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I'm going a little old school for the lounge POH, but here goes:
Shog9 can summarize an entire thread in a single subject line.
Shog9 can answer a hundred questions a day while solving an 6 month old bug at his real job before breakfast.
When Shog9 writes assembly, it is automatically garbage collected.
Shog9 has a magic ring that converts off by one errors into off by zero errors.
Shog9 invented StackOverflow so that they would employ him
Wow, he indeed works there ! I remember him leaving - progressively - CP for SO. I must be one of the last CPians that run CPHog (I still miss a lot of the features, like inline answering in the forums). Unfortunately, someone redesigned the site and now it does not work anymore .
I think words like 'destiny' are a way of trying to find order where none exists. - Christian Graus
Entropy isn't what it used to.
I have just started a contract and have to work with a remote computer as my development environment. Was wondering if there was a good option to the Microsoft Remote Desktop. The Microsoft software does provide multi-monitor support but it appears it is all or nothing. Is there something better?
Update: I am not looking to replace the software on the remote computer, so needs to support RDP. I just want a client solution that works with RDP on the server. Therefore products like TeamViewer are useless.
I work for a company in Hobart nowadays. I quit my Dallas job, for a number of reasons, but the main one was that my internet from home was getting worse and worse and became untenable. Other issues at work made me not want to commit to getting an office, so I left. So, here is my latest message to Telstra:
I have two wireless accounts with Telstra. They were both on wireless modems, but about 14 months ago, when I was trying to find a way to make things work well enough for me to not lose my job, I was pushed to go to a USB modem, and a new plan. I lost that job due to lack of internet connectivity to my home, nine months ago.
The internet in my area has been getting worse and worse because you guys first denied there was a problem, then finally said you have no plans to fix it. So, I am used to issues, but it's been getting worse and worse. Last night and this morning I could not connect at all ( the modem connects, but there is no data ). I know your technical support knows less about the internet than my son, please don't ask me to call them.
So, this morning I tried for over an hour, and then I tried the wireless modem, and it worked. So, I am sure that, as well as our network issues, my USB modem is broken. It is still under plan until April, I am told. I have been told that I need to pay $120 to buy out my plan AND sign up to a NEW plan to get a modem that works. So, you guys pushed me in to a new plan I didn't want, for a modem that didn't work, and as it's now completely broken, I need to pay my way OUT of the plan I didn't want AND start a new plan. That's what the guy in the store told me. Are you guys for real ?
Oh, yeah, I didn't read your rant fully..
At home I just have a "normal" "naked ADSL2" plan, connected the router to my phone line and connected my Ethernet over power to the router (with a short network cable) and to the power socket.
My niece, whom I have rediscovered after a number of years, works in customer service for wait for it ... Telstra. She is national manager of retail customer satisfaction or some such crap. Basically looks after the retail outlets.
If you want to put together a short, non vitriolic email I will forward it to her private email and explain you may be a challenge for her!
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
I will forward it to her private email and explain you may be a challenge for her!
If you do forward it on, you should include a reference to Sisyphus[^] while you are at it. Not that I doubt that there is a solution to the problem, but she has to understand the enormity of the CG effect, and prepare herself accordingly.
Joys of USB modem mishap. You were asked to delete temporary files, isn't it? At least that is what they ask me to do. Opening run dialog and typing in temp sounds like hacking in movies with them on phone. I tell them I know some commands and they just need to tell me which screen they want me to open. Never works.
In my case, paying money for a new plan works.
I checked with a friend who worked at customer care during his university days. He told there is a pre-defined script to follow and there are points for duration your call is on. Some thing to do with performance reviews. He now realizes how idiotic he would have sounded to someone who knew computers.
I lost about 20 kg a couple of years ago by stopping eating sugar. I had not stuck to it, for various reasons, and recently work started a 'biggest loser' contest with money to charity, so I got on the scale for the first time in ages. I had regained 10 kg, so I am off sugar again. I've noticed there's a fair bit been written about sugar, and not fat, being the thing that makes us fat. The beauty of this approach to eating is, I am just less hungry and don't eat much, I don't actually exercise
That's quite a parallel, I've gained about 25kg over the past year with surgery recovery, adding back sugar and alcohol, after maintaining a weight of about 80kg (180 lbs) for several years by cutting out sugar and grains. I've been finding out that on top of cutting out sugar, making sure that I get a solid serving of greens every day really helps with hunger and I'm finally starting to drop weight again.
It's probably a double edged sword, at 84kg and no sugar you'll probably be around a lot longer too.
I've got the opposite problem as I laid up next to my wife this morning and she had to move away because my belly was uncomfortable hanging over her.
How's your garden? I've gotten back into gardening over the past year as my kids have grown up some and my neighbors have stopped renovating and their paint spray isn't covering my garden beds any more. I'm about to start planting our fall garden as I'm struggling to keep my remaining plants alive through the 38+C days of August.
My garden is a disaster I'm trying to keep the fruit trees and berries going, but I am just so busy nowadays that I don't get much time for growing veggies and so on. It's really hard, not working from home, I used to be able to just start a sprinkler and so on through the day, AND see quickly if the sheep broke in and were eating something.
I'd like to do more, but I just struggle for time.
I'm fighting to find a balance myself. I'm working full time and helping my wife start her full time web design, development and content management shop. She's hiring her first two employees this month, and we think we can keep the pipeline full to manage the new employees.
I've found that there is something about getting my hands dirty that is intensely satisfying and the more I can do it the better. Are you still traveling as much, or are you sticking around your home base more?
I've actually become increasingly involved in charities that exist to help refugees, mostly because the media here likes to demonise them and so do our politicians. So, that's really where my time goes. The other day I said something about the vacuous TV my wife likes and she said 'I have house husbands and you have refugees'. Not sure that I regard them as equivalent, but, sure
So, I work in the evenings on Angular and Kinetic JS, and then I talk to people who are in detention, or in other countries, or in the community and feeling isolated and struggling to get by.
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