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In which I talk about flatulence a bit - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 29th, 2011

10:20 am - In which I talk about flatulence a bit

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Bloody hell, someone put my post from yesterday on Reddit.

Thus ensued still more people making submissions. Honestly, I've got to say I've never seen quite this big a response from people - everyone I know has made a submission on this, despite only being given 12 hours to do it. Thank you everyone for boosting the signal and rising to the occasion. The #spybill hashtag is starting to catch on. I haven't yet decided whether to participate in the march on Saturday - I suspect I might because it seems the select committee is likely to be sitting through the weekend and therefore a bunch of irate citizens yelling and screaming in the street outside about how we don't like this may actually have some impact. Meanwhile, inside the select committee, it seems only the cops like this bill.

Note: I'm aware that everyone I know is not exactly a parliamentary majority, but if people I know who don't normally make submissions are doing it, then maybe other people will too.


It's now been a week and a half. I've stuck with the cooking thing and once we move I'll up it to four nights a week of cooking. I have a lunch box and each day I've been cutting up fruit (apple, pear, grapes this week) for fruit salad, added a handful of spinach and a handful of cashews (sorry Happy), and had Actual Healthy Lunch instead of Thin Air And Coffee Lunch. I've continued with the banana breakfast as well. I'm pretty sure this means I've been getting my 5+ a day. It also makes me fart a lot. I mean, a LOT.

On the nights I cook, I've been able to cook the meal, eat it, and then continue about my evening lalala rhubarbrhubarbrhubarb. On the nights I don't cook, I've found it hard to overcome the desire to graze - to wander into the kitchen, grab something, wander out. This is kind of weird but ties in with the bulimic style of eating (I think), in that even though I've had enough to be satisfied, I compulsively want to eat a little bit more, then a little bit more, for reasons other than hunger. The habit of chewing and swallowing all evening seems quite hard to break.

Harder than smoking, in fact. With smoking, the urge was rare and fleeting. With this it's every night I don't cook, and ongoing - ie it hasn't let up yet. Clearly the solution is to cook more. After I move.

Seems like pretty much everything is on hold until After I Move. Which, incidentally, starts in less than five days. The guy has apparently done the painting which I need to check, and while he was there mentioned that the dishwasher needs a service and that he's prepared to pay for it, then promptly took off to go see his mate (who is dying) up north for a few days. I called the dishwasher people and they can't get there till Monday, which is settlement day - but I'm inclined to take this one on trust as the guy was honest enough to bring it up.

Meanwhile, I got double charged for parking at Wellington airport. Twice. I booked online with my debit card and was charged, then was charged again when using the card to leave the carpark. Two weeks ago I phoned them about this, and they asked for an email with evidence so I sent it. A week later I called them to chase it up and was informed someone would call back the next day. They didn't. On Monday I called again and was assured my reimbursement would be there by today. It was - at least, for one occasion it was, but not the other. So I called them again. They want me to resend the email, and have undertaken to acknowledge this immediately as I expressed concern at the difficulties I've been having getting this sorted. So far, no acknowledgement.

Wellington Airport, I am unimpressed with you.


Please explain to me, oh IT administrators for companies, why it is necessary to dictate to users what they will have as a homepage, and prevent them from changing it to one that's actually useful to them, like, you know, Google?

Why do I ask? Oh, no reason.

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From:caycos
Date:September 28th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I had the double-charging thing happen to me once as well. When it happened I sent an email to the address that I was sent the receipt from, and it got sorted within about 5 days. Stupid systems are stupid.

Also, I can understand why if a company/organisation has an intranet, and it's regularly updated, they might force it as the homepage so that people at least have a chance of looking at it. The problem with this is that so many intranets aren't actively looked after, hence it's a waste of time looking at it (and then begins the circle where no-one looks at it so it's not worth keeping it up - repeat). But if it's something like the company website, then that's just dumb.
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 28th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
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yep ours defaults to the intranet homepage, with staff news and announcemetns etc, and also the PC launches IE fullscreen every time you log on!

this was combined with a policy of no critical announcements going out via email any more, including IT outages, everything is announced thru this page specifically to ensure people do read it, and it actually works.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
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We do have an intranet and it is well maintained and I do use it. It has been that whenever I opened my browser first thing in the morning, it'd open to the intranet homepage. I'd read the page, then reassign my homepage to one that's actually useful to me in my work - google.

Now, I can't do that and I'm equal parts annoyed by the reduction in utility/increase in time and clicks to get to google, and the imposition of an arbitrary rule without my consent.

/curmudgeonly
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 28th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
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for extra bonus party times, try eating a banana and an apple and then drink a cup of tea.

kids, please try this at home. please. not at work....
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
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Banana/apple no problem. Drink tea? Bite your tongue!
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 29th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
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for SCIENCE!
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From:tyellas
Date:September 28th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Moving does wreak dietary havoc - there's nothing like, oh, no kitchen.

