Second Wednesday of the month is great for IT people

The Second Wednesday of the month is great for IT people. Why? It shows the people we work for that we can solve problems, and that Microsoft solutions always need to have band-aids applied.

The reason why this is that the second Tuesday of each month new updates are pushed out to computers. People upgrade their computers, and they restart their computers, and then the next day there are issues. It is clockwork precision. You expect heavy and busy Mondays and patch Tuesdays as they are called.

windows_8_vs_windows_7Sometimes the issues are known and the workarounds need new workarounds. I am convinced that it is Microsoft just trying to force people to the newest junk they are selling. Yes Windows 7 is better than XP, but they still have plenty of issues and plenty of old problems still linger.

For example, many people have problems getting devices recognized that should never been an issue. When someone buys a keyboard, mouse or so on, it should just work like it does with the Mac. This is still a problem for plug and play. Installing drivers should only be because of additional functionality, not to get basic functionality.

Wednesday morning I always expect to see a pattern in support requests. So when two people have an issue, it probably signifies a bigger problem and then the fix gets communicated out to the team if it hasn’t already. Fixes that potentially apply to more than one person should always been communicated with a tech team, so that we can learn from others experience and provider a cheaper resolution the second time it is encountered.

What I have seen is that many Wednesday issues are because of Internet Explorer. Even with the newest versions, its tight integration into the OS causes no end of issues for websites. It is sad that third parties do a better job with Internet Browsers than Microsoft can. I was sad to see Netscape die. I always thought it was better than IE. I use Firefox now, after using Chrome for a long time. I mentioned in an earlier post why I stopped using Google products and I am very happy for that decision. Firefox now works better than Chrome as I said in an earlier post.

Anyway, I hope today the patches of yesterday didn’t affect you. Good luck Microsoft users!

10 Ways of knowing you are a New Yorker

It dawned on me that I had adjusted to life in NY after I realized one of these below. It is such a pleasure to live in NY. I enjoyed living in Chicago but NY has so much more culture and opportunities. In addition it really gives you an experience of open-mindedness and freedom.

10 Ways of knowing you are a New Yorker

New York Central Park

  1. You think the cab drivers are too slow in traffic.
  2. People ask you where the tourist sites are- and you know.
  3. Nothing in the subway surprises you anymore.
  4. You have less money to spend every year because your rent goes up.
  5. You want to see more of the culture but lack the money to do so.
  6. You start to learn words from other cultures because you live and work with other cultures closely.
  7. You see frequent identical things without looking for them. Like the same cars next to each other, or people wearing the same clothing.
  8. You don’t want more stuff, you want less stuff because you have no place to put it.
  9. Good food is always a good memory and anytime is a good time to eat.
  10. You have jobs that you could have never had where you came from. You are needed in many places because of your knowledge and experience.