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I hereby declare this the rant thread. Any story that may be uninteresting to others, but you need to get off your chest, is welcome here.

to start things off...

I was stressing about my upcoming midterm last night so I decided to email my professor cause I missed class yesterday, which was prearranged. I ask him if the midterm is still scheduled for today or if it was postponed to Wednesday like he had mentioned might happen. He answered with "yes." which isn't even an answer that makes sense.

so I stress out assuming he meant it was today, study till like 2, wake up at 5 and go over the stuff until class, get to class, and the door to the class had a note taped to it that said "History 132 with Professor Morris is canceled today because he is out of town"

I'm wasting time in the library computer lab and the @#%$# next to me has been breathing hard and fast out of his nose for the past 5 minutes. I'm gonna lose it.
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For a 2nd there I thought perhaps Gordo was returning to Saturday mornings.....
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For a 2nd there I thought perhaps Gordo was returning to Saturday mornings.....
lol underrated joke.

I will be using this thread. I've long considered a "negativity" thread or a "Things I hate" thread.
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When you get on the elevator to go to the Lobby, and the Lobby button is all lit up as it has already been pressed by me....... be advised that by pressing it again, you will in fact not really be doing anything. No, the door will not close faster if you emphasize to the elevator that both occupants are going to the Lobby.

Another tip: The close elevator door button DOES NOT normally work. It only works when the fire alarm light is lit up, and that is in the event of a fire, and in that case you're better off taking the stairs.

Stop being retards people! G*ddamn it.
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i hate how windy it is today. I tried to push open the door this morning and the wind made me look weak.
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i'm sick of traveling. i'm sick of hotels. i'm sick of eating at chili's, applebees, quiznos, blah blah blah blah. i wanna watch my own tv in my house and then eat cheerios out of a bowl and then sleep in my own bed.

i even miss my naggin' wife. in fact, i've been on the road so long my left hand is starting to nag me about trivial crap.

and yes, i'm left handed.

i miss my dog, i miss having actual drawers full of underwear and socks. i'm sick of having to shower and get dressed before going to get coffee and breakfast.

i'm sick of being on the road.
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This will be a bit long, I've been bottling this:

I freaking hate my company's decision to move offices. Our current location is 5 minutes away from 4 major highways. It's smack dab in the middle of the metroplex. Most importantly it's a 10 minute drive from my house.

But since we've moved up in position in our industry, we have to get new diggs. Fine, how about Las Colinas? Not trendy enough. We gotta go to the 35th freaking floor of one of the signature (maybe top 5 signature, anyway) highrises in downtown Dallas.

So good ol' Thig gets to add an hour+ to his daily commute, and that's IF I decide to take the light rail.

Some may say that's an over reaction. I mean, it IS going to be kind of cool to be in a spiffy new office. And according to all my sources, our floor looks pretty sweet. I've been to the building before they started construction, it's quite nice.

Well, not only are we changing buildings, but we're changing environments. Our parent company is based in the UK, and they want us to go with a more UK type work environment. You know what that means? "Open and collaborative".

What does open and collaborative mean you ask? Gone are the spacious cubes with 5' walls. In its place? Desks. Modern, trendy desks arranged a bit like honeycombs, with zero personal space and dividers that come up about 4" above the desk surface.

This is quite possibly the worst possible idea for a development environment I could ever think of.

So if I'm especially confrontational and grumpy Monday (first day in new office), you know why.
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this morning on the job I toured a what is euphemistically called a "meat-packing plant".

the front end of this plant, where 4,000 head per day of the soon to be packaged meat are still mooing, is a very disgusting place.

i mean, it's not disgusting like the 35th floor of a highrise in downtown Dallas, but it's really pretty disgusting just the same.
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This will be a bit long, I've been bottling this:

I freaking hate my company's decision to move offices. Our current location is 5 minutes away from 4 major highways. It's smack dab in the middle of the metroplex. Most importantly it's a 10 minute drive from my house.

But since we've moved up in position in our industry, we have to get new diggs. Fine, how about Las Colinas? Not trendy enough. We gotta go to the 35th freaking floor of one of the signature (maybe top 5 signature, anyway) highrises in downtown Dallas.

So good ol' Thig gets to add an hour+ to his daily commute, and that's IF I decide to take the light rail.

Some may say that's an over reaction. I mean, it IS going to be kind of cool to be in a spiffy new office. And according to all my sources, our floor looks pretty sweet. I've been to the building before they started construction, it's quite nice.

