Tech Stories Archives - February 2006
I'm hiding a tech in my pocket
I work in a small call center supporting medical software that our company makes. In our company we have three different locations. Where I work (Kentucky)we have the Level 1's (me and a few others) who take on all incoming calls and have basic knowledge of all our medical software packages. Also at our location we have level 2's who take over the most complex calls on a product I'll call TC. We have another location in Vermont that houses level 2's for our product I'll call TW. And finally we have a third location in Illinois who take over Level 2 issues for our TS product line. But all calls come in to me and my wonderful fellow level 1's to sort out as to which are easy basic ones we can solve within a few minutes and which require more time and knowledge than we personally are allowed. There are actually only 2 of us techs that work at all after 5pm normally and that is myself as a Level 1 and a Level 2 here for TC issues only.
So the other night I had someone call in on an existing ticket. Turns out he had an issue that had been escalated up to the TW people in Vermont. Now those people don't work past 5pm, and only have one on-call tech for truly critical issues that might happen after that time. So he calls at 5:30pm and asks for an update on the issue. I pull up the ticket and let him know the last notes left by the TW tech and that currently there are no TW techs available as they all leave at 5pm and it's 5:30pm currently. He thanks me and hangs up. I receive another call from him at 6pm asking for another status on the ticket. I again inform him that as the techs have gone home for the night there will be no change in status until tomorrow when they come back in and have a chance to continue to work on his issue. He thanks me and hangs up. At 6:20pm I get a call on this ticket from another person at his location (I can hear the guy though in the background) and this guy is asking for an update. I repeat the information and say that so and so had just called in for an update and he also has this information. They called two more times before 8pm when I get off work and we close. The second to last asking why they weren't getting an answer, and me explaining what critical calls meant (as in would this be serious enough to call 911). And the last one accusing me of keeping him from the tech's in the other department. Gotta love my job...[By: redfaery / 2006-02-01]
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We get that sort of BS all the time. Rollover calls from Germany. Calls because it's been 45 minutes and nobody has called them back. Calls because they emailed an hour ago and nobody has called them back. Calls because they emailed yesterday and they never got a response, but they haven't checked their email yet to see the response that got sent yesterday. And we're not allowed to shoot them. :-( -pixel
Work at a Help Desk; I love how we're supposed to know where the techs that are 20 miles away are at all times -thejerkstore
I know not really what you're talking about, but that's what's on my mind now. I hate people. I think each time someone calls about an issue they should have to wait double time. -thejerkstore
"Are we there yet?" "Are we there yet?" "Are we there.." <click-click><BOOOM!!><THUMP KLUNKA-THUD!!> Die. Get worms. -vacuumtubes
After reading this, the commment "hot poker through his eye" comes to mind -LowLevelFormat
This sounds familiar. I bet the first guy was calling again because his manager told him to, and the 6:20 call was from his manager with him sitting by saying "I told you so!" Managers seem to think that hourly progress reports make you work faster, rather than eliminating what productivity you had. -Gaah
Look on the bright side: maybe they'll get so stupid that they'll FORGET to BREATHE. -FuzzyElf
I keep explaining to them that there are only 2 techs PERIOD for the entire company that work past 5pm, one which is me and one which is for the TC only. The only reason we're here past 5pm is because we have some TC customers on the West Coast of the US. None of our TW or TS customers are on the West Coast, so they don't expect them to call after hours. I'm going to go thru the phone next time and find a way to electrically sever his spine. -redfaery
*starts a chant* STAB! STAB! STAB!! -TranceGemini
Only if you bend over first, Tra-ahhh-hey-hey-HEY, kids!</Crusty the Clown> -ShujinTribble
But WHY did the mail bounce?
So I'm merrily eating my lunch when the CEO comes to me with an "urgent problem." His pants seem to be intact, so I reason that he might, in fact, have something computer related for me.
In a roundabout way, he and the CFO (they're taking turns, garbling the message as much as possible) manage to relate that the CEO was attempting to send mail from home and received a mail undeliverable message. Given some small hope by this I ask two questions:
What SMTP server did you use and who was the recepient of the e-mail that bounced.
My answers? Comcast and a user not in any way affiliated with our company...
