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If this is the case, then is the local coffee shop my home?

Or maybe the local Chinese restaurant?


Heck, it might even be my kid’s school.

I think I’m having an identity crisis…

Rnadom thoughts

Why do some people seem to emit some sort of strange EM field when it comes to technology?

Seriously. No matter what you do, these people find ways to have strangest and the most mind-boggling “experiences” with technology that you can imagine.

Tech that works just fine for other people, fails in new and spectacular ways for these people. Take it away from them and it starts working just fine.

/puzzled_stare = on

What gives?

No matter what you do, how many times you look at the device or whatnot, how many times you “fix” it or look at it and find nothing wrong, they will manages to mess it all up.

Personally, I think they are aliens of some sort.

Or maybe robots.



I’m officially sending up an S.O.S.

For me right now, that stands for “Sick Of Snow”.

I’m done. Stick a fork in me. Finished.

Winter can leave any time.

As Gollum said, “Go now and never come back!”

The snow keeps piling up. I don’t even want to know what our annual total is at this point. It would depress me.

And what do we have today? Another winter storm bringing 6-8 inches of MORE snow.

Did I mention I’m done?

I think the snow is making everyone a little nuts.

Between the insanely cold temps and the massive quantity of snow, it’s been a nasty winter.

Did mention I’m ready for spring?



Note to self.

Be sure you pay attention to the type of oranges you buy at the store.

The ones with seeds in them SUCK!



Mrs. Technocrat and I are going to plant a garden this year.

But trying to plan out where to put the raised beds, how bid to make them and such it a little difficult when you can’t even SEE your freaking backyard because there is nothing but SNOW out there!

Did I mention I’m sick of snow?


About a billion different articles on about a million different (new) DSLR cameras in my news feeds today.

What gives?

Is it Camera-Review Wednesday and no one told me about it?

Random thoughts

Apparently my desk is either warped or just plan not level.

How do I know this? My keyboard wiggles when I rest my left hand on it.

Not much mind you, but just a little. And plenty enough to be annoying.

It’s not the keyboard. I tried it on other surfaces, and it’s fine. It’s the top of my desk on the “computer” side.

I’ve tried the “tape on the edge” of the keyboard thing. No go.

/annoyed_face = on


Last week I was walking down the hall here at work and a user comes up to me muttering about how there was no one in the Help Desk.

(They’d gone to lunch and were due back any minute)

I asked what was wrong and could I help or get a message to the Help Desk guys.

Here’s the conversation:

Me: “Can I help, or can I get a message to the guys?”

User: “The printer is out of toner and I need to print something now!”

Me: “OK, well, I’ll let them know. Which printer is it?”

User (very frustrated at this point): “The one that’s out of Magenta!”


Me: “Well, that tells me a lot.”

User: /blank stare

Me: /raised_eyebrow = on

User: “Oh…the one in the training room.”

Me: “Thank you. That actually tells me something.”

Really folks? “The one that’s out of magenta?” That’s what you’re gonna tell me.



Some Friday nights, there just isn’t enough time or enough alcohol to drown out the stupid from the following week.


Listening to a 13yo play Minecraft with a bunch of his 13yo friends, via Skype, is sort of like listening to nails on a chalkboard and a recored played backwards…combined.

Annoying…unintelligible…frustrating…scary…and downright frightening.

I don’t recommend it.

Question of the day

When are TVs going to be obsolete?

OK…maybe not “gone” obsolete, but obsolete as “we know them”?

I’ve been watching all the buzz from CES this year and one of the big topics is the 4K TVs.

OK…when can we just finally get it over with and move to holographic projectors mounted in the ceilings of our living rooms?

It would be much easier and sporting events would be much more fun.

So get on that there entertainment industry.

I don’t want to continuously feel left out because I don’t have the latest and greatest TV. Just be done with them and move to something new.

Something radically different. There’s only so much you can do with pixels on a screen.



The powers that be where I work (read the centralized, corporate-type, silly, silly IT folks) decided a while back that it would be a great idea to migrate the entire organization to a single email platform.

