Tech Stories Archives - January 2008
And so the New Year begins
Isn't it funny, on New Year's Eve, some of us get a little hopeful that the incoming year will be better than the one that's just wrapping up? No matter how many times it turns out to be the same old thing, many of us have that tiny spark of hope.
And then you check your email for the first time in the shiny, unmarred new year and discover a message from, say, your favorite sister. Yay!
And then you read the subject line: Happy New Year! And I Need Help!
Meet the new year, same as the old year.
[By: Tekkie / 2008-01-01]
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The more things change ,the more they stay the same. -thatgirl
Dear Sister, as it is a new year I have new support policies. Everybody pays. $50/hr, minimum 2 hrs. Alternative payments for family can include offers of food and drink. -Starfury
You need help, I need money...comprende? -lineswine
Correct Response: Funny I do too! Mortgage payment is due in a couple days, we can help each other out! -LazyLemming
happy 2007 sp1 -stiffarm
While I have no doubt that the fishies will be just as clueless in 2008, I have decreed that on a personal level, this year will be a great year for all here. -Grayhawk
Happy New Year
Well, the new year has started, and some of us are still feeling a little worse for wear. 2007 has been a good year for some, and a not-so-good year for others. What were your best/worst/funniest moments of 2007?
I'll start. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster year for us, in between getting married, fostering our son and finding out that he's more like us than we could ever have imagined, going through several different jobs, and losing the baby. Hopefully next year's gonna be a better year :). What about you?[By: katinahat / 2008-01-01]
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I consider today my best day on a very long time. First day of real retirement! My last employers were / are famous for having current flow wrong for years and years. (Late 1940's to middle 1950's) -jerrybear
If all goes according to plan (go ahead, God, and laugh!), I'll be on my first day of true retirement on this day in 2009. So, I'm looking forward to going out on top of my game! And with my blood pressure normal. And all of my hair. Dang! I hate that last part; I keep forgetting. Must be the lack of hair.... -colodude
Well, my father passed away on January 7th last year, which was bad -- I'll never be able to fill that hole in my life -- and good -- first time we three brothers have been together in aeons, which was a hoot. In September, my baby brother, having reached the age of 40, decided it was time to get married, and did; we went out to Waterloo to prop him up, and that was good. Then, the US denied his wife entrance to the States, so he's living in Seattle and she's in Vancouver, which was bad, but they are coping... and that is temporary. But it means he's up here every weekend, which is good, it means we get to see a lot of him. -chazz
Best: School. I graduated college, got into grad school and got an assistantship1 Bad: Dad's cancer. But he's doing well and the prognosis is good, so we're hopeful. -Seamyst
Good: Sunday, December 30, because I'm still here. More info on that here... http://www.techcomedy.com/single/new_stories.php?content_number=72271 -srteach
Best: The day my husband came home from basic. Worst: well the reason why he came back, for the past three months my left shoulder cradle/neck/arm has been severely in pain and messed up but they still haven't found the root cause. Here's hoping 2008 comes with some answers. -Taterlain
not being with the ex husband (who i can divorce this year, thankfully), who has gotten his new girlfriend pregnant - very shortly after leaving me 6 mths ago. tacky:). no more horrible, scary days with him, no being put down, no more wishing i wouldn't wake up. wonderful friends, happy kids, and a sweet new guy (uber geek sysadmin ftw!) in my life - and you guys. how blessed am i? -timelady
In general? Having managed to keep my job and having managed to hold on to the New years resolution of not cvaring aboout what other peopel think about me. :) -Ara
Best - trying early retirement on for size. Worst - the stress and paperwork of the ongoing financial tapdancing needed to be able to sustain said retirement, plus a number of rather nasty medical diagnoses. Funniest - when the local national leader lost his deputy, his government, and his personal electorate all in the one week. -Geminii
Worst: Spending far to much time in CAT scans and neurology appointments. Best: Finally realising I loved my gamer geek girlfriend after being friends for a long while. -TechKittenNotts
