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Natural Selection

Posted by Kush on February 18th, 2008

Here is a summery of a disturbing trouble ticket:

Opened Illustrator and it opened twice, I need immediate assistance.

BUSINESS REASON FOR REQUEST: I can’t work.

My systems administrator responded very quickly to this one:

Close one of the instances of the program.

How do some people manage to survive to adulthood? Too bad with modern times natural selection doesn’t have a chance to kick in.

Users Still Amaze Me

Posted by Kush on February 18th, 2008

Okay so it’s been a while sense my last post…

Here is one that I have been meaning to post for a while now. We have a user that is rather high up on the food chain. She requested that we disable the [CAPS LOCK] key on her keyboard; I thought it was an odd request so I asked on of my sys admins why? Which I didn’t think was an odd question. He couldn’t keep a straight face when I asked why she wanted this done. He then proceeded to tell me “Ya see she didn’t know that you needed to use the [SHIFT] key to enable capital letters, in order to make a capital letter she was using the [CAPS LOCK] key”

I was just amazed that anyone would do that, seeing as how she was in the business world when typewriters were prevalent, how did she ever use one?

Wow!

Posted by Kush on August 21st, 2007

Okay I have heard a lot of stupid things users have done to computers in my 15 years in IT but this one takes the cake, It actually had be dumbfounded and all I could say was “Wow!”

My systems administrator went to one of our remote locations in NC, configured and installed an OS X server for a small art department. He gave the woman there who had been taking care of the server  VNC administrator access to the server to do minor things like add users, grant permissions etc. Well about a week after the install my admin gets a call that nothing is working; all the data shares are gone.

He attempts to log in remotely to the server and is denied root access to the box. He calls down to the woman in NC to see what is going on because the server is still online but refusing connection, it seems that she changed the randomly generated 10 character password to 123.

He logs in to the server via VNC through our VPN, uses the password 123 gets root access to the box, and all the shares that were configured are now gone, as with the permissions to the shares. He corrects everything that is done to the server, and brings it back to the exact same condition that he configured the box to the week before.

When he called the woman in our NC office and questioned her about it, her response was just mind blowing.

It seems that she wanted to connect an external drive to the server to move data around, and the default share names on the server were “CLOSE” to the name of the external hard disk drive so she renamed the server shares to the computer wouldn’t become “CONFUSED” because the names were similar.

All I can say is “Wow!”

New 8Gb iPhone

Posted by Kush on June 30th, 2007

Well it’s been a while sense I have updated my blog, bite me. I just haven’t had anything to write about in a while. But yesterday I got my iPhone my wonderful wife waited on line for 11 hours at a shity mall in front of the apple store.

Okay my first day with the iPhone, connection to activate the phone through the iTunes website took a few min to complete, I choose the lowest level of service plan that was offered, hell I’m cheap. Yea yea I know then why did you spend 600$ on a phone, I didn’t I spent 600$ on a toy.

After the phone was activated it took about 30 seconds to find my WiFi network and connect, that was pretty effortless.

The first application I configured was email, I use IMAP, the setup was a breeze but as people have stated the on screen keyboard took a little getting used to, I found I was using the backspace key A LOT! It worked first try without a hitch once my typing errors were corrected.

While connected to my WiFi there was no problem with the web, google came up in under 2 seconds, and it was one of the default bookmarks on the iPhone. Tap the screen from the web browser and the keyboard came right up for me to mistype my blog’s URL.

The next thing I tried was YouTube from the iPhone, it was a default shortcut on the iPhone’s desktop. While connected to my WiFi network at home it pulled up very quickly and the screen rez was incredible.

So far everything was going great, the phone worked without a hitch with everything I tried so far, but that was short lived. I was on my way to a grad party, my wife was driving so I figured let me play around with the toy. I hit the icon for YouTube again about 5 min in to our trip and no longer on my network connection, because nothing says road trip like the video for “White and Nerdy” while playing with my iPhone the day after release.

This is where the first issue I had with the iPhone it was slow, it was dirt slow connecting to YouTube, then I selected the video I wanted to watch 3.5-4 minutes later it came on the screen, which is just so wrong when 10 minutes before hand it was moving like “greezed I-talian lightning” If you aren’t in a hotspot you are for a world of pain if you try to browse the web much less use streaming media, this was a brutal experience.

Didn’t anyone at Apple even try this thing out away from a hotspot? Guys there is no reason for this, I might as well have tried dial-up. The tech is out there, I don’t understand why it wasn’t used, the EDGE network is painful to use.

Well I was on my way to a party so I didn’t get to play much with the phone, I was actually trying to socialize and chase my son down. I will get a little more time with the phone this weekend and update you on the other features as I use them.

Before I forget, The iPhone has a sexy solid feel in your hand, I think I will call this one “Lynne” its very well built and smooth…

WoW X-Perl Frames

Posted by Kush on December 21st, 2006

Here is an Alt link for the X-Perl mod for WoW

Release 20DEC06

Leached from Curse-Gaming

D/L from here!


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