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Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Hey, apparently, I am unable to shitpost to the whole thread. Can you please give me rights to the complete thread. I have a crucial shitpost that needs to be done before open of business tomorrow.

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Samizdata
May 14, 2007


SECOND REQUEST:

Hey, apparently, I am STILL unable to shitpost to the whole thread. Can you please give me rights to the complete thread? I have a crucial shitpost that MUST be done before open of business tomorrow.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Mootallica posted:

Please route this request through to the appropriate department.
Ticket closed.

Good luck finding out which department to talk to - I just know it's not mine.

CC: CEO, CIO, CTO, CFO

See? This is why we need to get rid of our IT. We can overseas it, save money, AND they will know they are a service position to the rest of the company. Let's see if we can turn this into a profit center, instead of an unnecessary drain on the yearly books. I feel we could really synergize our partnership with an overseas helpdesk AND monetize that paradigm shift! Please, do the needful!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Thanks Ants posted:

Don't let your paper get damp/dusty seems to be the way to avoid paper jams. Leave it in the waxy packet until it's ready to use, if you only print a couple of sheets each week then don't put the entire ream of paper into your printer.

Also, riffling the paper before you load it seems to help with breaking up any electrostatic charge the paper might hold due to friction.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Zil posted:

That is a great domain, not sure if I want to go to it or not though.

It is horses and horse related kit, like trailers. I HAD to click it.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Proteus Jones posted:

The internet has ruined us, hasn't it.

Done made us stupid, even.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Zil posted:

Thank you for your service proud goon.

o7

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Agrikk posted:

It�s the same for me with Sonicwall. I have three units that are utterly bombproof and have been running for over a decade. And a fourth that I keep as a backup because it�s stability is poo poo.

Once upon a time I tried out a pair of Fortinet devices in a satellite office and they sucked so hard I tossed them for a PfSense PC until I had the funds for a sonicwall.

Funny how people get lucky with a brand and stick with it when in actuality all products are equally lovely. It simply depends on if your work style and support style are compatible with a particular set of shittiness.


Also: I love handholding customers through their grief when I tell them that they will have to patch and reboot fleets of EC2 instances immediatelynownownow. At least I have the comfort of knowing that Azure is going through the same pain...

I really wanted to like SonicWall, I did. I was given one by a friend after a local doctor's office closed up shop. Trying to get it registered and working was impossible.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


If I see machines open after hours where I work, I do Windows+L for them. Considered, then declined, swapping in bad SATA cables. Also decided against Hasslehoffing them.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Aunt Beth posted:

My dad was guilty of this for the longest time as well. Their browser's homepage was set to Google, so my dad would open up the browser, type the URL he wanted into the Google search bar instead of the address bar, hit enter, and click the first result. Now he mostly remembers to use the address bar and cut out the middle man.

My Dad (rest in peace) had a DPhil from Oxford and would never listen to me to stop that. I would warn him and warn him he risked going to spam imposter sites, but, would he listen?

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


The Fool posted:

Is there some reason you didn�t say PhD?

According to Oxford, it is a DPhil. So I called it a DPhil.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Neddy Seagoon posted:

...was he killed by an imposter site?

No, liver cancer. But I would have to clean up the mess he would end up making of his machine that he needed fixed three days ago, why is it taking so loving long, don't you have a clue of what you are doing?

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Inspector_666 posted:

hunter2


EDIT: Wait it's not stars for me.

Of course not, it's YOUR password. All stars over here...

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Zamboni Apocalypse posted:

It's a forums thing, try it with your SSN, or credit card number.

567-68-0515

See?

Okay, the "flood the forums with stars" thing is getting OLD. Stop trying to self-doxx.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


22 Eargesplitten posted:

420-69-7175

It didnít work.

Okay, that is YOUR personal information, so you can see it. COME ON, PEOPLE, we are supposed to be professionals here and not AOL users. Think for a second!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


BigDave posted:

Start looting now, before all the good stuff is gone.

Seriously, man, grab all the Buffalo stuff. I hear that poo poo is GOLDEN!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Crowley posted:

An 13" iPad Pro went out, and came right in again the following day.

Turns out you can't make it charge with the Micro-USB cable you have lying around at home, no matter how hard you shove it in the Lightning port. It also turns out the cost to repair the Lightning port is almost half the price of a new iPad.

Before today I used to joke that some users should get an iPad because at least it only has five buttons and you can't insert the charger the wrong way.
I guess I should stop saying that.

