Stories from my Past: Why would I go out for hamburger?

Stories from my Past: Why would I go out for hamburger? I have had some unique conversations with people. One of them was a former boss who owned a company. He traveled often and the subject came up if he ever was lonely when he was traveling. He told me “My wife is a steak. Why would I go out for hamburger when I have steak at home?” I laughed but have thought about it off and on as I became older.

Stories from my Past: Why would I go out for hamburger?It is curious isn’t it? When we have something like a relationship, we really don’t want to explore other options. Even though something might be better in some ways, it’s also worse in other ways. In that way a relationship is 95% enjoyed just by having one. Even a bad relationship seems to be preferred by people than not having one.

I sometimes wonder why people act so picky in what they want in their relationships, when their own history of relationships show people of dubious value. I think that most people have a fantasy of what the other person is like, and when someone else doesn’t fit into their fantasy then they reject them. Not because they understand and know who the other person is, but because they are not getting what they believe they deserve.

I am not advocating people do anything in a relationship. I am just noticing that often what people say they want, and what they do is quite different. I find it fascinating how little insight about their own behavior most people have. It has been the greatest thing in my life that I have understood myself, and by doing so, been happier.

It isn’t really other people who make us happy, but our own belief about ourselves that make us happy. So to love someone really means we listen and learn about them and honor them as themselves.

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!