Well, not only are we changing buildings, but we're changing environments. Our parent company is based in the UK, and they want us to go with a more UK type work environment. You know what that means? "Open and collaborative".

What does open and collaborative mean you ask? Gone are the spacious cubes with 5' walls. In its place? Desks. Modern, trendy desks arranged a bit like honeycombs, with zero personal space and dividers that come up about 4" above the desk surface.

This is quite possibly the worst possible idea for a development environment I could ever think of.

So if I'm especially confrontational and grumpy Monday (first day in new office), you know why.
Two thoughts...

1 - I'd feel better working for a company that chased cheap leases rather than showy locations, especially given you're in development.
2 - The best "open" environment is high-walled cubes with the openings facing each other down short aisles. The guys can roll out and talk to each other when needed, roll back in and keep to themselves when they prefer not to. Can't imagine how a bunch of developers are going to function if they don't have walls to tack things to.

My rant is a simple one. I hate refrigerator doors that close themselves. It's my fridge, and I should be able to leave the door open if I want.
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Two thoughts...

1 - I'd feel better working for a company that chased cheap leases rather than showy locations, especially given you're in development.
2 - The best "open" environment is high-walled cubes with the openings facing each other down short aisles. The guys can roll out and talk to each other when needed, roll back in and keep to themselves when they prefer not to. Can't imagine how a bunch of developers are going to function if they don't have walls to tack things to.

My rant is a simple one. I hate refrigerator doors that close themselves. It's my fridge, and I should be able to leave the door open if I want.
The best environment you just described is the one we have now. Not only will we not have anything to tack things to in the new building, we were told not to bring any kind of tacks at all to the new building. Even our tiny dividers are made of glass, so putting anything on them is going to require sticky tack or something of that nature. Also no place to put individual white boards, which is another ridiculous decision.

On the showy location part, I at least understand where they're coming from. We're not a consulting firm. We make software for a specific industry, and we service major companies in that industry. When you have IBM and Sprint rolling in to talk the sales guys or just to check out he place, I get that they want a spiffy place rather than the warehousy feel we have now. So that I can at least understand, even if I don't agree with it, at all.

But the desks are just a horrendous idea, and it's going to cost them a major chunk of productivity.
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this morning on the job I toured a what is euphemistically called a "meat-packing plant".

the front end of this plant, where 4,000 head per day of the soon to be packaged meat are still mooing, is a very disgusting place.

i mean, it's not disgusting like the 35th floor of a highrise in downtown Dallas, but it's really pretty disgusting just the same.

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But the desks are just a horrendous idea, and it's going to cost them a major chunk of productivity.
Not to mention extending common courtesy to your employees. People need at least a little bit of privacy in the workplace. That just doesn't sound very humane to me. Especially for developers.

The amount of S I have on my wall is incredible. I share an office with one other guy, and we have a 6' half cube wall in the middle of the office. It sounds to me like people will inevitably piss each other off in that situation you described.
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Not to mention extending common courtesy to your employees. People need at least a little bit of privacy in the workplace. That just doesn't sound very humane to me. Especially for developers.

The amount of S I have on my wall is incredible. I share an office with one other guy, and we have a 6' half cube wall in the middle of the office. It sounds to me like people will inevitably piss each other off in that situation you described.
Well, we're working against the UK working environment unfortunately. From what I hear, people in similar jobs in the UK are used to this sort of thing.

I know that our parent company's home office in UK pretty much just has tables with computers on them, with no dividers of any kind. And this is a major corporate software company.

*sigh*
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The best environment you just described is the one we have now. Not only will we not have anything to tack things to in the new building, we were told not to bring any kind of tacks at all to the new building. Even our tiny dividers are made of glass, so putting anything on them is going to require sticky tack or something of that nature. Also no place to put individual white boards, which is another ridiculous decision.

On the showy location part, I at least understand where they're coming from. We're not a consulting firm. We make software for a specific industry, and we service major companies in that industry. When you have IBM and Sprint rolling in to talk the sales guys or just to check out he place, I get that they want a spiffy place rather than the warehousy feel we have now. So that I can at least understand, even if I don't agree with it, at all.

But the desks are just a horrendous idea, and it's going to cost them a major chunk of productivity.
sucks man. sorry about this. Sometimes you have to do some personal business on company time...be it at lunch or during the day..some privacy would be nice.

what are they gonna set up a pay phone somewhere, so you can make phone calls? what a bunch of sh*t
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Well, we're working against the UK working environment unfortunately. From what I hear, people in similar jobs in the UK are used to this sort of thing.

