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[#] Tue Aug 02 2011 12:09:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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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. :(

[#] Tue Aug 02 2011 12:37:07 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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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...

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



[#] Wed Aug 03 2011 14:45:33 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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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.

meh.



[#] Thu Aug 04 2011 09:44:43 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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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?

[#] Thu Aug 04 2011 16:54:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Of course we can build a printer that never jams. Nobody has done so, for the obvious reasons:

1. It would end up costing a lot of money

2. People tend not to replace perfect products == less revenue for the manufacturers

[#] Fri Aug 05 2011 10:34:45 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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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"...



[#] Fri Aug 05 2011 17:03:22 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Perhaps it would be more cost effective to design a better hu-man.



[#] Thu Aug 11 2011 00:36:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not happening. We are currently de-evolving.

[#] Thu Aug 11 2011 11:30:04 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Mark and Jerry were right about the human race devolving.

[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 13:24:44 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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This reply makes me want Chunky Monkey ice cream.



[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 17:18:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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We had a fairly important test today with a Canadian television network.

Not only were they testing our hardware/software, they were testing two different captioning companies to see how well the whole system would work for his needs.

The test involved a full hour of captioning their noon news broadcast.

So, we have five people connected to our box, streaming a/v to me, an observer with each captioning company, and a writer with each captioning company. No problems... we're sending a/v to all five locations without so much as a hiccup.

Everything went very well throughout the whole test. No problems at all.

Towards the end of the hour, their commercial segments got longer. At one point, one of the observers from a captioning company wrote in our chat line:

"Sure are a lot of commercials."

to which I replied:

"Yeah, shows they're American."

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 11:14:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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At the risk of seeming like I am bragging, lately, I've been amazed at what I can do.

Lately, I find myself writing DirectShow filters. I don't need to do the really amazing stuff where you modify video, or compress it, or whatever... I just need to mux audio/video/meta-data into a single stream, and send it over a network. There are other tools that can mux some of this stuff, but the meta-data gets kind of funny, so that's the real difference here.


Well, I have been working on a muxer (already got the network thing down), and I struggled with it for a while last week... but then, I wasn't giving it my full attention, because of other needs. So, Friday, when I finishedup for the day, I wondered how I would ever get this thing to work.

Today, I figured it out, and it seems to work like a champ.

I'm having a lot of these experiences, where I don't know how I'm going to manage to do such-and-so, but then I figure it out.

It's like discovering that you aren't really stupid after all.

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 14:01:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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It's like discovering that you aren't really stupid after all.

Doing that at your age is the marvel. That's the stuff of 20 year olds.
I imagine I mentioned this, but I went to an interview at bloomberg, and you have to figure out these hard things WHILE THEY'RE STARING AT YOU. Needless to say, I didn't do so well. Again I'm getting old. Stuff I probably would have done okay at 15 years ago.

[#] Tue Aug 16 2011 10:48:18 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I've always been a fan of the "eureka method": If you're stumped on something like remembering a name or specific word, working on a difficult and/or tedious problem, figuring out the intricacies of the cosmos, or what have you, just walk away from it for a while. Don't concentrate on it at all for a while, and usually the solution, or thought that leads to the solution, will just come to you. I do this quite often.

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



[#] Tue Aug 16 2011 23:12:36 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I keep finding myself pushed to work in areas of programming where I have not gained a lot of experience since I took on this job, and I keep doing fairly well. Which is why I wanted to leave my previous job, honestly... I didn't feel I was learning fast enough.

I get bored, and want to try new technologies. Even at my age.

Although, I'm concerned that programming is starting to generally bore me.
I may need a career change.

[#] Wed Aug 17 2011 17:15:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I hear that crime pays very well.

[#] Wed Aug 17 2011 18:03:19 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, I already do the majority of my coding work in Microsoft Windows...

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:11:33 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Although, I'm concerned that programming is starting to generally bore

me.
I may need a career change.

ah HA! So it's not just me.

Although my job(s) stopped challenging me around 2004 or so, I went with "I'll take that pay check thank you very much." and it's bee n working for me so far.
It's a sad waste of my abilities, but I find I enjoy my new hobbies (carpentry, biking, etc) when I have time and I still get paid to do something I find pretty easy.
So I suggest rather than a carreer change, go find a cushy job in a big company where you aren't responsible for EVERYTHING. You're just a cog in the wheel, you get a paycheck and health care, and at 5pm you can go do something you enjoy more. The waiting sometimes makes it more enjoyable when you finally get to do it.

That's me, you're mileage may vary.

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:11:58 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Well, I already do the majority of my coding work in Microsoft

That's not a crime, that's a sin. Small difference there.

[#] Sat Aug 20 2011 03:56:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Mi Aug 17 2011 18:03:19 EDT von fleeb @ Uncensored
Well, I already do the majority of my coding work in Microsoft Windows...

thank god I so far managed to avoid that; collecting lots of profile proving my point. I'm the Valgrind & Callgrind guy right now..

Though the fight isn't over yet, gemalto policies making it hard.



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