Oh, my sister died, my partner's Crohn's required surgery, I had to have the cartilage removed from my right knee and the project I'm working on at <big fed govt dept> is smelling worse than SmellyStudent, but apart from that it was a great year! Bring 2008, can't get any worse. -macbeth
Lesse... Good - Managed to buy my first ever new car. Better - Got promoted at work. Best - Company sent me to Bahamas for 4 days on their bill. :) Bring on 2008!! -SiamJetta
Bad: A class that I badly needed to take spring '07 was full (it's a pre-requesite to *everything* for my major), so I have to push back graduation until winter 2009. Good: No one in my immediate family had to go to the hospital emergency room. Ugly: The disability benefits provider has "determined" that my wife can go back to work (and have thus stopped paying) despite the fact that her doctors strongly urge her not to. -Antacid
Good: Got a better job, started to get back to the things in life I genuinely enjoy. Bad: Ummm.... I'd rather not talk about that. -linkv
Safely disposing of a hard drive
More of a question, really... I have an old external hard drive. It's been dying since summer, as half the time when it's plugged in and I flip the switch, it doesn't turn on all the way (instead tries to spin up, clicks, and tries again, clicks, and...) and my computer doesn't recognize it. I finally bit the bullet and got a new external hard drive (well, internal HD and external enclosure) and have transferred everything over. So - what would be the best way of destroying or completely wiping out my hard drive, so that my personal information (including tax statements) is unrecoverable? I have a MacBook dual-booting between Tiger and Ubuntu Gutsy, and any software needs to be free (or full-featured trial version). I also have a screwdriver. I'm not afraid to use the command line (in either OS), as long as I have step-by-step instructions. Many thanks![By: Seamyst / 2008-01-01]
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Actually a Very Simple Thing. Step 1 - buy a 3/8' drill bit. Step 2 - use a nice stout electric drill, with the new bit, to drill at least one hole through the drive, top to bottom, through the platters. More than one hole is better. Step 3 - throw the drive & drill bit into the trash, as you've likely burnt any usable edge & temper out of the bit. -Grue
There are a few ways, you can drill holes in it, hit it with a hammer until it's destroyed, bake it (350 or higher) or if you want, take it apart and then smash the bits. -Starfury
That should have been 3/8" bit...and the resulting damage is acceptable by the gov't for unclassified data. I do this once a month with drives pulled from the office systems. -Grue
Some ideas: Look online for a disk eraser program, and run it with multiple passes of random data. If it was windblows, I could point you to one. Then (or alternately) physically melt the platters with a torch. If they are glass (some platters are) break and grind them. Physically remove the platters, use sandpaper on the surfaces, top and bottom (time consuming). Always use safety glasses and gloves. -srteach
I read about one person who found that a wiring channel cut in the concrete floor of the machine room, but never used, was exactly a hard drive high, and about 1/3 of a hard drive deep. He had about 20 hard drives to dispose of, so he stuck them all in the channel, platter end down, and then played golf with a sledge hammer as the club. -chazz
Actually, I like Grue's first idea, even with the typo- a 3/8ths _foot_ drill bit would do a real good job on a standard hard drive, especially when you get it up to a real good RPM before dropping the drill down on the drive! Picture a 2400rpm, 4 1/2 inch drill bit dropping down on a hard drive C-clamped to the bench. -Voz
Will it blend? -RamenMcTavish
Industrial magnets work well too but not as fun as the drill bit or hammer ideas. All you really need to do though is just dismantle it and rub a bit of sandpaper on the platters, voila instant no more readability. Heck just taking it apart should introduce enough dust to render the platters unreadable. -frprinterwiz
The measures required depend on what you need to protect. (A) Your credit card number that has a $1000 limit; (B) something that could get you sent away; (C) blueprints for a nuckyaler weapons facility. The more spectacular methods would be overkill for case A. -concept14
Drive wiping software is more than enough really. You're not gonna have ID thieves digging through your trash with the equipment to recover from that. Derrik's Boot and Nuke is a great one. -LazyLemming
1911 loaded with 230 full metal jacketed rounds at 25 ft is fun, so is an AR15 or a PS90.
