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1  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 07, 2008, 02:21:48 pm
Another one who has to use a mouse rather than a touch pad. I didn't mind the little toggle on the old Thinkpads.

Thinkpads actually do still use the little eraser-head pointer, and I think they're one of the only companies who still do...I always liked the eraser-head infinitely more than the touchpad, too, and I miss it on my latest computer.
2  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 07, 2008, 08:23:30 am
Hubby gets annoyed at my tendency to use a wireless mouse with my laptop despite its having a perfectly good touchpad.  I loathe touchpads.  On the flip side, he insists on leaving my touchpad active even with a mouse connected (my computer also serves as our home media server most of the time, so he uses it some), which annoys the hell out of me when I'm trying to type something on the keyboard and my hand accidentally brushes the touchpad.

Cheesy I need to get a lapboard with a mousepad so I can start using a mouse or trackball...I'm with you on the touchpad loathing.  Fortunately, my notebook has a little button that turns the touchpad on and off, and the notebook itself is large enough that it's really hard to brush the touchpad.  I'll tell you, though, we get more calls about "faulty keyboards" because of people brushing their touchpads than we know what to do with.  I wish every laptop computer had a touchpad lock (or at least a functional "disable tapping" feature).

Our owner is just the opposite..the man is madly in love with touchpads, to the point that he has a special natural keyboard with a touchpad built in.  I would go insane having to use something like that.
3  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 07, 2008, 08:23:09 am
One of the wonderful things about my current ISP/phone/cable company, Grande Communications, is that their tech support people assume that I know what I'm talking about -- especially when they hear I'm running Linux.

When I did ISP tech support (in the thankfully shrouded past), I NEVER suggested an OS reinstall unless all other options had been exhausted.  If I told someone their OS needed to be reinstalled, I had made damn sure it wasn't a problem on our end, and I'd usually ask that they wait 2-3 hours and call back, anyway, just in case it was a localized problem (2-3 hours was usually PLENTY of time for everyone in an area to figure out they couldn't connect).  Of course, our techs didn't use scripts, so if I spoke to someone who had already done complete troubleshooting on his connection, I was content to take his notes and send them to the repair department.

If they were getting a Ring No Answer, one of the first tests I'd have them do was to just call the number from their handset to see if a handshake was made.  There are plenty of annoying things Windows can do to screw up a connection, but if you're not getting a handshake, you shouldn't really blame Windows Tongue
4  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 06, 2008, 10:34:53 pm
Win+R?  That does nothing on my computer ... as I run Linux.

Ah...we don't support Linux.  Once I get out of tech support, I'm going to have to get an Ubuntu box running.  Can't afford to let my Windows skills rust just yet, though.
5  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Server News from Bob! on: July 06, 2008, 10:19:37 pm
I'm so happy that I could dance, but I won't because it's 11:12 on a Sunday night and I don't want whoever lives below me to bang on my door.

The person living below me wouldn't bang on the door, she'd just report me to the property manager.  She tells the property manager that my wife and I WALK too loud...I can only imagine what she'd do if we started dancing.
6  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: What's wrong? Can't connect. on: July 06, 2008, 09:42:31 pm
One of the things I read in an article about engaging high school seniors to continue learning despite senior-itis is to do child-minded activities like coloring or putting on skits. The thought is that they're apprehensive about leaving high school for college, so doing things like that helps them relive their younger (more simpler) days and can still tie in with curriculum. Sounds good to me!

Ya know...I could see that working for somewhere between 50-75% of the high school seniors I've known through my life, but I can also see the other 25% putting on their best "I'm too good for this" air and snubbing it entirely.  I was pretty anti-social, myself, and wouldn't have been caught dead putting on a skit or coloring in front of my peers, sadly.  Maybe teenagers need that stick up their arses so that their not so tight-arsed once it finally comes out Grin
7  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Server News from Bob! on: July 06, 2008, 09:39:16 pm
I just got an email from Bob....


Great news! Give me the address and I'll send Bob's code monkey a case of Mountain Dew Grin
8  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 06, 2008, 09:35:15 pm
I play the keyboard like a piano. Wink

I actually use the keyboard shortcuts for tab-switching, too, depending on if what I'm doing is more keyboard-heavy or more mouse-heavy.

As a phone support computer technician, however, my favorite shortcut of all time is Windows Key+R.  It seems like every other person I speak with either has a hidden "Run" icon or is just too blind to find it.  With Windows Key+R, it doesn't matter, and that makes me happy Grin.
9  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Annoying Computer Habits You Can't Live Without on: July 06, 2008, 08:25:32 pm
So this is a completely random topic, but does anyone have a computing habit (or program/plugin) they can't live without, but that everyone else seems to think is more annoying than a ten-hour loop of the Hamster Dance?  I need a few more Tongue

To get things started, here are some of mine:

+Mouse-over Tab Switching: To save time in FireFox, I use TabMixPlus's Mouse Gestures option.  No, I don't actually use any gestures, but I have it set to select any tab the mouse points to for 10 milliseconds...effectively, if the mouse brushes a tab, it switches to that tab.  I find this handy because I hate using touchpads, but seem to do most of my computing on laptops...this is one (or 100) less click I have to make with the touchpad.  My wife disagrees and gets thoroughly annoyed whenever she uses Firefox on my computer.  She is an Internet Explorer devotee chiefly because she knows I can't do this on IE, so she knows her tabs are safe when they're in IE. Cheesy

+White Text, Blue Background: To save my eyesight, I set my word-processing software (Word and/or OpenOffice) to display a blue background with white text.  Sure, there's the whole "retro" feel of it (ah...DOS-based text-editors), but I discovered this trick almost wholly by accident while doing a freelance transcription of a 3-hour presentation on Keratoconus (a condition of the eye) and the special contact lenses an ophthalmologist had created to treat it.  About 3 hours into my transcription, the traditional white background with black text used by Word was giving me a massive migraine until I found and enabled this option.  This one isn't AS annoying to most people, but it still confuses them and leads them to ask me how to change it back.  The ingrates Tongue.  This is an option I would enable for every single text box I use if I could.

