Battles With Boredom

November 26, 2007

The Joys of Off-Shoring

Filed under: Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 3:15 pm

A friend just shared this hilarious YouTube video with me. Ah, the joys of off-shoring. I’m having trouble embedding it into my blog, so you’ll have to click to follow the link, but it’s well worth it.

November 23, 2007

How to *Quickly* Log on to a New Windows Domain

Filed under: Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:13 pm

If you’re not an IT professional, then please skip this article, as it’s  irrelevant.

If you are, and have ever installed a fresh Windows workstation into a domain, or want to switch domains, you may have experienced the phenomenon where the first time you try to log in to the new domain, it takes a long time, I mean minutes, to generate the list of available domains from the Domain drop-down box. This has happened to me on several occasions, regardless of proper DHCP, DNS, etc., settings.

I have found the fix to be to log in with the DOMAIN\username syntax. Instead of taking a chance of being greeted with “Please Wait While Domain List is Created” for several minutes, you can specify the domain you with to log on to in the username box. Without exception, this has resulted in instant logins for me.

November 20, 2007

Broadband: Good For Jobs

Filed under: Bethel,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:21 am

This article points to a study that shows why we need broadband here. I think it ties in nicely with what Justin has to say about the Bethel economy, and how the big three or four businesses in town would prefer to have a steady stream of uneducated labor at their fingertips.

If you’re interested in discussing this, you can comment by joining us at the new Bethel Forums that I’ve set up over at the town web site.

November 16, 2007

Fiber-Optics? Not in Bethel!

Filed under: Bethel,Politics,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 2:05 pm

You’ve got to love it when the presenter of a proposal to bring telephone, television, and high-speed Internet access at a fraction of the cost of current providers’ services (in places where they are even available) asks “does anyone not want to see these services available?”

And one person, in the approximately 35 assembled, raises his hand. And he’s the Town Manager of Bethel. (more…)

November 14, 2007

E-mail Inbox Management Tips

Filed under: Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 12:42 pm

I frequently run across client machines of all sorts who complain of various problems related to email. Many of them have one thing in common: thousands of messages in their Inbox. I’ve been saying this for years, and I still believe that sloppy email management is the cause of problems on every mail system I have encountered, with the possible exception of Gmail.

Here are the reasons why you do not want to keep all of your mail in your inbox: (more…)

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