So...how the flaming blue fuzzies should *I* know?[By: Cybersaurus / 2006-02-01]
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Fix it or your fired. -burrkiss
He's a CEO. This means he does not have to call his ISP for support issues, thats what he has IT staff at work for. You could offer to take a look at it...for a fee. -Starfury
Well naturally Starfury. I unfrag home computers for his three children (here or at the 'cabin'), his wife, and either of the two machines that control his home theatre system on a regular basis. I'm just happy he doesn't spend more time in the office. -Cybersaurus
....aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnd here comes the referee.... -vacuumtubes
His pants... you work for Spongebob?! -Gaah
yes, but WHY is the rum gone??? -JoeLugian
Has anyone seen today's dilbert strip? -Wraith556
WHY IS THE RUM GONE?! Cuz if it wasn't it could help Cybersaurus deal with working for such dumbness! -TranceGemini
Usual comment from a customer - "JohnSmith said his email was blacklisted. Can you fix that?" "Can he fax me a copy of the bounce message?" "Why?" "Well, the OTHER choice is to turn off all the block lists. And accept the roughly 4 thousand messages a day we bounce now ... " *gets fax, normally finds someone trying to email from an open mail server on a dynamic IP, or from a We'B'Spammers domain* *sigh* -ralphp1024
This is kind of a variation on a karma request. As most of you know, I have recently started my own business. But I've found, like many sole proprietors do, that I need help getting started.
So I'm looking for an Administrative/Marketing Assistant. If anyone knows someone who
point them to my web site at http://beckwrite.com for a full description of the position.
- lives near Vancouver, BC
- already works or studies part time
- is meticulously organized, outgoing, and enthusiastic
I'm focusing this position toward students or part-timers because there is no fixed compensation. This is more of partnership, where the successful candidate will receive an equal share of the profits for every job.
And Hawk, if this post goes against TSC rules, let me know and I will remove it.[By: Gaah / 2006-02-01]
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damn I missed on all 3 counts. :( -drachen
I missed on Two...well one...no two...Yakima isn't exactly "near" Vancouver,BC....dern. =P -ThreeBucks
Yeah, if you're in Washington I'd have to pay you by flinging toonies across the border. -Gaah
I don't fit at all, except for location... but if you need IT or programming backup, I'm available. Occasionally. <grin> -chazz
Actually IT is the one thing I've got covered. One desktop, one laptop, minimal software; child's play compared to the AD network I support at my day job. -Gaah
I don't know anything about marketing. Or administer...administr--well if I lived nearby, I type 101 words a minute. But it's in my own language. (Cookie if you get it.) -TranceGemini
01001001 00100000 01110111 01100001 01101110 01110100 00100000 01101101 01101001 01101100 01101011 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01101101 01111001 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101111 01101011 01101001 01100101 -tuirrenn
I'm thinking Mango, more. Where is he, lately? -namor
I don't like milk with my cookies -HelpMeee
You can have the admin assistant for the marketing dept here at my work... she's the one who's having trouble figuring out the complexities of the Insert key. Today she emailed us to ask what version of Excel is on her workstation. (sigh) -TechnoCat
I'm afraid my response is identical to Chazz's. Good luck though; if I run into anyone that might be of help, I'll send them your way. -Mango
TranceGemini, Elbonian? :D -Mango
I'll take TG milk with her cookie! -Wolfie0827
I don't want the fecking language bar!
I'm just doing a fresh install of XP on a machine here.
First boot to the desktop, one of my standard tasks is to disable the language bar. This thing only has one language installed, so the language bar consists entirely of a 'help' icon.
Download updates, reboot.
Disable the language bar again. Download more updates, reboot.
Disable the fucking language bar. Again.
Download AVG. Install.
Disable the FUCKING language bar. Again!
How many people actually need the bloody language bar? Really?[By: smellystudent / 2006-02-01]
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Everyone needs the language bar, we are a multicultural world and must embrace the different languages of our brothers and sisters across the globe. -Olorin
Good thing I had the lang bar to help me understand what it is that you are saying.... runs for shelter. -Blue3c
First thing I always do is disable it too. Have you tried the XP Autopatcher? It has an option in it to disable the language bar. -Nazreel
Speaking of bars, is it time to leave work? -CyBear
I never use it or want it, but I've always found that when I remote desktop to the machine it adds back English (US) and reenables it. -BlackCat
The one that really ticks me off is the Office Clipboard. No, I don't need to see the last 85 things that I copied. I just want to copy and paste one thing at a time, thanks. I managed to disable it on my work desktop, but no matter what I do to my laptop, the damn thing always comes back. -NightSteel
Take a look at this: http://www.nliteos.com/ It lets you customise an installation disk very much with much updates and automatic entering of license key. And, create your own OEM and it can install with your logo everywhere OEM logos typically go. -linuxmatt
So what language do you want that language bar in? (I hear the latest trend is Esperanto) -ShujinTribble
But... but... but you "MUST" want the language bar! I mean, it's a "feature"! -TheGhost
What i hate is the bubble that pops up whe n a highspeed USB device is plugged into a lowspeed port... -makillik
