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I had the impression that the idea was to make mobile phones "smarter and smarter" until they are fully computers with way-too-small monitors.
Bjarne Stroustrup had reportedly already made the observation that he used to wish his computer was as easy to use as his phone...and that he got his wish, because now phones are as complicated to use as computers.
So today a Dell engineer will come to replace my SSD (and motherboard, if necessary) and take the old hardware back.
He'll be here between 08:00 and 17:00, which is quite a time slot
I don't really want to do a lot of work since I've got everything backed up now, but any work I do will not be backed up immediately and it requires me to install some software that I'll have to reinstall later today (or tomorrow, depending on what time he's here).
So I am now faced with what's probably some law:
If I start now the engineer will be here as soon as I've installed everything and am just beginning to get to work.
Or I could do nothing and he'll be here at 17:00
On a positive note, a customer just approved a new project which I get to do so there'll be plenty of work for the rest of the month (and probably next month too)
I first demonstrated this technique, and subsequently perfected it, at the airport luggage carousel, back when you could smoke in an airport. Get to the carousel, light a fag, and my case would always be first out. A win, all for the price of a fag, which would have been duty-free anyway.
Of course, this might have been because my employer graciously paid for me to fly first class.
Lighting a fag in the US is considered a hate crime.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
Not sure I can cope with that again: it took three physical deliveries to get one that worked on arrival last time. Couriers don't like heavy stuff, and generally drop it, a lot.
UPS are the worst, in my experience - I've yet to have a single package delivered by them in a condition which didn't mean full photographic documentation while opening. It seems that you desperately need decoy outer packaging for them to use as a football / ladder / chair while the inner packaging remains relatively intact*. Festooning packages with "FRAGILE" tape is obviously just seen as a challenge ...
* It's the "crumple zone" technique for parcels.
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