Reply All Storm

We all have those situations where everyone does a reply all to an email, constantly flooding your inbox. This is normally worse when you have been away on holiday or out of the office. So imagine the situation at Microsoft currently where over 11,000 people were caught on a reply all storm.

Business Insider reports that following someone changing the setting on the corporate GitHub account, everyone who had access received an email. People then started doing a reply all to that email, making the situation worse. Some people asked to be removed, others poked fun and others did a reply all asking people to stop doing a reply all.

This reminded me a little of a situation years ago, when a company I was at had a spate of large scale emails asking for things raking from Head Ache Tablets, to can you vote for my cousin who is a DJ at an awards. Consider it was a global company, this was far spread, until an email came from the HR department insisting it stop.

Controlling what you cant

There are still a lot of things going on at work that are causing confusion, uncertainty and negativity. Some of this is valid and some of this just radiates like a crack in Ice. I need to adjust my mindset and this is helped by the fact there is a tight deadline to deliver a project, but its a bit up hill at the minute. Ive been trying to find a mantra or a quote to hold onto for the next few weeks.

2019 here we go

I was going to do a post on New Year’s Day, but 2019 has been a mixed bag already. Just before Christmas I started with a cold that turned into a horrible cough, which was so bad I got sent home from work as it was annoying everyone that much.

I thought I had shaken this off, but on the 2nd Jan it came back with vengeance, keeping me awake all night with me ranging from shaking through cold to over heating. The complete attack on my body has resulted in viral conjunctivitis as well in my left eye.

A small thing but wasn’t what you want your new year to start with, is our washing machine broke at 9:20 on New Year’s Day. This is a couple of weeks after cancelling the support plan down, which was a bit pants. Then the new washer arrived on the 3rd with a dent in it!! So a 40mile round trip then took place to get a new washer, fighting the effects of the virus!

I’ve since had 4 people tell me that it’s bad luck to was on New Year’s Day.

Throw in a family member being admitted to hospital over Christmas and it’s all been a bit shit.

This isn’t how 2019 is meant to be, and today is the last day of any negativity. This is a reason I actually booked the 3 days after New Year’s Day off work, to let the grey clouds clear.

2018 felt like a wasted year, work wasn’t great with lots of change and disruption. Health wise, I really pilled a lot of weight on, I wasn’t light before but but with a very satanic job and little exercise, it got worse. This led to some real defeated thoughts, nothing serious but I generally am not someone who quits or gives up easy, but a couple of times I was driving to work and thought I can’t keep,doing this.

So I am turning 40 in May, I’m not dealing in 2nd best anymore and I’m going to take the last year before we move into the next decade. To use a phrase I heard on a podcast earlier today, I am going to take some souls this year.

Travel Regrets

Around 10-15 years ago (shoot time flys) I spent some time working in europe, working in Dublin, Copenhagen, Strasbourg, and Geneva. Something I regret is not visiting more, or any of these places.

I think it was mainly due to then fact I was in these places on my own, and felt conscious of going out on my own and sitting in a restaurant on my own.

I do remember being in Geneva and the hotel I was stopping in had a casino, and visiting this with a work colleague. I remember we couldn’t afford with any credibility the minimum bet and decided to just have a look and a drink. What happened next was awesome and made me wish I’d paid attention to learning languages at school. Yasser who I was with ordered the drinks,and then dropped into French for the next 20 minutes talking to the waitress, I’ve no idea what was said but we didn’t pay for a drink. Yasser was the most amazing guy, he was from Morocco, grew up in Holland, worked in Belgium and could speak every language. A few years later I watched as he dropped into Russian, a language he had learnt because he had a few months feee at university.

As I have got older I have got braver and ventured out more, and tried to open my mind more. I went to Belfast last year and had the most amazing night in a bar that probably couldn’t be recreated if I tried. Over the last few weeks I’ve been in London with work and have been trying to venture out more to try and push myself more.

However I do regret that couple of years when I was travelling that I didn’t see more of the city’s I visited.