"Hi, I'm Mr. Paper clip. It looks like you are using a language. Would you like me to add the language bar?" -crazymactech
XP bubbles popping up... along with that big vein on my forehead. "Tiny bubbles, in the wine... " </Don Ho> -TechnoCat
makillik: especially when there *are* no hi-speed ports available. -smellystudent
That reminds me.. Did you ever notice how freaking retarded Windows Chinese Input is? The keys are hard-coded for US layout. As if every person in the world who wants to type chinese has an US keyboard. In Linux (Gnome) you can select keyboard layout and input method independently. -B2382F29
I have seen people here use the language bar here. The company has a large number of Chinese employees and they switch between Chinese and English while working. -Starfury
If you right-clich teh start bar and disable the language bar form teh "toolbars" option, it will come back to haunt you. Rather right-click on the language bar, settings, "langugae bar" button, then uncheck all the options. That should stop it comming back again. -Dj
I wouldn't personally mind the language bar if it was any fecking use, like the translator on OS X but it does nothing even remotly useful. -fearmyroot
End of an Error
The call center I worked at (sounds like "Scream", and note the 'past tense') was o.k., as far as white slavery goes, but the contract I worked pulled some prickshots. First off, the intake interviewer said there was no sales involved. A lie. Second, during training, we were promised 6% commissions across the board, with no strings attached, and a free gift for every sale over $100. Two days before hitting the floor, they changed the rules. No more gifts, and in order to be eligible for a %, we had to sell Package Y for $99 every week, or no $. We managed to meet that stipulation, so they naturally increased it. Sell 2 Package Y's and sell 2 Package Z's per week , or no commission. How about keeping your word, you greedy bastards? I tried to give two week's notice, and was promptly escorted off the property. Lack of income is the least of my worries, though. My sister just had a double kidney failure, my dad was diagnosed with cancer, my grandma died, my S.O. just revealed she has several other men on the go, my son just came out of the closet, and I will have to pay $6000 to break my lease and move back to my home town. If there is such as a thing as karma, or balance to this life...I have to go buy a lottery ticket.[By: DrLecter / 2006-02-01]
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You poor thing! Much karma and hugs, if you need to talk, we're all here! HUG!! -TranceGemini
... but with a name like that, you're not going hungry anytime soon... ;) G'luck. -namor
Shit man! That's though! Tell you wat, I've been having good karma lately, many of it coming from the TSC. I'll pass to you all that I have just now, plus all the karma I'm getting from our friends. Things will get better. -TheGhost
man, what a life you are having!! much love and antipodean karma haed your way. here if you ned to talk, ok??? -timelady
I don;t have any karma to give right now, so I'll give you one piece of unsolicited advice (you can request more later): Gird up and get ready to walk through all the crap you just described. Remember, your job is to get through each day - not to solve all the problems at once. Just work one little piece at a time. I wish you well. -ShujinTribble
Cowboy songs got NOTHIN' on you!! (Didn't lose your pet at least!) Chin up and keep on truckin' -Psudo36
Never underestimate the power of TSC Karma. It's on its way. -Mango
Wow - as an ex-"screamer" who knows what their "escort service" is like, I hear ya... sending you what karma I can, and hopefully you will find something better soon (can't get much worse than scream anyhow). -TechnoCat
TechnoCat is right, things will get better :) no other way but up and all that other stuff. Karma on its way :) -CrystalMare
Best O'Luck to ya.... -Grue
Duuuude! Your life sounds like mine! Let's drink to oblivion! -CyBear
Ugh.. this would be why I hate corporations. Best of luck, Doc. -NightSteel
Find others. Find many other ex-screamers. Then find a lawyer. Then ream them till it hurts. If there are two of you on this very site, there are more. The more of you there are, the more you can document their contractual breaches. You were cheated. Don't lie down and take it. I launched a one-man offensive against a former employer once. Didn't kill the company, but hurt it. -Gaah
Wow. Just wow...I hope things turn around for you, keep positive thoughts... -PTSTech
Seriously suckey life you seem to have there. Here's hoping things get better. -Dj
O.O, best of luck mate, remember we are only a keyboard away, and much karma to you -Jax
Damn. Unfortunately all I can send are *hugs*. And remember we're here for you. -pixel
So sorry to hear about your burdens. Take the Karma & keep your chin up! -Tekkie
Wow, guys.... just...wow. Thanks for the best wishes. I didn't ask for any, because I didn't think it would help. But it does make me feel better. I probably won't be posting any more, as I'm going back to my 'home reno' line of work, but I appreciate the outpouring of support. I couldn't have made it this far without venting here, so I must say "Thanks, Hawk", and best wishes to all of you. -DrLecter
hey Gaah, there are more than just two of us who work at good old Saint Ream. hell Polarcoyote works at the same site I do. -3p0ch
Don't be a stranger, DrLecter. There are starfish in every trade, and even if you do revert to the building trade I'm sure there are starfish to tell us about... And think of it this way -- with a backstop of geeks, you can advertise installing secure network hardware as one of your contracting specialties. (Wired network is a lot more secure than wireless, no?) In the meanwhile -- good luck, and we are thinking about you... -chazz
I don't really have anyone to ask, so I figure I'll ask you nice people.
