When you're a community net, you often have to go that extra mile
to get things done. One of commonly occurring tasks facing members
of the hard-working and under-appreciated CCN Technical Committee is to attempt to
solicit donations of specific hardware as it becomes needed.
Recently after a series of power disruptions the need for a UPS, or backup
power supply, was driven home and Tech team volunteers fanned out into the
community looking for one. This can be an educational experience, as Chris Watt
I have yet to hear anything from <DELETED>.
I'm beginning to think that the standard configuration of large corporations is:
- Anyone you can talk to does not have the authority to do what you want,
but can give you someone else's email address.
- Anyone who is supposed to have the authority to help has a personal
secretary who is required to ignore or lose your first two attempts at
- Any such person that you succeed in contacting can (at best) be expected
to give you more contact information.
- Anyone who actually has the authority to do what you want is far too
important to waste his/her time talking to you.
Anyhow, I suspect this will go the same way as my last attempt and in a
week or so I'll get a "we're a good corporate citizen and here's a free
copy of our catalog" form letters.
You may direct comments or suggestions about this
Chris Watt, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
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