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    Hang out or try again later?

    ATM I'm downloading the .iso for Edubuntu, so I can make a USB boot disk.

    It's only at about 45% and it's going to take longer than I have time left here. [I'm going to finish before it does.]

    Do you guys think I should hang out and wait, and risk people expecting me to do stuff then getting all annoyed when I tell them I'm finished, or should I just cancel it and try again another time?

    [Note: the second option is a valid one. In the space of 5 minutes I had to tell 6 people I don't start work until 8:30. I've worked here 3 years and my start time hasn't changed.]

    What I'm really asking is... What would you do?

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    If you're not going to do anything with it today, I'd forget about it.

    In future though, I'd be looking to download it via a torrent, it'll download quicker and you'll be able to pause it to resume when you're back in work.

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    I tried torrenting it after seeing a DL time of about 4 hours. Turns out the LA block torrenting software.

    My rage face went into overdrive.

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    My advice would be to cancel and just set the download running from home or on a machine that you can leave locked down (ie: nobody will try to reboot the machine or kick you off) ... then get the flock out of there.

    People assume that presence in work = "working" / "there to gloat"... Neither works for you...

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    On a side note of telling people "I don't start until 8:30" - if you don't want to work until 8:30, why are you in work before 8:30?

    Most days I come in early to get stuff done, but fully expect to be interrupted. Turning staff away I believe gives the department a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    On a side note of telling people "I don't start until 8:30" - if you don't want to work until 8:30, why are you in work before 8:30?

    Most days I come in early to get stuff done, but fully expect to be interrupted. Turning staff away I believe gives the department a bad name.
    If I don't get in before 8:30, I get in around 9.30.

    Literally, if I miss my bus I end up an hour late.


    And I am the department. At least the technical department. IT Co-Ordinator handles the curriculum side only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    And I am the department. At least the technical department. IT Co-Ordinator handles the curriculum side only.
    Yeah, so you give yourself a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Yeah, so you give yourself a bad name.
    Agreed.

    If I get in too early (we're talking before 07:30 for an 08:00 start), then sometimes I'll sit in the server room and check up on the servers' statuses or something. People rarely go to it, so I'm unlikely to be disturbed. If I'm in the office, though, then I'll help out before I officially start. My name is bad enough as it is, although that really isn't my fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Yeah, so you give yourself a bad name.
    I see... So, what, I'm supposed to wander the streets and arrive exactly on time? I'm supposed to get in and start working imminently without having coffee...

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I see... So, what, I'm supposed to wander the streets and arrive exactly on time? I'm supposed to get in and start working imminently without having coffee...
    I agree that is a problem - although maybe people are imagining you snarling "I don't start till 8.30!!!" which I am sure you don't
    I always get in early but then again as I officially start at 07.30am nobody else is there before me, so I rarely get interrupted before I am ready to start work - but I do try to stay out of the way just in case someone is looking for me!

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    These issues should be hitting your helpdesk anyway, X-13... say you'll write up a ticket / them send in a ticket and action it after you've prioritised.

    ... but seriously, lock the door or something and hide in the corner with the lights off so they can't see you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I see... So, what, I'm supposed to wander the streets and arrive exactly on time? I'm supposed to get in and start working imminently without having coffee...
    Well yes, that's how it works in my eyes. Either arrive on time, or be prepared to get requests if you go in early. If I can't be bothered to deal with people before I'm due to start I'll hang around the house for longer on a morning.

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    But you can't 'arrive on time' - you are supposed to be ready to work at your start time which means arriving a little bit early so that you can sign in, take your coat off, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    But you can't 'arrive on time' - you are supposed to be ready to work at your start time which means arriving a little bit early so that you can sign in, take your coat off, etc.
    Otherwise known as 'arriving on time'?!

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