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I’m still here

Just to tone it down a little from all the political stuff of late let’s talk about my weekend for a minute. I had a tough weekend with some work stuff but finally was able to get it back on track. Thank you Aaron in Florida for all the good advice. It worked.

One thing to keep in mind as you go about your life: try to avoid using Windows products as much as possible unless you are prepared to deal with the very real possibility of gigantic failure. When it works it works fine. Much like Mac OSX or Linux or whatever. But when it decides to take a dump, it really takes a dump.

Anyone who has ever worked with Windows NT and Exchange 5.5 I’m sure can sympathize. It was a major pain in the ass to get things back on track over the weekend. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday working on it. The funny thing is I know how to do it and have done it before on several occasions. This time, for some reason known only to the computer gods, it just would not work as advertised.

That is one of the things that is most fun about working with computers and tech in general. The chaos factor. Sometimes things just don’t want to work no matter what you try. It’s like they have a mind of their own and that mind is dead set against you. It’s weird and their isn’t much logic to it at all. Even though their should be given that you are dealing with a machine. It’s just ones and zeroes at the core after all.

I used to think it was just a mystery. Some random element perhaps. Now I actually think it serves a purpose. It keeps techs and consultants (like me) in business. It’s like cars. Even the best made cars and the most expensive cars need to be fixed and need new parts. The car companies make more money from parts and service than they make from selling cars. So, what’s their motivation to make better cars? None at all.

Not really a mystery at all it turns out. Just business.


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  • falafelpete
    May 4, 2005 at 4:42 pm

    Amen, brother. I almost lost a consultant on this one.