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Yahoo is full of it today...

19:39 Jun 30 2010
Times Read: 899


21 Things You Should Never Buy New



Really? Never buy these things new? If everyone subscribed to that logic, where would the used market get its inventory from?


GM doesn't roll used cars off of their assembly lines, although they are often built that way...


Record companies don't roll out used copies of their artists' latest CD's...


The author is obviously not an economist and is most likely lacking a logic center.

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imagesinwords
imagesinwords
19:42 Jun 30 2010

People excited to read the latest novel from their favorite author would be screwed for a while.





Morrigon
Morrigon
19:50 Jun 30 2010

No YOU shut up!



I want to buy a new used computer.





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:40 Jun 30 2010

I read that article, along with the companion piece, "Things you shold NEVER buy used"



I agree, the title could have been a little less cut and dried, but I agree with alot of his points, some things are just as good used as new, and it is a form or recycling. But I always wonder just how that figures into say the musicians getting their share that they are SO fond of getting. Wouldn't it be the same as buying a cd and then sharing it on a p2p site?





 

All after 7PM...

01:54 Jun 24 2010
Times Read: 905


...around 7:15, cell phone rings.


"Can you or one of your techs do two installs tomorrow?"


"I'm tied up all day with an event, my tech will have to find a baby sitter. School ended today, his kids' summer camp starts Monday."


"Ok. But these really need to get done, can you check with him?"


"I will call him and ask."


"Ok, thanks! And let me know right away because I have to get this confirmed by 8PM."


*face palm*


At 7:30PM, cell phone rings.


"Umm... our night shift guy just called and said the server and the phones are down. Probably because of the storm that just passed through - power went out."


"Well, everything is on UPS's so they should shut down automatically - they just need to be repowered."


"Oh, ok. I don't know if he knows how to do that."


"Well, I can swing out and do it, I'm 5 minutes away."


"No, I don't think he's there anymore. Without anything working I think he sent everyone home and locked up."


"Wow, really? How long was it down for?"


"About an hour before he called me...."


*face palm*


.....


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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
02:07 Jun 24 2010

Gotta love that huh?





 

Good to know...

22:43 Jun 23 2010
Times Read: 917


...after my one hour meet-&-greet which turned into three hours of unofficial training, the contracting agency called me and said the end user is exited at the prospects of having me take this position over and personally I'm making him look good, so he's loving it.


Good to know.


However I still don't have the job secured and it's a matter of approvals being put in place and signed off on...


...and when they called me last Wedensday, they said this was urgent. *ahem* Big businesses....


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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
22:53 Jun 23 2010

"urgent" to me means "we need to get this done within 2 weeks... probably..."





Morrigon
Morrigon
23:19 Jun 23 2010

Urgent means.. "We need to rush you to get all of your stuff done so we can drag ass and not worry about the deadline."





RedQueen
RedQueen
06:44 Jun 24 2010

He is "exited" at the prospect? Were you so good you blew him out the door, or what?



*giggling*



I love you man....





 

Oye...

20:23 Jun 21 2010
Times Read: 933


...I have my meet & greet with the local folks on this new contract on Wednesday morning.


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RedQueen
RedQueen
21:30 Jun 21 2010

*crossing puppy paws and other appendages*





 

Two projects...

17:51 Jun 21 2010
Times Read: 948


...and I'm not handling either of them!


First, Morri is assembling a new website for me, so I can show off my photos in a real gallery and do some minor blogging about life in general.


Her ideas she has shown me so far are incredible. I'm all tingly with excitement!


The other one is going to be a local blog site where folks from this area can register for a free email address. Fun stuff! Our intern is working on that one - I figured it would be a good project for a first time website for her.


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Invidia
Invidia
18:00 Jun 21 2010

pls make me a websajt brah





birra
birra
18:11 Jun 21 2010

We do accept PayPal!





Invidia
Invidia
18:58 Jun 21 2010

pls go





birra
birra
19:23 Jun 21 2010

You want us to start building it? Awesome! I'll send you the initial invoice. We'll only need half down to get started! ;)





 

No, no...

03:26 Jun 18 2010
Times Read: 974


...no travelling for this job. Not the one I had to pee in a cup for today. This one is local. Niagara Falls and Rochester are the furthest I'd have to go.


The other travel job is something different. It's network analysis stuff for a large, multinational company.


All expenses paid trips to many places in the USA you might never get to see otherwise... I wish I could do it...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
15:32 Jun 18 2010

I just re-realized how effin' sexy your avatar is to me.





birra
birra
19:59 Jun 18 2010

It is because you made it.





