Heru and Mouse
This is Heru trying to look nonchalant. I don't think he succeeded.
I finally gave up and let them help me model the latest washrags. Check out A Stitch in Time for those shots.
Everyone seems to be jumping on the blog bandwagon so I thought I'd give it a go as well. Haven't really got a clue what I'm going to talk about, but that's never really stopped me from saying something, so . . .
Pilot fish's team rolls out a new system for delivering mainframe reports to sites spread across a large city. The key is a dedicated PC at each site that can be set up to print the reports, save them for browsing or tailor them to each manager's requirements. And it's a big change for the better.
"We even revamped the help desk procedures," fish says. "Every problem was to be classed either as a training issue -- staff not using the system right -- or a technical issue -- software not doing what they wanted.
"We were all feeling pretty proud of ourselves until about four months into the rollout, when some issues arose not dealt with in our classification system.
"One center kept going off-line each evening because the manager was under strict instructions to turn off the lights, and the power outlet for the PC was on the switch circuit. That one was fairly easy to diagnose and fix.
"Lesson learned by the survey crew: No more switched outlets.
"One center went off-line at around 11 a.m. and again at around 2 p.m. None of the diagnostics showed a problem. The on-site staff were a little reticent, so we dispatched an engineer who discovered a coffee maker was sitting next to the PC.
"After a little investigation, he figured out that power outlets were in short supply at that site and they needed to unplug something when they made coffee. Lesson learned: Make sure there are enough sockets plus a couple left over for 'incidentals,' since the staff hide unauthorized appliances when a survey is being done.
"Back at the command center, we saw a print server had gone off-line over the weekend, but we couldn't find the site for two days because no one had bothered to mention that their lease was up and they were moving.
"Lesson learned: Chat with the staff to get a feel for upcoming changes in location, since the upper-echelon meetings weren't getting the job done.
"But the prize had to go to the site we set up with multiple servers that then underwent extensive modification by the landlord, including the abrupt removal of an interior wall through which every network connection ran. When I asked the engineer who visited the site what happened, it took him five minutes to stop laughing.
"The landlord's merry men had used a Sawzall and sledgehammers to make short work of the wall, and there was little left of our on-site network infrastructure.
"Lesson learned: When you've thought of everything that can go wrong, people will invent something new that you cannot plan for."
matutinal \muh-TOOT-n-uhl\, adjective:
Relating to or occurring in the morning; early.
Matutinal is from Late Latin matutinalis, from Latin matutinus, "early in the morning; pertaining to the morning."
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complement \KOM-pluh-muhnt\, noun:
1. Something that fills up or completes.
2. The quantity or number required to make up a whole or to make something complete.
3. One of two parts that complete a whole or mutually complete each other; a counterpart.
To supply what is lacking; to serve as a complement to; to supplement.
Complement is from Latin complementum, from complere, "to fill up," from com- (intensive prefix) + plere, "to fill."
Usage note: Complement and compliment ("an expression of admiration or praise") are sometimes confused because they are pronounced the same. A good way to remember which is which is to make a connection between the spelling of complement and complete.
shibboleth \SHIB-uh-lith; -leth\, noun:
1. A word or pronunciation that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons from another.
2. A word or saying identified with a group or cause; a slogan; a catchword.
3. A saying or belief identified with a particular group and usually regarded by outsiders as meaningless or untrue.
4. A custom, practice, behavior, etc. regarded as distinctive of a particular group.
Shibboleth is from Hebrew shibboleth, "stream, flood," from the use of this word in the Bible (Judges 12:4-6) as a test to distinguish Gileadites from Ephraimites, who could not say 'sh' but only 's' as in 'sibboleth'.