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Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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GargleBlaster posted:

As long as people print emails, there will never be a paperless office.

Until some form of tablet/reader is just as perfectly light and easy to hold, read and flick through as paper, people will always print emails. (and other stuff they want to read, show people etc). In fact it also needs to be just as easy to "show others" a document as giving handouts in a meeting, really.

While emails don't exist for me outside of my computer/pad/phone, I don't know if I'll ever be able to give up the feeling of pen on paper for notes and design sketchwork, and iPad styluses just aren't there yet.

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Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Hawzy posted:

suck it nerds

Bastard, I capped at 168.

e: aha!

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God dammit I was DONE! I WAS OUT AND YOU DRAGGED ME BACK IN not really, I'm going home.

Bob Morales posted:

ssh tunnel out and point a browser over to the ssh server as a socks proxy, including DNS requests. Then you just have to worry about someone going to your PC while you're not there and looking at your history or whatever.

I tunnel at work out of habit, since the last place I used to work blocked Stack Overflow as a "social site". Owning an external server ended up being handy; I just set up the SSH inbound port as 443 (to get around the SSH-22 block they also had in their firewall) and just flowed my traffic through that all day and bypassed all of the downtime they ended up accruing for themselves because their lovely blocker would default to "block all outgoing web requests" when it wasn't working properly.

How it managed to break and not disconnect my tunnel, though? No idea, but this is also a blocker that let people access Facebook.com via https:// instead of http:// for 6 months too, so. vv

Alliterate Addict fucked around with this message at 02:05 on Sep 28, 2013

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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poo poo that pisses me off: If I'm not listening to music while working, I'll occasionally find the spawn Lum's unholy DJ work flitting around my brain.

I don't have brain bleach potent enough for this.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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baquerd posted:

But it's not tax season?

Actually, it's almost always tax season-- apparently this time of year is the tax time for people who put off their stuff in April.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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poo poo that pisses me off: Belated Paypal notifications.

Paypal posted:

Notification: We are experiencing a system issue which may be affecting PayPal APIs and PayPal Website on the PayPal Live Site. We will send an update with additional details within the next 15-30 minutes.

Gosh it would have been great to hear about this before 2 hours ago, when our internal support came running in with their hair on fire telling us that we were handing users their stored Paypal balances dozens of times over.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Malkar posted:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...srkey=a225-5203

My coworker went to buy that at the store. It was listed at the same price. Called their tech support line, they also confirmed that that is the correct and accurate price.

This sounds exactly like a "We work in government and we need to spend $30,000 in the next two days or our budget will be cut next quarter" kind of purchase.

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Jul 10, 2012

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Powdered Toast Man posted:

You should have seen the look on her face when we told her what the licensing would cost.

Guess what's coming out of IT's budget?

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Lum posted:

I don't know if it's because the dev environment encourages better practices, if it's because something about the design of .net makes it harder to write code that is lovely in that way, but there is something going on that is more fundamental than "hurr, lovely devs can't code properly".

It probably helps that .net is from the manufacturer of the OS it runs on and can slip .net framework updates into the base Windows Updates packages.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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nitrogen posted:

Or do this:



I just know if you did, you'd get someone that says, "How do I email @example.com??

So they would scan it with their phone, look at "jim.graaf@example.com", go to their computer, and proceed to misspell it anyways.

e: Honestly I'd vote for "just bounce it". If people are mailing a nonexistent account and not getting a failure email back, and the only time someone noticed is if they're "not getting all the email they should be", that sounds like a huge problem with your system, not just the user.

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Daylen Drazzi posted:

He also tends to open his mouth without engaging his brain - just the other day we stepped into the stairwell to go to the server farm and only the emergency lights were on.

"Who was the idiot who thought this was a good idea?" he asked, and right on cue our commanding officer's voice came up from the bottom of the stairs.
"I like to have them tested from time to time. I trust that isn't a problem?"

