Battles With Boredom

October 28, 2008

Join My Network on LinkedIn!

Filed under: Personal,Techspeak — Tags: , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 5:13 pm

I love getting these invitations to connect with folks on LinkedIn. Apparently, when I chose to name my company “Paradigm Consulting Co.” it was not the most original name I could have chosen. (I knew that, but hey, it was the mid-90′s and “paradigm” was a popular buzzword.)

Here’s the message I got: (more…)

Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 3:45 pm

(Possibly originally posted at – if anyone does know, please contact me so I can give proper attribution.)
GM: OK, the bugbear attacks you.  What do you do?

OBAMA: I send one of my 672 henchmen after it.

OK, seriously.  Why does he have so many henchmen?  I’m a level 72 ranger and he’s only a level 8 paladin. (more…)

October 22, 2008

Sample Conversation With a Client

Filed under: Personal,Techspeak — Tags: , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 11:12 am

Client: We have a problem
Me: Okay, can you describe it in detail?
Client: Not really. (more…)

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball…

Filed under: Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:51 am

I apologize for having to speak in riddles and ambiguities, but hell, it’s more fun anyway.

So last night, the wave I’ve been riding (which is my term for just accepting the things life throws at me which can’t be changed anyway) dipped out from under me. (more…)

October 20, 2008

Painful Lesson on Legacy Software

Filed under: Techspeak — Tags: , , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 4:23 pm

My mom is in the middle of a (potentially painful) lesson on legacy software. Namely, don’t use it. She has… *ahem* had all of her addresses in an ancient copy of Parsons Technology Addressbook 7.0. I forget exactly how many years ago Bob Parsons sold to Broderbund and they killed the product off, but it’s been a while. Complicating matters, the software appears to use a proprietary format MS Jet database to store the info in, and I’m having trouble (read “okay, what possible formats could an ABA file be?”) opening the stupid thing with anything but a text editor. (more…)

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