I've been working at my current job for about three years. I'm a jill-of-all-trades for a small IT shop for a big organization. In the past three years I've seen:
1. Clients credit cards double/triple/quadruple billed "accidentally" -week after week- by someone who would then lie about it, and giggle when she got caught and we had to spend three days untangling the mess she'd made of the files.
2. Our entire DC nearly eat itself when someone got the bright idea to pull the last remaining air cooling system out, after blatantly stating they were doing it because "Our Director isn't here to stop me." thus killing 60K in equipment and bringing the network down.
3. A file containing numerous bits of personality identifiable financial data get sent over the internet in plain text by a department too stupid to understand a three-step set of instructions for encrypting it...and then when called on it claimed, "Well you said the system did it automatically...." And then continued to send it that way, despite repeated explanations of how it should work. And all of these people are still gainfully employed with no disciplinary action whatsoever.
And the list goes on and on. My question.... Is this normal? Do you guys see this level of stupidity too? Or is there just no hope for my users in particular?
Cause I'm about at the point I'm getting up in the morning hoping that my car is dead/plumbing broke/building on fire just so I don't have to go into work. Actually, scratch that, I don't want to get up in the morning ...period, if it means I have to go to work.
I used to love my job. That's the sad part. I loved the challenge, and now the phone can't even ring without me cringing.
Is there hope for me anywhere else? Or am I stuck with this kind of idiocy no matter where I go? *debates a new career as a housewife*[By: shadowkat / 2006-02-01]
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Poor thing sounds like a change of scenery would be good? Ive been on helpdesks for 3.5 years and some of the jobs ive had - ive almost wanted to tear my hair out because it has been so frustrating. Perhaps look around for something more cushy?
Or do the housewife thing... that appeals to me now after so long in IT! -avkinkygirl
I hate to tell you this, but that's pretty much par for the course. -TechnoVampire
As Leonard said in the game Redneck Rampage, "Mah advice t' you is t' start drinkin', HEAVILY!" -vacuumtubes
CYA - EJECT, EJECT, EJECT, you are in a lawsuit waiting to happen. -redevil34
"We have reached normality, anything you can't deal with is your problem." Sorry but that's about the norm unfortunatly. -Olorin
Sounds like you're stuck in a worse situation than most! I say get out while the gettin's good... you know when the sh!t finally hits the fan the IT dept will get the blame as usual. So put your resume online and see what happens, you never know... good luck!! -TechnoCat
I'm with redevil34, except I'll add DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT. Anything and everything, ESPECIALLY anything where you or anyone else in the department instructed, warned, or otherwise tried to inform these mollusks that they were about to massively f@ck up. Get it documented, get it filed - and get that file off-site, NOW! -PTSTech
I guess the best you can hope for is less stupid than average. Still expect this type of thing everywhere. -ProfessorFrink
Red is right - start shopping for something different, but the same. Since your currently employed - you can be a bit choosey, but definitly time to start looking. Your lusers? You need to talk to the manager (owner?) and do the 'put your foot down' and stop the stupider shit from happening. Best reason: it is currently/will cost/ HAS COST the company money, upwards of tens of thousands per year. -Psudo36
I'd agree with everyone here who posted to get out and find a new job. I'd invite you to where i'm at but i'm not sure if Asia would suit you :p got a few bosses from UK who adore the country but tend to get rashes due to uhm... nevermind that :p hehehe -CrystalMare
1. Yes had this, although it was a 3rd party payment gateway which would then deny it had double/triple/quadruple charged, and as an added bonus didn't pass the money into our account. Ah the fun of trying to give the clients back money you don't have. 2. A finance dept which on saving money bought maintenance on only 1 of the 2 neccessary aircon units in the server room. Guess which one brokedown. 3. Yep had a finance dept sending clients credit card info in plain text by email. All I can say is make sure you document everything, for 3 I made an instruction manual including pictures & strong wording as to what should & should not be done & emailed to all parties including managers as a "reminder for best practices". -PID1
I'm there, I'm doing that, I'm wearing that T-shirt. -CyBear
Add me to the list of 'get a new job' folks. However, if you *really* want to get this company in trouble, report the plain-text sending of personal info to the Gov't. I'll bet the DoJ would love to hear about it. -NightSteel
Or, if the company has a board of directors or at least big shareholders, find a way to get this info to *them*.. -NightSteel
My day job is going the same way. Not quite there yet, but I've had enough. That's why I've started http://beckwrite.com (/shameless plug). You don't happen to live near Vancouver, are marketing-oriented, meticulous, outgoing, and enthusiastic, are you? ;) -Gaah
Your situation is worse than most (meaning: your company is more retarded than most). The stupidest thing my company did (that I know about) is buy a new building to put the main print center in but didn't want to spring for a UPS, so whenever there's a power outage the whole center goes down. They did these even though the company already has two existing datacenters with printers in the same state, in buildings with UPS and generators, that could have been expanded. -thx1138
I agree on documenting EVERYTHING just to CYA. I'd also start hunting, when the meltdown happens IT will be blamed for a lot of it. If they're a public corporation...report them to the SEC and see how they handle a SOX audit. -Starfury
To paraphrase CyBear, "I'm here, I'm handling it, Stop adding to the workload". Unfortunately this IS typical in many businesses. Log it. Document it. Get witnesses statements. CYA -ecoli
It's not like that everywhere. The worst stupidity we have at my company is different divisions competing with each other to sell the same stuff, differently packaged, to the same customers. -concept14
It's NOT par for the course, especially the security issues. Almost all of the places we deal with are more security conscious than that, particularly financial or health companies! -TechMama
The strange thing is that most of the time the IT department gets the blame for stuff like this. Why isn't the system stopping multiple billings? Why isn't it automatically encrypting like you said it would? The days of the IT department being considered anything higher than the janitorial staff and sometimes the janitors are higher placed is long gone I'm affraid. -fearmyroot
Forgot to add, becomming a housewife, if you can afford it, is probably more rewarding these days. -fearmyroot
Airhead lab partner, part 1...