I plugged my earbuds into my battery bank before work today. Keep in mind, I've had a 7" tablet (in black) forever. Coworker was like "Do you have an iPhone cable?" I was like "Dude, how much money do you think I have? I can only afford Android. So no."

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


larchesdanrew posted:

We had performance appraisals today. I went in already pissed and annoyed at this place, but with the added confidence that I don't actually NEED this job anymore. I have the experience and connections to get work. I'm leaving this place no doubt, but my remaining time here will be spent on my own terms.

On my self-appraisal, I put that over the next year, I plan on finding a proper balance between my coordinator duties and my newfound technician duties. When he asked me to list what percentage of my time is spent on each area of my job description, I listed that 70% of my time is spent offering tech support, 20% is towards maintenance of technology, and 10% for administrative duties. I told him that 70% and 20% need to switch but it's impossible with just me working. His advice was "just spend less time doing tech support. You need to manage your time better."

Deal. Here's how the next year is going:

- Tech support is down to two days a week. If it breaks on an off-day, you'd better have a contingency in place because "mouse died" doesn't grind teaching to a halt.

- No new projects that aren't specifically proposed by myself. I don't care that random math teacher wants to start using some bullshit LMS no one else has heard of that requires I spin up its own VM to host it. I don't care that such and such school uses virtual reality to teach foreign languages. I don't care that you want to be able to play 30 year old VHSs on the projector in the auditorium. Find a way to make what you have work for you for the next year.

- This next year is solely to be spent on stabilizing our infrastructure. It's old, it's poorly maintained, and we are in desperate need of upgrades. I've worked out deals with schools all over the state to donate actually nice equipment that will result in an entirely new network infrastructure for absolutely zero dollars and I refuse to let some bullshit pie in the sky idea from entitled faculty take up a second of my precious time until we've got a modern network in place.

- I will be saying "no" a lot more. People can deal with it.

- Moving from analog lines to a VOIP system will save us $20k a year. That money is to go directly into my budget and is not to be touched by anyone and will be specifically set aside to hire a skilled employee for at least $40k a year. (that's honestly a lot of money around here)

- Fridays I will be working from home and am not to be disturbed unless something is on fire.

This is all in writing and was signed by both myself and the director. It's amazing how quickly he backs down when someone shows even the slightest bit of backbone.

I got an interview for a Database III Programmer.

It's a good day, guys

GO, LARCHES, GO!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


ChubbyThePhat posted:

While this sucks in some pretty spectacular ways, doing the right thing does not always produce the desired result. The fact that you stepped aside to help the guy next to you speaks volumes, so please don't lose sight of the fact this was a very good thing for you to do. Sometimes life just sucks and gives you the short stick

And don't let that stop you from being a good person and doing the right thing. Sometimes it sucks (but you can console yourself knowing you are a good person and not an rear end in a top hat), and other times you see the good feedback.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


dogstile posted:

Post when you can!

He would have, but he was embarrassed to say his smartphone was a Buffalo.

Oh, wait! You don't need to know about that.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


blackswordca posted:

So a phone call came in.

"Hey, you guys sold us a printer in September. We decided we aren't going to use it anymore and want to return it for a refund"

Yeah.. good luck with that.

Sure. As long as you realize there is a restocking fee of 50% of the printer price....

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Thanks Ants posted:

You mean 200% surely

I was trying to be somewhat merciful to a struggling small business!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Sefal posted:

You also work at a game company?

If you don't mind, would you be willing to share some policies you have going on, with regards such as running games on each employee's workstation and public game rooms?
I'd love to get a better perspective and more best practices, specifically for game companies.

But please don't move it to PMs? I don't work in the game industry, but I would find it really fascinating.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Avenging_Mikon posted:

He may have meant goons-as-in-not-the-SA-nickname.

That why I always use the capital G when referring to a member of the august fraternity!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


larchesdanrew posted:

Nope, without inspection dns means precisely dick to the filter. You can whitelist domains all day but IP addresses get blocked for bullshit reasons like ďweaponsĒ and ďpornĒ because the filter doesnít know what itís looking at, so you have to figure out the IP associated with the domain and whitelist them both.

Iíd love to just throw on the filter and let it go without inspection but it barely functions without it and while Iíve got students pissing about the filter blocking too much, Iíll have Do-gooders tattle if itís not blocking enough either.

Itís a fight I canít win so donít lecture me on this.