I know that our parent company's home office in UK pretty much just has tables with computers on them, with no dividers of any kind. And this is a major corporate software company.

*sigh*

Well I hope your co-workers like the large colorful graphics I'm going to start posting in every thread. Get a 30" wide screen.....and your popcorn ready.
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My rant you ask? I hate being a growing company that buys smaller companies with weak IT departments that I have to pull double shifts getting into shape.

I hate having to act like a nice guy all the time when I really want to say "AND YOU ARE THE #%#$%#$ NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR??? YOU SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO [INSERT ANY NUMBER OF THINGS] AND YOU OUTSOURCE EVERYTHING? WHY ARE YOU HERE THEN AND WHY THE HELL DO I HAVE TO NOW TRAIN YOU TO DO WHAT YOU WERE HIRED TO DO".

I hate having my boss swapped around like we are playing musical chairs. Just let me be the damn IT Director and run the show. It really gets old explaining things IT related to an accountant that has been deemed my boss. You are the accountant - go account. If the entire purpose of you being my boss is so I can explain, (see break down into tiny little quarter-sized terms), all of this shit to you just so you can explain it to your boss, how about we eliminate you completely and let me just explain it to the VP myself with the extra pay you earn.

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Old 01-30-2008, 01:11 PM   #24
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My rant you ask? I hate being a growing company that buys smaller companies with weak IT departments that I have to pull double shifts getting into shape.

I hate having to act like a nice guy all the time when I really want to say "AND YOU ARE THE #%#$%#$ NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR??? YOU SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO [INSERT ANY NUMBER OF THINGS] AND YOU OUTSOURCE EVERYTHING? WHY ARE YOU HERE THEN AND WHY THE HELL DO I HAVE TO NOW TRAIN YOU TO DO WHAT YOU WERE HIRED TO DO".

I hate having my boss swapped around like we are playing musical chairs. Just let me be the damn IT Director and run the show. It really gets old explaining things IT related to an accountant that has been deemed my boss. You are the accountant - go account. If the entire purpose of you being my boss is so I can explain, (see break down into tiny little quarter-sized terms), all of this shit to you just so you can explain it to your boss, how about we eliminate you completely and let me just explain it to the VP myself with the extra pay you earn.

Ugh...

Dan,

i hear you on a lot of these points. For instance, our boss is also in charge of accounting. She has worked at our company for 30 years, that when computers started being a common thing at work, she was involved because she was already working here....and now she is in charge of it, along with accounting. Keep in mind she doesn't know anything computer related..she is 60 years old! We have to draw freaking pictures for her whenever we have a meeting. I'm serious too. She told us "pictures help", and when we don't come up with a solution to a particular problem, we put it on the back burner for a future meeting. Then when the meeting happens, we have to explain everything all over again, wasting our time. Literally, we have explained lots of things to her over and over again.

from DFS namespace, to dfs-replication over many sites. To Wasp inventory tracking software. To our 10 Mb baseband ethernet over copper over the last mile.

We have to use Visio to draw a lot of crap.

Lots of times, some of the emails bounce back. We have to figure out what that means, but everytime we have to tell the recipients IT company to make this change on their ASA5510, or remove something off their exchange server filters...



f*cking politics.


EDIT: I like pictures of stuff, in fact they help. The point is we should not have to spend so much time explaining technical things to a non technical person. They just won't get it. Plus....she is old...really old. Older than Doc's balls.

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Why is it so friggin' cold inside???

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Here's my little rant mostly on my current situation and some just thoughts in general.

I hate being expected to know things. I hate being expected to be able to read peoples minds. I hate that girls expect us to be able to read all their sighs and shoulder shrugs and other BS signals perfectly. I hate that girls don't know what they want and that they change their minds constantly. I hate being told that it's hard on them too and they aren't going to get over it for a while either when they were the one that wanted it too end. It seems so contradictory. I hate being told that her "feelings changed" and that she "didn't want them too, but it's out of her control." What a load of bull. How can you not control your feelings? Doesn't make much sense to me, but yet we're just expected to know these things I guess.

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Well, we're working against the UK working environment unfortunately. From what I hear, people in similar jobs in the UK are used to this sort of thing.

I know that our parent company's home office in UK pretty much just has tables with computers on them, with no dividers of any kind. And this is a major corporate software company.

