Well, this is different.
I'm having to watch The Playboy Channel to see if some software I wrote works better than before. I have this difficult-to-reproduce bug where the service that streams content crashes. I've made some changes that I think will prevent it, but because I couldn't reliably reproduce the problem, I have to actually watch it for a couple of hours to see if the problem will happen.
Well, the only channel that I can experiment with along these lines is The Playboy Channel, since the actual test machine doesn't have any real content going into it.
Kind of waste that I'm the guy having to do this, honestly.
But, I learned today that Hefner is older than sliced bread by 2 years.
Last bit of content I had to watch before I blessed my update involved swingers.
They have some show where a young couple who think their relationship could survive swinging decide to give it a try in relatively controlled conditions.
So, they go to this house where there's a swingers party with a gang of folks who have apparently already embraced the lifestyle and are comfortable with it. They get introduced to them, and the show kinda goes from there.
In this show, the young couple looked like it wasn't going to be a big deal to them, but in the end they weren't ready for it. The guy was massaging this other naked lady (with the rest of the gang), and at some point his partner wasn't into it... and got offended that he couldn't tell that she wasn't into it. Hysterics, blah blah blah... they made up and were fine after that, but decided they needed some more time in their relationship before they could try a swinger's club again.
Honestly, I would normally never have watched anything like that, but the content wasn't entirely what I expected. Sure, it was adult content, to be certain, but it wasn't completely about showing skin (although you saw plenty of that in this show, too).
If I remember correctly, the programs they air are the equivalent of films with an "R" rating, so you're not going to see a lot of super-hardcore pr0n.
So I guess it's important that the closed captioning is working properly, so everyone can follow along with the important and engaging storyline.
Somewhat ironically, the caption file for the second program was bad... they had set the 'start time' at 01:00:00:00 when it should have been 00:00:00:00.
So it didn't play out. But, that's not my fault.
after two weeks of troubleshooting with our IT department, we figured out the problem with my computer wasn't my computer at all.
It was the power strip that my computer was plugged into that was causing problems...
heh, go figure.
Stephen D King
Those pesky power strips...
On Friday evening I turned off my computer, which I never do, thinking that we need to save every watt we can because of the extreme heat and the extra load if we had to run our generators over the weekend.
On Monday, computer go poof when I turned it back on.
So while fleeb is sitting around watching Playboy I'm trying to scrounge up a new computer.
Here at the institute for engineering psychology, our printer was jammed. But I was told that they switched it off, because they didnt find any paper in it yesterday. So I restart it and the 9" b/w display tells me that there is a paper jam in the slot on the back of the printer, together with an animation how to turn the printer around, and open the exact place. (This is the most idiot proof solution suggestion I ever saw. And since the printer is on a little table with wheels, turning it around is totally possible.) Which I did... and I found paper... which I removed and all was good again...
Only because it is Sysadminday today and people really did thank me on their knees, I will be kind and won't apply the LART.
Lesson learned here: Printers need arms, they are already smarter than their users, so they should be able to fix themselves. And being able to poke troublesome users would be a benefit for their sanity.
so lesson learned, don't turn off your machine in general.
I normally don't. And unfortunately this was a typical instance of do a good deed, get kicked in the teeth for it. :(
so, turns out the problem with my computer at work wasn't *just* the power strip... there's something wrong with the graphics or memory or power supply. not 24 hours after i posted my relief in this room, it happened again, but in an even worse way.
back to the drawing board...
Stephen D King
If it makes you feel any better, spac, my work laptop is being replaced on component at a time. Suspect next in line is the fan.
Lesson learned here: Printers need arms, they are already smarter
than their users, so they should be able to fix themselves. And being
able to poke troublesome users would be a benefit for their sanity.
This falls in the category of the car that calls for help by itself when it breaks.
Seems to me, a little more energy could be put into paper not jamming in the first place
We can build precision instruments measured in nanometers, but we can't build a printer that won't jam paper?
1. It would end up costing a lot of money
2. People tend not to replace perfect products == less revenue for the manufacturers
The jamming returned and this time was worse, I had to rip out the paper from the front this time... and found pieces of the seal that was on the toner cartridge. Those seals are usually marked in big red letters "Remove before usage"...
Perhaps it would be more cost effective to design a better hu-man.
This reply makes me want Chunky Monkey ice cream.