Sunday, June 19, 2005
Paging the Geek Patrol...It never ceases to amaze me how dependent we have become, in everything, including animal welfare, on our computer network. Remote email, shared documents, Internet-based dog training registrations, online donations, and since the first of the year, our web-based shelter software, "Shelter Buddy."
For the first time in our history, our five entities (two shelters and three clinics) have the capacity to work from one database.
Strange how for a system that didn't even exist 6 months ago, we are unable to function without it today.
Today, all adoptions were done the old-fashioned way, on paper, which means everything will have to be backdated and entered later. Anyone sending online registrations for classes will have to wait until tomorrow for acknowledgement.
We'll make do. It's not like any cat will go unfed or the dogs won't get potty breaks.
But we also don't have a full-time network administrator on call. We contract this out and our network consultant, Track Computers, doesn't respond on weekends. (I think we could arrange this, but have chosen not to.)
Track will be getting a call at 7:59 in the morning.