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Simon's Avatar Picture Simon – December 18, 2007 07:38PM Reply Quote
For all your work woes.

stan adams – July 23, 2008 09:59AM Reply Quote
I just sent an email to an ADD coach...


Cloudscout – July 23, 2008 10:08AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I recommend ADDitude Magazine.

The first issue of that magazine I read gave me some invaluable advice... food with higher fat content significantly reduces the effectiveness of methylphenidate. That means fat-free breakfasts are the way to go if you're taking Ritalin, Concerta, etc.

tliet – July 23, 2008 10:08AM Reply Quote
Tom's experiences are not uncommon, I've heard them quite a few times from people around me with the same results.

'Why have I waited so long to do this?'

What I'm increasingly find difficult to cope with is the constant distraction of the web. I don't know about any of you but I find myself many times a day reading something on the web and I have absolutely no clue about how I I got there.

Meanwhile, work suffers from it.

John Willoughby – July 23, 2008 11:02AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
That's what I'm doing now. Honestly, Stan, sometimes a change of employers is enough to shake up things. A new workplace, new procedures, new cow-orkers might make things interesting enough to make going in to work a more positive experience. At least for a while.

rino – July 23, 2008 11:14AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
We should buy pools of lotto tickets (ahem, with a pre-arranged agreement on distribution) as Sporkers in the hopes of being able to walk in and leave a pile on the bosses desk.

Except I don't really gamble.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/23/2008 11:14AM by rino.

ddt – July 23, 2008 12:21PM Reply Quote
good luck, guys. i'm kind of with the thinnest of nets as i'm looking for a new direction to jump. have to get better (or at all) at the shameless networking and self-promotion thing. baby steps.

at least my genetic jew-ability of saving like a mofo when money is coming in has given me a decent cushion so that i don't have to jump on the first crap job. it has also kept me from coveting most toys, so things don't pile up.


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El Jeffe – July 23, 2008 06:13PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I need to make a change, too. I think I have an ulcer or ulcerative colitis or something. I feel horrible.

Odd thing is, I've been moved to a new manager and he's very laid back and fairly nice.

Cloudscout – July 24, 2008 02:11PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
A very stern email was sent to the entire organization a half hour ago notifying everyone that connecting an iPhone to the company sync servers is prohibited. It goes on to say that the sync servers are monitored and that unauthorized devices, "will be erased without notice and senior leadership will be informed." It also says that breaking these rules will get you fired.

tliet – July 24, 2008 02:31PM Reply Quote
And Win mobile devices (of any type) are allowed?

Cloudscout – July 24, 2008 02:37PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Technically, any device that isn't owned and managed by the company is prohibited... I think they are just calling out iPhones because of the sudden surge in popularity (and since the company only buys WinMo phones, any iPhone is inherently unmanaged).

John Willoughby – July 24, 2008 02:49PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I wonder if RIM is putting any back-channel pressure on their customers.

tliet – July 24, 2008 03:01PM Reply Quote
I though the iPhone was managed in the same way as Windows mobile?

John Willoughby – July 24, 2008 03:03PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Most IT departments will want to verify that the features work as advertised with their systems. After MobileMe, I can't blame anybody for wanting to double check the promises.

Cloudscout – July 24, 2008 03:24PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Windows Mobile devices can be further managed with 3rd party tools (Afaria). Actually, Windows Mobile, PalmOS, Blackberry and Symbian are all supported by Afaria. iPhone, however, is not.

Curtis – July 24, 2008 04:30PM Reply Quote
My company now actually supports personally owned iPhones via Exchange ActiveSync.

After you get the signature of your supervisor, the department vice president, and a director of IT, and a minimal charge to the department. Which I'm currently trying to get.

El Jeffe – July 24, 2008 04:42PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Cell phones are prohibited at my employer "by the book" but everyone uses them.
Strictly no cameras, though.

John Willoughby – July 24, 2008 05:03PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Cameras are prohibited here, but everybody has cell phones with cameras.

Curtis – July 24, 2008 05:21PM Reply Quote
Camera authorizations (which I have) required here, but no use of cell phone cameras (auth is for, well, professional cameras. I use a department owned Nikon D2X most the time but have blanket auth for any department owned or rented equiptment).

Basically, you can own/carry a cell with camera, but if you get caught actually using the cell camera, you're in trouble.

Cloudscout – July 29, 2008 03:13PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
My old boss is still around... they gave him some other duties for a few months after the layoffs but he's gone as of Friday. We were going to have his going-away dinner at Steak & Ale. The guy organizing it called today to confirm the reservations to learn that they've closed their doors. They're owned by the same parent company as Bennigan's which has now filed for bankruptcy and closed (most? all?) their restaurants. Karma, man.

Cloudscout – August 01, 2008 03:20PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I've been battling with a vendor for 6 months because of a project gone horribly awry. They have flat-out refused to provide even the most basic documentation that would be required of any vendor. No design docs. No requirements docs. No installation docs. Nothing. Now I know why they haven't been able to comply. I decided to poke around their website and found the following job posting:


Business Analyst
- We are looking for candidates with experience in business analysis to identify and define customer requirements and to act as the focal point with development staff to meet objectives. Ability to perform system configuration of applications that are being deployed is also important. Specific responsibilities include:
- Identify business and technical requirements with customers
- Document gaps between the base product and customer requirements
- Create functional specifications to meet customer requirements
- Configure application/data for specific customer implementations
- Document system configuration
- Exceptional language and communication skills; Excellent listening and problem solving skills required. 
- Educate customer training staff on application as necessary
- 3+ years of experience gathering client requirements for software development processes
- Minimum 3 years retail or food service experience with significant exposure to POS or related retail/food service software applications
- Prefer individual with technical and development knowledge
- Exceptional language and communication skills; Excellent listening and problem solving skills required. 
- MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)
- Moderate to high travel position - 40-80% 

I'm sure they will be happy to give us everything we're asking for as soon as they can hire someone to produce it for them. Anybody near Cincinnati looking for a job?

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