I had a winner for a lab partner in networks class last night. We're asked to ping/traceroute as many different sites as we can after each breaking of the network in case one or two had been cached. She was convinced that if we didn't ping "yahoo.com" every time (and only yahoo) the computer would implode or something. She did get complained at once for wasting everyone's time, as we can't continue until everyone has figured out what was broken and how.[By: Dreamstalker / 2006-02-02]
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Eww I know the feeling, in my physics lab my partner insist on him using the PC and I observing. I play along, only to end up having to do the whole exercise over...blah! -LowLevelFormat
I loved my networking class and my partner liked having me as a partner because we configured our pc's for the network and a network printer the day before. That night the teacher removed all the settings and told us we to to configure it again to pass the exam. Smart me rebooted the PC after it was all configured and then did a DOS registry restore and completed the exam in 3 mins. The teacher said we cheated i told her you just have to be smarter than the PC and left. -M4rcus
how we realy feel about starfish
didnt want to bump the lotd
http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/images/dilbert2006915880202.gif[By: Servo / 2006-02-02]
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Funny, unfortunately the theory is survival. I help the incompetent, I get paid, I eat. -PolarCoyote
Hmm... if the current backlash against Intelligent Design gets out of hand, who knows if it might become illegal to infterfere with not only the teaching of Darwinism, but Darwinism itself. Therefore helping the incompetent would become illegal, and all TS calls would be reduced to "Fix it yourself, numnutz!" -Gaah
It's all your fault!
Sometimes, there's nothing you can do to convince someone that it's not your problem. We had a lady recently (we're still waiting on a supervisor to call her) that caught a Dialer on her computer. When she got the phone bill, of course she freaked and called her phone company, which *of course* told her to call her ISP - Me. Followed an explanation of what a dialer is, and a suggestion to contact a computer tech to get it cleaned. She called Dell, her laptop manufacturer, which proceeded to do a system restore which removed the software that her cousin, from Italy, had graciousely installed while he was on vacation here. When the lady freaked at Dell, they decided to give her a new laptop, slightly upgraded of course, for the trouble. Now comes the fun part. She calls back and talks to me, screaming that it's all our fault, that the person that did her configuration (which took 42 MINUTES) should have advised her that it was possible that she could be infected with a dialer, that she was new to the internet and repeated it multiple times (she must have, in 42 MINUTES). So it's our fault that she got infected, lost all her files and software, and lost her computer for a few weeks. No amount of convincing, of explaining that we can't go around warning everyone of everything they can get on the Internet or we'd configure 2 clients every day, of comparing it to other situations (when you rent a car, does the dealer tell you everything? Don't forget to lock your car, don't leave anything important or expensive in plain view, don't part too far from the curb or you'll get a ticket, etc) can wane her efforts to get to tell a supervisor that we're loosing a client and that she's going to tell *everyone* in her city (all 50 of 'em she knows I assume) how a crappy company we are. Well, good luck m'am![By: LucasTech / 2006-02-02]
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And this explains the company that advertises 'We believe in Magic'. There really are customers appropriate to that slogan! -TieDyedDinosaur
I love my company... people like that would be told straight up after getting aggressive that "They are the ones who messed up thier computer not us, and we are not responsible for any bruises suffered because of thier computer ignorance. -putahtek
Ask them "do they drive on a tollway?". "Is the toll booth operater responsible for the condition of YOUR car?" -Wraith556
Groundhog Day!!! (NT, OT)
"Punxsutawney Phil announced officially the seeing of his shadow."
