As most of you already know by now, I was laid off from my company on Jan 4th after 13 years of loyal service.
And, as you know as well... this wasn't a surprise to me at all. The writing on the wall had been written with one of those huge fat Sharpie pens like grocery stores use to make advertising boards. It was only a matter of time.
But as soon as I became unemployed, I needed to take care of business. And one of the first things I did was apply for unemployment benefits with the state of Minnesota. No, scratch that... one of the first things I did was attempt to apply for unemployment benefits with the state - but I couldn't, because the state's web site had gone to bed for the night. No, really. I even took a picture of it.
For the life of me I cannot figure out why a web site would ever need to be shut down during non-business hours, ESPECIALLY one as critically important as an unemployment benefits application. And because the state doesn't provide any logical reasons why a person isn't allowed to access their web site at any other time than these hours, I guess I'll have to do it for them.
Here then are 5 possible reasons the Minnesota Unemployment web site is only available during daylight business hours:
1. The web server is solar powered
2. The state wants to discourage vampires from applying
3. It cuts down on the number of people applying for benefits because those of us out looking for jobs are too busy to use their web site during business hours (hmm, not actually all that far fetched)
4. Their web site doesn't interface with an actual database, just an old lady sitting at an IBM Selectric typewriter who reads the screen and types out your application.
5. This is a government web site! Nuff said.
I dunno... this is all I could think of.
Do YOU have a better explanation?