I offer secure...and I mean SECURE HDD destruction -Crashville
PULL! -Stryker One
i second the dban - darik's boot and nuke:) -timelady
I'm going to stick with the suggestions for physical destruction. If the computer doesn't recognize the drive, no disk wipe _software_ is going to do anything because it can't reach the surface of the disk to wipe it. -chazz
I'll see your 1911 45 ACP and raise you a S&W Model 29 44 Magnum, data destruction Dirty Harry style. Alternately, a little quality time with a hammer and a concrete floor should also do the trick, throw in a chisel for added fun, maybe a pickaxe or sledgehammer if you feel like using something heavier. Have some friends over? Play some baseball with it. -AgentV3
I'm sure there are instructions online for building your own hobby furnace... -Geminii
Just bring it to a TSC UK barbecue... -Diptera
I'll throw in another voice for dban: http://dban.sourceforge.net/ Of course, the physical destruction method also offers a form of stress relief. -Ramblin
You'll need a car with a trunk, an open field, a baseball bat, and 2 very pissed-off friends. -AmazingKreskin
If you choose one of the more...theatrical...methods, please tape for enjoyment of others (us). -beerman
There are at least a couple of paper covered holes in the drives. Open one and shake a bit of sand into it. Then spray a little WD-40 in. Cover the hold with scotch tape. Shake the drive to distribute the abrasive. Throw in the trash. -TieDyedDinosaur
I second Starfury's 'take it apart and smash the bits'. The inside of a hard drive's pretty neat if you haven't seen one before, and there are some powerful magnets to play with, too. -NightSteel
Well if you got everything transfered off the drive, it's still readable and therefore wipable. -LazyLemming
dismantle drive, take platter(s) and use as claypigeon(s) -HrO
I usually go with the cement floor, 20lbs sledge hammer approach... -garwain
Here I sit...
Working from home. Doing the grave shift, 8pm-5am because I'm greedy and 1.5 time was too much to pass up. It's my Wednesday so today counts as a paid day off; toss in 2 days PTO and at 5am Wednesday I'm on vacation. The worst bit is I's just after 8pm and I'm already tired.[By: Starfury / 2008-01-01]
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Here I sit, in smelly vapor.
Looking for, the toilet paper.
I wonder how long I'll have to linger,
before I'm forced, to use my finger. -Stryker One
Here I sit, broken-hearted, tried to sh*t but only farted. -unrenowned
On the way home, I took a chance, tried to fart, but sh*t my pants. -unrenowned
What's the number for 911?
me - PleaseGoAway Helpdesk, what password can I reset for you?
her - What's the email address for email@example.com?
me - ess dee ee ach dee, at...
her - ...plzgoaway? Dot com?
me - Yes.
her - Okay, thanks!
[By: Mushroom / 2008-01-01]
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*sits and shakes her head* -evolvedstarfish
hahahaha *facepalm* -furbs
I'd laugh if it wasn't so real. -srteach
"And lo, the Lord thy God shouted from the mountaintop, 'Thou art a fucknugget in mine sight. Remove thyself from mine reflecting pool....'" -vacuumtubes
Last Day(s) Prank Suggestions
Our main network admin is leaving Friday for greener pastures. So far this week he's done nothing but listen to music and surf the web. (He's a good guy, just doesn't have anything to do during his last week as all of his duties have been transferred.)
I've enlisted some other domain/network admins to aid me in making sure his last few days with us are memorable.
