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Comment: Make sure you talk to a tech that understands (Score 2) 479 479

While nigh impossible to get a good techy on the call support line, sometimes you do. And sometimes they listen.

When working on the 1 meg modem project, some of us had developer units. Internet goes down. Pattern of blinky LEDs on modem indicates that issue is with line card at other end.

Call tech support, ask them to reseat the line card. Get massive confusion on their end, as I've got access to better diagnostics then they do. And I know what their GUI looks like. And which alarm is active on it at the moment. Eventually, it sinks in with them, that they have someone who actually helped build the product they were supporting.

In the end, they did reseat the card, and my backup internet came back up.

Comment: Re:Historical perspective (Score 2) 285 285

A new generation of parents no longer felt it important to teach their kids the work ethic through hard, manual work.

Or maybe they felt that having their kids spending their summers slaving in fields for piss poor wages wasn't a good thing anymore. Don't know about you, but if I can find a way for my kids to have a better summer job than that, I will. Hopefully it will be something that will be in the same field they eventually want to work in.

There are worse things than picking berries - I paid for my first year of university by picking pine cones for the MNR to eventually turn into tree seedlings for reforestation. Would I want my kids to do that? Heck no.

Excessive login or logout messages are a sure sign of senility.