- Sorry about you, my northern friends; whose winter still has some weeks to go, – said the Ghost, sticking his tongue out and sweating like a wet sponge, while watching the scorching sun come flaming trough the windows, raising the temperature inside the room to 35 degrees or more (close to 100 F), effectively turning the premises into a personal solar powered furnace.
Turning on a few more electric fans, in a futile attempt to keep the computers from shutting down by themselves due to excessive heat; the Ghost pictures longingly images of vast snow covered forests; of small, friendly towns of steep roofed houses that look like drawn from a winter postcard; of children merrily playing in the snow.
But cool thoughts don’t help to dry the Ghost’s shroud, so damp with sweat that it looks like... well, like a damp shroud.
I am most certainly too close to hell.
I need to get me an air conditioner...
Happy Groundhog Day![By: TheGhost / 2006-02-02]
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A little tidbit form my days studying engineering (Well, i was in teh classes, anyway). A fan will introduce energy into the environment. If the environment is sealed, it will result in an increase in teh overall temprature. Best would be to put the fans in a doorway and window to create a through-draft. That's the theory. Never seen it work, 'thou. -Dj
The joys of northern living. Put your computer out in the winter in a snow proof container...Instant cooling -neuman1812
bur if you put a block of ice in front of the fan, the fan will spread out the colder air and thus create a primitive form of air conditioning. -drachen
Invest in a swamp cooler. -vacuumtubes
Well, I can only hope we actually get winter weather here... I live on the wet coast of Canada (that was not a typo), in the Fraser Valley (about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver. We've set and then REset records for rainfall in january. Winter gave us the shaft this year, maybe the next 6 weeks will actually deliver something. -Bynar
Well, my prediction for the rest of the winter on the wet coast is periods of rain, mixed with drizzle, punctuated by the occasional shower. -Gaah
*gives away location by remarking on the temps that have been routinely 20C above normals all winter* Hey, go ahead and give me six more weeks of this. Rock on. -Jay911
We should be 'round the 10 F / -12 C temp during January... we've been dealing with jumps between just BARELY freezing to nearly 50 F / 10 C with barely enough snow to choke a gerble. (Oh, hell... Ok, ok... I know I'm gunna hear it for THAT one) -ShujinTribble
Warmest winter on record for my area. In a town where we can see -40C with windchill, I can take a couple more months of winter like this... -namor
We need a good freeze here in the PacNorWet. We've got a severe spider problem. On the bright side, my friend says that he hasn't seen roaches in his apartment for 8 months now. -PolarCoyote
Try this: http://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca/~gmilburn/ac/geoff_ac.html -NightSteel
It's been -1ºC here all day. I hope you and your farkin groundhog die a slow lingering death! <grumble> -Digital Dogcow
watch that first step. it's a doozie -p3bk4c
Gah- Iron range Ike is STILL flipping us off- he AINT coming outta that hole! -HappyCrappy
We haven't really *had* winter yet, this year. *muses* -pixel
And, down in the deep south, General Beauregard Lee says "Early Spring." Meanwhile, out here in CA, "To show that Petaluma Pete is up to his unusual forecasts, he will be giving golf lessons to Bill Murray just a little south of Petaluma at Pebble Beach." <g>
Yep, we've had essentially six months of fall/spring, with an occassional winter day thrown in here and there just to keep us all ill. -SouthernMyst
If anyone has winter weather,please send it my way! My AC is dead in the server room, and it's still 90 degrees with the window wide open! Plus, I can even skid logs for some extra income! -garwain
i always put my 75mph fan facing out a window and i pull it in the room about a foot(it sucks out more hot air that way) and then open 2 windows on the other end of the house and instant breeze -M4rcus
I've got a big box-fan that I added flashing to the corners of (poor-man's ducted-fan) that ...just fits into my bathroom window upstairs. I turn that on and open the window in the entry (farthest away from the stairs, and in a shady nook of the outside) and let the cool breeze flow through. The insde temps don't get as high as the outside temps until almost 5PM in the middle of the summer! -LoTech
And at the other end of the world, we have temps of 30oC-40+oC (convert it yourself to oF) and 90+% humidity. Thank the $deities for air conditioning. -Wraith556
Try this for the real groundhog -Blue3c
Here in Southeast Asia, we have no winter, so its always "hot and wet" here :p -CrystalMare
75-80 degrees F here in central Florida. You can tell that it's winter, the grass is turning brown due to lack of rain. Makes for great motorcycle riding weather. Just have to dodge all of the greyhairs and tourists. -ecoli
we had record temps of over 40 centigrade several days running in january - just really begun summer i am afraid:( -timelady
Normally it's -10 to -20ºC here in Ottawa (+14 to -4ºF) this time of year, but recently there's been a lot of rain instead. It's supposed to hit 5ºC/41ºF tommorow as well. Considering that the nearest groundhog has proven to be less accurate than a coinflip though, I've stopped caring about it. -HidariMak
Someone needs to warn my second computer
If it doesn't start working soon, to the level I expect, I WILL be stripping it for parts and giving it to the recycler.
