Re: They call them Home Speakers
Is it bad that I'd like to use Zen as the wake word.
Icon - Commiserating the fact that I'm a certain age & like Vila, I'm going to have a drink now
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Canadian electricity generation firm made a similar Excel error that cost it $23m once somebody realised the nature of the copy-and-paste error.
That might explain why Beer Friday at TransAlta as being every two weeks (Yes they treated us to a beer every other Friday in the Canteen) 9 years later.
Set up a new office equipment move after she finishes for the day, I always tried to do office moves last thing at night rather than face them while hung over the following morning & needing canteen breakfast.
Stroll in as per usual, calm relaxed. Thank god your'e here go sort your idiot woman down in 225 shes screaming every two minutes her computer isn't working. It was working last night, tested logged in the full works,
Walk down the hill (I'd just walked up) in the pouring rain & discover shes dragged & rearranged every bit of heavy office furniture, re-sited the computer & plugged into a dead wall port.
Not the only user in that building who thought every wall-port was live - I had to explain to one manager the concept of if he wanted to fit more people onto that floor, his budget would have to pay for a new switch for that floor.
The importance of keeping one or two spare machines (Project left overs or equipment reclaims) in cupboards only you know about.
However taken to extremes, my boss at the last place, when transitioning to Corp from our location (former centre of operations) discovered a pile of 60 new & boxed laptops the Corporate IT Support team there had been sitting on & were not on the inventory at all.
At midnight, on the 12th of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. ...
A flare, spurting out from Mars. Bright green, drawing a green mist behind it; a beautiful, but somehow disturbing sight. Ogilvy, the astronomer, assured me we were in no danger.
Son did something on Dad's councillors.
Dad logs ticket saying e-mail doesn't work
Get to his office & discover XP Home installed.
Ticket handed to Workshop Manager to deal with (Having already lost one contractor by an upset councillor, who was challenged over her use of our loading bay as a car parking space & risk of damage. - Nobody (Contract or perm) was willing to work on her laptop, some weeks later when it developed a fault & was given to the permy workshop manager)
One officer in the Royal Marines claimed that every laptop, he received had a broken screen prior to use, after the second one was returned, we hooked it up & found he had been using it quite well despite the out of the box damage.
Private school, one of the kids came in with a broken screen on his laptop*, issued a loaner which came in the following day for a damaged screen, everyday of the week. The last day he came in with it, just as the replacement LCD arrived for his original unit, which was fitted & handed back to him.
*Regular advisory about not using laptops as folders for schoolwork.
My automated e-mails that went out to a given type of issue, also informed the users that external vendor sites are not under our control, if they go down, we don't have any control over when the site will be working again unless we get that information from the vendor & relayed out by a company wide e-mail.
The other was a lady, that got a replacement laptop (same model as HW failure) from me, I advised her that data should be backed up to the network, despite the fact there was very little on it, she responded that she had learned that lesson the hard way once before (in my predecessors day) & now ensured everything important was backed up, anything on the HDD was unimportant. I inherited the replacement ticket from my predecessor, so I remembered it well as first weeks on the job etc.
A couple of years later she got a new replacement laptop, shortly after that there was a kerfuffle over missing files* from her previous but one HDD failure & she was trying to pin the blame on me that I had swapped out her old to new laptop but not transferred her data. This I explained quite happily to the union rep defending her during her suspension & she was ultimately sacked.
*About 6 years of her visits & compliance audits of pharmaceutical sites world wide, that she had lost & spent a good 3 years of the time I was there covering up the loss. Any sympathy I had for her evaporated the moment she via the proxy of the union rep started trying to pin the blame on me.
Had a Higher Level Manager complaining bitterly about why his new Branch manager had two signitures.
Said new hire & manager had to be informed that the sig's were created by the server & the new hire didn't need to create his own (He'd must have had two brain cells to rub together in order to create a passable replica, shame he puffed up his job title a bit at the same time).
Working things out.
I used to put little things into my teams chatroom during quiet times or if a discussion was going on & going a little off topic (Me).
One day I got a side message to the effect of :
"Are you oblivious to what you do or do you like stirring the pot deliberately?"
"Deliberately, I have never met anyone on this team with one exception, when I went to Fargo, I put in the comments in to see whose of a like mind, in humour, technical ability & wanting to get the job done, more importantly who I can fall back on & whose the company men".
