Discussion in 'January And Everything After' started by dermot, Jan 12, 2012.
How do you pronounce it?
Oh yeah, accounting at a lot of companies seems needlessly archaic. My wife knows excel really well, and kicks ass at it, and the current place they are at, they barely do anything with excel. Of course, the people there do things by 'billable hours', so I can see why they might not have any interest in optimizing the process. They have two people there that could probably be replaced solely by my wife.
I've heard people call it "DROO-ple" (last syllable rhymes with purple) although my inclincation would be to call it "DROO-pal" (with "you, pal")
I'd go with DruPaul until I heard the official version.
Amazon UK is trolling me with some shit about how their MP3 preview tool doesn't work with Chrome's version of Flash. Yet I can pop over to the US site, looks fucking identical yet manages to work perfectly.
Is Amazon taking lessons from Microsoft on how divisions should never exchange technology or something?
Amazon is trolling me, I just got my corporation tax bill. I did ring HMRC and suggest we could discuss it over lunch but they just hung up.
2007? How did you convince them to do that voluntarily? I had to force the issue by point blank refusing to support 2003.
On the plus side, my boss wants what I proposed we build, the downside is supposedly smart people deciding I'm 'building technical expertise' into their world and incessantly whinging that I'm making their life harder.
I'm going to use this sodding database to model a bee colony instead and give them sheets of paper and pencils.
Modelling expected loss through honeybee behaviour must be worth something to someone surely.
I figure it aligned with some management shake-up and a vague haze-filled e-mail from IT discussing Microsoft support.
Nash equilibrium, dude. Nobel prizes come from observing nature. Then you can take that medal and SHOVE IT UP THEIR ASSES.
After nearly 10 years of coping with each and every email client I encountered, this is how I'm spending my day...again.
My bosses say stuff like "Well, Company X has sexy HTML email, why can't we?" and then they show me the 1-image block CompUSA advertisements they get.
Most of the time, my work life is pretty cake -- I get to play with things creatively, and act like a technological wizard to all the muggles. But, today, I feel like I've walked back down to the trenches.
I have no end of trouble with the Amazon MP3 preview and MP3 Downloader using Chrome. I find it somewhat ironic that the only time I ever boot up Safari is to browse and purchase music from Amazon.
Fuck you, weather.com, for loading up a really loud video every time I look at your page.
A company called Transdigm, though part of my rage is "WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS MYSELF"
Basically, they are using the FAA/ EASA safety regulations (which give manufacturers' quasi monopoly status) to print themselves money. 48.5% EBITA profit margin last quarter.
Business is simple. Buy 3rd/ 4th tier aerospace company with single source status on the parts it makes, and the IP. Take 15% off the costs, increase spare parts prices 300-400%. Profit.
Fuck you Apple for limiting what words I can engrave on the tablet I'm forking over a ton of money to you for. I don't need a second mother.
Take it to a jeweler or other sort of engraving service.
What won't it let you engrave? Enquiring minds!
Cut the crap and show us your willy!
After you answer the question!
Tablet present for my mum. It's the phrase from her favourite birthday card, she used to read through every card in the shop and knew them all.
But what was the word it didn't like?
Apparently Facebook deliberately broke compatibility with Trillian and other IM clients.
But... they went out of their way to provide an XMPP proxy for IM compatibility, and that seems to still be working.
After doing some more research, apparently they changed something that nuked backwards compatibility for Trillian 4, so let's see if it works on 5. >.<
edit: FUCK YOU, ASK.COM TOOLBAR, GO DIE IN MANY FIRES
edit2: works just fine in Trillian 5, too bad Trillian 5 looks like ass compared to 4. Oh well.
Trillian? Did I wake up in 2002?
I was just thinking the other day about how glad I am that IMing is pretty much dead to me nowadays.
People still use GChat and Facebook IM all the time. "People" includes my boss.
I use Facebook IM to talk to hubby when he's at work, since he doesn't have a desk number and his cell phone doesn't work on the other side of the street (seriously).
I also have heard of companies using Skype as an IM client in addition to the voice capabilities. And by that I mean I know one company that does it.
Other niece who is 26 wants an iPod Touch for Christmas. She lost her job and has only found another part time gig since, and her unemployment has recently run out, so she's having real trouble paying her bills. My thought was to give her a bunch of little stuff (jewelry, weird soda, books and such) so she has something to open and basically give her a check. My dad agrees.
Friday Dad called and he's all in a kerfuffle and he wants me to order "this damn ipod thingy!" My sister got her Christmas bonus and has agreed to split the cost of the touch with Dad. My niece printed out exactly what she wanted, which was a 4th generation touch in some kind of bundle with all the chargers and shit for about $200, so he wanted me to order it from Amazon.
The word from the niece was that her laptop had broken, so she doesn't currently have a computer, so she's not even going to be able to load music on this thing. I send her a quick email and ask if she has a computer. She says work is lending her one. Does it have itunes? Is it locked down? Can she install stuff on it? Is she comfortable putting her music on a laptop that isn't hers?
Her reply: "What's itunes?"
This probably belongs in the general relationships thread, but what is it with my nieces wanting shit when they don't even know what that shit does? Yes, I know you can buy songs and download stuff directly to the touch over wifi, but she is so clueless about the Apple ecosystem that she doesn't even know what the fuck itunes is she just knows she wants an ipod?
It makes me hate Christmas a little.
This is how about 90% of the North American population live their lives.
We use Skype as company IM. Now you know two!
I'll tell you what gives me nerd rage. Emotes used on a message forum. Whatever the syntax.
[ducks and covers]
Seriously? You're on the wrong screen, kids, this ain't WoW.
Do hashtags bother you too?
They're on the fence. On the spectrum of internet communication where email and forum posts are at one end, and IRC and IM is at the other, twitter falls somewhere in the middle, so I have only middling rage when I see them in a forum.
Hashtags make me nerd rage hard in particular when used outside of twitter and/or in a 'comedic' sense #KnowWhatIMean
TIL hash tags are a Twitter thing. I kept thinking they were IRC channels or some shit.
I greatly dislike book, movie, and game sequels that forgo sequential numbering (most especially when you're supposed to consume this crap in a very specific order, but no such numbers are anywhere to be found on the package) and instead just attach subtitles as a means of differentiating all the many entries into a series. This also creates more hassle when buying this stuff as gifts for people who are into certain things you may know little to nothing about.
Wikipedia to the rescue, and all that.
We use MS Lync at work. I get IMs from people who sit right the fuck beside me, so damned frustrating. Just turn your head slightly and talk to me!
I knew hashtags are a Twitter thing, but I had the impression they were imported to Twitter from IRC for some reason. I will occasionally do a *hugs* in some forums although I don't think I've done it here...
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