!@#$ing ndiswrapper.. !@#$ing module format.. !@#$ing FC4... !@#$ing raid array that ubuntu doesn't work on.. [By: illiterate / 2006-02-02]
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<Turns into a vulture and starts circling around Illiterate's place> <BEG> -TheGhost
Calm blue ocean my friend. Calm blue ocean... -Lese
Just keep swearing! Just keep swearing!</Fluking Nemo> -ShujinTribble
Your right Lese, a fragged funky linux box does belong in the deep blue ocean..... -PolarCoyote
eff it, i'm going to try to make ubuntu work.. *nukes, paves, curses* -illiterate
ubuntu no go.. no good fixes available. so now i move tweedledum next to tweedledee (from left to right- case, case, speaker, monitor, speaker, monitor) and throwing a cable between them. just so I'm clear, "patch" cable is the stuff from machine to machine, right? -illiterate
I just cannibalized a machine that lost a drive in a striped RAID config ("smoking crater" comes to mind). Popped in a 300gb drive, now trying to persuade it to believe that some of its hardware really IS there. It's a refreshing feeling. (Well the first part, not the last part.) -Jay911
I'm expecting the 40g HD in my LANbox to fail. Damn thing hasn't missed a beat since I installed it. -Wraith556
*Standing around the 2nd computer with a baseball bat to warn others away and thinking, "Yes!! Finally, one less computer in the house!!"* -Starlover
You deserve a break today
So I come into work a few minutes late, hoping to avoid detection, and get to my cubicle (which is closest to the door and furthest from my boss) without a hitch. As soon as I try to log into the phones I get this weird error message about licenses being all used up. I occasionally have gotten this before and it usually resolves within a minute or two. So I try again and again over the next 5 minutes. No luck. So I have to go tell my boss I can't get in. This is at my start time at 11am. It's now a little after 1:30pm and I just got logged into the phones a few minutes ago. It took my boss, one of our local "phone experts" techies, a call to the local phone company and at least one other person I don't even know to get me logged back in. And they still have no idea what caused it.
Of course the fun part for me was knowing that I can't take any phone calls until I can get logged in, and that it's in no way my fault, and listening to my coworkers swear at me under their breath(but loud enough for me to hear it)for not being on the phone helping them. One of them decided to play hooky on monday and I spent several hours slammed with calls because she was gone, so I don't feel too sorry for her at least. So more than 1/4 of my shift passed before I had to do anything. Sweet![By: redfaery / 2006-02-02]
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Yep... and love the tagline, btw -HappyCrappy
"Sweet!" Dude! ;-) -SouthernMyst
OT - Survey
I'm bored, assembling my PC after replacing it's power supply... 480w will only work for so long around me.
So, here's the question: How many power cords do you have at home?
To qualify, the power cord must be interchangable from a PC to a CRT monitor.
At last count (including the one from today), I have 17 in my "Box-o-Parts" that's actually a Pepsi cooler I swiped from the gas station I used to work at.[By: exzyle2k / 2006-02-02]
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At least a hundred standard NEMA cables. Doezens of other types. -LaserGuru
221 Standard power cables, 150+ RCA A/V cables, 100+ SVGA Cables, and over 8000 ft. of RG/6 RF Cable.. I need to have a garage sale.. -VWFtech
You're assuming I can actually *find* all the pieces/parts lying around my house. I'd estimate upwards of 10, these days. -pixel
Probably somewhere in the region on 30 UK leads; I chucked out a load of old ones last year. I've also got loads of European and US leads - some bits of kit just come with all 3 for some reason. -smellystudent
Umm... let's see, I have at least 15 in service, plus a box with about 50 more. That is, of course, just standard NEMA types. -chazz
I only have one cable. At least, when I try to pull anything out of my 'spaghetti box', everything comes out as one mass; therefore it counts as one cable. -Gaah
And by the way, this one cable weighs about 60 pounds. -Gaah
I only have 2 extra power cords for PC/monitor, 2 extra video cables, a few IDE cables, 2 SATA cables, and some other misc. bits. -Starfury
Over 500. I have two plastic storage bins that are both stuffed to the brim with these things, separated by standard and non-standard. If anybody needs any, please let me know. -RiffRaff
Can we count the little piggy back off the CPU to the monitor connectors? -TubPorsche
20-odd last time I checked. Plus all sorts of odds and sods of other cables I've 'acquired' -Mahal
I think I still have a few dozen that I salvaged from a site about 12 years ago.... -Grue
I have about 15 right now. I had many more but the company I used to work for had a bunch of hubs ship with no power cables and I had to use mine to get the customer installs done. -JustAGirl
About 20+. A pile of them were given to me by me ex-employers. Most are in the bottom of my LAN-tub (a big plastic box that stores by LANparty switches, cables, powerboards, power cables, speakers, headset, toolkit, spare parts, etc). -Wraith556
40 or 50. Plus about 30 or 40 of the ones that go from the power supply to the monitor (forgot what they are called). I have taken those and chopped the computer end off and added a female 15A recepticle to it so that if I need an extra outlet, I can unplug someone's monitor and plug into that and plug my laptop into that so I don't have to crawl under the desk, or behind it, or behind the filing cabinet, or down there where the starfish's little dog went poo-poo and no one cleaned it up. -ecoli
I gots me wunna those Y jobs, ya know? it splits into two (pc and monitor) Don't recollect where I swiped 'er -ThinTheHerd
I lost count. One for every applicable device that needs them, and then about enough to do it about 50% over. (And in the meantime, as my worksite is about to be shut down and is being cleaned up, I saw a box of those in the basement and thought "Hey, I should snag those." - then gave my head a shake.) -Jay911
(Oh and don't sweat it, I'm not about to become one with unemployment. We're just moving to a new center.) -Jay911
Get it right!
