Recently, I was talking to someone trying to schedule a meeting with me. She complained that “I’m (me, Ellen) in meetings all the time, I have no free time.” While that is a lovely sentiment, it’s really not completely true. Some days are meeting heavy, some are not. I wasn’t sure why she said this, so she elaborated. “I’m looking in Lotus Notes for free meeting times, and you have every day from 8-6 blocked off.”
I investigated further. Oh, here’s where it gets good. Seems that Lotus Notes has a setting where you can list what times you are generically “available.” My times for availability are 11:00 PM – 02:00 AM, 03:00 AM – 07:00 AM. Because, apparently, I work on Pitcairn Island and keep 9-5 kind of hours.
Since I never set that, I tried to reset it and the system would not accept any changes to the time. I am destined to head to the South Pacific, apparently. I figured it wasn’t worth torturing the rest of the company to struggle for meeting times with me in the middle of the night, so I called the help desk to fix the problem. I got an email confirmation that a support ticket was generated, and the problem was described as so:
Incident Description: Can’t change anything in Prefs. Her calendar shows her as being busy always
Sigh. The help desk understands me.