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Friday, October 27, 2006

How to Please Your I.T. Department

01. When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and children's art. We don't have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

02. Don't write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error messages from here.

03. When an I.T. person says he's coming right over, go for coffee. That way you won't be there when we need your password. It's nothing for us to remember 700 screen saver passwords.

04. When you call the help desk, state what you want, not what's keeping you from getting it. We don't need to know that you can't get into your mail because your computer won't power on at all.

05. When I.T. support sends you an E-Mail with high importance, delete it at once. We're just testing.

06. When an I.T. person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

07. Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

08. When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's electronics in it.

09. When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T. person's chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

10. When an I.T. person tells you that computer screens don't have cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.

11. When an I.T. person tells you that he'll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?" That motivates us.

12. When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

13. When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the company. One of them is bound to work.

14. Don't learn the proper term for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by "My thingy blew up".

15. Don't use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Flood Mitigation

I recently saw an advertisement [request for tender] in the newspaper for flood mitigation proposals. [It's a wonder that they finally acknowledged this as an actual issue.]

Ironically, a few days later, I noticed an article on NewScientistTech entitled: Intelligent sensors watch for impending floods. Essentially, the article is about a "grid" of smart river sensors that monitor water depth and flow to predict impending flooding; this is to be installed in a UK river.

This is just one cabin of the ubiquitous computing bandwagon that Trinidad should be jumping on in order to advance to a first world society status. Of course they will never find the justification for such projects. Honestly, I believe we have the ambition - the ideas - the thoughts - but what this country lacks it the need to act on these ideas in a timely fashion. I see the government proposing a lot of new projects [fastforward], but these projects take years to be completed, some are never even initiated - but the ideas are there.

First of all, before we even think of implementing a technological solution such as this "smart river", the first logical solution would be to clean up the drains/rivers, start recycling our garbage, and enforce litter laws - hell! You get charged in New York City for allowing your dog to take a dump on the street [Law 1; Law 2; Law 3]!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Oh My God! I've spent one year in New York [map] – covetously craving for the immense amount of technology shows [Nextfest] and technology conventions [OSCON; DEFCON] and technology gods [Googleplex; Inside Google Headquarters] that were held/situated in California and other places of the West Coast.

Now that I’ve left New York: ONLY NOW!!! Only now does wired magazine decide to bring the wired nextfest [wired's vision of a new world's fair: a four-day festival of innovative products and technologies that are transforming our world.] to New York City.

Arrg life is against me! :'(

-human upgrade-

Monday, October 02, 2006

VidCasts: Dot TV

From The Shadows
This Week In Tech
Wikipedia Podcasting
The Broken