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3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech UN-Support on: April 25, 2011, 01:23:34 PM
Once again a chapter of the You Gotta be Friggin Kidding Me files unfolds...

I just got off the phone with a client I have know for several years. It is a nice little old lady that while not technically adept, is other wise quite sharp. She wanted me to replace the NIC in her computer (or sell her a new computer) because the group of "Tech Support" people at her ISP which will remain nameless felt it had gone bad due to the fact that the DSL routers Activity Light would not stop flashing...

Hm... A "dead" NIC with Line activity ... Must be Zombie traffic perhaps?

There other bit of completely misinterpreted info was an error message that popped up every time IE (or another web request) was opened. The error? ...No Dial Tone Detected...

Now I realize that a large trained IT staff can be a bit expensive. But they really should make sure the people they hire can at least read well enough to follow the damn flow chart. For the rest...McDonald's is now hiring!
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Easiest laptop (brand) to take apart ? on: April 25, 2011, 11:31:57 AM
Mac laptops are less reliable than PCs
Research reveales 17% of Apple laptop fail within three years

Those are both the same link  huh
3153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Techno-Addicts on: April 25, 2011, 06:41:01 AM
assumption made that western values and culture are somehow innately superior to those from the East

Funny really, as I tend to assume the exact opposite ... But I tend to be a nonconformist also. smiley

I haven't read the article, but I'd have to assume it should end up with anything to excess is bad.
3154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple - not quite grasping the concept of privacy. on: April 24, 2011, 09:57:15 AM
That "article" sounds more like a sympathizer's attempt at making a point.

Or to put it simply: If a forensics lab, thinks it's great idea ... You should be afraid, very (very) afraid.

Dig?
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please kill me now - just bought an iPad off of eBay on: April 24, 2011, 09:39:40 AM
Is this how you feel after having the iPad placed in front of you?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FWUjJF1ai0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FWUjJF1ai0</a>

Well, they say animals can sense evil...

Indeed they can - and quite accurately too. I react much the same way when approached with iWare.
3156  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: April 24, 2011, 09:34:36 AM
The .dll should be in the same folder as the clock. The pair of them can be run from anywhere you like. The only catch is to use the 32-bit version on 32-bit machines, and the 64-bit version on 64-bit machines.

Runs on anything from Windows 2000 -to- Windows 7.
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday Renegade! on: April 22, 2011, 10:19:03 PM
Ah! So that's why he's missing ... Happy Birthday Man!
3158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: April 22, 2011, 10:16:57 PM
One of my printers is a Canon all-in-one and I really like it.
I stuck to Canon ink for a few years and then decided to try cheap stuff.
Everything went well and I congratulated myself for being astuteā€¦ until cheap-ink change #4 clogged the print head.

The thing to remember about print heads, is that they are classified as consumables. So if you ran that printer "For a few years", on the same print head - You're quite lucky - It's demise had nothing to do with the cheap inks, and everything to do with the fact that print heads eventually do fail ... Some even (time out) do it according to a schedule.
3159  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: April 22, 2011, 07:48:37 PM
Is it possible to adjust the text-based week days? I'd like to keep my Windows settings as my own region, but have the week days displayed in english. But even if I change everything to english, I'd like the week days to only display as two letters instead of three. Or even better, only one letter if the first letter is unique.
Perhaps allow custom names for all week days?

Actually AMMA already caught me on the broken alternate feature (top of page 12). Which is the part I'm hung up on at the moment...That and time - I haven't really had time to work on it these days.

Also, you didn't reply to my earlier bug report. I can try to make a video of it since I may not have explained it very good.

Sorry, actually you explanation was fine, but time got away from me. Which is kind of an ironic excuse for a clock project...But true none the less.

Current todo list order is:
Language Bugg - Which is kicking my ass
Add computername & uptime format specifiers - Should be quick and simple
Your sizing bugg - Which has great potential to get "sticky" if it is where I think it is.

Unfortunately I can't currently give a time-line because I've gotten steamrolled by the office.
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Game of the Week: Zombie Cats on: April 22, 2011, 07:30:59 PM
Okay, for the mechanically inclined...This was fun.
http://www.fastgames.com/wheelit.html
3161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Game of the Week: Zombie Cats on: April 22, 2011, 06:41:14 PM
515 clicks to the end, not sure if that's good or bad.
3162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: April 22, 2011, 06:06:11 PM
A guy I knew who wrote Windows printer drivers told me if I wanted photo quality on the cheap, to get Epson Stylus.

True, our (recently retired) production manager loves his, and has had it for several years. The Out-Of-Box drivers sucked (print quality wise), but he downloaded an updated one from Epson...and the prints then looked just as good as a photo.
3163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hoppy Easter~! on: April 22, 2011, 05:57:56 PM
But according to their bible, there was nothing happy about the events of the weekend.

(Translation: Glad it wasn't me) Everybody else had a great weekend, the weather was nice...
3164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: April 22, 2011, 05:26:17 PM
i must say the color lasers are starting to look nice these days.  not for photos but for other stuff.

HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer $179.99

OEM Cartridges are $55.99 and good for 1,000 pages, which works out to about 6 cents for a color page (assuming 5% coverage). Full blead/Edge-2-Edge photo prints will be closer to 20% coverage but it's still cheaper than ink for the rough draft stuff...(Paper type makes a big difference)...Actually the quality is getting better these days.

I doubt we can beat the online price for that model, but I'll check with the sales manager if you like.
3165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: April 22, 2011, 02:59:30 PM
Independent inks and a user replaceable print head on that ain't such a bad deal. Many of the ink printers require a service center to (reset the code...) replace the print head - So they get junked most often.

If you really print that infrequently, have you ever considered a small laser printer? Cost per page is much cheaper, and toner doesn't dry out Ya know...

I bought an HP C4680 (Print/Copy/Scan) for (about $85) the wife - 'cause she had to have one - And have only had to buy ink for it once in a year and a half. It's a tri-color cartridge ($30), but the print head is built in. So If I went generic and it clogged the print head it don't matter.

Either way, if you go generic the only thing on the printer that can get "damaged" is the print head (Yours is $30 - $50) ... So it's not really going to scrap/brick/destroy the device to experiment a bit. Wink
3166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hoppy Easter~! on: April 22, 2011, 11:31:30 AM
Having somewhat of a penchant for sacrilege, I had to PM the alternate ending (because it is offensive) for that joke to Renegade.

Zoiks! Just realized this was post 1,800
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3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 03:57:20 PM
I told him if I stuck two fingers up my ass I could probably whistle, but I wasn't about to try that either...
Don't diss prostate massaging 'til you've tried it! tongue

LOL Now that's the funniest damn thing I've heard in long time!
3168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple - not quite grasping the concept of privacy. on: April 21, 2011, 03:46:07 PM
Oh I think Apple has grasped the issue of privacy just fine.

And now that they've grasped it, they're trying to drag it into the bushes and murder it. Grin

heheheh, good point.

Yepper, I'll sign that!
3169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple - not quite grasping the concept of privacy. on: April 21, 2011, 11:59:55 AM
Just thought it would be appropriate to mention this here since so many of you are obviously using iPhones.

Alright now, don't be starting any rumors ... iLife was banned from my universe long ago.
3170  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA : Voice Changing Application {VCA} on: April 21, 2011, 11:54:02 AM
Are you holding someone for ransom?

hehehe  Thmbsup  Good one!

OTOH Vocalster does sound like it might be fun to play with.
3171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 11:42:56 AM
Also bought one of those "kneeling chairs" that used to be in vogue.


I had a friend that wanted me to try one of those...Because I'd "Probably like it". I told him if I stuck two fingers up my ass I could probably whistle, but I wasn't about to try that either...So go get me a proper friggin chair.

Side Note: I haven't been in vogue since 1973. smiley
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 11:33:53 AM
I'm on a similar schedule, as I have to step out for a cigarette every few hours. I tend to use the time to collect and refocus my thoughts to avoid forest-for-the-trees type project hiccups. I'd even go so far as to say that close to 85% of the nagging issue break throughs occurred out by the dumpster while I was having a smoke.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure since I quit smoking I've become a lousier programmer. Maybe it'll buy me some extra time, to make up for the decreased efficiency  Grin


Yeah, I've thought about it...But mom told me quitters never win...  cheesy ...So I decided  (in the interest of balance) to just cut it down to a bit. I was at a pack a day, which turned into 2+ packs for long night high pressure projects. Now, after self imposing a no smoking in the house rule, I've been able to stretch a pack out to 3 days consistently for over a year now.

I do feel better now, and I haven't had the urge to disembowel a coworker with a letter opener just for saying hello...Which tended to be a frequent problem when I was down to 2 cigarettes a day (Stress has to be dealt with "properly"...).
3173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple is Still Apple - Sue After Stealing... on: April 21, 2011, 07:10:04 AM
Maybe Samsung should start making phones shaped as trapezoids and circles.

...Or a squishy shapeless phone that double as a stress ball ... That'll help with those pesky dropped calls.
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 07:06:06 AM
I remember now, I would slide forwards - but my trousers would stay in the same place ohmy - not comfortable** tongue

First time I ran into one of those Swedish exercise balls was on a client site that used them at their desks. So I can indeed confirm said rather unpleasant phenomenon.
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 07:01:47 AM
Like mentioned moving about is good, your eyes too, every 20 minutes or so make sure your eyes are concentrated on something farther away for 30 seconds.
As far as standing all day it would probably kill my ankle.

I try to take a 5 minute break every hour.  It does lessen my productivity (startup/wind down is definitely an issue), so I miss it sometimes, but continued health is more of a concern.

I'm on a simular schedule, as I have to step out for a cigarette every few hours. I tend to use the time to collect and refocus my thoughts to avoid forest-for-the-trees type project hiccups. I'd even go so far as to say that close to 85% of the nagging issue break throughs occured out by the dumpster while I was having a smoke.
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