November 9th, 2003

buzzed, B&W

Extremist Geeks

So, I recognize the world needs people who take extreme positions, but man, last night was painful at times. I hung out with people who went to the LUG:NG meeting. We went to Chili's and talked, and wow, were there a lot of holier-than-thou attitudes and hand-waving proofs used as arguments.

We had people thinking it'd be a good idea to strip out all attachments from emails, and have users contact the sysadmin asking for permission to get attachments. Others who thought that having computers locked down to the degree where end-users couldn't install or run non-authorized programs was a good idea.

And one guy, who's performance evaluation said something like "combative and confrontational" or something, and everyone laughing at his anecdotes. Yes his anecdotes were humurous, but there was definitely a reason he got such a review, and his behavior was still combative and confrontational. For example, he had to support one user who kept using their cd-rom drive as a cup holder (the user knew that that wasn't the purpose, but it was convenient as it freed up space on his desk). He'd have to go in and replace the guys drive on a regular basis as the motor would burn out. Eventually he went in, took the old drive, the guys mouse and keyboard, and just left. So yeah, that's kind of funny, but is approving of such puerile behavior a good thing?

There is a reason sysadmins are often seen as evil, and some of these people were the epitome of why.
buzzed, B&W

Weather and heating

It's weird - Yahoo's forecast has it getting up to 69 on Tuesday, when the highs lately have been in the 50s. Interesting warming trend, especially for November. So, I wonder how many people have turned the heat on in their domiciles. I haven't turned the heat on, and my apartment has ranged from around 65-70 the past week when the temperatures have been dipping down close to freezing at night. Part of me wonders how my apartment is staying so warm. I realize the hallway is heated, and some of my neighbors and stuff probably have the heat on, but doesn't seem like it'd be enough to create the differential between the apartment temperature and outside.

On a side note, I went to speak at a Boys and Girls Club of Springfield luncheon, talking about their quality evaluation which I participated in. Ended up that someone ended up saying that I spoke well, and used some big words. I keep getting this - do I really use that many words that aren't part of most people's vernacular? (Yes, vernacular was used tongue-in-cheek). Looking over this post I've used domicile, vernacular, and perhaps differential . . . nothing too odd . . . or maybe they are?