That being said, I'm taking suggestions as to what computer-related pranks we can play on him. Nothing too damaging or nasty. We like the guy, just want to give him a good sendoff.[By: BarmanVarn / 2008-01-02]
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Well, there's always the classic "take a screen shot of the desktop, hide his icons and set the screen shot as the background image," but that's just the first step. Could also set his keyboard to dvorak. -kman52000
Tape over his mouse's optical sensor. If he has multiple monitors, switch the monitor cables around so his display layout will be backwards/otherwise wrong. -NightSteel
Find some old 8080's and a Mac Lisa. Replace current desktop computers. Enjoy! -MacDaddy
Add "shutdown -f" to his startup configuration <eg> -RiffRaff
There is a variation of the screenshot prank that I am famous for. You take the screenshot flip it around in paint a simple 90 degrees will do. Save it then make it the desktop. Also, I usually hide the taskbar and then you can flip the desktop. Ctrl+Alt+> should do it. Hide the desktop icons and then watch as their face takes on a punished look. -adarklite
swap the 'f' and 'r' keys in his registry... always fun... http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/entertainment/ is also one of my favorite sites... some GREAT software there... and also www.computerpranks.com has some good ideas -TechnoTherapist
I dunno if switching the desktop would work... I mean, the *first* thing I try when I can't get the Start menu to open (because the computer's frozen or whatever) is hit the Windows key. -Seamyst
I wrote a script that opened the CD tray randomly throughout the day for a birthday prank at our office. Simple vbs script, good fun. -Slartarama
Well, if the guy's on wireless internet, there's the old "rogue access point" gag, where the proxy server attached to your cloned AP replys to all image requests with copies of "goatse.jpg" and/or "tubgirl.jpg". Probably want to filter the requests by IP or MAC (as appropriate) so that the boss/boss's_PA/cute_intern doesn't get caught in the tSPEWnami. (I read about the being done at a hacker conference a few years back.) -LoTech
Do the vista upgrade prank! That one is AWESOME! -LazyLemming
Upgrading him to vista isn't a prank, it's downright fucking cruel. But, then again, I said the same thing about XP years ago... -Spyder19
saran wrap streched tightly between a door frame makes for hilarious moments when you see the expression on thier face as is unexpectedly streches into it.
Swap the 'M' and the 'N' key on the keyboard.
Cover his entire car/office with post-it notes.
How about unplugging his mouse and Keyboard and plugging the guy next to hims mouse and keyboard into his computer so he cannot type or move his mouse? Or Crossing Monitors with the person next to him. Its a lot more fun if you do it to a whole room full of people. -imawitch
Oh I forgot this one set his homepage on all of his web browsers to this link. It's cruel but funny http://home.comcast.net/~wolfand/ -imawitch
Get a USB wireless mouse and connect it to his computer where he can't see it. Randomly move the mouse around when he tries to do something. -SirJosh
Public Service Message
>>>WARNING<<< TOTALLY NSFW [By: Stryker One / 2008-01-02]
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ROFLMAO I love the expression on her face, too. -Seamyst
Yep, and I don't think they give epidurals while performing buttsex. -vacuumtubes
VT- usually I need to give a general anesthetic for that. -beerman
I have that porn... ummm... I mean... I've seen that... wait... er... what's buttsex? where am I? <waves hand> These are not the perverts you are looking for. -TechnoTherapist
"The Internet is really really great... FOR PORN!" /Avenue Q -Dante668
Why I don't want to work with people...
FurryHelix == Yours Truly.
Thanks, Kat for putting this up somewhere I could link to it.[By: Helix666 / 2008-01-02]
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My poor, poor head. You should've told him to click install on the first sign of it, because now he'll just be back when he can't figure out how Linux works. -Calydor
Now... give him credit for *wanting* to learn. Furthermore, for actually coming for help *before* he FUBARs his computer. That said... yeah. I mean, how on earth can you NOT have heard of Nero? -Seamyst
Seamyst, I've got users who think that if a program is not "the Microsoft", it must be dangerous or illegal. -Tekkie
(SFX--Doped up John Fiedler in "Wolf in the Fold) "Kill, kill, hahahahaha..kill, kill...." -vacuumtubes
And then deduct that credit for admonishing you for speaking to him like an adult. "talk english plz" "no u". -veaudaux
The best part of that, to me, is the Quit Message from Luscius, because I just mentally pictured the computer passing out as a result of that exchange (cartoon-like image, I know, but still made me laugh). -beerman
Getting 2008 off to a fun start...