Not going to lie, spontaneously deciding to plunge a stairwell into semi-darkness without telling anyone beforehand sounds like a really stupid thing to do.

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Jul 10, 2012

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nitrogen posted:

I just love how the project managers can slough off their jobs on the engineers with a straight face.

"We can't do visios. We're not technical. It'd be much better if the engineers did it."

"We can't really run customer meetings because we're not technical. The engineers will have to do that."

and then, on Friday:

"We really can't keep track of work orders to other groups because we're not technical. The engineers should keep track of work orders because they are technical."

Just what would you say that it is that you do here?

Their days are numbered. The project managers from The Mothership at least do the specific tasks that a project manager should do. They do them sometimes halfway decently, too.

That sounds like a "Sure, is it in my job description? No? Am I getting a raise then?" type of situation.

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Jul 10, 2012

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nitrogen posted:

I also had quite a few tools that I normally use forcibly uninstalled from my laptop. (Putty is unapproved, apparently. So is chrome and virtualbox.)
I'm really getting sick and tired of having to fight to do my job through crazy stupid hurdles.

My go-to solution for this from the get-go was a USB full of standalone exes for binaries like Firefox and Putty, so that if I ended up babysitting a student lab full of rebooting/reimaging computers, I could steal the teacher's workstation and still get some real work done.

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Paladine_PSoT posted:

This is battered wife syndrome, dude.

Unless he means "I'm talking to a lawyer about it and not talking about details on the internet", in which case, good job.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Ugh, hourly IT always sounds lovely to me. I've got a friend working as a dev for a company that's giving him crap because his weeks tend to look like "7.97, 7.96, 7.98, 7.97, 8.5", and his boss gave him a "low" rating for "Being at work during core hours".

Of course, I guess that requires the company be good about work/life balance and not forcing unpaid overtime explicitly or implicitly, but filing hours has always been one of those things that just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

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Che Delilas posted:

But start and end time were the only measure of my worth he cared to employ.

Yep. Friend's response to this is going to be to clock out at the 8:01 mark every day from now on, rain or shine, hell or high water.

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Jul 10, 2012

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Caconym posted:

I've had a JIRA ticket open with a vendor to fix an issue where some special characters will choke the client application.
Got a patch to test today, installed it, opened the application, held down shift and dragged my finger from 1-9.

Boom.

Did you even attempt to test this? I mean...

Dig into their codebase and let me know when you find the "s/some special characters//g" regex.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Exit Strategy posted:

"Issues inside our internal service structure are covered, as are some user-space issues. User-headspace issues are outside the scope of [company] support, and as such are billed at a competitive rate. Please assemble a list of qualified psychiatric providers in your area for a cost evaluation so that we can present you with the budget for maintaining the delusions of your users."

I've always wanted to see if I could slip a quote for retrophrenology for users into a budget estimate.

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Jul 10, 2012

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Super Slash posted:

Maybe tomorrow I'll follow up the interview I had on Monday...

Mole spotted.

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Jul 10, 2012

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poo poo pissing me off: Teamcity could totally easily handle super automatic easy don't-think-about-it dev-branched builds...if we would just move from Mercurial to Git.

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Jul 10, 2012

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evol262 posted:

Mercurial supports pretty much the same branching as git. What gives?

Mercurial's inability to do "light" branches (especially on some of our older hosts, which don't even support Mercurial's more-recent "hide branches you don't want anymore") means that having "username_branch" typically involves trying to merge up 6 months of changes since the last time you hosed with that branch. Because of this, the general go-to solution for all projects using Mercurial is "fork everything", which Teamcity doesn't handle nearly as well without a lot of custom build parameter fuckery.

e: and related, I've been loving with this build that needs to be deployed tomorrow for the last three hours because some jackass changed about 80 different parameters for some personal build poo poo and hosed it all to hell.