+Loud IM sounds: I work for a small company.  This small company has to stay in contact with clients all over the country, and we mainly use IM to do this (I also work from home, due to my 72-hour work week, so IM is even more critical for me, as it keeps me in touch with my coworkers).  Even when I worked in the office, I wasn't always at my desk (I hate staying in one place for too long, so I'd get up and walk around the office chatting with people), and I would frequently come back to my desk to find an IM that was 15 minutes old (sometimes more), so I downloaded the ICQ 2002 client, stripped out the IM receive sound (a loud "Uh-Oh"), and set it as the default for all my incoming messages.  This way, even if someone IMs me at 3 AM during my 40-hour weekend shift, I can hear the IM and respond to it.  Quite honestly, this habit annoys even me, because I hate new "Uh-Ohs" coming in as I'm chatting and, more often than not, I'll mute my speakers while I'm in front of my computer just so I don't have to hear the damnable noises.  Incidentally, this caused a very humorous situation when an irate customer was transferred to me by a junior technician, who then IMed me about her issues.  She heard said loud "Uh-Oh" and went absolutely ballistic Grin.
10  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: TC Opinions on Benjamin Creme? on: July 05, 2008, 07:16:58 pm
So in some cases I have to get over myself in order to see what is useful and true for me.

I think that, more than anything, is what I'm wondering.  Whether I'm allowing my own BS detector to see problems where none exist or whether I'm second-guessing myself too harshly in wondering whether to give any credence to this guy at all.  Ultimately, I'll study more of his teachings/writings and make my decision at that point.  I'm comforted, at least, to know that he doesn't have the same kind of notoriety as, say, SRW. Grin
11  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Koi, are you around? Question for ya on: July 05, 2008, 05:41:05 pm
As the old saying goes:  "If ignorance is bliss than these people must have perpetual orgasms."

Grin

Oh my...be glad I didn't have any liquids in my mouth...I would have had to bill you for a new keyboard Tongue

Seriously, demonic possession should be easy to distinguish from other things.  That makes it all the more worrying when people point to demons as the reason for things like bedwetting, migraines, or diabetes (and no, I'm not joking about that last one).

I completely agree.  It seems like the more "spirit-filled" a particular Christian is (e.g., the more they cling to things like "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" and faith healing), the less they believe in their own deity's power (or the more they believe in the devil's power...kind of a chicken/egg deal there, though).  That makes it that much more refreshing when I meet a "spirit-filled" Christian who isn't a loon, but it makes me question the species' survival when I meet some of them.
12  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Koi, are you around? Question for ya on: July 05, 2008, 03:25:47 pm
Can you imagine being forced to sit there while your mother screams "DEMON, I BIND THEE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!" at you?  Sometimes I wonder if these people must see demons lurking in their cereal in the morning.

Keep in mind that not all exorcisms involve screaming...although I have to admit that that one probably did, since his mother is probably one of those types who DOES see demons lurking in their cereal, behind their bushes, and on top of that magazine rack with the black covers over half the magazines. Grin

Seriously, though, I had to perform an exorcism when I was still a Christian(pagan friend who didn't take his ritual magic seriously enough)...if there are demons causing something, it's not too hard to figure out, and a child who isn't ready to use the potty...well...let's just say that I wouldn't believe that to be demon related unless his head spun around while he shat pea soup into his diaper. Tongue
13  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: TC Opinions on Benjamin Creme? on: July 05, 2008, 03:19:57 pm
See, I have no problem with people saying they channeled stuff, or their info comes from some They or another;

Agreeing with you and Tana here...it's not the fact that he's supposedly receiving his insight from another source, it's just the fact that whenever I hear words like "Ascended Master" or (as he uses) "Masters of Wisdom" I immediately begin thinking that the person is trying to make what they're saying sound more important than it actually is.  Hell, I'd be much more receptive to hearing that the fae/Buddha/Odin/Zeus told him this, because then it's admitting that these are his own personal beliefs, rather than saying that some unnamed "Master" told him this (kind of like the biogenesis discussion I started on the main forum).

Basically, I had enough of pretentious windbags as a Christian, and I don't care if someone is the humblest person in the world (which, if his own website is to be believed, he is Tongue), when they start throwing out words that feel like they're designed to impress, I'm not impressed.
14  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: TC Opinions on Benjamin Creme? on: July 05, 2008, 01:46:27 pm
I always take three, better four, steps back at the second I hear something along the lines of:

*snip*

Cheesy

Me, too.  That's another reason I was asking the wonderful people here if they'd heard of Benjamin Creme and his stuff before. 
15  Cauldron Basics (All Members Can Post) / Backup General Discussions (Post Here When Main Board Down) / Re: Koi, are you around? Question for ya on: July 05, 2008, 01:04:13 pm
pee demons!

They even have idols to the pee demons now (and the poo demons, too): http://tinyurl.com/6dyk2o

Grin
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