Ten IT jobs to save up for those rare lulls

Ten IT jobs to save up for those rare lulls

Summary: It's not a bad idea to have a few IT tasks in reserve in the unlikely event that the daily grind eventually lets up, says Jack Wallen

TOPICS: IT Employment

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    9. File paperwork
    Your company might still do everything on paper or you may have gone digital. Either way, there's almost always some administrative work to be done. If you're a typical IT shop, you're probably already behind with the paperwork — so now is the time to catch up and perhaps even to get ahead.

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    10. Run a security audit on your servers
    You never know when you're going to come under attack. Given some downtime, you could run a full-scale security audit on your servers. With that information, you can strengthen those systems so you don't have to fret about security when you don't have time to worry.

    Other tasks?
    If you deal with these tasks, you'll keep everyone busy and improve efficiency, security and skills. But what other jobs do you tackle when there's a break in the regular IT workload?

    This story originally appeared as 10 tasks to keep your IT department productive during slow times on TechRepublic.

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  • From my mainframe operating days...

    1) Play hoopla with write permit rings & a can of screen cleaner.
    2) Make enormous paper chains (Christmas time only).
    3) Read the entire 'Lord of the Rings' in a single night shift.
    4) Underseal car (yes seriously).
    5) Think up ever more daring practical jokes to play on the installation manager.

    happy days ....
  • Skittles with tapes and coffee cups.

    Old tapes so we didn't have to rewind them afterwards.
  • 2. Bad idea. Making up patch cables loses you your commission from the cable supplier.
    3. If you tidy up, other people can understand where the cables connect and you'll be less in demand.
    4. Yes to study, No to showing juniors around. They'll respect your knowledge right up until they steal your job and salary.
    5. Don't even think of cleaning up your working code. 99 % of the time you'll break the program, besides if other people understand your code, you might be out of a job.
    7. I agree with this but there's a danger that if other people understand your code, you might be out of a job.
    8. Absolutely but store it at home out of other people's (your boss and people after your job) access.
    9. Yes - but wouldn't you rather go to the pub ?
    10. Yes, but announce it as a planned strategy so that when an attack occurs you can use it to justify a budget increase or a higher salary.