28)
  [2118] Spring Sprung - (2009-04-05)
  [2121] Out in the Vale of Pewsey - (2009-04-07)
  [2141] Town Crier competiton - (2009-04-25)
  [2159] A long day to guess where - (2009-05-06)
  [2164] Updating my public profile - Graham Ellis - (2009-05-09)
  [2217] Enjoying the summer weather - (2009-06-04)
  [2264] Learning about others private lives - (2009-06-30)
  [2371] Quiet summer days? I think not! - (2009-08-22)
  [2401] Back Tomorrow - (2009-09-10)
  [2450] Family Gathering at 404, The Spa - (2009-10-11)
  [2580] C course inspires new teaching examples - (2010-01-16)
  [2868] A move towards the family - (2010-07-12)
  [3125] The family is defunct. Long live the family. - (2011-01-09)
  [3316] Twitter Phishing Trips ... and a great new alert service - (2011-06-04)
  [3319] Moving on - a task for the hotel staff! - (2011-06-08)
  [3463] Busy weekend of contrasts. - (2011-10-03)
  [3553] Changes to morning routines - (2011-12-16)
  [3743] Sunday - no longer a day of rest - (2012-05-28)
  [4222] Five lessons learned or re-learned on my travels - (2013-12-15)

G303 - Well House Consultants - During the course
  [56] Dress Code - (2004-09-20)
  [273] Course Picture - (2005-04-09)
  [342] The evening after the course - (2005-06-09)
  [570] Features and Benefits - (2006-01-20)
  [640] Training Centre Pictures - (2006-03-09)
  [670] Architectural Heritage - Devizes - (2006-04-04)
  [1035] Longer hours and better value courses - (2007-01-15)
  [1245] Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions - (2007-06-25)
  [1363] One computer per delegate, or pair programming? - (2007-09-23)
  [1420] The Learning Perl crew, October 2007 - (2007-11-03)
  [1459] Interactive training, and advancing techniques further - (2007-12-05)
  [1466] Effective Java training - the bootcamp approach - (2007-12-09)
  [1816] Holt on holt - (2008-09-29)
  [2342] Training Classes in other tongues - (2009-08-10)
  [2560] Training comparison to QA Training, Learning Tree, GB Direct. - (2010-01-02)
  [3233] C / C++ Course Lunch - sitting out at the West End - (2011-04-07)
  [3588] Learning about how to help people learning - and retaining - (2012-01-21)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [4132] Using your own laptop on our courses - now even easier! - (2013-07-05)
  [4558] Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special. - (2015-10-28)


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