Timely article. This happened to me today. I have one of those stupid big Alien PCs at work with the stupidly big stupid alien head as the power button, which stupidly stands proud of the surface of the unit. My colleague once shut my PC down by kneeing the button as she rolled her chair over to my desk to ask me something. So I changed the power button to do nothing. Problem solved or so I thought. Today she managed to hard reset the PC by crossing her legs and resting her boot against the stupid button. Thank the $deity$ for autosave in Excel!
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Re: Poor insurance risk
Not sure this is true.
Just renewed my wife's insurance and when getting the new insurer to call the old one to confirm no claim discount, they advised me that the old insurer had informed them that my wife had two non fault accidents to her name. I explained that these were accidents I had had and shouldn't be against her name, she wan't even in the car for either one. The new insurer said that they would have to include them for now and would take them off once I had sorted out the old insurer.
The difference in premium? Absolutely nothing.
Absolutely. Total sensory deprivation. I have had the good fortune to be by a Vulcan taking off a few times at Fairford and Filton. It isn't just a noise, it's something that seems to permeate every cell in your body. If you had asked me what 2+2 was at the time I would have probably answered "a badger" or something!
Re: Telephone numbers too!
Some UK phone numbers only have 5 digits in them - my wife's shop in Somerset on the 01460 code for instance. Imagine my surprise, when checking estimated broadband speed from a communications company beginning with B, (and ending in T) the website rejected the number as invalid.
It looks like you're writing a mighty rant...
Do you want to
1) integrate yourself into a Word-centric workflow, even though it's an inappropriate, damaging, and laborious tool for the job?
2) offer some impressive vituperation?
3) ruin your editor's day by sending it in .odt format?
(Mine's the one with the paperclips in the pocket)
Re: had this one yesterday
Demarcation isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Luckily I now work like you so I can follow a call from start to conclusion.
With demarcation you get the following problems.
User gets some crappy error in Excel when pressing a button. You investigate and discover the button runs some in house macro written by some long dead employee, you spend half an hour picking apart said macro and discover that it needs access to a file, which is on x server or y folder which further investigation reveals user hasn't got permission to access. At this point you have to pass the call on to either the server or security team to add the permission, and after ticking a box, they check with the user, they close the call and another stat is added to their monthly figures, Yay! Go Server Team!
After scrabbling around on the floor, amongst the cobwebs and toenail clippings, you discover that nothing is wrong with the user's PC, network cable or floorport, so you pass it to the Network team who pop the cable back into the switch where it had fallen out because the silly little clip on the plug had been broken. Call closed, Yay! Go Network Team.
Meanwhile you get a b0ll0cking for not closing any calls!