*sigh*
That's like The Office, man. I never understood how sales people could sit four feet from each other and be on the phone all day. It makes for great shenanigans between Dwight & Jim, but still.

It's just European culture, I guess. They're used to being crammed in on top of each other in all aspects of life.
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Here's my little rant mostly on my current situation and some just thoughts in general.

I hate being expected to know things. I hate being expected to be able to read peoples minds. I hate that girls expect us to be able to read all their sighs and shoulder shrugs and other BS signals perfectly. I hate that girls don't know what they want and that they change their minds constantly. I hate being told that it's hard on them too and they aren't going to get over it for a while either when they were the one that wanted it too end. It seems so contradictory. I hate being told that her "feelings changed" and that she "didn't want them too, but it's out of her control." What a load of bull. How can you not control your feelings? Doesn't make much sense to me, but yet we're just expected to know these things I guess.

End rant.

hey man, thats a girl for you. Women are crazy. Good luck.
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look, little office pixie, i know you're cute and all, and everyone loves you (or at least wants to), but do we really need a class on how the thermostat works? i know, with all of your 105 lbs, you get cold easily, but, cranking the heat up to 85 will not get it warmer any quicker. it just makes the heat run for 3 hours and causes everyone to be uncomfortable, except you, of course, because 10 minutes after you jacked the heat up, you bailed for your daily 2 hour "lunch" with the boss.
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look, little office pixie, i know you're cute and all, and everyone loves you (or at least wants to), but do we really need a class on how the thermostat works? i know, with all of your 105 lbs, you get cold easily, but, cranking the heat up to 85 will not get it warmer any quicker. it just makes the heat run for 3 hours and causes everyone to be uncomfortable, except you, of course, because 10 minutes after you jacked the heat up, you bailed for your daily 2 hour "lunch" with the boss.

who is the office pixie, please explain...i am intrigued.
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I blame the post office for the destruction of the rain forest.
I receive 5lb's of unwanted junk mail a week.
All this paper ends up being moved from my mail box and directly to my trash can.
When is the post office going to take responsibility and stop the destruction of our natural resources.
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Speaking of the post office, I'm not in charge of it, nor can I control when or how it makes deliveries. I'm sorry it took 6 days for you to receive my check....but I put the check in the mail and it was out of my hands at that point. No, I'm not going to follow your suggestion and call and complain to the post office. Frankly, I don't really give a damn that it took six days, nor do I care if the rest of your mail is delivered in a similar fashion. If you wanted your check faster, you could've requested Fedex or DHL, but you didn't, so suck it.
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With Super Bowl week in full swing, every has been, or old legend, or old nobody who ever played in the NFL is getting interviewed by every radio show in creation, and they all think "Well I think those Steeler teams, or the 85' Bears or the 49ers could beat the Patriots" The rules were different back then, blah blah blah, whine whine whine. Enough with the good old boy BS. I'm talking to you Lynn Swann, shut your mouth. With advances in science, workouts regimens, training equipment, supplements...the list goes on and on, these athletes are bigger, and stronger, and faster. The game is faster. We've all seen old Super Bowl footage....those guys look like they're running in mud. Be quiet.
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Speaking of the post office, I'm not in charge of it, nor can I control when or how it makes deliveries. I'm sorry it took 6 days for you to receive my check....but I put the check in the mail and it was out of my hands at that point. No, I'm not going to follow your suggestion and call and complain to the post office. Frankly, I don't really give a damn that it took six days, nor do I care if the rest of your mail is delivered in a similar fashion. If you wanted your check faster, you could've requested Fedex or DHL, but you didn't, so suck it.

Or maybe they should try this super-futuristic (like, Y2k futuristic) concept called "online billing"?

My effing gas company will only take snail mail bills, or I can go up to Kroger and attempt to pay my bill on their always-broken system...

Seriously, I know half a dozen under-employed geeks who could set up such a system on the cheap...
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It's not that I don't like football, but I hate the two weeks before the Superbowl, and the four or so weeks after it. Damn it, 80% of Sportscenter is dedicated to the Superbowl, and has been for the past week and a half, and will be for another month or so. Damn it, what a pain in the ass to wait for Mavericks highlights!

While we're at it, I think commercial breaks are downright comical in Football games. Team Scores, PAT, Commercial. Kick off. Commercial. 2 minute Warning. Commercial. Timeout. Commercial. I feel like I'm watching MTV.
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