Re: I'm sure .....
Remember, the bank lady had higher interest for larger deposits, but a penalty for early withdrawal.
100 posts • joined 16 May 2007
It worked for me with American Express, twice.
Both times were cock-ups with their travel services. The agent claimed they could not help me. The customer service people claimed they couldn't help me.
I sent a snail mail letter to the CEO, and -- wonder of wonders -- suddenly my problem was solved.
Mine wasn't a phone call... mine was an airplane flight. OK, a 60 minute flight, but SOMEONE still had to pay for it.
A customer called to say that our software wasn't working (surprise!) with their serial port. I lived in Los Angeles, the customer was in Monterey, California. I loaded up my briefcase with everything I could think of, hopped on a plane, and was at the customer's site by 9AM. Took one look at the computer, flipped a single DIP switch (remember those?).
The computer had been configured so that BOTH serial ports were COM1. I changed it so that one was COM1 and the other was COM2. Meanwhile, my return flight wasn't until 3PM...
"she has signed a document promising not to disclose a word of what was contained in the documents she stole for the rest of her life, or face the rest of it behind bars"
Of course, she signed such a document when she started working with classified data. I'm not sure how much the Court should trust her to follow this NDA....
"Ahem, Linus' mother tongue is, in fact, Swedish. His family come from the roughly 5% minority in Finland who are Swedish speakers. But your point stands: Swedish has non-ASCII characters too."
I believe that that you have fallen into the sar-chasm.
I would definitely prefer the 98 style. Even better would be if the buttons made a nice "thunk" sound when pushed...
Seriously, when I took my user interface class, one of the key elements was easily discoverable (what are the elements that do things), feedback (Yes! YOU PUSHED THE BUTTON), etc... TIFKAM GUIs have completely lost those elements.
My first network was named after Greek heroes. We got in a MicroVAX that the original admin named Ulysses. So we later added Ajax (a 486/33, no bloody DX or SX) , and a couple of others with names I can't remember. When we got a Pentium II/200 box, I named it "Helen" because Helen of Troy was "fast".
We were over at a friend's house for dinner.... Their (Windows Me!) computer was acting up and they asked if I could have a look at it. The obvious happened. My (late) wife had a lovely dinner with friends, while I was stuck at the computer for THREE HOURS. That was the day I swore, "Never again".
Now when I'm asked what I do for a living, I say, "I'm a software developer -- and no, I won't fix your computer."
The only person I perform free IT work for now is my girlfriend.
Been there, done that, as the underling.
The situation was procedural, thank heavens, not anything to do with a major foul-up. We needed some software (InstallShield -- this was around 1992 or 1993), and we needed it YESTERDAY. Going through normal channels would have taken about two weeks, so my manager authorized me to use petty cash to pay for it. So I did, as did two co-workers in similar situations.
Unbeknownst to us, a new VP had decided to make his mark by reducing the use of petty cash -- I'm sure you can see where this is going. The VP already had our names, as they were on the vouchers. The manager did his best to shield us from whatever consequences this tin-pot dictator VP was going to rain down upon us. He pointed out that what we had done was under his express orders and approval.
I think we still got some flak, but nowhere near as much as VP wanted, And he wound up getting some of the flak, too.
I was very lucky, this was the first manager I ever had. I wound up working for the gentleman for 17 years.
Pete's motto was "If you can't be good, be colorful". The 12 crew managed to do both, and have fun at the same time.
Pete's "Whoopee" statement was partly to win a bet with Oriana Fallaci, because she believed that the first words on the moon were scripted and approved. She allegedly never paid the $500.
The crew were good friends, to the point that the three of them got identically colored Corvettes, and would often race them around Houston. They remained close friends until their passing.
It is actually true that Gordon made Conrad and Bean strip starkers before he would let them come back into the command module!
Just an awesome crew.
Even better... My first boss told me a story about when he was working on an army system... He was writing a routine to confirm that a fire unit (aka gun) was firing on a given target... Fire Unit Check.... Yes, it wound up being called everyone's favorite four-letter euphemism for intercourse.
Needless to say, during a code review he was instructed to change it.
I had written a test system that wound up becoming productized. I had put a small easter egg that ran an animated splash screen (on an ASCII terminal -- this WAS the 80s, after all...).
Management actually was amused at it when they found out, but I was told to take it out, just in case the customer accidentally ran across it...
Was in the lab, prepping for a trip, when an old-style lithium battery decided to vent on me (this must have been around 1991).
Had to evacuate the lab, call security, the whole shebang. Meanwhile, I'm supposed to get on a plane the next morning, and I was only half done. I don't remember how I finished the prep, but somehow managed it. But it wasn't fun.
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