fall tv

Fall TV, Thursday edition:

8:00 Bones
8:00 Flash Forward
8:00 The Vampire Diaries
9:00 C.S.I.
9:00 Supernatural
9:00 Fringe

Supernatural and Fringe are both also on Space, which is handy because they rebroadcast in the wee hours of the morning. So the real conflict is 8pm, and I don’t really need to see Vampire Diaries, now do I?

Speaking of Space, they’ll be showing Stargate:Universe this season, instead of delaying 2 seasons like the previous Stargates. Yay!

posted at 7:05 pm on Monday, September 21, 2009 in TV | Comments (1)
  1. Michelle says:

    You do not need to watch Vampire Diaries at all.

1285E8 & More Highly Specialized Support

Debugging problems with an executive’s RSA token:

1285E8 & More Highly Specialized Support

(via The Daily WTF)

posted at 10:43 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on 1285E8 & More Highly Specialized Support

management

Quotation of the Day for September 17, 2009

“Managers may truly believe that, without their unremitting efforts, all work would quickly grind to a halt. That is not my impression. While I encountered some cynics and plenty of people who had learned to budget their energy, I never met an actual slacker or, for that matter, a drug addict or thief. On the contrary, I was amazed and sometimes saddened by the pride people took in jobs that rewarded them so meagerly, either in wages or in recognition. Often, in fact, these people experienced management as an obstacle to getting the job done as it should be done. Waitresses chafed at managers’ stinginess toward the customers; housecleaners resented the time constraints that sometimes made them cut corners; retail workers wanted the floor to be beautiful, not cluttered with excess stock as management required. Left to themselves, they devised systems of cooperation and work sharing; when there was a crisis, they rose to it. In fact, it was often hard to see what the function of management was, other than to exact obeisance.”

- Barbara Ehrenreich, in Nickel and Dimed.

Submitted by: Chris Doherty
Aug. 25, 2009

(via the Quotation of the Day mailing list).

posted at 10:13 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in Personal | Comments (1)
  1. David Brake says:

    On the other hand, check this out:

    Schoneboom, A. (2008) Hiding Out: Creative Resistance among Anonymous Workbloggers. http://abbyschoneboom.com/research.htm#hidingout

    Abs: Anonymous workbloggers — employees who write online diaries about their work — are often simultaneously productive workers and savage critics of the organizational cultures in which they toil. Looking at how bloggers indulge their creative and political aspirations while “hiding out” in office jobs, this research assesses the potential of blogging to transcend individualized cynicism and contribute to the critical transformation of work. Broadly surveying media and organizational responses to the workblogging phenomenon, and engaging in ethnographic study of anonymous workbloggers on both sides of the Atlantic, my dissertation explores the relationship between emerging networked technologies and resistance. Considering workers as authors, it documents the diversion of significant creative and intellectual resources away from the labor process. Situating workbloggers within a rich tradition of iconoclastic literary and artistic responses to work, it explores whether embedded writers, in spite of their ambivalence about the alternative, can constitute an effective counter-hegemonic force.

Need serial key – CodeSmith Community

An “elite hacker” appears on the CodeSmith online community, asking for free activation keys. Check out the keys the community gives him to try…

Need serial key – CodeSmith Community.

posted at 10:12 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on Need serial key – CodeSmith Community

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

With the backing of the government, farmers are producing more calories — some 500 more per person per day since the 1970s — but too many are unhealthy calories. Given that, it’s no surprise we’re so fat; it simply costs too much to be thin.

posted at 9:48 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 in Health, Links | Comments Off on The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Schneier on Security: Risk Intuition

Schneier on Security: Risk Intuition

Given this accurate risk analysis, any rational employee will regularly circumvent security to get his or her job done. That’s what the company rewards, and that’s what the company actually wants.

posted at 9:43 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 in Links | Comments Off on Schneier on Security: Risk Intuition

Schneier on Security: Security vs. Usability

Schneier on Security: Security vs. Usability

The more secure you make something, the less secure it becomes. Why? Because when security gets in the way, sensible, well-meaning, dedicated people develop hacks and workarounds that defeat the security. Hence the prevalence of doors propped open by bricks and wastebaskets, of passwords pasted on the fronts of monitors or hidden under the keyboard or in the drawer, of home keys hidden under the mat or above the doorframe or under fake rocks that can be purchased for this purpose.

posted at 9:43 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 in Links | Comments (1)
  1. Michelle says:

    I see this every day. I have a really hard time trying to balance security with the willingness to follow the security rules and skill levels of my employees. So many employees don’t understand why security is even in place at all. It is all so nebulous to them, protection from the mysterious, never been seen, hacker is the only thing they think security is there to protect the company information.

Are kilts history?

Are kilts history? – The Globe and Mail

I’ve been hearing anecdotes about the battle between students and educators over kilts (and in particular, kilt length and related ‘tarty’ dress) since I was in private school, 20-mumble years ago. I don’t think the ’00s are that different from the ’80s, somehow…

posted at 9:11 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 in Current Events, Links | Comments Off on Are kilts history?