Valve's Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-To-Play
100% agree, love this game, had it since it was released, the only game that is installed on my machine at all times, others come and go but TF2 is the go to for quick fun
Anxiety and IT?
I have worked in IT all my life, from the jack of all trades to specialized technologies.... on call all the time, i have had my fair share of events where 60 people swarm my desk as i type away and talk on the phone trying to resolve the issues.... my view of this....
other people can have the anxiety... i am here to do my job to the best of my abilities, i get paid to do that, i get paid to be on call, so i will do that... i have projects that i know will fail, projects that i am struggling to meet the timelines for and problems that i can solve, and problems that i can't solve... last I checked, that is IT period.
If you have real issues with anxiety and coping with this "crushing pressure" go work in another industry, IT isn't a walk in the park and if you can't balance work/personal and your own emotions, IT isn't for you.
Sure that sounds harsh, but again, in IT, get used to it.
Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump
They chose the perfect time to do the survey, most companies I have ever known someone at would do it in Dec/Jan for Calendar year, Mar/Apr if their fiscal year ended then, or Oct/Nov if their fiscal year ended then. So in my view it is an expected 66% NO.
I hate it when information like this flows around. 100% of people agree**
** - Survey of 10000 people with 1 respondant
But if companies put in position mandates "Other duties as assigned" which can include monitoring others. I think that it is good to watch what is going on but not to the extent of social networking sites and GPS etc. I personally monitor the enterprise for mob behavior such as a 400% spike in internet traffic with people watching the world cup or streaming radio. I then crunch the numbers and show what the cost of said traffic is to the business and let the business decide if it continues or if I stop it.
My job is to ensure a stable and high performing network for the enterprise, part of that is watching what people are doing and stopping things that can degrade the stability or performance of the network as a whole. I don't look at it as monitoring co-workers, I see it as monitoring the network, what I am paid to do. The fact that humans are the ones generating the traffic doesn't matter, I really don't care who is doing it, just that it is being done.
We aren't here to single people out (unless asked to), just do the job that we are paid for.
My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...
3 cell battery it came with gave me 40 mins tops. Got the 9 cell and now i get 8 hours of working time, 1 hour less if i am watching videos.... i can't complain, it does pretty damn good... my netbook gets a little more, around 9 hours but all it does is surf the randomness that my wife makes it
True Tales of Tech Hoarding
I recently was forced to part with my old IBM System 36 and corresponding hard drive that was 350lbs and the size of a dishwasher. The system 36 was the original 700lb model 5630. They were used as end tables but didn't fit with my wife's tastes. I am proud to say that I was able to get the box up, with connected terminal and actually pulled data off of it (printed) in 2005. I was challenged by some friends to make it work to show it could still be put to use and damn it, the yellow paged manuals I still had made it easy.
My tech hoarding earned me some extra income as I won the bet making it work. So don't throw it out, your tech buddies will pay good money to watch you fight with 20 year old tech.
Please Do Not Change Your Password
We have a password policy as well, with the no repeating characters, previous 10 passwords not allowed, not allowed to change the password twice in 48 hours, must have special character, upper and lower case and numbers, can't contain any part of user id or name, must be 9 characters in length, must start with a letter...... and that is just the domain password, rules for internal systems are just as crazy but some don't allow special characters etc so you are forced to maintain 50 passwords and user id's even though LDAP is the "only standard moving forward"
I sit next to the security teams, on password change day I yell and then remove the piece of paper on my cube's name badge and replace it with the updated passwords. They don't like me. I have proved that leaving your user ID and password at sight level at your cube doesn't mean someone will use it.... so far
What is the ambient temperature in your office?
Monday - 65 - no one was in on the weekend to complain about temp
Tuesday - 70 - the people around me blow enough hot air to raise it 5 degrees
Wednesday - 78 - the combination of building maintenance and the hot air cause it to rise to sweat shop levels
Thursday - 72 - the thermostat is in my cube so i take control and make it at least decent
Friday - 70 - no one ever shows up for work on friday so i can start to make the temp dip
And it is all "men" around me, but the bitch fest about the temp is like a group of 3 year olds
Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?
The key is that they stated they were missing deadlines and producing poor code. I don't claim to work a solid 8 hours every day, I probably do more like 6, but I make sure to meet all deadlines to the best of my ability. If that means sometimes working 5 days, 8 hours productive a week I do it (sometimes many more hours but may not be productive). My boss sees that I do this so when there are no deadlines he doesn't mind if I piss off work for a day here or a few hours there.
If work objectives are being met, fine. If they are not, management needs to step in and find a way to get the workers to get the job done. Not forcing solid work as that will fail, but finding a way to make them more productive by giving them some freedoms to control their own schedules and still get the job done.