2 weeks ago, I ordered a new cleaning cartridge for my ailing backup drive. Receptionist mistyped a number on the PO, and we ended up receiving a HP Laserjet toner cartridge... luckily it was right for one of our printers... 2nd try got me a box of backup tapes...getting closer, but I have more tapes than I need, since I'm migrating to IOMEGA REV drives... hopefully, the 3rd time will work, since I called the supplier and told them exactally what I wanted shipped no matter what the purchase order says![By: garwain / 2006-02-02]
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Anyone want to set up a pool for what will actually arrive? -Divinar
I have dibs on a new mouse :p hehehehe <Runs to LART Shelter> BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!! -CrystalMare
Im thinking a Winchester cartridge cleaner and a coupon for the rest of the reloading kit. -Darkridr
You will now be receiving cartridges for your automatic weapon of choice. It has nothing to do with the part# ordered or what you asked for. The only thing similar is that it will be a cartridge. Happy larting! :) -MrJay67
I'm going with the idea that you'll receive one of Judy Patchs' "Fix-your-AOL PC" CDs. -lineswine
I'm betting on a pallet of never-been-opened 20MB Bernoilli disks -ShujinTribble
A bill for the original Toner -neuman1812
A bill for the cleaning cartridge dated 2 weeks ago, a bill for the cart and the HP Laserjet toner cartridge dated 10 days ago marked 'Second Notice' in red, a third bill for the cleaner, toner and box of back-up tapes dated 1 week ago marked 'Third and Final Notice' in red, a fourth bill for the cleaner, toner, tapes, and another cleaning cartridge dated yesterday marked 'Sent to Collections' in blue, an account closure notification, and a court summons bundled in a rubber band? -maciarc
Airhead lab partner, part 2...
Was going to post this last night, but -had- to get some sleep. Said lab partner also gets very nervous when seeing commands/output she's not familiar with (this being a Linux box, is almost everything). We were told to ping a site and leave it running. Her (after about 2 seconds): "OK, you can hit Ctrl-C now" "I said you can hit Ctrl-C now" *panicked*"Hit Ctrl-C!" (that got her yelled at by the instructor). She also refuses to read man pages, instead preferring to use random commands and "see if it works" (that somehow resulted in a spectacularly odd machine-hosing--I'm still not sure what she did--and she didn't want to let me reinstall).[By: Dreamstalker / 2006-02-02]
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We've got one of those in my Solaris class. Anything that doesn't do what she thinks it might, or does something she's not expecting, and she panics. Sometimes quite loudly. Gah. -pixel
Let's hope "random commands" comes across "rm root" <syntax?> [It's been a while since I unixed.} -Captain Trips
Class, This is my BONK stick. Anyone not following direction, or pulls a seriously stupid stunt, gets one right up side the head. 'nuff said! -Psudo36
Ugh. I was partnered with someone like this in biology class. She panicked because the cells we were looking at were dead. I can't think why...they'd only been encased in plastic for three months...twits like this need a boot to the head! -Parilla
Capt. Trips: Isn't that "rm -rf *" in root? Or "rm -rf /*"... -chazz
rm -r? I was waiting for her to do that (I don't think that's what happened though). Someone else overwrote their install.log. I'm waiting for someone to remove their network adapter (that would actually be a good t/s exercise)... -Dreamstalker
Just...slap her. -TranceGemini
"bonk stick" reminds me of a Garfield cartoon: "this is my bean-filled Whack-Bonk." "what does that do?" (hits him with it) WHACK! (his head hits the desk) BONK! -Erictheblue
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