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Jul 10, 2012

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poo poo that pisses me off: Voting for an "adult-only" Halloween party this year, and being outvoted by the people with small children.

poo poo that doesn't piss me off: The Halloween party that I'm skipping is lined up with the Giant's victory parade. Last time this happened, traffic was at a standstill 20+ miles up 101. Guess who's working from home

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Ynglaur posted:

Couldn't we just be adults and say, calmly: "Hi, I know you were probably just trying not to add to my significant workload, but can you please copy me on ~this type of topic~ in the future? Thanks!"

Isn't that what mailing lists are for?

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Ynglaur posted:

The email he was mad about not being cc'd on was addressed to exactly one other person.

I didn't say his response was justified, just noting that "okay, sure, we have a mailing list for topic" saves you a lot of headache both in terms of "who does mail about topic go to now that the one person we mailed quit out of this hellhole" and "if you want emails about it, subscribe to the mailing list and stop bitching at me about it".

I'm pretty sure I'm the only person on quite a few mailing lists where I'm working now.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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Pissing me off: the last deploy I did before going on vacation was rolled back the following morning because QA didn't QA enough and there's still a bug in it. It's not even QA's fault; we have 8 developers and 2 QA engineers, and there's literally not enough hours in the day if they worked 24/7 to catch everything, but this is literally the third rollback of this "must go out now now now" codebase that somehow still can't get enough QA time on it to actually make sure it's up to spec.

Ugh.

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Jul 10, 2012

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Simpleboo posted:

It was his two year old daughters urine. I don't think his two year old is going to get busted for opium.

There's a story in here about how my wife almost got taken away from her then-guardian at the age of 5 because of a nutso bio-mom, an anonymous call to CPS, and a badly-timed poppyseed bagel, but suffice it to say that stranger things have happened.

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Jul 10, 2012

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ratbert90 posted:

I got a call from a recruiter who doesn't have a accent and speaks fluent english. He even has knowledge of the position he is recruiting for, AND he read my resume.
Should I play the lottery?

Worst case is you get an offer and decide to walk away from it, soooo

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Jul 10, 2012

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ratbert90 posted:

gently caress no, I don't have a degree.

I do need to gtfo out of Idaho though. As a breeding heart socialist I really hate this God awful state

gently caress degrees, get certs. Degrees just get you past HR, and if you've got a job history it's a moot point anyways.

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Sweevo posted:

"Oh it looks like this virus scan is going to take an hour or two. We'll have to find something to do to pass the time..."

"Well, while you're here, can you take a look at this printer?"

Obviously for the first couple of dates you should say you work with adult special-ed services. It's not like it's a lie.

Alliterate Addict
Jul 10, 2012

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socialsecurity posted:

instead of addressing that they are loving everyone.

Love it when that happens. We jumped from a "take sick time when you're sick" to "max 10 days of sick time per year" because apparently someone's manager couldn't figure out how to deal with someone abusing sick time.

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ConfusedUs posted:

And it's quite amazing. I hate those plastic clamshells.

Clamshells are fine when they're not welded shut.

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psydude posted:

and he looks at me and says "I don't have time for that."

The only response to this, in my mind, is "Okay sucks for you "

In email, so that when he complains about you not being a team player you can point to it and tell your boss that you tried to help him but he was too lazy to implement a fix for a problem he caused.

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Zamboni Apocalypse posted:

Not write SQL queries?

It's easy to write an SQL query, the hard part is not writing them when you know how easy it is.

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Chalets the Baka posted:

saying, "I'm working on help desk tickets" isn't a good enough status report even though that's my job.

It really isn't. I've got daily SCRUM poo poo as part of my day to day flow, and it's one of those things that's useless as a peon 90% of the time, but that other 10% can be really worth it. (I can't speak to how actually useful it is to management.) The trick to actually dealing with the report section of it, for me, was getting into the habit of writing poo poo down when I finished it. Taking that extra 30 seconds after closing a ticket to say "I spent 4 hours fixing this specific bug", and then bringing it up in SCRUM that "This bug could have been fixed in 2 hours if we hadn't set up this system in X manner" or "When I was investigating this bug I actually found this other bug that hasn't bitten us yet, but I want to get clearance to spend today working on so it's not an issue in the future" is pretty much the point of those types of meetings in the first place.