We outsource support for some of our locations to the business wing of a telecom company formed by several major mergers - I can't give names, of course, but They're The Network.
Anyway, the $TTN Business Support helpdesk called our helpdesk this morning to ask us a favor. They'd received our report of a stolen laptop, and they wanted us to remote it and disable it.
Yes, you read that correctly.
One of our team leads had to patiently explain to the drone from $TTN Business that if nobody from our company has physical possession of the laptop, we can't remote-control it. We slowly explained that it's obviously not wired to our network and it's rather unlikely that whoever had it would be nice enough to hack the VPN password so that we could connect remotely.
Yes, I'm sure there probably are tools that could have done some or all of what $TTN was asking us to do... but we don't have them. And the $TTN drone really was asking us to remote-control a stolen laptop, not disable it on the domain or anything that advanced.
This was not the best possible start to a new year. :)
[By: Robster2001 / 2008-01-02]
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If you were on a CSI team, you could do it, I bet. :) -Tekkie
And find the human hair amongst a room full of cats, that tells you what the killer's job is, and where he'll be on tuesday at 3pm! -LazyLemming
What are you talking about? You've heard of WOL, i.e. "Wake-On-LAN"? What about WOW- "Wake-on-WiFi". Surely you techs can do something with that, it was on a TV show the other night! *OK, I'll shut up and go sit in the corner of the LART Shelter now* -Voz
Ah, yes, CSI -- the people with the software to recreate a 7 character license plate from 3 blurry pixels. The people who can run a 3-week DNA test in less than an hour. Oh, and the people who have the state-of-the-art, multi-billion-dollar police lab. Yeah, and people believe that what they can do is really possible. Who pressed the "easy button?" -Captain Trips
Meh. It's technically possible if the laptop is stuffed full of expensive satellite comms gear and chunky batteries. Just say "Management never bought the tools for that." -Geminii
Product that will track and wipe it is called Computrace. -Shadow
The technology is there in two-way radio networks.. we can 'brick' a lost radio in seconds and it has to go to the manufacturer for a reboot (and the manu is going to ask questions about the ownership thereof).. -Jay911
reminds me of a shocking story: punch in the right codes on a certain model of cell phone, and you can listen in on ALL nearby cell phones! A japanese computer expert demonstrated this to some senators-using a brand new phone he unwrapped in the room! (i forget his name, but he's the guy credited with capturing Kevin Mitnick) -Erictheblue
Not exactly off topic >:)
I heard about this from the grandmother years ago, then I saw a reference to it on the "Highlander" tv series, then I heard a lady announce it on artbell, but, I never had a credit card to actually buy the thing. I do now tho >:)
http://www.absinthekits.com/[By: Spyder19 / 2008-01-02]
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Too bad their online store is closed....wait, what am I worried about, I don't drink! Although that is one drink I am sorry I missed out on trying. -frprinterwiz
If you want to try Absinth and are in the US, check out Lucid. It was created by a guy who studied absinth for most of his career, and worked to recreate an accurate duplication of the original absinths that were popular around the turn of the century. It's received very strong reviews by many absinth experts for excellent flavor and adherance to traditional recipes. It doesn't contain thujone, and is legal on the US. Most people are really conscerned about the thujone content of Absinth, and it getting you high, but in reality traditional absinth contained such a low amount of thujone that you would die of alcohol poisoning before you had ingested enough of it to have any effect. If you are still interested in trying a properly brewed real absinth (the wormwood does lend the absinth an enjoyable bitter flavor that may be missing in Lucid) you can order many high quality absinths from http://www.alandia.de - they are pretty reasonable and will ship to the US, if you order two bottles you can get insurance so they will replace the bottles if they get stopped at customs. (Remember, absinth is banned by the FDA as an illegal food, if it gets found in transit they will not ship it, but you won't be arrested for drug trafficking or anything, so at worst your risking being out $150 or so for the cost of a couple of bottles). If you are looking for something that has the taste and experience of absinth without the associated cost, there are a number of Absentes available in the US that are passable, if not quite up to scratch with the real thing. -miyako