For a vocal tummy... probiotics. Not "a few dainty microbes scattered through a well marketed yogurt" probiotics, but the hard-core refrigerated capsules from the health food store.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 29th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
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Since I've been in HK I regularly have these tiny yakult probiotics, it seems to keep my digestive system sane and they are tasty.
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From:tyellas
Date:September 29th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
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Those are good - they had them here, but they've vanished from the NZ market.
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From:fallaras
Date:September 28th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)

As an IT administrators for companies...

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Normally ‘cause some wanky guy in management thinks it would be great for internal ra-ra... normally after whoever is managing the company website who thinks of themselves and there superlative and critical website as more important than god (and the 10 business critical apps who suffer because 300 desktops are all requesting access to the webserver and slowing down real work requests on the network) and after blowing smoke and puffing up the importance of their “work for the staff” get a high up management team member to see there enlightened view... (Normally by one of the following methods: some award about having a flash website, a large enough booze budget, sex-buddies bleeding into workplace politics)
This is often coupled with the inanely stupid policy to have the intranet page open on logon (which does have the side effect of increasing staff reaction speeds by 27.5% as they learn to twitch click close or alt-f4, and actually decreases the number of real views the webpage gets while increasing the time its open further inflating the ego of web admin while justifying that it was a good business decision to the execs...)

This causes further issues as after 6 - 18 months senor people grow sick of twitch-clicking - after all there time is worth way more to the company, and clicking close takes them a few minutes (wtf?! takes the rest of us half a sec or less...) and those few minutes cost the company thousands of dollars in lost revenue of their time (so that’s where the budget to replace my aging desk chair and the 5% cross the board budget cuts this year went - to fund your "few minutes x40 [the avg no of times you actually log off in a year, cause they sure don’t log off at the end of the day like good workers must] = 5% cuts = 5.6mil savings this year as our costs have ballooned")
So they come up with another paper exempting them from the policy... Leaving the workers still suffering from it...

Then drag IT management into the fray when they notice that it also doesn't pop up for IT admins "when they are working on our computers remotely" (normally to reboot there PC one of those 40 times cause there PC has 780 updates and 14 new software packs + 8hrs of maintance checks pending)

The fact that on an average day I log on to between 50 and 150 machines and servers doesn't exempt me from this polices... "What you can't get the intranet from the Servers? It’s blocked? Then unblock it! You must, its critical! No, it’s more important that the security and performance issues it raises on the 1200 servers! It is Policy!"

himmm...
I might have an issue that I need to talk to someone about... And don't get me on to "We only do IE6 here!" reasoning’s...

Disclaimer: Sorry to the good Web admins and content devs, just my experience as to why it's happened where I've worked – I really love good websites and great intra/extranets..
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)

Re: As an IT administrators for companies...

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Hehe, there there it'll be all right.

Actually I agree. It's a dumb policy and I resent it. It hasn't improved my work performance and it's made me think the policy dept are dicks.
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From:richdrich
Date:September 29th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)

Re: As an IT administrators for companies...

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As a senior person, don't you get consulted on IT policy, or have a boss who does?

Also, you could try this (for a site of http://intranet - substitute your own homepage below)
notepad \windows\drivers\etc\hosts

add a line:
74.125.237.49 intranet

at the end

Save as 'hosts', removing the .txt extension that Windows will try and put on it.

Now your intranet site will become Google, possibly. Unless they've disabled this.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)

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Nah, HR deals with that kind of policy and we don't get consulted. Wouldn't surprise me if senior management are subject to the same policy.

Thanks for the tip! ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 29th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
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Hurray for honest guy bringing up the dishwasher!

I had a weird response from spybill submission, apparently my PLAIN TEXT file, was too hard for their system to handle and it showed up as foreign languages. But after they emailed me about it, I replied and it worked. For a second though it sounded like a suspicious plot to accidentally lose submissions from those people that can't be bothered resubmitting.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
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Maybe the Chinese government intercepted and replaced it as it passed them by (tubes, you know). Their diplomatic force are here this week, hence the limos full of old men stopping traffic on the Quays on Tuesday.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 29th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
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It's all starting to make sense now...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 29th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
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Ah, that would explain why my colleague saw limos full of old asian men and I saw limos full of old white men.
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From:laoke
Date:September 29th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
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Please explain to me, oh IT administrators for companies, why it is necessary to dictate to users what they will have as a homepage, and prevent them from changing it to one that's actually useful to them, like, you know, Google?

Because policies like that get dictated to us from the business, usually from the department / person in charge of 'branding'.
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