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Old 9th February 2022, 02:21 AM   #681
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
I generally use the cat.
Do the odds and ends not fall off?


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Old 9th February 2022, 02:46 AM   #682
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Mini-USB was HUGE (i.e. 3x7mm) and good for thousands of connections.
Micro-USB was smaller (about half as thick) and good for more thousands.

But USB-C is thinner yet, reversible, and good for even more connections. Except on my phone, which will talk through its USB-C port only when it damn well feels like it.
Have you used a small pin to see if your socket is full of fluff?

It's a huge problem with Apple Lightning ports, so many people think their iPhone is faulty or their cable is faulty not knowing the socket has a ton of pocket fluff jammed in it and all it needs is a careful cleanout,. USB is similar but not as bad.
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Old 9th February 2022, 06:16 AM   #683
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I'd suggest something non-metallic such as a toothbrush in case with a pin you prick the wrong place and let out the magic smoke.
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I use an unfolded staple as they're usually too soft to scratch but they do get the fluff.
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Ok, cleaned it out with the pointy end of one of those dental floss pick things. Metal didn't seem like a great idea. I've got it connected but had some difficulty. I'll see how it goes.
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Ok, cleaned it out with the pointy end of one of those dental floss pick things. Metal didn't seem like a great idea. I've got it connected but had some difficulty. I'll see how it goes.
It gets compacted in the end. Make sure it's all gone. I split a toothpick down the middle to get a long, pointy, wooden end.
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Old 9th February 2022, 01:46 PM   #687
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Originally Posted by zooterkin View Post
Do the odds and ends not fall off?



Actually his fur does hold a fair amount of vegetation when he's been checking the hedge.
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Originally Posted by commandlinegamer View Post
I'd suggest something non-metallic such as a toothbrush in case with a pin you prick the wrong place and let out the magic smoke.
Toothpick. The Swiss Army knife strikes again.
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Originally Posted by a_unique_person View Post
It gets compacted in the end. Make sure it's all gone. I split a toothpick down the middle to get a long, pointy, wooden end.
It is concentrated fluff!
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Dear User: yes, I can report from the database on data that was changed after its initial entry. No, I cannot report from the database on data that will be changed at some undetermined future time. That would require me to either be a prophet or possess time-travel, and if I had either of those powers I wouldn't waste them on your stupid report requests. Love, Not-a-Time-Lord.
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Dear User: yes, I can report from the database on data that was changed after its initial entry. No, I cannot report from the database on data that will be changed at some undetermined future time. That would require me to either be a prophet or possess time-travel, and if I had either of those powers I wouldn't waste them on your stupid report requests. Love, Not-a-Time-Lord.

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Old 18th February 2022, 12:23 PM   #692
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Have you used a small pin to see if your socket is full of fluff?

It's a huge problem with Apple Lightning ports, so many people think their iPhone is faulty or their cable is faulty not knowing the socket has a ton of pocket fluff jammed in it and all it needs is a careful cleanout,. USB is similar but not as bad.
I have had connection problems with USB C due to pocket lint or other crud getting into the socket. Carefully (so as not to damage the contacts on the part in the middle) cleaning the crud out of the socket with pin or paperclip will fix it. The crud just gets packed into the bottom of the socket and prevents the connector from seating properly.

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Old 18th February 2022, 12:28 PM   #693
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Dear User: yes, I can report from the database on data that was changed after its initial entry. No, I cannot report from the database on data that will be changed at some undetermined future time. That would require me to either be a prophet or possess time-travel, and if I had either of those powers I wouldn't waste them on your stupid report requests. Love, Not-a-Time-Lord.
Given the ability to reliably predict the future, I would think that any number of endeavors, including but not limited to sports betting, stock and commodities trading, would be far more lucrative than writing reports for idiots that will never actually understand them.
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Dear Users,

Yet again. I'm an IT contractor. I am not the generic "help." I'm not a janitor, an electrician, a carpenter, a plumber, a mover (outside of IT equipment), a garbage man, pest control, a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker.

