the Sweet Smell of Burning Fur (plonq) wrote,
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Thanks, internet

My ergonomic keyboard started acting strangely yesterday, and even after a restart today its function keys were behaving --- oddly. I did some quick Googling of the problem, and the first hit had the answer I needed. It's almost like the web is starting to become useful as well as entertaining.

My history with researching problems like this usually tended to end up with one of three solutions:

1) Scenario one:
- Person posts question virtually identical to mine, word for word.
- Forum poster replies with something seemingly unrelated, and it is the "accepted answer."
"When I try to do a table join in SQL, it gives me this bizarre error (details here). Can anyone help with this?"
"Have you tried squirting castor oil up your bum?"
"Wow! That never occurred to me. That totally fixed the error. Thanks!!!"

2) Scenario two:
- Person posts question virtually identical to mine, word for word.
- Forum poster snarks at him because the same question was answered back in 2007.
"When I try to do a table join in SQL, it gives me this bizarre error (details here). Can anyone help with this?"
"Somebody answered that question back in 2007. This forum has a search function. Maybe you should try using that."
"I did, and every result is just some asshole giving the same snarky response that you just did here."

3) Scenario three:
- Person posts question virtually identical to mine, word for word.
- Forum poster responds with a link to a page that is no longer there, citing it as the solution.
- Original person either says, "Thanks, that fixed it!" or "That link no longer works." and the thread ends.

Vacation 2014

We stopped at the computer store where I bought atara's computer back in 2012 to price out a replacement MB and CPU. I explained to the salesman what was happening, and he suggested just bringing in the computer rather than replacing parts that might still be good. I know that the motherboard has some minor issues, but I took him up on his advice and we ran home to get the system.

One of their techs fired it up and immediately identified the problem as a failing water pump. This is the pump that we bought in the middle of last July, which meant that it still had two weeks left on its warranty. We took the computer home again (sans pump) and I hooked up a spare CPU fan that I had kicking about. The system is running much cooler now - no more alerts and crashes. Better yet, our problem went from expensive to free.

Free is good.

Finally, I may have just dodged a bullet at work. I was tasked with doing some inane BA work on a project for which I have zero interest. I was given a very tight deadline on the tracing, and given very little information and no tools. In short, I was being set up to fail.

One of the things I did yesterday was track down the manager who provides the source data for the existing reports and hound her into sending me links to all of the source reports. She finally responded after I had gone home yesterday, with not quite the information I was after (that's one of my tricks!). I phoned her this morning to seek more data, and she dropped a bit of a bombshell on me.

On Friday, our VP axed the current project and pushed it into a different direction that will not be using any of the source data that they wanted me to trace. The Project Manager knew this on Monday when he gave me this task, but never got around to mentioning that. I sent him a terse email today asking if I there was any benefit in me continuing my source tracing, or if I could spend my time more productively on real work.

Oy.
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