Went to Framingham Massachusetts last night to drop off the monitor and get a refund at the CompUSA over there. That place is where I originally bought my crappy ViewSonic monitor. Fortunately there was no crap when returning it. I was full-on ready to start yelling if they gave me any crap about it, but fortunately they didn't.
The Sony monitor as stated previously is on its way. Looking forward to it because I haven't gotten a new 'puter "toy" in a while. (grin) Should be here before the end of the week. I'm just hoping everything arrives when it should and that nothing is damaged.
Okay.. after a lot of thinking, I've decided to go with an LCD Flat Panel monitor. The ViewSonic is probably going back sometime this week.. maybe tonight. I just have to figure out whether or not I want to make that long drive (ugh). I just want that piece of crap out of my house.
The monitor I decided to go for is the Sony StylePro SDM-S73. I've read a lot of good reviews about this particular product. NewEgg customers love this screen and I admit that customer reviews do influence my buying decisions. However I won't buy monitors from NewEgg, especially LCD panels. Every single one they sell states "Dead Pixels Policy: Replacement or Refund for 8 or more DEAD PIXELS ONLY!" on the product description so I don't buy from them. CDW on the other hand will take returns even if you have just 1 dead pixel. So I bought from them instead.
Did I pay more than I should have? Yes - but it just goes to show you that price does not conquer all. A very large part of my buying decision is the return policy. Is it good? Does it suck? NewEgg's return policies are absolutely horrid. They make you pay for all shipping for returns and then tell you (ONLY if you ask how,) to FAX them proof of receipts and they will credit you what you paid for in shipping charges. Very annoying. Dell on the other hand will usually send a "return waybill" for all warranty replaced parts. You get the new part, put the old part in the box and the waybill covers the cost. Simple. CDW I believe also does return waybills (but not sure).
So anyway, my new Sony monitor is on the way. We'll see how this one fares out. Oh, and by the way, ViewSonic sucks ass.
As of November 22nd I will be once again a full-time employed computer help desk schmuck, as in the regular kind with work benefits. Yay for me. Up until this point I've been doing the contracting thing. Those in the MIS world (Information Systems, i.e. techie jobs) are very familiar with working on a contractural basis. These days it's almost mandatory and I've been doing that for quite a while now.
Even with all these pluses I'll be getting by going full time, I'm still a bit bummed about the whole thing. I'd rather be doing so much more than just sit in a cube all day taking support calls... like playing music or writing or doing cinema stuff or whatever. You know, creative stuff. But I'm not. Guess that comes later.
Pros and Cons of the situation as it stands:
Pro: Nice check. I'm getting an increase and it will be salaried. And before anyone says "you lucky bastard", bear in mind I had to work the job on contract for 8 months with absolutely no benefits whatsoever. I definitely did not "fall into" getting hired full time. I had to prove I could do it, and I did. Luck had nothing to do with it.
Con: I sit in a cube all day. Does wonders to numb your mind. Ergh.
Pro: Friendly staff. Everyone is very helpful. Communication is surprisingly good.
Con: Management is still typical of any other company I've ever worked for. Six words can describe the experience: Cover Your Ass At All Times.
Pro: Good cafeteria.
Con: No exercise. You can listen to your ass grow during the day.
Pro: Freedom to pretty much surf the 'net all day inbetween support calls.
Con: Everything you do on the network is monitored and you have to be very careful you don't do stuff that will put you "on the radar" so to speak.
Pro: Easy job, truly.. provided you have help desk experience.
Con: Very high stress level, if you let the job get to you. There are some people who simply cannot handle help desk. I routinely see people quit because the task placed before them is way too daunting. Help desk is not for the weak.
Pro: I can wear sneakers to work and jeans on Friday.
Con: From Monday thru Thursday I have to wear dress pants and collared shirts. Bleah (but no ties, thankfully).
Pro: If I come to work and I haven't shaved in a few days, no one cares.
Con: ..except when senior management arrives, where they tell everyone in advance "look your best," but that doesn't happen too often so it isn't that bad.
Pro: 1st Shift Job. Very nice.
Con: I have to get up in the early in the morning to go to work.
Pro: Everyone is near my age. Nice.
Con: My team lead is younger than me, by two years to be exact. Weird.
I could probably go on all day with this... but I guess in the end this is a positive thing. I am lucky to have what I have. I know this and it's what gives me my greatest advantage in life. Most people don't realize what they have until it's gone.. and that's almost too easy to do. I think I have the edge in realizing that what I got isn't bad, at all.