Wow, you seem to know alot about it. I hate to sound like a drunken druggie, but, since I am, it's kinda hard not to ;) Which would you suggest for the best after-banging-yer-head-on-the-desk-1000-times buzz ? -Spyder19
I saw on the news it was legalized in the US just recently - like last week or something. -thx1138
Yea, that's the United States, I, however, live in New York, it's a different country altogether and doesn't follow any of the rules of a normal four dimensional universe -Spyder19
Did you know it was a love potion? It's true - absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. :-) -Gromit
Having lived in Europe on several occasions (and having lots of family there), I've enjoyed it many a times, and know some people that know some people that can get me the real deal if I so choose... -elcapitane
Spyder: If you're looking for the "having your brains bashed in by a gold brick wrapped around a wedge of lemon" experience, absinth isn't really the direction you want to go. The reason that it was favored historically among artists is that absinth has a reputation for giving you a particularly lucid drunkness. Aside from it's famous drinkers, and the fact that it was banned (which is really due to people becoming extremely ill from the copper ore and other heavy metals that manufacturers used to imitate the green hue and luche effect while making a cheap liquor) - absinth's main claim to fame is that it's a more refined and sophisticated drunk. If you're looking for a legal way to get completely mind bending intoxicated, might I suggest tequila and Salvia? -miyako
Miyako: Heh, I had previously found out about alandia and Lucid during my research of the green fairy. It's nice to verify my sources, thanks! -techofalltrades
I don't get some people
me: Let me refresh your password, what is it?
her: My password is "mikie99".
me: [tappity] Okay, I've reset it as "mikie99", try it now.
her: ...Nope, still not working.
me: You're entering it, all in lower case, as em-eye-kay-eye-ee-nine-nine?
her: Uh, no, I've been putting it in as "michael99".
[By: Mushroom / 2008-01-02]
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Give it to Mikey. He'll type anything! </old commercial> -Fuji
But it's pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove... -ChildofCthulhu
Happy Birthday, Ramen!
Hey, guys. Sorry this isn't tech related, but I thought it needed to be said. I know he'll want to kill me for mentioning it, but if you have a moment, everybody wish RamenMcTavish a happy birthday. I doubt he'd say anything about it himself, and I've been trying to embarrass him for the last 5 years, anyway. :P
Happy birthday, babe. Hope it's wonderful. *hugs*[By: ZZ / 2008-01-02]
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Ok, so the noodles are a year older... -Spyder19
Best wishes, ramen!!! -adarklite
Happy Birthday! -SillyGirl
Happy Birthday, "ZZ's Snack"! -Grue
"May he touch you with his noodly appendage, Ramen." -TieDyedDinosaur
Many Happy Returns of The Day, Ramen! congrats on surviving another year! -ManyHats
Another year gone, another year closer to the end (you know, retirement...). Happy Berfday! -unrenowned
Awwww...thanks everyone, especially ZZ. She pulled this up and showed it to me earlier; she definitely outdid herself. -RamenMcTavish
i am sending this the day i quit
The receptionist at my company is a Bitch! 18 months ago i said or did something that made her go to my boss and tell him she didn't want me coming up to the front to help her any more. I gave her my thought on it at the time which was basically an apology, and life went on because she forgave me.