I am professional with a set of actual marketable skills who has a contract with your company to perform specific tasks, not a generic worker body you got from a day laborer site.

I know your entire company consists within a rounding error of nothing of women aged from 45 to "statistically died 10 years ago" who all have bad backs, bad knees, brittle bones, are blind and deaf and have inner ear infections and carpal tunnel syndrome so are are all so delicate and frail that you put trouble tickets in because mechanical keyboards are too hard on your hands (I ******* WISH I was making that up) but the fact that I'm one of the few people in this building who has maintained their body to the point of keeping at the level of "base level functional" while all of you will die if forced to do anything except sit at your desk under your electric blankets but that does emphatically NOT mean I'm here to get you reams of paper from the supply closet, get stuff off of shelves, kill spiders, move furniture, get on the roof of the building (don't ask), put together shelves, anything that involves a ladder, pick up debris from the parking lot, or any and all other *Wheezy ole' lady voice* "Oh I'm so sorry to bother you young man..." taskings you think I'm here for.
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Having fun and frustration from the other side this week. My internet connection is intermittently dropping. It's clearly either a failing modem or the ISP's connection to the modem, but the techs they send out are...less than familiar with networking. I'm not very hot on networking myself but even I know that if I can ping my own router with 100% success at the same time I can't ping anything outside my house then that means the problem isn't with my devices. Getting this across is surprisingly difficult! The last guy used a gadget to check for interference with the wifi. Only problem with that is that I don't have or use wifi-- purely cables, every step of the way.

The logical next step is for them to just swap out their damn modem (we have to use theirs) which is four years old at this point...and such modems tend to have a lifespan of three years. But god help you if you suggest something, the notion has to come from them or it's just ignorant customers mouthing off.

One guy didn't know what ping was, he'd never seen a command prompt before either.

eta: Incidentally, while perusing my router's logs I noticed a hell of a lot of denied access attempts from European IP addresses that when I looked them up were listed as recent activity known abusers with Russian-sounding names. Since I don't normally look at these logs I have no idea whether this is normal or if it's an uptick due to certain current events. Still pretty freaky.
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One guy didn't know what ping was, he'd never seen a command prompt before either.
That doesn’t surprise me. T1 service is entry-level work. I bet a bunch of my T1s never used a command prompt before they started working here.
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Dear Users,

Yet again. I'm an IT contractor. I am not the generic "help." I'm not a janitor, an electrician, a carpenter, a plumber, a mover (outside of IT equipment), a garbage man, pest control, a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker.

I am professional with a set of actual marketable skills who has a contract with your company to perform specific tasks, not a generic worker body you got from a day laborer site.

I know your entire company consists within a rounding error of nothing of women aged from 45 to "statistically died 10 years ago" who all have bad backs, bad knees, brittle bones, are blind and deaf and have inner ear infections and carpal tunnel syndrome so are are all so delicate and frail that you put trouble tickets in because mechanical keyboards are too hard on your hands (I ******* WISH I was making that up) but the fact that I'm one of the few people in this building who has maintained their body to the point of keeping at the level of "base level functional" while all of you will die if forced to do anything except sit at your desk under your electric blankets but that does emphatically NOT mean I'm here to get you reams of paper from the supply closet, get stuff off of shelves, kill spiders, move furniture, get on the roof of the building (don't ask), put together shelves, anything that involves a ladder, pick up debris from the parking lot, or any and all other *Wheezy ole' lady voice* "Oh I'm so sorry to bother you young man..." taskings you think I'm here for.
You are male. You are younger than them. Ergo "these are man problems". Chances are they are admiring your butt while you are up the ladder.
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You are male. You are younger than them. Ergo "these are man problems". Chances are they are admiring your butt while you are up the ladder.
I noticed when I worked in an office with 129 women and 3 men that I was expected to move things and carry things because that's man's work, but when it came time to clean the break room I wasn't exempt on the grounds of that being woman's work.
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I noticed when I worked in an office with 129 women and 3 men that I was expected to move things and carry things because that's man's work, but when it came time to clean the break room I wasn't exempt on the grounds of that being woman's work.
Yeah I'd be fired immediately if I asked one of them to bake me some cookies or knit me a sweater.
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Yeah I'd be fired immediately if I asked one of them to bake me some cookies or knit me a sweater.
That feels like lazy speculation. I expect better from a skeptic: you must test your hypothesis by asking one for cookies and another for a hand knitted sweater.
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That feels like lazy speculation. I expect better from a skeptic: you must test your hypothesis by asking one for cookies and another for a hand knitted sweater.
Insufficient sample size. Ask them all . . . .for both!
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Having fun and frustration from the other side this week. My internet connection is intermittently dropping. It's clearly either a failing modem or the ISP's connection to the modem, but the techs they send out are...less than familiar with networking. I'm not very hot on networking myself but even I know that if I can ping my own router with 100% success at the same time I can't ping anything outside my house then that means the problem isn't with my devices. Getting this across is surprisingly difficult! The last guy used a gadget to check for interference with the wifi. Only problem with that is that I don't have or use wifi-- purely cables, every step of the way.

