If your five bosses are bothering you about putting the wrong cover sheet on your TPS reports again and you got the memo but you can’t find the sheets, you can download one.
And if you haven’t seen Mike Judge’s modern classic Office Space, you really need to.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 30, 2005
I saw this link on Slashdot to a BBC story that calls all computer technician types “unqualified amateurs.”
I think I resent that.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 28, 2005
I "fixed" a printer this weekend. It took me about a minute.
Chances are I can teach you how to fix printers in minutes too–assuming the problem is more software than hardware, like it was in this case.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 27, 2005
This article on Windows installation at Firing Squad preaches all the same things I was preaching nearly six years ago in my Windows 9x book.
Where to find the stuff has almost all changed, and msot of the old utilities don’t work anymore, but these are exactly the same concepts I yammered on and on about. Funny, I’ve been told system optimization is a waste of time…
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 22, 2005
I saw the following in one of my Backup Exec failure logs (directory names changed slightly to protect the client’s name, and me):
Directory F:\ITWEB\Flash Stuff\Welcome Page Animations was not found, or could not be accessed.
None of the files or subdirectories contained within will be backed up.
Hmm. Flash animations.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 21, 2005
Wikipedia made it. Half a million articles. 1.25 gigabytes of raw text.
That’s a lot. I remember when I first read about CD-ROMs, one of the best examples they included to talk about its 600-megabyte capacity–which was unthinkable in the days when 40-gig hard drives were mainstream–was that it was enough to hold a whole encyclopedia with room to spare.
Not this encyclopedia, I guess.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 20, 2005
Layouts featuring Lionel, American Flyer, and other O or S gauge trains don’t have to be expensive. Joe Rampola has lots of ideas for creating a good-looking layout with lots of animation (aside from the trains) using mostly inexpensive items. His site has lots of pictures and video clips.
His work has been featured in both Classic Toy Trains and O Gauge Railroading magazines.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 18, 2005
Ground foam is a commonly used scenery material. You can use it to simulate grass and other ground foliage, and people often use it to make trees as well.
But there are two problems with it. What are the odds of you running out when working late at night when all of the hobby shops are closed? Too high. And it’s expensive. But I found two explanations how to make your own.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 10, 2005
I just read a great tip about how to store Cyanoacrylate for long periods of time without it drying out on you.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 8, 2005
So the idea of a national sales tax to replace the income tax comes up again, and this time it gets some consideration, or at least some air time.
The usual people are howling about it: Sales taxes are regressive, and regressive taxes are unfair.
Here’s a fair way to fix that.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 4, 2005