We are doing some work trying to understand the life of an IT pro both inside and outside of work. It would be great to hear from you on what you get up to on your lunch break, after work or at the weekend.
What websites do you go on? What magazines do you read? And one that I am really keen to know, what do you think about the IT Crowd programme on Channel 4?
Ahh the distractions of an IT pro are plentiful. Let's see, during lunch I actually manage to break away from the 3,600,000 pixels and head to lunch. It's after work and the weekends that I'm either checking out MS new beta software through TechNet or checking the latest RSS feeds. Some of them include: technet, msexchangeteam, outlook blogs, msdn blogs, sans.org, slashdot, msexchange.org, windowsnetworking.com, penny-arcade, tom's hardware, digg.com, and engadget.com.
Unfortunately I haven't seen the IT Crowd programme on Channel 4.
Hopefully this helps.
Director of IT
Michael, to sample The It Crowd you could try a popular torrent-site like Mininova:
On Channel 4's website you used to be able to watch the latest episode, but is has been restricted to IP-adresses inside Britain.
I try to keep up by trying to follow the Technet RSS-feed:
Sometimes its like drinking water from a firehose. A couple of years ago i tried to follow blogs.msdn.com but that is even worse nowadays, and theres to much information i'm not interested in.
We have no life outside of Technology and if by some minor miracle we've managed to get a partner, our better halves are frustrated that we show more attention to our laptops than to them. Of course we can work on them and listen to what we're being told at the same time :-)
My main distraction is Facebook which taken over reading my RSS Feeds (mainly blogs).
As for the IT Crowd, funny and so true just like Dilbert! So, do you have a "pointy headed" boss!!
If you missed the IT Crowd catch up from here.
I watched some of the first series found it to close to work. I guess like working in an office and watching "the office".
I could not imagine a friday night without the it crowd.... new series better than ever, roy in the wheelchair doing a high five in that voice makes me laugh whenever i think about it. :)
My distractions usually involve keeping up with RSS feeds, Digg, watching tv shows (usually obtained from the States 6 months before they're on here), playing the 360 and occasionally flicking through T3 and Edge (although gadget and game news is usually way out of date by the time it's in a mag - Engadget and others see to that!).
Realised recently that I spend WAY too much time staring at screens, so I'm trying to give my eyes a break, get outside more, read more books and listen to music/podcasts/audio books, and throw myself more into my basketball.
Never seen the IT Crowd.
I have to say this series is much better than the last series, though Friday night is for going out and not watching TV :-)
Nice to see on TV attrcative women in IT too.
Nice to see on TV attractive women in IT too.
Have only ever seen the IT Crown once and turned off after about 5 minutes - bambino wanted to watch Fireman Sam!
As for distractions: well lunch time is spent in the gym keeping my body as fit as my mind and outside of the wonderfull world of IT I referee the fotball on my local parks whenever the wife lets me - which to be fair is every weekend!
Other than that it's CodeProject for my main read once a week in the world of programming, magazines - the lovely PC Pro for a giggle. Web sites - lots of forum sites, asp.net, msexchange.org, MSDN, technet - way to many to list really.
IT Crowd love it, using 4od to watch them as the girlfriend as run of the TV 80% of the time.
Lunch times are usally reading what ever magazines have been left in the canteen by the female population of work, things like Hello, OK, Womens Own etc. Other times it's a quick 15mins to eat my lunch and back to the latest beta or test lab i'm working on.
Distractions for me include feeding and changing nappies of my 11 week old baby girl :)
blowing things up on games like Half Life series, Command and Conquer on PC and when i get access to my TV BioShock, Rainbow Six, Halo 3 (when out) on the 360.
The IT Crowd is absolutely brilliant. Even if you can't stand this sort of thing, it's well worth watching for Roy's occasional novelty T-shirts! There's not been too many IT related jokes in it so far ... (I amy be a bit sad stating this!!!) but great comedy anyway.
When I'm not distracted at work asking users to "try turning it off and on again" (I kid you not), I'm pleasurably distracted at home looking after my young 4-year old daughter.
Unfortunately due to the whip lashing management team at my work, I get very little time to do anything other than fix what they break. Which isn't all bad. It gives me time to try new beta software, all I have to do is tell them it will fix everything, even the kettle.
When I do finally get time to myself I unwind by playing games on both Vista (I've never seen any problems with it) and my 360, teach myself XNA (I'll get started one day, honest), listening to music and cooking, oh and going to the gym if I can fit it in.
As for the IT Crowd, it is very similar to my IT department, expect we do actually get some stuff done, and don't have any funky T-Shirts.
Lunch breaks mainly consist of World Of Warcraft :)
Being a games tester it's hard to get away from them, even at home, but then again I guess don't really want to. So I find nice ways to chill down a little that involve more WoW, a movie, lots of music, RSS feeds and some writing. But generally the 'winding down' usually always still consists of something computer related :)
I do watch the IT Crowd when I can, unfortunately thats not too often though.
Just to echo a previous point, many MANY of my spare breaks are used playing World of Warcraft, aaltohugh unable to play it at work, it normally gets turned on the moment I walk in the door and throw my suit off!
Other than playing WoW, I knock out the odd WoW video for you-tube and generally play about with my Mandriva Linux box seeing as I see enough of windows while i'm in the office :p
Lunch break - what's that?
After work or at the weekend - I help look after my 3 month old son, update my Facebook, watch telly and maintain my pet-project website.
Magazines - just motorcycle mags
Websites - The Register and eBuyer
IT Crowd - Didn't find the first series funny. It's like it was written by someone who has friends in IT, but never worked in IT themselves. I'll Sky+ some of the 2nd series and check it out...