The logical next step is for them to just swap out their damn modem (we have to use theirs) which is four years old at this point...and such modems tend to have a lifespan of three years. But god help you if you suggest something, the notion has to come from them or it's just ignorant customers mouthing off.

One guy didn't know what ping was, he'd never seen a command prompt before either.

eta: Incidentally, while perusing my router's logs I noticed a hell of a lot of denied access attempts from European IP addresses that when I looked them up were listed as recent activity known abusers with Russian-sounding names. Since I don't normally look at these logs I have no idea whether this is normal or if it's an uptick due to certain current events. Still pretty freaky.
Something I've noticed about my own ISP, by their reputation and personal experience is that their telephone techs are clueless but their in person techs really seem to know what they're doing. It's almost the opposite of what I'm used to. So the obstacle is not getting a smart person out when you need them, it's getting through the hoops to convince them they need to.
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Oh hi, it's my last day today and I'm just wondering what to do with my building access pass.

You can hand that in to the security desk as you leave.

Oh, okay. Where's that?

It's at the entrance to the building.

Oh, like, where the security guards are?

...yes.
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Oh hi, it's my last day today and I'm just wondering what to do with my building access pass.
You can hand that in to the security desk as you leave.
Oh, okay. Where's that?
It's at the entrance to the building.
Oh, like, where the security guards are?
...yes.
I'm curious about a couple of things. First, what's so unusual about handing your security pass to the guard as you exit the building? Are they not aware you're surrendering it?

Also, are you moving to a new job or position? I checked this thread back to the start of December and didn't see anything about a job change.
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I'm curious about a couple of things. First, what's so unusual about handing your security pass to the guard as you exit the building? Are they not aware you're surrendering it?

Also, are you moving to a new job or position? I checked this thread back to the start of December and didn't see anything about a job change.
Hah. No, this is a summary of a call I took this evening. I was on my phone, so I neglected to post the attributions to each line. I'll do so now:

Caller: Oh hi, it's my last day today and I'm just wondering what to do with my building access pass.

Me: You can hand that in to the security desk as you leave.

Caller: Oh, okay. Where's that?

Me: It's at the entrance to the building.

Caller: Oh, like, where the security guards are?

Me: ...yes.

The incongruity of the call was based around not only them not knowing that they could just hand their pass in as they left, and them thinking that I meant that the security desk was something other than the post where the security guards were.
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Something I've noticed about my own ISP, by their reputation and personal experience is that their telephone techs are clueless but their in person techs really seem to know what they're doing. It's almost the opposite of what I'm used to. So the obstacle is not getting a smart person out when you need them, it's getting through the hoops to convince them they need to.
I favour ploughing straight over the phone support drones by saying I've done A, B, C, E, E, and F and basically ignoring their script.
That, or contacting a senior manager directly.
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I'm curious about a couple of things. First, what's so unusual about handing your security pass to the guard as you exit the building? Are they not aware you're surrendering it?

