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Comment: It was nice, but didn't work out... (Score 1) 4

by Rearden82 (#26436837) Attached to: Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing?
My employer tried it out a couple years ago- we were split into two groups, with each group working on alternating Fridays. Personally, I loved it-- not only was there the obvious benefit of every other Friday off, but since the additional time was outside of normal business hours (meaning no phone calls, expectations for me to answer emails, and other constant interruptions), I often got more done in that 1 hour than in the other 8.

Unfortunately we're pretty small and understaffed, so having what amounted to a skeleton crew on Fridays didn't work out. Clients weren't happy when they'd have to wait until Monday because the only person familiar with their project was off. My boss is very respectful about days off, but he often had no choice but to call someone in to handle an emergency. Employees would often switch their off days around (sometimes because they got called in, sometimes just because), so nobody ever really knew who would be around on any given Friday.

So it really depends on the size and nature of the business, in my experience.

+ - Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing? 4

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cellocgw writes: "My company is in the process of implementing a version of "9/80," a work schedule which squeezes 80 hours' labor time into 9 business days and provides every other Friday off. I was wondering how this has been implemented in other companies, and how it's worked out for other Slashdot readers. Is your system flexible? Do you find time to get personal stuff done during the week? Is Friday good for anything other than catching up on lost sleep? And perhaps most important, do your managers respect the off-Fridays or pull people in on a regular basis to handle "crises"?"

Comment: Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 711

by Rearden82 (#26301843) Attached to: Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution
Exactly! These kinds of examples are ideal for demonstrating to PHB types that data loss isn't just some kind of theoretical once-in-a-billion-years kind of thing, and that backups actually serve a purpose.

I also find it amusing that they could apparently afford to blow money on nice shiny Mac servers, yet a tape drive (hell, even a $99 external hard drive or two from Best Buy) was out of the question.
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+ - The Best Keyboards for Every Occasion->

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ThinSkin writes: "ExtremeTech has written an article on the best keyboards in every category, such as gaming keyboards (macro and hybrid), media center keyboards, keyboard gamepads, and so forth. Of course, the big companies like Microsoft and Logitech dominate these lists, while smaller companies like Razer, Ideazon, and others play an important role as well."
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Comment: Re:Good (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by Rearden82 (#26145625) Attached to: A First Look At Internet Explorer 8 RC1
IE6 is still very popular despite the fact that 7 came out over two years ago. If users haven't upgraded by now, I see no reason why they would when 8 is released.

I'm sure IE8 will be broken in slightly different ways from 6 and 7. So all this really means is we will have to implement hacks for three different versions of a shitty, non-standards-compliant browser for the foreseeable future, instead of two.

Comment: Re:Why is the left one primary? (Score 1) 360

by Rearden82 (#25370841) Attached to: On my current computer, I'm using ...
My theory: I'm right-handed. When I move something out of the way, I tend to use my right hand to push it to the left.

I started out with one monitor, then scooted it leftward to make room for the second. I was accustomed to looking at the old monitor, plus by default it still had my taskbar and desktop icons, so it made sense that it'd be primary. All my subsequent dual-monitor setups have had the same arrangement out of habit.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.