Re: The Pencil needs charging?
I love my Fisher Space Pen, and I've owned a few of them.
The mini and standard versions, only replaced because they got lost at some client site.
I don't remember them costing much either.
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I've done the whole replaced the failed drive in a mirror set and copy the new drive to the old while out on a warranty repair case.
I hadn't done a backup first (not part of the warranty service), but I had asked the client if he had a backup before I headed to site. And again when I got there. And again after shutting down the non-hotswap "server" before pulling out the failed drive. And again when I inserted the new drive. And finally before putting power to the system.
When the mirror completed rebuilding there was no boot device.
Reboot, check BIOS boot order is correct.
Boot with a live Linux CD, both HDD completely blank. Crap.
Ask client for install dvd and backups.
They don't have either one, they had never done a backup.
I hope they learned their lesson and took backups from then on.
If we were being sent from Montreal to our head office in Toronto (by car, mileage and time reimbursed) for training that lasted more than a day or two, the company would pay the extra occupancy fee and meal costs for us to bring our significant other along with us.
It was a small thing in terms of cost, but meant a lot to us.
I work for a large privately owned IT services company in Canada, and one of our clients is a large energy corp with petrol stations across the country.
I have lost track of how many times I've been sent to a site to troubleshoot why the paypoints can't communicate with the petrol pumps, only to find someone had accidentally pressed the big red emergency shutdown button for the pumps.
Personal odour overload!
At the accounting firm I sysadminned at once upon a time, the human resources guy's breath smelled so strongly you could smell him coming from the other end of the building!
I'm told it was probably a combination of too much coffee, too many cigarettes, and not enough brushing of teeth...
It's amazing anyone ever accepted a job after interviewing with him.
Years ago I worked as a system admin in a small (120 user) accounting firm.
We migrated to Windows XP on all workstations, started enforcing quotas on user shares on the server, made a couple of changes to the way Outlook worked - including emptying the bin in Outlook on program close.
These changes came after months of info emails and warnings about said changes.
I lost count of how many users screamed the first time they closed Outlook because they lost years of emails.
My wife was a little unsure about the Roomba I bought her, and then she tried it out.
She was so happy with the way it vacuumed our wood floors that she then ordered an iRobot Bravaa to wash the floors.
A year later and we now own 2 Roombas and 2 Bravaas, and they do a much better job than any of our cleaning ladies ever did.
How do you all have space for this amount of stuff?
I have been clearing out my house, I've given away 3 desktop computers, with associated LCD and keyboard and mouse.
I'm down to a desktop and a laptop.
I've cleared out boxes of old cables, cards, cdroms that will never be used again, car parts for cars I don't own anymore
It feels good. I've spent years (since my first son was born) feeling bad for not finding enough time to make use of this stuff. Now it's a weight that has been lifted.
I'm happier, and so is the rest of my family since that nagging feeling has stopped stressing me out.
I need ringtones during the work day because my phone is my connection to all things work, and the way I receive service calls in the field. My phone is not always in my pocket so vibrations don't work.
The only custom ringtone I have is for my manager, AC/DC's Hell's Bells.
Ah yes, experienced this recently.
It was brought up in a regional meeting that I wasn't HP Gen-9 Server certified.
When asked why, I told them that it had been decided (higher up) that it could not be justified to take me out of the field for 5 days of courses considering how few servers I repair since I am primarily a printer specialist.
Doesn't stop them sending me out on warranty repair calls for Gen-9 servers and then complaining that HP won't reimburse the labour...
I feel the field engineer's pain.
More than once I've been called out to a data center to replace a failed hard drive where the client's call center provided incomplete info in the ticket.
The ticket is supposed to contain the server rack location (room, row, cabinet number) as well as the server serial number.
I arrive onsite, sign in, provide my ID and ticket number, scan my iris at security, then again at the server room door.
Contact the help desk to request the missing location info and get told they don't know what the rack row and cabinet number and can I just look for the server with an amber HDD failure LED?
Sure guys I'll wander through the 1000 server racks all of which have at least two servers with failed drives in them and check serial numbers.
Not a chance. Call me back when you have the info, I don't care how irate your client is with you.
I've got two electric impact wrenches. They work really well, about as well as their air brethren.
The downside is that they are bulkier, both bigger and heavier than an air driven one.
I have one that is corded and does 250 foot pounds of torque which I use to remove nuts and bolts from cars, and a 20V cordless that is rated at 116 foot pounds of torque that I use to put nuts and bolts back on.
I've used them for exhaust systems, suspension work, brake work over several years and they haven't let me down yet.
For the super rusted nyts and bolts that I worried would snap, I would start with a propane torch and get them nice and hot.
I do miss the compressor and air impact noises though.
I recently had a locksmith out to my house to fix the mortise lock ony 100 year old front door.
While here he also took a look at my 5 year old dead bolt I had added to the door for extra security.
The dead bolt is a mechanical Weiser SmartKey (https://ca.weiserlock.com/en/deadbolts/)
He said they don't recommend them because they are pick proof so if I lose my key they would need to drill out the cylinder.
Isn't pick proof an advantage?
"...I have a legitimate interest in anyone trying to con me out of my personal information being force-fed a large bag of plump donkey dicks until they explode. That doesn't make it right, recommended or a reasonable path to take."
I disagree, it is a very reasonable path to take. :)
Samsung is terrible for crapware.
I love most everything about my company provided S7 Edge, except for all the Samsung apps that duplicate the functionality of the Google apps on the phone.
I can't get rid of them, and they just take up space.
Comparatively, Moto G LTE is not as great a phone (screen and keyboard too small for my fat thumbs), but the almost vanilla Android is really nice. And the Moto apps don't duplicate the Google ones.
On the older LaserJet 8150 you could get this really nice 2000 sheet optional tray which if configured for 8.5x11 gave you enough room to stack unopened reams of paper next to the tray.
And people tried.
I had a call out to fix one such tray that was making grinding noises and giving an error.
Turns out they had loaded the tray with the accepted 2000 8.5x11 sheets, and stacked 4 packs of 8.5x11 paper to the left of it.
Poor motor and gears couldn't lift all that extra weight.
Billed them for a new 2000 sheet unit. User damage and all that.
I was replacing a POS system in a cheque cashing/Western Union store.
These places have very tightly controlled access, with thick bullet proof glass and doors.
One of the employees had gone outside for a smoke and when they came back in asked me to buzz them in.
I pressed the silent alarm button by mistake.
Who puts the door release button right next to the alarm button? And doesn't make the alarm button red?
The police response was swift. There were 3 cars and 6 officers with guns drawn, all within a couple of minutes.
That almost happened to me when I was trying out PC-BSD (I think).
Fortunately I happened to notice more than one HDD got detected during then partitioning step of the install.
I quickly shut down the PC, removed the install disk, enabled the disabled HDD and booted into Windows.
Once I determined all was ok, I shut down the PC and disconnected the IDE cable for my Windows HDD before trying the BSD install again.
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