1. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Here we had a long stretch of cold weather and rain. It's affected the crops but mostly grape vines. So bad year for wine apparently but we'll see. I've heard some people say this happens frequently that the farmers complain then everything is fine. So who knows.

    But now we're in a heat wave. For Europe that is. I know some won't see it that way.

    The weather is a mess.
    We've had excessive rain last month and this month as well. It also has been unseasonably cool for the past two months.

    We'll see what July is like.
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    06-25-2019 08:35 PM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I just find it interesting that the most looney views have come from people who are in power and have access to privilege.
    It's because they believe that having money will somehow protect them and their families from pretty much anything.

    Also being privileged doesn't make you smart or better than anyone else just means you have money and are white, typically.

    Lastly, some of these people purposely use their 'loony' views to attract people for the sole purpose of taking those people's money. They know these people are vulnerable. It's like a cult really.
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    06-26-2019 01:04 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Now you know I'm not the greatest fan of sports and most importantly of athletes in those sports. Some are better than others.

    Here in Europe the biggest stars are those of football - soccer. Typically paid ridiculous amounts of money for simply kicking a ball around and running.

    They are a privileged lot regardless of skin colour or background when they get to the higher levels.

    That's why stories like this **** me off to no end.

    Not my favourite news site - https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/93737...led-pay-nanny/

    I'm a little appalled by the hourly wage let alone anything else.
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    06-26-2019 01:17 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    In other news.

    My cat had a bit of a tummy problem in relation to something she ate probably.

    She wasn't eating so we took her to the vet.

    She's fine and is finally eating normally again (in general, she's being fussy... cats, sigh)

    She lost a bit of weight but she looks like she's finally over whatever it was that upset her system so much.

    Had to give her some meds and she got an injection and blood tests at the vet.

    She's really good at the vets.
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    06-26-2019 01:20 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Other thing I should mention is that I tried a GCam port that supposedly worked for the Xperia 1 and it didn't. So I'll be waiting.
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    06-26-2019 05:30 AM
  6. aximtreo's Avatar
    We've had excessive rain last month and this month as well. It also has been unseasonably cool for the past two months.

    We'll see what July is like.


    Has to get better in early July. Can't hinder the Baseball All star Game. What would the deplorables do for entertainment?
    06-26-2019 07:57 AM
  7. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Has to get better in early July. Can't hinder the Baseball All star Game. What would the deplorables do for entertainment?
    Watch this instead and complain about how much TV has gone to the dogs...


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    06-26-2019 02:41 PM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I learned a fun fact that the Gear S3/Sport/Galaxy Watch chargers work for Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 products, including the OG Falster.

    What does this mean? I can recycle accessories. So the dual Qi pad will work for all my non Huawei watches. I will likely get a gold Gen 3 Q Explorist and a Gear S3/Watch Active. Makes life simpler not drowning in extra chargers.
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    06-26-2019 07:46 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    I learned a fun fact that the Gear S3/Sport/Galaxy Watch chargers work for Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 products, including the OG Falster.

    What does this mean? I can recycle accessories. So the dual Qi pad will work for all my non Huawei watches. I will likely get a gold Gen 3 Q Explorist and a Gear S3/Watch Active. Makes life simpler not drowning in extra chargers.
    Sweet! This sounds very useful.
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    06-26-2019 07:57 PM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Hey Rue, better get some of these freebies...

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/al...rnd/index.html
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    06-26-2019 08:26 PM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Sweet! This sounds very useful.
    It sure is.
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    06-26-2019 08:28 PM
  12. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Hey Rue, better get some of these freebies...

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/al...rnd/index.html
    Yeah I saw that... It's not really surprising. Especially in Alabama.

    I like that idea that it's in 'honour' of patriotism... Except for the flag (maybe), nothing else is patriotic.

    The founding fathers must be rolling in their graves.

    If they are then someone should let them out... That means they're alive....
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    06-26-2019 11:24 PM
  13. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So I've got some time (I'll explain) so I thought I'd do some post padding.
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    06-27-2019 03:28 AM
  14. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So as most of you know I work in engineering. I typically work for very large firms on large projects.

    I'm currently working for an Italian firm in France involved in a project in Russia.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-27-2019 at 03:59 AM.
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    06-27-2019 03:30 AM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Now as a person who's worked in a lot of companies you run into all sorts of IT ideas and issues.

    IT managers have different views on things everywhere I go. Some are more strict, others are more lax.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-27-2019 at 03:59 AM.
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    06-27-2019 03:32 AM
  16. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    In general though, a person who works with CAD software typically has more access simply because this software needs to be a bit more open and it's typically quicker to fix things when you don't have to call IT for every little thing.
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    06-27-2019 03:33 AM
  17. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    That's not the way this company is here. Worse is that the IT has been outsourced.

    The IT rules are so strict I cannot even update my CAD software using the update manger of said software.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-27-2019 at 04:00 AM.
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    06-27-2019 03:35 AM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Reason why this is a problem is simple.

    Hotfixes and service packs are a common thing on CAD packages and usually fix a bunch of things that have come to light.

    Having an external IT company who's priorities are obviously other things and with little to no knowledge of CAD software means they simply ignore these things even when requested...
    06-27-2019 03:39 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So why am I saying all this?

    I'll explain.
    06-27-2019 03:40 AM
  20. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I'm currently using AutoCAD and I'm drawing in 3D. I'm doing a whole bunch of things and my file is getting fairly large.

    Before it got large though it was only 5MB and I had several crashes with AutoCAD. It also runs really slow in some instances. I've become careful about doing certain operations and I'm constantly saving my progress.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-27-2019 at 04:01 AM.
    06-27-2019 03:42 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    After several days of this and some other issues I had. I decided to contact IT. Which isn't easy. No English speaking line...

    Anyway, they fixed one issue but for some reason I can't figure out won't fix the AutoCAD problem.
    06-27-2019 03:44 AM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Now, something that's not really new, the computer I'm using is about 5-6 years old. It's running Windows 7. It's got 16GB of RAM. Dual Xenon processors and a dedicated video card.

    I'm also running an older version of AutoCAD.

    Now to me a simple fix would be to do the patches and service packs for AutoCAD and maybe if there's still an issue update the video card. IT should at least do the updates. But no.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-27-2019 at 04:02 AM.
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    06-27-2019 03:48 AM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    What's happened is this.

    My coworker, who helped me contact IT has a similar issue with AutoCAD. He mentioned this to them and we've told them what we think would fix this problem.

    Instead of doing what we suggested they took over his computer for two days. Meaning he couldn't work and he's got deadlines to meet.

    Then when they completed messing around updating drivers, defragmenting his hard drive (yeah on Windows 7) they restarted his computer and... It's not loading Windows at all. It went into repair mode and won't start.
    06-27-2019 03:53 AM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Now keep in mind this is an external company doing this. Which means the company I'm working for is probably paying a lot of money for. On top of that my coworker couldn't work for two days.

    This is easily more expensive than updating AutoCAD like we suggested and buying a new video card if required.
    06-27-2019 03:56 AM
  25. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    To make things even sillier.

    They don't have any spare computers. None.

    So because he's got deadlines and I got some leeway he's using my computer while I sit here writing this.

    Welcome to outsourcing in 2019....
    06-27-2019 03:58 AM
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