Also, are you moving to a new job or position? I checked this thread back to the start of December and didn't see anything about a job change.
I never return mine unless specifically asked. I have a box full of a couple of hundred by now.
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I never return mine unless specifically asked. I have a box full of a couple of hundred by now.
It doesn't really matter. The card itself is cancelled, so no-one can use it to get illegal entry to the premises. However, it does have a name and a photo, and by government regs it should really be put in the secure disposal.
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It doesn't really matter. The card itself is cancelled, so no-one can use it to get illegal entry to the premises. However, it does have a name and a photo, and by government regs it should really be put in the secure disposal.
True. Though they can be handy when, as inevitably happens, they need my services again.
If course some sites are more sloppy than others about ending access rights. And one can sometimes bluff one's way in anyway.
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True. Though they can be handy when, as inevitably happens, they need my services again.
If course some sites are more sloppy than others about ending access rights. And one can sometimes bluff one's way in anyway.
In my experience you can go pretty much anywhere if you wear khaki pants and an irritated expression and carry a clipboard. I wouldn't try sneaking onto a military base like that, but civilian businesses are easy.
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In my experience you can go pretty much anywhere if you wear khaki pants and an irritated expression and carry a clipboard. I wouldn't try sneaking onto a military base like that, but civilian businesses are easy.
Yep. Also a surprising number of magnetically secured lock plates can be yanked open.
Also the wheelchair door button.
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In my experience you can go pretty much anywhere if you wear khaki pants and an irritated expression and carry a clipboard. I wouldn't try sneaking onto a military base like that, but civilian businesses are easy.

Not so much on government sites. Pass discipline in my current department is not as strict as others. In the 90s I worked for Defence. There, you displayed your pass when you were on-site, took it off when you weren't, and if we encountered anyone on site who was not displaying, we were required to challenge them.
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Insufficient sample size. Ask them all . . . .for both!
Thank you. Then joe can share with us!
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I favour ploughing straight over the phone support drones by saying I've done A, B, C, E, E, and F and basically ignoring their script.
That, or contacting a senior manager directly.
"I think you may need to do D. Can you please click on your start menu and..."
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Not so much on government sites. Pass discipline in my current department is not as strict as others. In the 90s I worked for Defence. There, you displayed your pass when you were on-site, took it off when you weren't, and if we encountered anyone on site who was not displaying, we were required to challenge them.
Challenge them to what? A fight to the death?
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Challenge them to what? A fight to the death?

I didn't think that term would be ambiguous, but no, we were to approach and ask why they weren't displaying their pass, and escort them to security if necessary. Of course, Defence was a high-security environment.
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It doesn't really matter. The card itself is cancelled, so no-one can use it to get illegal entry to the premises. However, it does have a name and a photo, and by government regs it should really be put in the secure disposal.
Our last round we reprinted all our badges without names so someone that finds it can't fake the name.
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Our last round we reprinted all our badges without names so someone that finds it can't fake the name.
Yeah, that won't work with us, because the access pass is intended to be used as ID. During the lockdowns last year, if I was challenged (there's that word) by police, I would have had to show both my letter of essential work, and my government ID - ie, my building access pass.

I wasn't, by the way. Not once. Some police state, huh?
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Yeah, that won't work with us, because the access pass is intended to be used as ID. During the lockdowns last year, if I was challenged (there's that word) by police, I would have had to show both my letter of essential work, and my government ID - ie, my building access pass.

I wasn't, by the way. Not once. Some police state, huh?
Both the ACT coppers must have caught COVID at the same time.
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I didn't think that term would be ambiguous, but no, we were to approach and ask why they weren't displaying their pass, and escort them to security if necessary. Of course, Defence was a high-security environment.
And if they didn't want to be escorted? Then the fight to the death?
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