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By nightflameblue (Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 10:57:27 AM EST) (all tags)
Well, I guess that's what we're calling it.

Meh, it was enough to cover my new microphone and a good enough tripod boom stand to hold it. Should arrive in time for me to get back to ok to rawk out status. And then the studio will be back to production and off this holding pattern.

Again, Mrs. NFB has been instrumental (HA HA, get it?) in pushing this project along and allowing me my vices. Thanks be to supportive SOs.

There were two incidents yesterday that left me a little queasy when it comes to work. The first was covered in the hole and involved HR and a strange need to not have a telephone extension/email address directory. The second was a whole new level of Zippydom that left both BB and myself completely baffled. In fact, this one was so far up into the Never-Neverland-o-sphere that even the boss was left scratching his head.

He got, and logged, a call from the kids upstairs (customer service). There is a certain item we build that requires an external supplied part. Our original supplier no longer makes said part. So, the call came to the helldesk, "you need to go online and do a search for this part for me."

Now, there are several viable options in a case like this, any of which would have been acceptable even to the boss.

  • Tell them to go fuck themselves.
  • The kinder option: direct them towards purchasing.
  • Do a cursory google search, if nothing is returned direct them towards purchasing.

Even I would have been OK with that last one. It goes above and beyond, yet doesn't suck up inordinate amounts of our time. Makes us look good without actually destroying time needed to do real work.

See, I can be a team player. What I refuse to be is a team whipping boy.

Zippy is, unfortunately, not so inclined.

What option did he choose? Spend two hours looking for this part in every known possible search engine under every possible name for said part he could imagine and then trying to call various suppliers which we, in the IT department, have no business contacting ever.

Finally, unable to take it any longer, I went to the boss to ask if this is really what the helpdesk is for. I calmly explained that, in my mind, the correct way to deal with this would be a quick search, then say that purchasing probably would have better luck through their resources. The boss, amazingly, agreed, and immediately called in Zippy to find out WTF he thought he was doing.

But this morning on my walk up to the building, that and the HR finagle hit me like a ton of bricks. I work with this? REALLY? It's a wonder we're still in business at all. I think of the amount of profit that slips through the cracks of stupidity around me and wonder how anything ever gets accomplished.

Not that I think it's better elsewhere. And that's the real kicker. Shit, I remember working for $computer_corp. Holy shit. BB and I reviewed our past history with $computer_corp yesterday afternoon. We both worked there. Him on the phones, me in the service department. We're not exactly shocked that they fell apart. We are shocked it took that long.

(Late Addition: I just realized we have three people from $computer_corp's HR department in the lead in our current HR department. FMYLIFE.)

So, anyway, my job today is to clean up the employee directory. And by clean up, we mean get rid of it. Well, most of it. Yep. That's right. HR wins. Still being discussed: the built-in phone directory on the IP phones, and the exchange address book. The fact that they, meaning HR themselves, print out the same information six times a year and post it willy-nilly on every wall in the building hasn't been addressed yet.

Information wants to be strangled and choked until the oxygen is rendered completely null from it's lifeless corpse. This is my job. This is IT.

I really think what's doing me in is this silly doctor restriction thing this week. Being at work and not being able to do my daily ritualistic guitar flailing is killing me slowly. I can feel it building up. That same feeling I have any time I can't play and/or bike and/or do my silly little physical rituals. The idea of waiting a week from my procedure seems a little arbitrary, but at the same time I do still feel things aren't quite, "yeah I could totally run around just fine now," in status. More, "if I shift just wrong it still feels iffy." Dammit.

I would just pick up the fiddle and try to sit still while dorking around, but I know me. I can't.

I remember one of my old friend's dads had a beautiful Martin from way the hell back in the nether regions of time that he let me play every once in a while. My lord I loved that guitar. She and her dad would sit and watch me, her with stars in her eyes, her dad with the obvious fear any guitarist feels when his pride and joy is in another's hands. It would literally take every ounce of restraint I had to keep myself in check. And it's not like my regular playing routine is to beat the hell out of an instrument. Quite the contrary. I take care of my instruments. But the appearance as I cavort and jump, slam and jive, can be quite frightening, even to those who do understand.

With that guitar I knew I couldn't. So I would sit perched on the edge of the couch, concentrate on melody and rhyme, and hold myself still. These days I'd just politely decline the opportunity. I knew then it would kill him if something happened to the guitar, so I restrained myself. As I've grown older I've lost the ability to remain restrained for long. I play what I play, acoustic, electric, violin, piano, guitar. I don't care. Eventually I'm gonna stand up and start moving.

I know me.

And me is screaming to get back out and do what I do.

Quiet you, only three more days.

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BONUS DAY | 24 comments (24 topical, 0 hidden)
Heh by hulver (4.00 / 3) #1 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:07:25 AM EST
Yeah, good luck getting all the email addresses out of the exchange address book. :D 
Cheese is not a hat. - clock
Idiot Throwdown by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:32:39 AM EST
Try to have Zippy beat this:

Today, my boss went to a remote site to argue with a Verizon tech.  While there he decided to bounce the local router by pulling the power cable.  He then plugged it back in and left.  He didn't plug it all the way in though, and didn't think to look for lights.  One site, no network or phones for an hour.  I'm on hold now wondering how I'll explain this to our provider so they can close the ticket..

It's on. by nightflameblue (4.00 / 0) #5 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:59:28 AM EST
Zippy went to Funhouse2 to "fix" a touchscreen based saw controller about five weeks ago. This is a saw that's used daily, and needed to make doors.

He still hasn't fixed it. The system is sitting on his desk. The touchscreen he needs to get working with the system is in Funhouse2, fifty miles away from his desk. He can't understand why he can't load the drivers and just make it work from his desk then send it to them on the truck to plug back in. Better yet? The boss's solution to this problem is to keep trying, and maybe call the touchscreen's support line.