Work ethic is a huge deal for me, it pisses me off watching people talk about hockey and not get the job done but if they are getting their jobs done, I am the first to jump into the conversation and have a little fun at work.
Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads
I love the fact that /. allows ads to be disabled. I enable every once and a while and click around just for fun.
What I really dislike are the ads that take up 80% of the screen such as the new CNN ads for Lexus and Mac that expand if you accidentally hover over them and take up the whole screen. The honor system works if you prove that you aren't trying in your face ads. I don't mind the occasional flashing ad in a small section of the screen, chew up my whole screen or have some loud audio and I visit the site a lot less. Show me your product or service and I will make a personal decision. Jam your ad in my face and I won't even take the time to see if you really are 1000 times better than your competition.
Ads To Offset Cost of Unlocked Google Phone?
I choose to pay $5 and unlock it from the comfort of my home. I picked my last phone up from a carrier with no contracts for $50 more than the carriers with contacts, then paid $5 to get it unlocked, and signed up at the more expensive carrier on a month-month service.
I hate locked in contacts, but also hate ads.
Project Honey Pot Traps Billionth Spam
I have seen 945 of the spellings in my inbox just last week.... damn spammers
13-Year-Old Radio Pirate Defies Canadian Authorities
Maybe the kid is really just pushing his dad to let him spend his days in the strip club but the dad would rather pay the 20k fines than get his boobie shop closed for underage customers
The Ultimate Geek Christmas Card
But they cut paper and used glue... I bet they had to calculate the proper amounts using a complex model and ensured that the colour scheme was to the recipient's liking. It's not like they just cut paper, spread glue and jammed a phone in the middle like my 2 year old does.......
Saying No To Promotions Away From Tech?
100% agree. I had a manager that questioned every time that i was 5 mins late. I tracked the number of hours I worked late, covering for others when their cars broke down etc. When my manager next pulled me aside I haded the sheet and said, dock my pay for the 30 mins I have been late this week, but please also process my 10 hours of overtime with documented badge in badge out times. They stopped bothering me.
As for the topic, I would say that if management doesn't have to be 100% non-technical. It is what you make it. I managed a team of people, did 10% management work, 90% technical and my boss was happy as they did little to no management of my team and we continued to out perform other groups so they let us be. You can make any position what you want it to be if there is a good higher level management above. So look far above, if you like what you see, take it. If there is micro management, run for the hills.
Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?
100% numeric pager or Blackberry with unlimited data plan and cell service? If I was asked to carry a numeric pager, and work all hours and not get paid I would be out the door. If it was a Blackberry with full data plan and unlimited cell useage, maybe that would be enough for me. I currently get paid $1.50/hr for carrying and nothing for the time I spend if I get paged. I accepted this. I used to get paid $1.50/hr and OT for what I worked but got paged 2000% more. So the company giving me a phone with data at no cost to me plus $1.50/hr regardless if I get paged or not is worth it. If I get paged a lot, I train that group how to fix things so they don't have to page me. If they paid me for OT for responding, I probably wouldn't train people how to fix things as I would want the $$$. So this may be an indication that users require some additional information so the pages don't happen, or at least happen less frequently.
There are so many variables it is really just up to what you want to put up with. If you don't like the situation, find a different one.
No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars
Living in Ontario, there are many laws that aren't enforced, like not being a tool and driving down the shoulder in a traffic jam. The police enforce that rule once per year. My best bet is that most of the people who get tickets are the people that don't do it on a regular basis, just got caught the once they did it. The people who drive around with their phone stuck to their ear will never get a ticket. Such is life. Just because this rule is in place, doesn't mean I am not still going to be watching for distracted drivers. It isn't their phone that is the issue, it is their driving skills in general. Take the phone out of the picture and they are still distracted by shiny objects.
FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell
Since when did Slashdot become CNN's day after repeat? Must be a slow geek week as this isn't the first repeat
DHCP Management Across a Diversified Network?
for 100-500 leases, i would set it up on the cisco boxes.... also ensures the zero cost approach which always makes management happy.
How Do You Document Technical Procedures?
I was tasked with this same issue in a huge corporation where I can't control the hiring of only useful people, nor could I spend the $$ to educate those who needed it. I used a Sharepoint site that had full DR and tracking for changes, tasked people to create a simple document for tasks they commonly did, then I just created a Master Document that contained sections with links to the documents that others had created or the ones that I created. The master document is currently about 90 pages of links to documents. Updates to any document are approved before posting to the site. There is a document template for any new processes that are created and they are tagged with review dates to ensure they are kept up to date.
The secontions in the master include "Basic Tasks", "Problem Determination" or "Standards"
Seems to work for me and the 200 other people that use it. It is available to 1000 people but only a fraction use it. Can't fix that with any documentation or application.
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