Monday, August 22, 2011

Miss Information is feeling insecure

You may remember a few weeks ago Miss Information finally learned the combination to the staff doors in her library. It was a moment of triumph. Almost immediately afterwards, the library decided to change to a key card system. They didn't come right out and say it but Miss Information suspects they realized that if riff-raff like her had the combination, the library was doomed.

So, cards were handed out. New equipment was installed at the doors. The first thing everyone noticed was that the key cards worked at the special staff entrance. Everyone was quite pleased about this. The special staff entrance had previously been inaccessible to all but the important people. Regular staff had to walk about 25 metres to the regular staff entrance.

While that was a nice bonus, there were some problems too. The staff room and its fork were now completely inaccessible because this door wouldn't work at all. The door to the area Miss Information works in was not calibrated correctly so you had to swipe, pause, and open the door. Or, using Miss Information's method, swipe, and keep yanking on that door handle until it finally gave way.

Although Miss Information managed to carry around her key card tor most of an entire week and used it to open doors, she later learned that most doors were not locked at all and she could have just walked in.

Then the security guys came back to make some adjustments. The staff room was still off limits, but now so was Miss Information's workspace. The only way to get to her desk was to take the staff elevator all the way down one measly level. Once there, Miss Information was basically trapped. The washroom was just on the other side of the floor but visiting it required one to leave the secure area, do one's business and then go up a flight of stairs, and then take the staff elevator down again. With the staff room inaccessible, Miss Information's opportunities to consume liquid were curtailed so it wasn't that much of a problem. Annoying as hell though.

As of right now everything is back to normal more or less. The library doors are all locked and importantly, can be opened by staff. Although apparently the regular staff were never supposed to have access to the special entrance and the security guys are going to come back and fix that later.


At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

So the keycard is sort of a technological advance on the Star-bellied Sneetches concept. There has to be some way to separate the haves from the have nots, else what's the point of being a have?


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