November 04, 2003

It’s been quite a while since I put together a plan for replacing computers based on their depreciation cycle. But that’s how I spent part of my day today: chasing down inventories and filling in blanks, so that we can draw up a schedule and a budget.

This isn’t a necessity but the FCCJ budget review is coming up in December and it would be smart to have a rational strategy rather than guessing how many things might break next year.

So I’m taking it upon myself to detail and review our equipment—about 100 workstations, servers and peripherals. Yoshida-san, the IT manager, and Mr. Yoda, the general manager, are helping me to gather all the necessary data. I’ll analyze it, find out replacement costs, and make some recommendations for a five year plan to cycle through all of the hardware.

Although accounting’s not my favorite task, I enjoy making plans. I get to exercise my brain in a different way and it’s sort of fun, in a bean-counting way.

Posted by kuri at November 04, 2003 06:50 PM


Mr. Yoda, the general manager - what is his speech pattern like i wonder ?

Posted by: axel on November 4, 2003 10:19 PM

When I first read this I thought, “Kris and Tod have over 100 computers????” Then I had another sip of coffee and re-read.

There’s something very satifying about doing an inventory. As you said, it’s not exciting work, but it fulfills some of that left brain lust for order.

Posted by: Jenn on November 4, 2003 10:56 PM

Ha! Not over a 100, but over 20, maybe, when you count all the peripherals, broken things, and networking bits. Entirely too many. Time to prune…maybe if I’m careful, Tod won’t notice. It’s harder to secretly remove his dead computers than it is to toss his ratty old underpants. ;-)

Posted by: Kristen on November 4, 2003 11:09 PM

Mr. Yoda. Cool!

Posted by: Barron on November 6, 2003 04:50 AM
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