Friday, July 28, 2006

engineering at the finest

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FYI - Trivia

What country was the third to put a human in orbit?

China - 2003

1st - USSR 1961
2nd - USA 1962

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Education Quote

“Education can be defined a number of different ways. For me, it is the product of human curiosity. Intellectual thought, as far as I can tell, is nothing but the asking and answering of questions.”

McD's new use of the sun!

a real sundial whose shadow falls on a different breakfast item each hour until noon

Suffrage = right to vote!!

net neutrality

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What IT Hate About Users

Dealing with an IT job can seem nice on pay day but there are all the other issues we deal with...

1. Users Lie - Many times I chalk up user misinformation to a lack of technical knowledge, but Users will also tell you straight-out lies. Perhaps they feel guilty about breaking something, but lying about the symptoms of the problem at hand only further prevent the solution.

2. Management Doesn’t Understand - Bosses understand what the IT Department does, sort of. Yet they control the budgets, personnel, and usually make IT related decisions without input. We are then expected to make it work right off the bat no matter what else might need our attention. Part of the trouble with being an IT Pro is that we are like a movie editor; you only notice us when we mess up.

3. Perfection Expectation - IT Pros are expected to know how to fix every model of every device ever manufactured. If it has a screen or plugs into a socket, we are expected not only to know how to use it, but also to troubleshoot and fix it. Immediately. Without a manual. Hey, a copy machine is like a computer right?

4. Every User’s Problem is Our #1 Priority - Many Users will run into the IT Department screaming that their "Internet" is broken and it must be fixed immediately. While we understand the pictures of your Mom’s new dog are insanely important, we might be busy doing something that might rank over your issue, like ensuring that the entire company is receiving email, or fighting off an attack from some Korean kid. IT Pros across the world could work eight days a week and never solve every issue.

5. Some Things Just Won’t Work - We program computers with logical instructions, but as everyone knows, they do not behave logically. Not every device can work with every other device. Standards are not standard, as there are different implementations of every standard ever made. I would love to sync your iPod to your cell phone via a bluetooth connection; it should work right? When we say that it cannot work, take our word for it. We are the professionals after all.

6. Personal Pro - We don’t mind answering a question a User might have about their home computer setup, but they must keep in mind that everyone in the company does the same thing. We try to be kind and helpful, but sometimes we are really busy and tired of the grind. If a local IT Pro starts you off on the right path, GOOGLE for the next steps. We do not have the time to hold everyone’s hand fixing their Mother’s 1986 Packard Bell setup. We understand the concept of "Teach a man to fish…", but Users need to understand that exterior systems are their responsibility.

Apple Laptops

MacBook and MacBook Pro - Apples laptops - have gained 12% market share! ...

and you thought your office was uncomfortable.

Facebook and iTunes

Back to school promotion for facebook...
give away 10 million music samplers from iTunes..
To access the promotion...
1. Join the "Apple Students" group.....

2. Then, click the link on the opening photo. By clicking that link, you will receive a PM.

3. Now check your messages. There will be a message with an iTunes code.

4. Open iTunes, click the "Redeem" link and enter your code.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Business Ideas

How did they make it big??...
Who comes up with this of sh*t??....

Million Dollar Homepage
1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel
Jason Wall is the founder of this page and is now a millionaire.
30,000 wishbones daily, at $3 a bone....

FYI - Trivia

In what six categories is the nobel prize awarded?

1. Peace
2. Literature
3. Economics
4. Chemistry
5. Physics
6. Medicine

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

No more pennies

Rep. Jim Kolbe introduced the COIN Act. (Currency Overhaul for an Industrious Nation)
COIN – force us all to round off all cash transaction to the nearest 5 cents.
Why? Because of the rising cost of zinc (which the penny is made from)
Cost to make a penny is actually 1.4 cents.

Laptop - The heated Battle

Average Temp is still about the same...and the apple doesn't even have a cooling fan like that of the dell....Mac still wins in my books.

Top 20 IT places to work

Quicken Loans Inc.
Livonia, Mich.
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.
The Capital Group Cos.
Los Angeles
American Fidelity Assurance Co.
Oklahoma City
Grant Thornton LLP
SAS Institute Inc.
Cary, N.C.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The Mitre Corp.
McLean, Va.
University of Pennsylvania
General Mills Inc.
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, Ohio
FedEx Corp.
Securian Financial Group Inc.
St. Paul, Minn.
American Century Investments
Kansas City, Mo.
Northwestern Mutual
Hilton Hotels Corp.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
San Antonio
Verizon Wireless
Bedminster, N.J.
Marriott International Inc.
Philip Morris USA Inc.
Richmond, Va.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Yahoo! New Home Page

Yahoo! released its new home page live today. It was previously avaliable in beta.
They began testing it back in Febuary and made avaliable for beta testing in May. And now it is all yours!

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