Zippy continues to try, and has sent an email to the support line. He hasn't heard back. This was two weeks ago.

My understanding is that one of the plant guys finally dragged a monitor off one of the office desks out there and is perching it precariously off the top of the saw with a regular keyboard and mouse to do his input.

Your turn.

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fix a touch screen control for a saw ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:47:51 PM EST
man, I see an OSHA incident report form in your future too..

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The last customer I visited by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:54:34 PM EST
had a touch screen on a slick lil PC controlling their booklet maker (trimmer, slicer, folder, stitcher).

It went down, and while the company was overnighting a new one, our tech rep used his laptop to control the booklet maker so the customer could keep their production going.

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It's not the tech I dobut by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 02:06:51 PM EST
more so than anything involving zippy and moving blades is an OSHA incident waiting to happen..

(at device driver training, one guy was working on a driver for a mail merge/sort/stuff machine -- VERY interesting to think about controlling such a large device on a windows machine..)

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I wrote software that controlled by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 04:25:59 PM EST
a 120 foot long hoist line, with three hoists, that ran on a DOS machine.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Yeah, but by nightflameblue (4.00 / 0) #21 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 04:27:47 PM EST
some versions of DOS were like a rock.

We have a saw controller out here run by a win98 machine. No, not second edition.

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I might be wrong by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #23 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 08:07:51 PM EST
But the laser eye surgery machines also run a variant of DOS on custom hardware that doesn't hammer the interrupt queue.

Deterministic, single path of execution.  Allegedly.

I'm happy with my specs for now.

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From a technical perspective by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #25 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 08:31:54 PM EST
It makes sense.  Deterministic operations, no uncertainty over the process queue.  Custom, bespoke hardware so you know where the interrupts are coming from, and overrides on the more important ones (like IRQ0x5x:HEAD HAS MOVED STOP LASER for instance).

But DOS?  I am too overfamiliar with the foibles there to trust my eyesight to it.

Me, if they're going to shoot lasers into my eyes, I'd like a constant HUD to be also grafted in, with the options of UV and IR filters.

Doubtless the drooling masses would also like a "constant porn mode" but until that's in place and I know the tech has improved drastically, they will not be stabbing their steely knives into my ocular equipment, TYVM.

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They are by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #27 Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 04:16:31 AM EST
Because if the processor's off servicing a screen update request or whatever it is not keeping an eye on where the laser is pointed.  ISTR a watchdog processor in there too that basically cut the power to the laser if it thought that anything was wrong with the main processing system.

And yes, it does come down to trust.  And Breaker's first law of computer science is that all software is buggy shit.

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Like Donkey Kong by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 1) #16 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 01:38:15 PM EST
Mr. Angry was tasked with fixing a loud computer.  He spent weeks going back-and-forth with the owner until their director took pity and bought them a new PC.  I retasked the loud PC as my intern's lab server.  She popped open the case and asked, "why isn't the case fan plugged in?"  Now the PC is fine and stays whisper-quiet.  That's two, two, two idiots for the price of one.  You may have Zippy, but you can't beat the Daily Double.

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Wow. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 01:42:22 PM EST
I could argue that Zippy counts as two in the scale of stupidity, or even throw in some boss stories, but, in this case, I'll give.


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Really Jake, you've moved on in less than a week by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:50:04 AM EST
well than, Ali was too good for you.

That was so staged. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:54:59 AM EST
By Allie that is. You could see in her face that she really thought at the post-family talk when she said, "if you asked me to marry you right now, I'd say yes" that she thought he was gonna. Then she thought he'd beg her to stay. When he didn't she left, thinking she could come back next week and force him to get rid of another girl.

She was the ultimate evil biatch of the year.

The fact that he got rid of Giah (sp?) was RIDICULOUS. The only girl left that didn't give me a case of the heebee jeebees and actually seemed like a human being and he cut her because she wouldn't put out fast enough. Dumbass.

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STAGED! by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:01:09 PM EST
by the producers, to up the drama. Maybe Ali will come back as the Bachelorette, Gia would be too boring.

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Mrs. NFB's theory. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:09:26 PM EST
Allie knew she wasn't winning and wanted to set herself up as the perfect "feel sorry for me" Bachelorette candidate.

As much as I dislike the premise of the show, I can tolerate sitting in the same room this season. If she's the candidate? I'm out.

You want real drama? BRING IN MICHELLE AS THE BACHOLERETTE! That chick is so wacky in the noodle it's scary.

She's also been in several other quasi-reality non-reality shows.

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That makes sense by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:19:21 PM EST
though a FB spokesman confirmed she was given a choice between staying on the show, or staying on her job.

Oh wow, Michelle as the Bachelorette, I don't think there's enough llama's in South America for the drama.

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Come on george! by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:29:57 PM EST
There's bunnies to be boiled here!

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I could see her leaving her own show by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:34:32 PM EST
halfway through the season.

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I CAME HERE TO FIND A HUSBAND! by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 01:30:44 PM EST

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Zippy set the precedent by nightflameblue (4.00 / 0) #15 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 01:31:48 PM EST
or they wouldn't have even placed the call. They know he'll do anything. So, when BB or myself have the phone, we'll do half of anything just to avoid the inevitable shit-storm that follows telling them to stick it. It's not worth it, and he'll be back later to get right back to stupidity.

3days... by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 04:26:16 PM EST
So close, and yet so far...

I have to wait three more days to find out if I have an announcement.  It's driving me nuts

Who ever thought 3 days by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 04:28:40 PM EST
could feel so damn long?

Good luck on your pending possible announcement!

I think I got all those words right.

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