On the surface…yeah. Bingo! Points for good thinking.

However, dig a little deeper and well, maybe not so much. Or at least not the way they did it.

Regardless, it’s working now. And fairly well. I can get my email, see my calendar and do all the emailish things I should be able to do.

We’ll overlook the pesky little “password changing” issue for now.  That’s another story.

My issue here is the spam filter.

You see, before said upgrade, the organization had an amazing spam filter.

Let me rephrase that for any of you that don’t get the depth of my opinion on the previous system.


It was like the great wall of spam filters. Nothing got through. What ever little email gnomes were in that system busily batting away all the Nigerian Prince and Viagra emails should have been given a raise (no pun intended). They deserved it.

Plus you could easily go into your quarantine folder and retrieve anything that the afore mentioned gnomes might have swatted incorrectly.


Let’s just say that the current system is a great example of the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”

Let me rephrase that for any of you that don’t get the depth of my opinion on the new system.


I mean we are talking Ishtar (obscure 80s movie reference) levels of suckage.

It’s now January 7th and so far, I think I have received more spam this year than I did in the four previous years of working here…combined.

It’s really sad when an organization thinks they can go cheap on something as vital as spam filtering. It’s also amazing how important it has become in the corporate world.

Look, I get that email is a thankless job. God knows I wouldn’t do it and I don’t want to bring it back in house here.

But with all the good solutions (I’ll just pick Barracuda as an example), why would a large (3000+ employees), health-care organization, pick something so pathetic as what we have here?

That’s easy.  It was cheap…it was easy…and they didn’t listen to the people that knew what they were talking about.

Have to go now…I just got an email about a free trip to Africa and all I have to do is call an 800# and give them my social security number to verify that I’m the winner!



I’ve totally been slacking on the blog lately.

Since like, September.

I’ll do better. I promise.

One of my goals for the new year is to get back to this and do more.

So stay tuned.




I’m heading out next week for a bit of a vacation from life. So don’t panic.

I’ll be back (no…no Terminator voice here).

It’s been more than a year since I’ve had a real vacation (no, moving my elderly father from Kansas to Wisconsin doesn’t count), so it’s going to be nice to get some time away.

We’re heading to San Diego for about 10 days. I’m really looking forward to it, but maybe not for all the reasons you’d expect.

You see, I’ve never been to California for fun.

Sure, I’ve been there lots, but it was always for work. You know the drill. Fly in. See the airport. See the shuttle to the hotel. See the hotel. See the conference center or the offices (depending on the trip). See more of the hotel. See the shuttle to the airport. See the airport.

I’ve probably done that 8 times in the past 10 years. But I’ve never gone just for fun. Never gone to see anything of the state.

So I’m looking forward to it.

San Diego, the zoo, Balboa Park, the Midway (that’s an aircraft carrier), beaches, ocean, etc. I hear they have good sushi out there.

I’ll be taking a bit of a blogging break also, so don’t panic when you don’t see me for a bit. I know you all are watching the blog challenge Mrs. Technocrat and I have going (still going…..) but we’ve mutually agreed to take a break for the duration of the vacation.

So, see you all in early August.


Old school

I do most of my “industry” reading on my iPad.

It’s just easier. Multiple sources of stuff in a single place?

Yes please!

It’s all searchable? You bet!!

But I noticed that there are a couple things that I still read in “print”. That’s a few of my “trade” magazines.

Let’s take CIO magazine for example.

I just had to renew the subscription and when the person asked me print or email, I (out of reflex) replied “Print please.”

I stopped for a second and thought about that. Why?

I think it comes back to habit.

I’ve always read this sort of thing in “print”. All the stuff I’ve read for years. CIO, Healthcare Informatics…etc.

I like them in print. I like holding them in my hands.

I like having them on my desk. Maybe I feel “official” having them there.

But is there really a “need” to have them in print?


So I’m thinking the next one I have to renew, I’m going to transition to format. I just don’t know about getting them in email.

I don’t like that one bit.

Wonder if there is a PDF option.