Social Innovation Camp Nigeria ended Saturday night, and with it, two days of near hell on earth. More on SICamp Nigeria later, though.
At work a little while back, we had a hiccup with our messaging server. In the attempt to resolve the issues, we uninstalled the server application and reinstalled it a couple of times (at the end of the day, the actual problem was unrelated).
This particular product comes with a web-based user portal. Uninstalling the application also wiped out the web pages. Normally, it might not have been a major issue, but the problem is that we’d made some expensive customizations to the portal (expensive because the portal runs on ASP — no, not ASP.NET, classic ASP, in VBScript, no less — and over 80 per cent of the markup of the pages is churned out using
Request.Write statements. I can almost hear the screams), and in my haste to resolve the bigger problem (how to get messages moving again), I created a new problem, namely, resetting the web portal to (crappy) factory settings.
Now comes the irony
One of our clients complained that they couldn’t use the old system, so I cooked up a Python script to use the web service interface of the messaging server to send messages for them. After I completed the change, I emailed them to try the new modifications. The lady called later to complain, “it’s not responding”, and with a plea to send the messages for her.
All that work for nothing. And then someone will ask me why I think women are unreasonable.