Besides, it loops back to it is the school's WiFi. If the kids don't like it, then they can provide their own connection. I bump into the Fortigate at work every so often, but I don't bitch because it is their connection and every MB I snag is one less I have to provide myself...

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Thanks Ants posted:

And further to the above, an insistence that you "just get me that domain, do something, just put some effort in and stop saying no all the time"

Also "This 'quitter' attitude is why you will NEVER make management!"

EDIT: No quote is not quote.

Samizdata fucked around with this message at Jan 31, 2018 around 12:24

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


PurpleButterfly posted:

LOL. My title is officially "Pathways Guide," so Iím basically the sherpa. I am still getting acclimated myself, though.

(aside: 'she,' and I think that applies to both Sirotan and myself, fyi.)

You have to wear a giant parka the whole time and no cocktails, only yak buttered tea, and YOU provide the yak butter...

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


MisterOblivious posted:

That would have been preferable.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group owns a whole bunch of low-profit and nostalgia brands. The new holding company is likely to look for "inefficiencies" to eliminate.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr_Pe..._Group#Products

There are some regional brands on that list I'd hate to see discontinued.


Funny coincidence: the distributor for, and former bottler of, those same regional brands is also the local Budweiser distributor back home.

Not going to lie. I love me some RC. Nice crisp, bubbly, and cheap soda. Hope they don't kill that.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Renaissance Robot posted:

Is it just me or does this seem like a really obvious "after the booze from last night wore off I realised actually I don't want to buy you breakfast"?

Surprised he didn't ask you to fetch a bucket of elbow grease and some headlight fluid.

Can't forget the left-handed cable crimper!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Judge Schnoopy posted:

Well, today's the day I migrate a full network stack from a wall-mounted 12U rack with antiquated poo poo to a full cabinet on the other side of the wall with brand new gear. Re-terminating 24 cables, 30% of which we don't know are long enough to reach the new patch panel. During business hours at a notoriously cranky and bitchy site if things aren't ~*perfect*~

If you don't hear from me in two days, I've quit IT and gotten a job at McDonalds to reduce my stress.

If I never talk to you again, it's been a pleasure. Stay safe, networking ghost!

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


dragonshardz posted:

RIP Vile Rat.

Seconded.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Bob Morales posted:

"Why are emails being delayed? <whoever> sent me an email at 8:47 and it just came in at 9:07a."



Should I reply with:

"It's not called instant messenger"

"Your fat rear end didn't even get to work until 8:52"

"Rackspace is looking into it"

The pigeon died from overwork.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


GreenNight posted:

I've put Windows 10 on a laptop with 4 gigs of RAM and a Core Duo. It surprisingly scales down quite well.

Core 2 Quad and 8Gb here. Works well enough, and I can play Overwatch and Destiny 2 quite playably...

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


dragonshardz posted:

C2Qs are still solid workhorses. C2Ds...not so much.

All I can say (even before my rebuild) is that this old girl must have been a bit of a god box back in '08.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


duz posted:

That would suppose anyone believed him in the first place.

The network did.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


blackswordca posted:

Years ago I applied at Staples to be a tech.. they told me I had to sit on a till for 1 year before I could do it.

When I worked at Staples, I launched our unofficial Tech Center. We were the top of non-Tech Center tech center sales.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Renegret posted:

Staples tech support is so bad that even geek squad makes fun of them

Let that sink in for a bit

I was pretty drat awesome. I couldn't even step outside for a break or cross the parking lot to go to work without customers fishing for answers.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Renegret posted:

Yeah I didn't mean anything personal. I did two years at geek squad and I assumed Staples was similar. A few pretty good people hamstrung by sales focused management and lovely co-workers because the job is about making money, not fixing poo poo.

e: and zero training holy poo poo.

They had training? (And actually, my management was pretty good. They tried to take care of the floor staff and never fired anyone when we tried to have a little fun (like, when the periodic ink cart shoplifting gangs would come around, we one time hid the entire roller shelving in a side room, then told the manager they rolled it right into a truck) or the time they hard a catered breakfast brought in for anyone that wanted some (with advance notice for the non-daytime people).

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


blackswordca posted:

Welp, looks like all the I's dotted and T's crossed. Giving notice Monday and starting at the new job two weeks later.



Rock ON!

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Samizdata
May 14, 2007


Marcade posted:

Question, IT goons: is this bad? I think it's bad.



I hope it's not a Buffalo drive

If it was, you'd already be dead.

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