Chalets the Baka posted:

Sure it would be a bad answer if being asked for an agenda was a unique request. But it's every single day. I have a job, a daily routine, and you can only come up with new, unique agendas every single day for so long, especially in a small company. We've been doing these daily meetings for over half a year now and it just gets tougher and tougher to grasp at straws. It's tough to make myself sound busy, even more so than doing actual work. I shouldn't be in a meeting every single day describing to someone what my job is.


Inspector_666 posted:

My daily agenda is usually just "Work the tickets I get assigned until 15 minutes before closing, and use that time to make sure everything is written up and invoiced."

What else should I be putting on there?


The point is not to rehash your job description, it's to say "I'm working on this specific task yet again" so that competent management can either say "okay yes good" or "wait, you've been working on this specific task for the last three weeks, is there something super wrong with it or is there some way we can help unblock you on this specific task so it gets done faster".

SCRUM is one of those things that can be super useful or super stupid, if you've got a manager that's cargo culting "successful people" and not knowing why then it's pretty dumb but being in a company that uses it properly has resulted in one of the least painful jobs I've ever had from a supportive-manager standpoint. vv

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I can grant you that. It sounds like your boss is a "shoots self in foot" type of guy anyways.


Regardless,

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MF_James posted:

I used to report to the owner's son (effectively the owner at this point as he's taking 99% of the responsibility) and have a TON of respect for the guy, he's super smart and generally a pretty effective manager. One day in a meeting he said something like "Let's talk offline about this issue" and it really rubbed me the wrong way and made me think slightly less of him. I don't know why, it's not something I can definitively point to but it just bothered me, I get what he meant... He didn't want to eat up everyone's time by talking about something he and I should talk about outside of the meeting, but it just really bothered me.

Maybe I'm just spending too much time around mangers nowadays but that seems like a really weird thing to lose respect for someone over.

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Che Delilas posted:

"Do you mean we should talk about this outside of the meeting?"

To be quite honest, this kind of reaction would make me treat you like a who doesn't understand metaphors or turns of phrase if you did it on a regular basis.

Rexxed posted:

It's amazing that technical terms are now buzzwords instead of just overused ones like synergy or paradigm. A face to face meeting is by definition offline. Pings are icmp echo requests. I tend to be baffled when I find people using those terms incorrectly until I figure out what the hell they are trying to say because I am mostly get exposed to the correct usage.

"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it."

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Chalets the Baka posted:

It's not so much turn-of-phrase as it is a "I-sound-like-a-really-big-moron".

I'm not sure what that term means, perhaps you could define that for me really quick?



Maybe it's just a corporate culture thing then, because I've been having "offline" meetings in every one of my last three jobs and using "pings" in IM chats since high school.

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Sylink posted:

I've never done hiring before so I don't know what I'm doing wrong with my searches.

Problem might be with your job description, not your searches. Where are you posting the job listing to?

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psydude posted:

The key is to do remote work for a company in the DC, NY, or SF area so you can get paid the part to live in a city half the COL.



Got the "remote for a business in SF" part down, now I just need to figure out where I can go that's still an area they allow remote workers from.

e:

Sylink posted:

We are admittedly cheap but being 100% remote we all live in low cost of living areas like the midwest, so we don't look for people in the major tech areas where salaries would have to double. This is great feedback, though, thank you guys.

I swear there was another poster in one of the threads that was looking for remote workers from flyover states, and by far and away the most frequent answer was "if you want good remote workers you have to be competitive with jobs in high-CoL areas"

e2: Nevermind, it was Hacker News. Still applicable though.

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