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many years ago I was working on a (UK) govt contract and they wanted to see me to discuss data exchange. The meeting had to be face to face which meant a 9 hour round journey by car for me but they insisted it was too involved to discuss using any of the rather primitive teleconferencing systems at the time and email just wouldn't cut it, apparently. So I drove for hours - met my contact, decided that CSV would suffice (took about 30 seconds to agree but we padded it out to 5 minutes) and then got in my car for the hours of driving to get home.
I recently had something similar.
One of my team members told me I should work from home, so I did.
I then got a call from another team member asking me to come in, not for any specific reason, but because it boosted team spirit and all that.
He'd let me drive for three hours "just because".
He wasn't my boss or anything, actually he was the latest team member, so I told him I couldn't come in that day.
They had some marketing campaign at the office that day and no one, except me, got any work done and everyone went home early.
Dodged a bullet there
We still had a discussion about working from home the week after and, ultimately, as a result of being the #1 worker from home, I was laid off.
I have to say I was promised I could work from home when I started, but by the time they let me go almost everyone on the team was new (and old fashioned, I guess).
The guy calling me to come in quit a month later
When they told me I didn't have to come back I had to restrain myself from laughing and singing and dancing of joy
I once went for an interview with a large Japanese company whose name starts with "H" and ends in "i" but I won't mention their actual name.
The interview started with them presenting me with a programming and general IT knowledge test. I completed it quicker than the time allocated so the interviewing guy said he'd take me on a tour of the office as the manager for the next part of the interview wasn't ready yet and someone would have checked my test by the time we got back.
The office was like a scene from a slave galley although without the drummer and guys with whips. Dull, grey, dirty windows, miserable looking staff who looked scared to talk to me.
When I got back the manager was very excited, "no-one ever got 100% on this test before".
He asked me to sit down and asked if I wanted tea or coffee. I said, "No thanks, I won't have time to drink it."
"What's that? no, we'll be a while while we discuss your position and salary here."
"Exactly, I'm leaving now. This place is too depressing to work in."
"But think of what you're missing out on!"
"It's your loss, actually. Where do I pick up my travel expenses? Goodbye."
...aah, the good old days when they would pay you to come to an interview!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Many years (over 30) ago, I was the software liaison between the company I worked for in New Jersey and a joint marketing partner in Los Angeles. My company's management panicked for some reason and sent me out to visit the partner for an early Friday and a Monday morning meeting. This meant being away over the weekend, much to my new wife's dismay.
When I got to the West Coast, I found out that the Friday meeting was canceled. I returned on Monday to find that the people I was to meet with were unavailable, having "gone on vacation." I returned to the airport and flew home.
I found out later that the real reason for the "vacation" is that the company that owned them was informing them that it was closing them down and planning the shutdown strategy.
Been having difficulties with my email since my Amazon account got compomised (I ended up buying some phone protectors, for phone I don't have!) I have altered the bank and got the card used cancelled. Paypal & eBay changed and my main email has changed. I have kept my mail client downloading from the account that has been compomised but I won't be sending through it. It's just that email is everywhere! and I don't want to cut off access to it. If I avoid downloading anything I should be alright, shouldn't I?
So, if you are using an apartment wifi setup, because you are already paying for it and it's fast, how can you also have a local network so that your non-wifi devices get routed out to the apartment wifi, and of course you have your own local router and firewall? You can use a WAP as a bridge to get to the wifi, but then that's just your devices directly connected to their building router. Of course in a perfect world that would be fine, but who would really trust that? They can provide mac based pre-approval of devices, but still.
Is there anything that would act as a front end to an apartment wifi system, but provide the standard local firewall/router type functionality?
I use an old Win Server as the only thing connected to the internet; dual-homed, and my internal network has to go through there to get out. Most of my devices are hard-wired, and my WiFi SSID is not broadcast so it sees very little traffic
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