Now i got a little frustrated with her the other day because we had a different recollection of reality, so she pulls the same shit again. so i wrote her a new email:
I am not sorry for what I did this time. I am tird of apologizing to you. You call me up for help, and when I try my best to fix whatever is broken I get scolded for it. I am tired of fixing the same problem over and over. I show you how to fix things so you won’t need to call for help every time. I go out of my way to make sure your front desk runs as smoothly as I can make it. I am not sorry I got frustrated when you told me that I was wrong and you were right.
I no longer want to come to the front desk to help you so it is a good thing you no longer want my help. Too bad I am the only one who knows how to fix the DHL machine or the postage machine. Next time they break I will conveniently not be available. It will not be my problem. Next time you have a problem with me, tell me. Talk to me. I am only human, and when you push me I get frustrated. I am sick of tiptoeing around you because you might get insulted when you refuse to listen to what ever anyone else has to say.
I am writing this on 1/3/08. You will receive it the day I quit. And I can tell you now, we are not friends. I do not respect you as a coworker. You are the only person that I am unable to reconcile any differences with. I give up with attempting to appease your sense of “front desk Monarchy.” I no longer wish to help you in any way shape or form. It is my job and if my boss tells me to help I will. I no longer care if you like me, because every time I try I get hurt.
What do you all think ? :)[By: gashach
/ 2008-01-03 ]
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I would realllly like to see what she has hiding in her computer under 'Innocent' sounding names that would make her grannie blush if they saw the light of day. -jerrybear
I second that emotion... I don't suppose the frond desk machine needs to be "Swapped out for a periodic maintenance"? -ShujinTribble
Just a thought - what would the point be of sending it to her the day you quit? Won't the refusal of future assistance be wasted? I can appreciate the sentiment of course - nobody wants o cow-irker like that! -Enzedder
Re- Enz: It's smarter for G to wait to send it. If it sends it now and is consistently "not available" to assist her, he could face disciplinary action, because the Beeyotch can prove he's purposefully not helping (then again, if it's not a job requirement that he help her, this comment becomes moot). If he does not send it, she can have her thoughts and paranoias, but no proof. And then the day he leaves, boom! Yup, you're right lady, I did it on purpose. What're ya gonna do about it now? -beerman
Mate, I only have one criticism of your proposed email - it suggests that you actually care now. "Care less"? I couldn't. My users know that. I'd suggest that you educate them with the appropriate bored tone. The mental "Oh fsck! I may actually have to DO something!" when they hear me answer the phone is audible. Suffice to say that I'm NOT the most popular person within the firm as far as SFs go but most popular with tier 2. I can live with that. -Loon
1) she is the grandma, barely touches the front desk computer, so no deal there.
2)Im a sap. I do care. i like to know that things are running smoothly.
3)Fuck her. she is the reason i am now tring to find a new job very quickly.
Add some varient of #3 into the email; make it sting a little more. :) -BayouTech
Add, "An' while your at it, you can go pound sand in your ass." -vacuumtubes
While I like the thought of the email, I would probably take a different tact. When submitting my two weeks notice to management, I would specifically state that she was the reason... and the ONLY reason that I was leaving. With another job lined up, it would be easy to reject all counter offers, including getting her fired: "That wouldn't be fair to her. I've tried to be nice and still want to be a good person and as such have solved the problem the only way I can - by leaving". I would then ask to take any accrued vacation immediately towards my two weeks... :-) -virtualchoirboy
VCB, you're *evil* <stares in AWE> -CTYankee
Ooh, go with what virtualchoirboy said! -ManyHats
We have a winner. VCB FTW! I wont have much accrued time off because i may have a job offer next week, but who the hell knows :) -gashach
Add the following PS: And your kneepads are wearing through. -Wraith556
Birthday in Review
You might have seen the post yesterday regarding my birthday, which was actually today (ZZ posted it after midnight, but it showed up on 1/2). I have a little bit to add to it which is probably going to be a tad long, so I'll put it in it's own post.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big fan of Victor Borge; my sis bought me a CD with some of his best material. Bit of trivia for everyone: Victor and I share a birthday today.
