June 19th, 2006

running, bomb tech

51 hour week

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Got a nice .75-hour conversation with Darkside in. Figured out how to make Avaya CentreVu Supervisor cough up a Work State report for the split skill. ACW mode is something we're keeping an eye on. We geeked about ACW-mode, how to get in it but appear like you're not. They don't have a button to put themselves in, so how are they wedging their telnet to make them appear busy to Avaya? Rev. NSN Super says that's what they're doing, but I don't see how. Darkside suggested some rebooty.

He's very, very sweet. We met over computer stuff. It's only natural that we have some of our best moments together over computer stuff.

It's so incredibly nice to be able to come home after a week like this, call him, and hear his voice. And that's what I told him.
  • Current Location
exhausted, tired, Azzsleep

Here, queer, and sooo tired.

Via raranax: The threat of gay marriage! ...I think I need a colorbar.

Today's a day off. I don't want to so much as move, really, but there are things that need to get done. I was up late reading. I'm into Blood Debt, and I think I'll be letting Darkside borrow the series. ...If he doesn't go screaming off with "Ewwwww!" when it starts mentioning Henry/Tony.

I've essentially been living at work for the past week, since Thalia wasn't working right and still isn't working right. IE has to crash twice before it will work, it seems, and Semagic and Firefox don't work at all. I don't even want to try Gaim.

At least I have my Windows XP Home Edition CD. Dell shipped it to my old apartment. DHL noted on the envelope that at the apartment 5 doors down from that, it was a No Such Person. They called me the morning after, waking me the hell up. I told them my current address (the address I'd verified with Dell twice on the call, before they shipped it to the wrong address) and said if I was not there, to please leave it with the office, because it is a Bad Neighborhood.

I returned home from work, to find my CD envelope thoughtfully leaned up against my door, complete with footprint on it.


I may or may not actually emerge from the apartment today.
  • Current Music
    "Leaving New York" in my head
phone, cordless phone

(no subject)

I install on my new purchased disk. Distinct from the replacement they will send. 10 gig root partition and 50 storage.
teddyborg, geeky


XP is verily installed on the new HD. The installation + drive combo has been named Mnemosyne, which is potentially one of my read-only words, given that the only MN word I can reliably pronounce is "mnemonic".

...why, yes. Most of my Saturday afternoon was taken up with Finding Mnemo...

She's to be Mnemosyne no matter what machine she's actually in. So I may wind up wandering around with either Gemini-the-lappy or Allegra running Mnemosyne.
  • Current Mood
    creative creative
phone, cordless phone

(no subject)

And I will hopefully get the drive to work in one of my older machines.
ui, pastede

LJ Social Hacking Meme

LiveJournal is under the assumption that the bulk of the userbase are 18 year old girls. Thus there is the addition of features aimed at 18 year old girls.

Things like nudge, and advertisements and the like.

Well. The statistics say that the bulk of the users are 18 years old because the older users don't list ages. After all, the older people get, the less likely they are to divulge their age. There is a big difference between 18 and 16 and 21. Between 35 and 39? Not nearly so much.

So:Help correct the demographics. Go to http://www.livejournal.com/manage/profile/ and specify your full DOB, including your year of birth. If you don't want it displayed on your profile for everyone to see, uncheck the box that says " Show your birthday to other users".

Thats it. Three ticky boxes and LJ realizes that another adult is on board.

PS: Remember how many of you have multiple journals? Might be time to update them all. And pass this on. It's important.

And yes, I know there are people who aren't giving out their ages because they're concerned that LJ might be doing horrible things with the data. If you're concerned about this, significantly older than 18, and think that "nudge" is a horrible thing? Then know that they are doing horrible things based on the data, but probably not the kind you were thinking about.

In Support volunteer circles, there's an analogy that comes up every time people start seriously complaining about changes that are essentially cosmetic: "Does it really matter what color they paint the bikeshed?" The answer is generally along the lines of, "It doesn't really -- it can always be repainted so long as it's not rotten or smashed up or something."

LJ, of course, is the bikeshed.

The structure of LJ is the nitty-gritty details of how it works and runs and stores stuff and doesn't smash when ten thousand people all post that quiz telling them what brand of kitty litter they are. (Most sites, if they get "slashdotted", or linked to so that a whole big group of people come to them at once, go down badly, from lack of bandwidth and lack of machinepower to handle the influx. LJ barely gets a blip when slashdotted, and mentioning /. in a news post could conceivably slashdot /. itself.)

The structure is the power staying on at the host. :-P

The structure is the social contract between LJ and the users saying that the users will not try to destroy LJ and everything it stands for, and LJ will keep the users' content safe and provide as positive an environment as you can get when you have a million typing monkeys using the service. (Propz to the Abuse team.)

The paint on the bikeshed is all the cosmetic details of the site, and some of the extra bells and whistles. Sometimes there are some very tacky and wrong things done to people's journals, never mind the main site pages. That Christmas banner? Paint. The blue cprod box giving features of the site? Paint. Excolibur vs. Dystopia? The most painty paint you can get (short of the Random Flashing Fangirl Layout from Hell). Nudge? Those tacky out-of-key windchimes that someone hung up because they thought they were cool, and everyone wants to take them down but no one quite knows where the ladder is.

There are really mixed feelings about ads. The pro-ad or neutral camps tend to regard them as paint. The anti-ad camp views it as a threat to the structural social contract of the site, or a sign that the social contract was never as strong as we thought it was.

At the end of the day, though, the stuff that keeps us on LJ instead of taking our bike and finding another shed -- that's the structure. That's the stuff we want to keep. And so far, LJ's been doing pretty well. There are a lot of users picking this site and sticking around. The site does have a reputation for collecting overdramatic teenage girls, but really, there are a lot more interesting people on this site than that. It's a good place and I like it.

...and, anybody got a spare bucket of paint?
  • Current Music
    "Electron Blue" in my head