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I suppose most people know that historically, an "inch" was the length of the outer joint of you thumb. When people disagreed, the thumb of the king settled the disagreement. Different countries had kings with different kings, so when the inch (or "tomme" - the name of the thumb in Nordic languages is "tommel") was normalized, each country set its own standard. The Norwegian "tomme" was set to 26,2 mm (as opposed to the US 25,4 mm) - Norwegian kings had big hands!
In the 1970s, there was this Norwegian computer company, "Norsk Data", who had grown so large that they started buying components such as power supplies from other vendors. These were made to fit into 19 inch racks, and the Norsk Data guys had to put together their first racks. But they were so roomy - the power supplies were about to fall down!
It was soon discovered that those building the rack had made them 19 * 26.2 mm = 498 mm wide, rather than 19 * 25.4 = 483 mm wide.
In informal Norwegian speech, "half a liter" can be used as a measure of time: "I have been sitting here for about two half liters" or "I've got only a half liter or time". It is rarely used outside the pubs, or when referring to pubs.
I suspect that if you use one ounce of coffee (beans) to brew one fluid ounce of cup of coffee, you'd notice the difference
GOTOs are a bit like wire coat hangers: they tend to breed in the darkness, such that where there once were few, eventually there are many, and the program's architecture collapses beneath them. (Fran Poretto)
at least 1-2 times a week, I forget to put the coffee mug under the spout when the coffee drip starts (coffee -> counter -> floor). Usually happens when I am not fully awake. I keep telling myself to wait 30 mins after waking up to start the coffee. Obviously, that is not working out well.
My company is locked down and I am required to work from home. I'm used to working in an open office space so this is a huge change for me. In order to make the transition as easy as possible, I have prepared my home office to remind me of work.
I've purchased a piece of Limburger cheese and placed it on a plate in the middle of the room to remind me of the smell of certain colleagues I'm now prevented from seeing.
I've placed a few pieces of cardboard in all window panes in order to produce a draft.
I've purchased ten portable radios and tuned them to different talk radio channels, adjusting the volume to slightly above normal conversation volume. At least one radio channel host has a loud and penetrating laughter. Half of the channels are allowed some professional content, but no more.
I've had automatic blinds installed but asked the installer to reverse the motor so the blinds go up when the sun shines through my window and down when it gets cloudy.
I found a handful of old mobile phones and installed some loud and distinctive ring tones that I found online. I've agreed with my colleagues that they call them a few times per hour, avoiding the temptation to answer them until my colleagues hang up - like in the office.
For a proper coffee experience, I brew my coffee the day before. Whenever I need a cup of coffee, I reheat the entire bottle in the microwave and pour myself a cup.
I have purchased both a cooling unit and a heating unit. They are adjusted so that the cooling unit engages at two degrees higher than the heating unit disengages. It is important for them to thus compete against each other, because otherwise I won't get a lifelike simulation of the HVAC system in our office.
I have replaced all of my office plants with wax plants - you know, those plants that are typically arranged in an upright torus and bark covering the soil. They require minimal maintenance, and require only some cuts and adjustments every now and then, thus being treated much like all other life in the office.
Whenever I begin working on a task, I start an egg timer so that it takes no more than 23 minutes before I get interrupted.
I've invested in an electrically adjustable desk. I realise that only few people actually make use of this feature but it sends an important message about the company's concern for the well-being of its employees. If you have no pain in your back, then everything is fine.
I remove all of my personal items, PC connections, etc. from my desk every afternoon, because although I intend to use them all the next morning, I must be reminded that I can never know where I will be placed on the next work day.
I've printed a number of letter-sized sheets with text and accompanying stick men (M/F, of course) that communicate how to be considerate of your employees. This is exclusively to set a proper atmosphere because just like in the office, no-one follows the recommendations.
I have installed an additional DHCP server on my home network in order to get IP address conflicts.
It will be expensive, but at least once a week I'll be hiring a construction team to perform noisy work.
Just so long as you spend 2 hours getting to and from your home office each day, and flush a fist full of cash down the toilet each time you have a sandwich for lunch, you'll have a near complete simulation!
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Don't forget to put some dirty cups and dishes in the kitchen sink and on the worktops. And, next time you go to the loo, pee on the toilet seat and floor! Really missing the 'magic' of going to the office!