Morrigon
Morrigon
23:34 Jun 18 2010

No, it's because it's you.





 

Yay...

20:18 Jun 17 2010
Times Read: 997


...just had to go pee in a cup to provide for the drug test this new contract requires. Always a good time.


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
21:55 Jun 17 2010

This means you have the job...able to travel to do the job? :) Right? Yeah!!





CarnelianMyst
CarnelianMyst
01:38 Jun 18 2010

That's probably the main thing I envy about you guys...peeing into small cups. I would hope they gave the women a larger recepticle.





Isis101
Isis101
01:56 Jun 18 2010

If you eat a lot of sesame seed bagels, the test could come back showing positive for marijuana...just sayin'.





birra
birra
03:23 Jun 18 2010

Ut oh.. I know about poppie seeds showing positive for opium, but I didn't realize sesame seeds can do that...



...I cook with sesame seeds... all... the... time...





Nedra
Nedra
17:58 Jun 18 2010

You would have to eat an entire 12z jar of poppy seeds for it to show up positive for drugs....





......um just take my word for it ok.





birra
birra
20:01 Jun 18 2010

Is that 12oz or some other measurement?



120oz?



12 zicrons?



Damn indistinguishable typographical errors...





 

Opportunity...

02:21 Jun 17 2010
Times Read: 1,009


...anyone out there with experience in data networking and tip & ring (phone services) that loves to travel... all the time? I have an opportunity for you...


...have to have your own data/com tools and a clean driving record (preferably over 25 since auto rental is necessary).


I'd love to do this myself... if this opportunity came up 3 days ago I would have jumped at it... as of now I have committments that are going to keep me planted here in the Niagara Region...


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Talking about taking some chances...

21:22 Jun 16 2010
Times Read: 1,021


...I just completed, what appears to be a very successful interview with one of the largest government prime contractors for IT services.


This is for a pretty basic, contract position doing some pretty basic low-level stuff... but, like everything, it's a foot in the door with a company I've been trying to contract with for many years.


It's local, for one of their local clients... We'll see where it goes.


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
23:07 Jun 16 2010

*cross fingers* :)





Isis101
Isis101
02:03 Jun 17 2010

OOOh - I hope that you get it!





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:46 Jun 17 2010

count my toes in





 

Oye...

21:49 Jun 11 2010
Times Read: 1,043


...the day started with a bang. My tech was over an hour late... so I went down to the workbench to check on a customer's system that was finishing updates, when my sales exec. said, "I killed it."


I asked, "What did you kill?"


"My laptop."


"How did you do that?"


"I went to reach for my stapler and knocked my coffee over it. Now it won't start... see?"


He tells me this as he is pressing the power button and the indicator lights are lighting up then turning off.


Ok, laptop accidents 101 time - if you spill something on your laptop, immediately turn it off, unplug it and pull the battery. The less electricity running through it, the more likely you are to save it. Just saying.


So I take the laptop and start disassembling it. I did what I could to clean out the keyboard (all that cream and sugar makes for a sticky spill) and cleaned out whatever liquids I could find above the board.


Fortunately we gave him a ThinkPad R-Series, which is built to channel liquids away from the mainboard.


So after letting it sit and dry out all day, I just reassembled it, turned it on... and... yippie-skippy, it works.


They are well built, durable laptops, for sure.


The day didn't turn out as bad as I thought it might... heh.


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Busy day ahead...

14:45 Jun 11 2010
Times Read: 1,069


..my company was just named business of the month by a local organization that promotes technology development in this region. So in about 2 hours I have to do a video interview with the chair of that organization.


Morri and I are also meeting with a young entrepreneur who we are looking to make a little business partnership with - both to help us and get him off the ground as he finished college this summer.


I'm considering making burgers for everyone for lunch today... not sure if I want to or if I just want to spring for some pizza & wings...




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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
15:21 Jun 11 2010



See, It's about time Aspire started getting some much needed recognition! You have an awesome company, I am glad things are going well with you and the co!



:)



Oceanne
Oceanne
15:49 Jun 11 2010

~Nods~ very nice.





Morrigon
Morrigon
16:53 Jun 11 2010

You look so cute while getting interviewed...





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
17:35 Jun 11 2010

Yeah!! Glad you are getting some press, and the pat on the back you should. :)





Happy for you birra.





Isis101
Isis101
17:59 Jun 11 2010

Congrats!





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
18:44 Jun 11 2010

Awesome news hon! Congrats!





CAJOME
CAJOME
21:30 Jun 11 2010

I know of no one more deserving. :)



TAKE THAT, QUILL!! HA!



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