I'm not supposed to install programs onto it, but I figure if the company is going to send me off to some godforsaken smelly city the least they can do is let me play a few games in the hotel room after hours.
One of the programs that I had installed was Mozilla. It was one of the beta's and I don't remember which one. I just know that I could check my personal e-mail, and surf the net to my heart's content and my boyfriend (now husband) was advocating Mozilla's superiority over Microsoft Internet Explorer in every possible way.
If I leave my laptop in the office, I am supposed to leave it connected to the network so they can download updates and whatnot. Well, back around February the IT department went ballistic because one night they did a virus scan and there were 183 questionable files identified as viruses. Every file identified was a mozilla cookie. The twits couldn't tell the difference between a virus and a cookie. The virus scan even had a setting to ignore cookies! They just didn't select it! On top of that, these IT Professionals hadn't even heard of Mozilla!
Their solution was to delete mozilla and all my games files, as well as installing 4 (yes 4) virus scan programs.
My darling sweetie pie was completely on my side when I came home irate and swearing up a storm. His delightful solution was to install Firefox and Thunderbird on my flash drive so that I could have all my happy internet programs and still be compliant with company policy of not installing unapproved programs. (Never mind that its an opensource program that is actually safer to run than Internet Explorer.)
I honestly thought that my expectations for my company's IT department couldn't get any lower.
About a year ago, I had to replace my company laptop. My new laptop an HP somethingorother with bluetooth. The IT guys in my office walk around with their little bluetooth earpieces for their cellphones, yet when I very reasonably request a bluetooth enabled wireless optical mouse (with wheel) it baffled them. They claimed that they had no idea what I was talking about, their vendors didn't know what I was talking about, they didn't think whatever it was existed, and basically that I was some kind of maniac for even asking.
I told them that I was certain that it did exist, as my beloved husband and I had been window shopping them at Microcenter just a couple of weeks ago. This flustered them even more. Their response was to sputter incoherently that maybe I should just go there and buy one myself and expense it.
What kind of an IT department doesn't know what Mozilla and bluetooth are? I'm afraid to mention Opera. Who knows what would happen if I mentioned yet another product superior to Internet Explorer.