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23.03.2010 | Comments: 15

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Maybe I am only aware of the change because I come from the analog age. An era in which people succeeded in meeting on Saturday evenings without mobile phones, an era, in which you had to physically drive to a location for some trouble shooting on the so-called EDP systems (which were huge cabinet-like monsters housed in cellars). These assignments involved carrying weighty manuals in the form of voluminous ring binders from customer to customer - and a company car robbed was such a catastrophe due to the loss of the manuals with all the meticulously compiled personal comments and all the experience gained.

Which goes to show: it is NOT true that everything used to be better - in fact, it is quite the opposite.

Today, we have remote functionalities. It has been a long time since I spent about 70% of my working time on the road, in a company car. Instead, I spend my time at work in a pleasant office – and weekend work can be handled from home.

While I go to the Mothers room at the company, and breast feed my child remotely (well – it is a bit like a screen session on the terminal – I prepare the milk and the bottles and then ctrl-a-d (detach) and my husband, when he opens up the refrigerator, does a kind of "screen -r" and attaches himself to the session) I can simultaneously work on a customer server in England on a server in the north of Germany. One is a database, the other is a patch.

Admittedly: the assignment of brain CPU for London and Hamburg is handled by way of a manual time slicing process. Only the “breastfeeding“ can be accomplished in a parallel process. This is made possible thanks to an electrical, programmable double pump with a hands-free function. Ok, I will admit that I sent a feature request to Medela. I would really like to have a “bottle full“ sensor. That would prevent the nuisance of unsightly milk stains.

Who knows, maybe my request will be heard, and in the future, women will not have to frantically remove milk stains before the next customer appointment.

Remote functionalities also help save leisure time, your private life – and your relationships. Some 20 years ago, you could forget about half of your Sunday if you had to make configuration changes on a server on Sunday morning. Today, you can do the same work at home, between breakfast and lunch. You just disappear in your home office for about an hour or so, and then you are back.

And this is not only possible from home – thanks to UMTS you can do this kind of work almost anywhere. So don’t be surprised when you spot someone sitting in a supermarket parking lot bent over a laptop, or people deeply engrossed in their iPhones in one of Bavaria’s lovely beer gardens. They may not be socially dysfunctional nerds – but IT experts on hotline jobs.

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Veronika Lorenz

Veronika Lorenz

Veronika Lorenz heads the IT Services department at censhare. She is responsible for the conception, installation and management of censhare systems and databases, as well as their servers. As one of our seasoned professionals, she has been with censhare since 2001. Since 2009, she has become a mother and like all working parents, Veronika is trying to find the ideal work-life balance between job demands and parenting.

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from Volkmar Seifert 25.03.2010 17:00

Nice, nice :)

he he. nice to read, indeed, indeed. And being both, a unix/ssh/screen-user, IT-fossil and father, it is absolutely comprehensible... :)

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 25.03.2010 18:16

welcome in the club :)

from Andreas Hubert 24.03.2010 17:21

Ada Lovelace Day

Ist ja passend zum heutigen Tag:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Ada-Lovelace-Day-Frauen-in-der-IT-Vorbilder-gesucht-962999.html

Fits to todays Ada Lovelace Day:
http://findingada.com/

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 25.03.2010 18:15

Re: Danke für die Blumen

... aber Ada inkl. Vorbildfunktion ist mir doch ne Schuhnummer zu groß, denke ich. Dann müsste ich mich ja vorbildlich benehmen.

from Iris Meyer 24.03.2010 12:04

great story

remote controle with a human blink - just great

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 25.03.2010 18:13

Re: greetings

to asia ;-)

from Thomas 23.03.2010 22:40

Alles hat immer 2 Seiten...

auch ich kenne noch die analoge Welt mit Telefonbereitschaft.... Aber die ständige Erreichbarkeit hat - leider - auch schlechte Seiten... Darum arbeite ich jetzt auch noch Mails ab, die den Tag über aufgelaufen sind und die alle unbedingt bis morgen beantwortet werden wollen.....

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 25.03.2010 18:12

Re: die positive Seite überwiegt

finde ich zumindest.
Manchmal finde ich es sehr beruhigend, wenn ich abends noch die wichtigsten Mails abarbeiten kann, um zu wissen, dass sich in der Früh nicht so viele Notfälle stapeln werden - und die ständige Erreichbarkeit weiß ich ebenfalls zu schätzen. Zumindest dann immer, wenn ich gerade dringend Unterstützung brauche und mich drauf verlassen kann, einen Kollegen zu erreichen.

from Dieter Reichert 23.03.2010 22:38

Wette verloren...

Diese Wette habe ich verloren. Was hätte ich nicht alles verwettet, wenn mir jemand gesagt hätte das Du einen Artikel in einem Blog schreibst. Noch dazu einer der eine wunderbare Geschichte zwischen Familie und Kommandozeile abgibt.

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from Andreas Hubert 23.03.2010 20:05

remote control

I also fixed a few issues after a big update at the weekend with my iPhone while sitting at a folk festival :)

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 23.03.2010 20:10

Re: with iphone on a folk festival

Andreas, I had you in mind when writing about the iphone in the "Biergarten". The picture of you and your beer (AFTER fixing the issues) were on twitter.

from Galina Bernstein 23.03.2010 15:41

...and very cute

Your article really made me laugh, and your son is such a cutie. :) And I think your article is really showing that it's not so much with the "good old times" where everything used to be better. It's much more comfortable nowadays.

Thank you, technology. :)

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 23.03.2010 20:11

Re: yes - I love technology, too

from wendy 23.03.2010 13:29

very true and very funny

Excellent Vero, made me laugh - remote baby feeding.
I remember a company that had an AS400, half of the cabinets were empty so they used it to hang their coats in.
Good old day - but better now!

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Reply from Veronika Lorenz 23.03.2010 20:13

Re: coatrack

AS 400 as coatrack - what a nice marketing idea ;-)

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