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Comment When I call, my IT IQ drops 100 pts ON PURPOSE (Score 2) 479

At this point, I've given up trying to help with the problem. I've gone through all the research and diagnosis so many times, with no impact on the phone reps, it's beyond frustrating. I've also demanded to go to the next level of support umpteen jillion times and sometimes it works, but nearly every time, the time spent waiting and going through the problem with two levels of reps isn't worth it.

So at this point, I go through the phone charade.. err script... and make up responses ("Steady green light? No... I see a bright orange light flickering randomly!"), which totally puzzles the rep ("I haven't come across something like that before..."), which almost immediately starts the RMA process.

If the different companies had a way of filtering more tech adept customers, I'd be willing to help out (and I have been for a long time now), but if they aren't investing in that option, neither am I.

Comment Depends? (Score 1) 376

When I was last looking around a few years ago, I had a company come out and say that my age (early 40's back then) might be a problem for the chemistry in the office (mostly mid to late 20s?), but they were the exception. Everyone else was interested in the projects I had worked on and the tech I had been using.

So... I'm sure the discrimination is out there, but there are also a ton of companies that value the experience a person with some time under their belt can provide.

Comment Re:Non-screen touch surface? (Score 1) 740

I tried a trackball on the preview version, but for some reason, it just didn't "click", so I'm hoping there's another way to use the surface interface without my monitor looking like my car's windows after the baby has run his hands all over them.

I guess the way I was thinking about using it was the trackball for clicks and mouse actions and then moving my hand to the right to the trackpad(?) for swipe/pinch/etc gestures.

Comment Non-screen touch surface? (Score 1) 740

This might be out there, but I haven’t seen it yet, so some help would be appreciated.

Is there a touchpad/mousepad I can lay on my desk to act as the touch proxy for the screen? I’ve seen the Surface and the screen looked great, well... until it started being used, that is. It got all mucked up after a little bit of use and there’s _no_ way I can use that on my work machine.

So. is there some way I can use something like a mouse pad as the interface (pinch, zoom, swipe, etc, etc) without having to touch the screen?

Comment Baby Steps (Score 1) 247

My take on it is that the first step is to pick _something_ and start working with it. I'm not sure whatever "it" is has to be the best language, versus training your brain to go through the mental process of programming again.

The $64k question is how your accident has impacted your mental capabilities when it comes to programming, so starting with something "basic" will give you the chance to start to work with a coding project and self-analyze where you might have some holes due to lack of knowledge or due to the accident.

That being said, the concepts and languages available now versus the late 90s are very much changed, so even if you hadn't had the accident, picking up something after 15 years would be a challenge, so don't be discouraged if it doesn't "click" right away!

Comment Get a lawyer (Score 2) 848

Seriously. As soon as you try to negotiate or assert your position, the overwhelming chances are they will balk or claim your employment contract grants them rights to your work. It's much easier to talk to a lawyer now who knows the circumstances unique to your location and can advise you hat your chances are.

Don't forget, you can also 'donate' it to your job and position yourself as the good guy, which might help you out down the line, depending on your bosses and the company. Not to mention, it's also a nice thing to put on your resume that will look great at the next interview you go to.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter. (Score 1) 764

Sure, why not?

There are trillions of dollars at stake in the global green economy and it would be pollyannaish to think there aren't people, corporations, not-for-profits, governments, etc that aren't looking at ways to make that pay off for themselves.

The focus of the corrupting influence would probably be on the science that causes the new regulations to be written and on the bureaucrats that actually implement the regulations.

Comment Depends??? (Score 1) 520

I think you should ask your developers. Some mixes of developers I've worked with would have been great in a close seating arrangement and others would have driven me straight up the wall.

Also, if you're going to have them facing each other, make sure the monitors are adjustable; I worked with a guy who had a pretty bad facial tick and if that guy had been in my line of sight, I would have been pretty much useless as I waited for the next spasm to show up!

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.