Anyhoo, the first track of that CD was mostly standup with some piano. He played his own versions of Moonlight Sonata, Brahms Waltz and a Chopin piece. Ironically, these all had cleverly integrated "Happy Birthday." As I was riding home and listening to that, I couldn't help but think: maybe he was playing that for both of us. For that, I say: wherever you are, happy birthday to you too, Victor.
As for ZZ, they don't make 'em any better than you babe. You mean the world to me, but then, you know that by now. You are definitely something...we're still not sure what yet, but we know that you're definitely something. Love yas.
To the rest of TSC, thanks for the wishes in the previous post and for giving me some space to rant off when I feel the need.[By: RamenMcTavish / 2008-01-03]
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You share a birthday with my second niece. Happy birthday! -Colitis
Happy Birthday! and Borge was a genius. His 'Audible Punctuation' sketches still can get me laughing. He wrote a book, too, about the great composers. Pretty funny, called 'My Favorite Intermissions.' -CTYankee
Happy Belated Birthday! And I enjoy Victor Borge, too. :) -Tekkie
Happy Birthday! -TechnoTherapist
Re-Happy Birthday, after the first one from her post! -Grue
The punctuation bit was and IS classic material. He's a missed voice - SO nice and generous with his life. And.. uhm... "ZZ" = ZigZag? ( http://furry.wikia.com/wiki/Zigzag )? (*GRIN*) -ShujinTribble
Damnit, Shujin, you just had to mention her, didn't you?? Now I'll have images in my head all day long... -VoiceOfSanity
lol ST, I don't think that was what was in mind when the name ZZ was created 5 years ago, but i believe you have just introduced me to my new alter ego and my next halloween costume. :P and to Ramen, awww. you'll be receiving a private message from me later ;) -ZZ
"the sound of his departing horse" -Geminii
(*Evil Smirk*) Playin', "Scare the Normies" is FUN when you're a furvert! -ShujinTribble
my, i missed a lot of birthdays here in oz. damn time difference/house full of geeks occupying my tsc time;) hippy birthday from down under, mate:) -timelady
Annnnd your outta here
Customer calls in with a slow machine, ok I ask what version of windows. Starfish says Vista...STERRRRIKE ONE! ok I say how do you connect to the internet...Dial up they say. STEEEEEERIKE 2! And then I ask which dial up service, yep you guessed it the training wheels of the internet AOHell.STREEEEEIK 3 your outta here thanks for playing.
docfl [By: docfl / 2008-01-03]
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This makes me remember an umpire that I saw at one high school baseball game. Everytime there was a strike he would do this little 'moon-walk' dance pumping his arm like he was smashing a bug. STEEEERIKE! -TieDyedDinosaur
Vista, dialup and AOHell. Dear &deity, I don't even wanna KNOW how slow their connection speed was. -Seamyst
Another trifecta from hell. This reminds me of a co-orkers personal laptop that I worked on a few days ago, running Vista with 512MB, he was complaining that it was slow. -Stryker One
A little WeatherBug, one Purple Monkey, and just a dash of Norton AV oughta finish it off and make it grind to a complete halt. -MacDaddy
Anyone order a Conexant WinModem? -ShujinTribble
ST: They can't be using a WinModem - the fact that they ever connected in the first place disallows this one! -Loon
...and the Google Desktop search is slow too.... ;) -FormerSithLord
My fiance has this setup on her laptop (AOL+Vista). She hates it, but her laptop doesn't have apropriate XP drivers available, and she can't afford her own ISP account, and her mom REFUSES to switch. She loves it over here because she doesn't even need to touch the AOL icon. -linuxmatt
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