(OK some of the team had been on training together, before going to their hubs.
That reminds me of an episode of Airwolfs (Darker) first season & a arms dealer.
Hawke: I've got an idea he deserves a medal for ingenuity. If they didn't buy from Kruger, they'd have to buy from the Russians. And Russian missiles would be a whole lot harder to defend against.
Sarah: I don't understand. There is no defense against a Thor system.
Dominic: There is, if you know its operating frequencies.
Archangel: Thor operates on randomly selected, constantly changing frequencies. There's no way on earth to jam them.
Hawke: So, you built in a seIf-destruct system.
Archangel: Since you've figured it out, there's no loss in telling. It's an integral part of the guidance system. All an American or Israeli plane has to do is punch a button on a little black box.
Dominic: (laughs) You put the hottest missile system in the world into the hands of people who can't use them.
Archangel: They won't know that until it's too late.
Dominic: Ah, I've gotta hand it to you, Mike. Now that's brilliant.
Archangel: Thank you.
Icon: The Lady.
So it's not connected to the internet - Win!
Mainly because I find its easier to use a PC hooked up to a TV, with wireless KB & Mouse than it is to use the bloody remote.
Icon; Won't somebody think.....Nahh the little bastards already got to grips with it...
That's the thing that bugs me with ITV player, its exactly the same adverts each break, especially the one of what looks like a fugitive fleeing someone, across mud flats.
Back in the ahem....70's we had this one, which was played to the best of my knowledge only the once (Saturday Night) in it's entireity, every commercial break in stages to its conclusion.... around 9.45pm.
Icon & Ad- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH5rC1NJ-54
From a 70's Failed Pilot - The Stranger*, about a astronaut left stranded on a second Earth like planet in our Solar System (Doppleganger\Journey To the Far Side Of The Sun type of place).
The twin planet, which is on the far side of the sun and unknown to Earth, is known to its inhabitants as Terra. It has a system of government and citizen comradeship that is alien to Stryker - The Perfect Order. The enforcement of the order is facilitated by a hierarchy of officials who scrutinize their subordinates extremely closely, and by inspirational messages, "pep" talks to remind citizens of the great family they're part of, and electronic monitoring through technology including telephones, televisions and car radios.
The Perfect Order has only been around for about 35 to 40 years, after a terrible war. The order was instituted to foster a sense of family among every person on Terra, to help each other and think of each other and the good of the whole. People with incompatible ideas are removed and reconditioned, and if resistant, executed. Culture has been heavily excised (no concerts in the park), religion outlawed, and alcoholic drinks are viewed as a future target to eliminate. Among its accomplishments, the Perfect Order has eliminated suffering and poverty, and has a vibrant space program.
I just acquired a second hand unlocked & barely used Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for use in Canadaland.
It boots up broadcasting Verizons name after the initial splash screen, its riddled with Verizon apps that are no use to me as they are not my provider & can't be killed, it at least updated to Android 9 via them. While you can disable Amber Alerts etc you can't disable presidential ones.
As its snapdragon based, the OEM unlock option is not available, making it impossible to root & update to a Custom Android 10 ROM (Apparently).
Overall I'm very pleased by it, but the amount of crap some of it Samsungs the rest of it Verizons is a little OKOK a lot overpowering.
Icon - How can I lose a phone that big in this coat pocket!
I used to & like to be at the airport (Parked up & in the terminal building) the full three hours before departure*.
These days web check in is so much easier & I am a little more relaxed about getting there (As daughter found out when she wasn't able to do so), but I still like to arrive in that 2 - 3 hour window, I find the time flies (Sorry - Not sorry) doing the shopping, security checks, finally eating & drinking (See Icon) at popular prices** in the departure lounge.
* It saved my bacon once when discovering I had the Ex-Mrs Oncoming Scorn's passport*** in my hand & was able to get the right one couriered to me in time for the flight (Fathers death - Family were following in a weeks time).
** Extortionate - That's why they are popular with the business's concerned.
*** It also taught me if she'd had access to them when I put mine out & readied for my single flights to double check before leaving the house.
"If people could have half the travel time for the same ticket price, how many people would choose to waste the extra time stuck in a pressurised tube miles above the Earth?"
When they could do it in a pressurised tube miles below or in a pipe over the Earth instead.
Icon - PH knows all about pressure, pipes & tubes.
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