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Email from me to IT:
Can I please have Paint.NET and <name of open-source screen grabber and annotation software> installed? I’m frequently creating procedure and training documents and using MS Paint can be frustrating.
Reply from IT:
We are trying to standardise our OS image and will not be able to install this type of software. Open source software especially had no place on our corporate network.
Paint and the standard Windows screen clip will be sufficient.
I have just received the most ridiculous reply as an update to a support ticket I raised this week.
The gist of it is I’m trying to use our EPOS system’s tool to design admission tickets. It doesn’t generate previews correctly, so I have to go to a different site to sanity check and do final tweaks on the final design.
The crux of the problem is the preview is always in the wrong aspect. Ticket is landscape, preview tries to interpret as portrait, but gets it really, really wrong.
Support: You feed your tickets in to the printer in portrait, don’t you?
Me: No, they are already in landscape as they feed in.
Support: Hi [DigitalStefan]. If you look at the printer from the side, are the tickets feeding in Landscape or Portrait?
Stop giving your little utilities stupid, esoteric names. You clearly can’t be trusted to include even the most basic readme with your software that explains what it is actually for, so you don’t get to be creative with your naming.
If you cannot be bothered to apply a little bit of common-sense, you need to name your software to reflect exactly what it does.2
I dropped my Unicomp keyboard last night. Some keys stopped working. Damaged the membrane connector, apparently.
Very sad. Served me well for 11 years.
Immediately ordered a Logitech G613 as replacement.10
Upgraded my i5 4460 to i7 4790k with a moderately good cooler today.
Prime95 crashes even without overclocking.
I knew I should have just gone full-bore and upgraded to a Ryzen 3600 system.11
My workplace is hosting “management event” jointly for Game and EA today.
On one hand we are making money from them.
On the other hand... some of that money is tainted by evil.
(All opinion here is my own and not a reflection of my employer!)1
Someone not the boss of me was just leaving work on Friday and said “oh, by the way, who’s on call this weekend?”.
They know that the only person that could possibly be is me, except this was her way of asking me if I could be on call.
So, on a Friday, 60 seconds before you were going to leave you’re now asking me to be on call?
Maybe I had plans. Maybe I don’t have a work phone.
She gave me her phone number and asked me to “just quickly call my phone”.
Me: “Oh, so sorry, I don’t have any signal.”
Also me, in my mind: “You can be on call all weekend, not me. I didn’t sign up for this. I’m not paid for this and I’m not responsible for this. Your lack of planning is not my emergency”.
I did not call her phone. I had a lovely weekend.5
I judge people too harshly for poor grammar, spelling, punctuation and using awful contractions such as “Imma”.
I’m not going to work on this fault. I’m just going to continue to be an asshole about it. Sorry.17
The new multi-site EPOS with integrated online ticket purchasing project I’ve been working on since April/May starts to roll out on Monday.
There’s stuff that still doesn’t work and some of that is because everyone decided to start with the “can you just...? This needs to happen before Monday” shit on fucking Thursday.
No, you fucknugget, I’m not going to “just take a quick scoot through the options to find the thing that doesn’t work” nor am I going to “just quickly update the naming of all the products to more align with our brand” less than one working day prior to going live.
You should have thought about this 1 or maybe 2 months ago. Your lack of planning is not my emergency.
Do you actually say the words “mebibyte”, “gibibyte” etc?
Would you? Do you avoid them and use the “mega” and “giga” instead?13
It’s 2019 and back-office software for defining till receipts still results in £ turning into ú when printed.
You just have to know that you need to write ^156 instead.1
I am now a system administrator, but only for as long as it takes to integrate a new EPOS, then I go back to my crappy old job.
When writing a troubleshooting section in a training / reference doc, don’t ask users to “check the power cable is connected properly”, instead say “unplug the power cable from the device and from the wall. Check for damage. If undamaged, plug back in to device and wall”.
Don’t say “ensure wall power is switched on”, say instead “switch power off at the wall, wait 10 seconds and switch back on”.5
Was super pleased with my eBay purchase of a Dell 3008 30” monitor. Not so fucking pleased this evening when the fucker just won’t turn on.6
Imagine having do some Excel integration stuff for an ERP system that very few people use, there’s some documentation for but there are no forums, knowledge base or community at all.
If I want anything more than troubleshooting support, it’s a rate of £850/day.3
After 10 years with the same monitor, I upgraded. To another 10-year old monitor.
Behold, the Dell 3008.7
Fedora and Mint Linux as a VM hosted on unRAID. Both of them won’t let me type “&”. Instead I get “K”
Impossible to google for a solution.2
I have multiple Windows licenses for machines and VM’s but I really just want one license for Windows Workstation. I can turn off all the bullshit in Pro, but a fresh install of Workstation is just so nice and clean.1
People bitching about Microsoft wanting to acquire GitHub.
Really? You understand Microsoft are actively developing VSCode, one of the best editors on any platform? The same Microsoft responsible for integrating Linux in Windows?
Windows itself is rightfully the target of some criticism, but Microsoft in recent years are doing some amazing and positive work. Server 2016 is a quality product. Visual Studio has been awful for a long time but appears to be heading in a good direction now. Honestly, get over yourself if you can’t seem to shake the MICROSOFT IS BAD meme.90
Mom bought a Commodore Vic-20. We had a fair amount of games. I used to get up at 3 or 4am to play on it. Learned BASIC using it.
I was around 6 years old.
I’ve no idea how to set up OpenVPN on my server and phone to allow me to browse securely while I’m using open WiFi spots, and it’s really getting to me that I can’t figure it out.4
Intel CPU + Vega GPU on the same package is the best innovation in years.
We may finally have a MacBook Pro that is not only worthy of the name, but may be the first MacBook with GPU that won’t suffer a common defect failure requiring the threat of a class action before they announce an extended support period.1
Ordered a new LG TV. First thing I did was hoist “install PiHole” up to the top of my to-do list so that I can make sure the TV isn’t going to be reporting telemetry to anyone.
Glad I did. My phone and Windows VM’s now pull DNS only from the PiHole. What a great piece of software.9
My C64 Retro Game Dev book didn’t arrive today because the courier “couldn’t find your front door”.
Seriously?! 30+ orders in the past 6 months and this dumb fuck couldn’t find me?
I live at a goddamn museum, signposted all through the town.2
TV volume goes from 0-50
I like it when it’s on an even number or 25.
If it lands on an odd number, I have to change it.
What the heck? Is this just me?11