I’m employed! I’ll start in a week or two. I’ll be working at IBM in Boulder, Colorado doing contract in-house help desk. In other words when a Best Buy store has issues with their computers or computer system they call me at IBM. No public so I will be able to speak directly to, know their system intimately and see their screen on my terminal.
100 degrees F in the shade today.
Of course my sensor is on a black steel support for the external stairs.
I checked on the bus routes to the job fair, compared times to the bike routes. The bike routes estimated 20 minutes savings over the bus so Stupid Me! I rode. I am literally a red neck now. And my thinning hair means I got burned on my scalp too. I thought I would faint before I made the last few blocks to my apartment. I almost did twice.
I am beginning to hate job fairs. The list of companies was twice as long as the companies represented there and half of those were schools looking for students. The companies looking for employees all had the same response, “Go online and fill out the application there.”
Well wtf is the point of hauling my butt halfway across the city for that? And anyway I already had for some of them. I have been out of a job for over a year, ya know.
One good point is I got a new water bottle for my bicycle from the insurance company, who told me to go apply at a local office.
I am going through HULU’s collection of the old Highway Patrol series. Great stuff. Lots of classic and even antique “car porn.” Car fans can watch it with the sound down and not want to miss a minute. Cop show fans will enjoy the stories and laugh at a few of the bloopers like when Dan Mathews talks into the back of the microphone or holds it up to his ear to listen to the radio (that bit reminded me of a relative or two) or when he drives off in a car with no roof lights, races down the highway in a car with Mickey Mouse lights and then arrives in the original or similar car.
Hi again, I just came across the CBS article on copiers. There is a valid reason that copiers have hard drives and store documents on them. Example: You stick 2 or 25 or 50 pages into the automatic document feeder and select "Collate." The machine will make digital copies of the pages onto the hard drive so it only needs to look at the original one time. Then it can spit out copies of the entire document as opposed to copies of each page. Any machine capable of collating has to have storage inside. It is not a "Communist Plot" or any sort of evil plan. I believe it is a case of unintended consequences. Networking may be used as fault reporting but you and I do not know how secure the networks are. Buy your own scanner if you have a good printer. You can get the same features and as good reproductions, depending on equipment choices, and keep your information physically contained. If you sell your computer you would want to wipe the hard drive anyway, at least I damn sure would! I physically destroy old hard drives. A half inch metal drill does horrible things to the platters (not the singers... well it would to them too). The platters are hermetically sealed because a particle as big as cigarette smoke can cause a head crash. That means disastrous physical damage like digging a trench in the recording surface. I recently took a drill to a friend's hard drive and when I was done the platters could not make a complete revolution. Pour some water and salt into the hole and it's over. Smash the circuit board for good measure. There is actually a service, I would need to look it up, that can actually shred old hard drives while you watch. I don't know prices. This is stuff I think about at 7:00 in the morning.
Ah! Spring time in the Rockies! Tornado warnings in the metro area and the art fair is setting up outside my apartment while the sirens are going off. Duck!
Ah! 10 minutes later and The Simpsons are back on! Oh thank goodness!
June 2017 is my 60th birthday. Where did the time go?
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