They can start with Cnet's Download.com, nothing but ad banners with identical looking green "download" buttons.
I bought my own cable modem, had been using it for over a year when I finally decided to return Comcast's modem. Took it down to their local office and had the customer service rep. check the modem back into inventory and remove the rental fee from my account before leaving. The first month after having it removed everything was fine, there was no rental fee billed, the 2nd month after it re-appeared on my bill and they tacked on an extra charge for the prior month as well as sent a separate mailing notice to inform me they had noticed there was no rental fee on my account and it must have been a billing error on their part but not to worry as they weren't going to charge a penalty, just 2 months worth of rental fees. In order to have the issue resolved I had to call customer service and have them "open an investigation" to check with the local office to verify they had received my old modem back.
I wonder if there's a market for selling smaller UIDs the same way people sell MMORPG characters?
I prefer the polls in the feed, it gets boring seeing stale polls off to the side and makes them less likely to be missed. When they are stuck of in the advertisement side of the screen they are all too easily missed due to mental blocks that make one ignore that area of a site.
"stuck in a small computer" should have been "stuck in a small cubicle". Damn Slashdot and their lack of after-post editing.
Nothing like being the PC technician stuck in a small computer while being expected to unbox and image new system, configure network gear before it gets deployed and haul back dead systems. When people from other departments visit my cubicle, the first thing they say is "Oh my God!". At a previous employer I took down the cubicle wall between my cube and an adjacent one, moved it into the old entry gap of the other cubicle and formed one double-sized cubicle. The best environment I ever worked in was a basement lab with professionally designed lab benches that had built-in monitor arms and cable routing passages integrated into it. Upper and lower shelves in addition to a generous work surface. It also helped that the lab was treated as a secure room that only technicians badges could open. You can get so much more work done when people can't walk up to circumvent the Help Desk process.
...look forward to the day when it is impossible to post on Slashdot anonymously.
My Mom runs the computer lab at a Silicon Valley public elementary school, and has done so for over 30 years. She introduced CS to students on Apple IIe's with BASIC programming samples that generated music and then had the kids modify the code to write their own music. Nothing fancy, just a few notes looped but it allows kids to be creative and do more if they want to. A similar thing could be done with modern languages, just with different coding examples (Flappy Bird clones, etc...). Currently, the state of California only requires a focus on teaching kids typing, Microsoft Office, and basic web research skills. My Mom has always done more than was required though. Too bad she is retiring this year but I don't blame her, kids have gotten worse with each passing year. Last time I visited the school a kid pulled a knife on a teacher and tried to slash her throat, the Principal's response was to take the kid out for pizza so they could discuss how the kid was feeling. Simply disgusting and nothing like the good ol' days when my principal was a retired Army veteran that would pin kids against walls and drag their ass down to the office if they got out of line.
Service Tags are rather short, if you brute force guessed existing service tags would it give enough personal info (first/last name) to then do a phone directory look-up to get enough info to know your number, name, service tag, etc...?
...constantly being interrupted is the real problem. I work a normal schedule and constant interruptions are my number one source of stress. It is understandable that working a flexible schedule would amplify the source of the real problem. Best solution: get rid of phones, instant messaging, email and let people work from home. If somebody needs you to do something for them, utilize a ticketing system and require all work requests to route through that. This goes beyond IT support and covers general office work as well. If people have no other way to contact you other than by ticket it would help bring clarity to issues with workflow and support levels.
"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." -- Peter De Vries