If you think you're shining my buttocks, or my bollocks, you'd better buy me dinner first!
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Cold and remote. -27 C with wind.
I'm currently having a late lunch and waiting for my plane to arrive.
I'm in Kuujjuarapik, Quebec. I came up here to replace a point of sale PC for our national postal service.
3 hour flight north from Montreal. 4 hours of work to replace the pc, swap the two drives over, and fix the receipt printer and cashdrawer configuration. Receipt printer had been non functional since November and the problem remained even after the postmaster replaced the printer and cables a couple of weeks ago.
Cashdrawer had never worked in the 2 years since it was installed.
I finished my work and headed to my hotel, with many many thanks from the grateful postmaster.
24 hour wait from the time I finished my work until the plane home arrives.
We challenged you to come up with tech predictions for 2024 (wrong answers only) – here are some favorites so far
I was a systems administrator for a small accounting firm (100 accountants).
We had a contract that each employee re-signed every year laying out the IT policies.
One policy was that no personal music was to be stored on company computers or their network drives. This was back in 2003 so mp3 was running rampant, and.much of it acquired from shady sharing sites.
I had permission from the senior partner of the firm to do random scans of the network and delete any mp3 files I found. No warnings to be given to the staff, just find and delete.
It took a few months but the accountants learned their lessons.
I am so glad that my younger brother had a medical team that was focused on my brother's well being when he got cancer.
They treated him with chemotherapy as he had a faitly straight forward lymphoma. He responded really well.
Until he started having problems walking and they discovered a second cancer had appeared in his spinal fluid and brain. Unfortunately he didn't respond to the new chemo and the cancer was paralyzing him slowly as it moved from the feet upwards.
The doctors were very honest with me, him, and his wife. They said they could continue the chemo and hope it eventually works, or make him comfortable for his final weeks.
He chose to be made comfortable and was able to see and talk to family and friends in his hospital room right up until he died a week later.
He was holding his wife's hand when he slipped away.
I will always be grateful he had such a great team looking after him.
A team who card more about him than about stats.
Don't lock the datacenter door, said the boss. The builders need access and what could possibly go wrong?
As long as you return the equipment I see no reason why an in person visit should be required at employment termination.
That said, I have on one occasion had to recover equipment from someone who refused to return their equipment and stopped answering the phone when we called. This resulted in my visiting her home with a police escort to recover said equipment. She was swearing at the officer the whe time and almost got herself arrested.