New equipment sometimes means hurt feelings

New equipment sometimes means hurt feelings.

Let me give you an example. I once worked at a company that was pretty cheap. They didn’t spend money on regularly refreshing their equipment, so it was years old and very slow.

One day I was asked to upgrade some people to have two monitors instead of a tiny 15 inch one they had. As I did this, many people asked me if they were getting a monitor. I said that I had a list and only the people on the list got one. So there were lots of hurt feelings because they didn’t feel important enough to get a second monitor.

So guess what? A few days later one of the older monitors breaks. Now in any other company this would be an opportunity to just upgrade it with the new larger monitor. However in this case the political climate was to get the permission of their manager so that any hurt feelings could be addressed before this was done. Interesting isn’t it? Normally you would just replace something that is broken and let people deal with it as best they can.

In one way this is nice. It is nice that a company is aware of peoples feelings. In another way this is kind of treating people like children. Children don’t have the emotional capability of regulating their feelings like adults show, so you have to treat them more gently than an adult.

Of course the next day the monitor got replaced. However I see this happen in every company. Once someone gets something, everyone else seems to need it too.

It is a fascinating thing to watch. The person with the broken monitor said how terrible it would be if her monitor broke. Now that it did, she seemed kind of upset and nervous about the attention she would attract. She did attract attention.

It is ok to have feelings at work. However if your neighbor gets a new monitor or whatever, it doesn’t mean that you are less valuable. It just means people make decisions for reasons we aren’t always aware of.

Playstation desperate for sales

Playstation desperate for sales. A friend bought a game for $40 directly from the Playstation store.

It was Final Fantasy 15. Without the cost of distribution or cd production it was much lower price than past versions. In the past FF cost $80 at game stop. I haven’t actually been to Game Stop for 5 years. There has been no reason to go since you can easily download the games on your PS4.

Part of the reason is that places like Game Stop were always bad experiences. They were always small, crowded and overpriced used games. It used to be that you could get a used game for half or less than the price of a new game and it would be worthwhile to do that. However since I have been playing DC Online, I have really ignored the used game marketplace. I wonder if other people have been doing the same?

Playstation desperate for salesThe Playstation or Sony of course, had many nice things that make it better than the Xbox. I think however the ability to play games anywhere is a really compelling thing. The Vita combination is a really nice way to extend the ability to play games. I have a friend who is playing FF7 on that and it is a really fun way to do retro gaming. Of course she could plug it in to a big TV but it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Giving gamers options is fantastic. I like the fact that you can play anywhere there is an internet connection. I would have had a much different childhood if that was an option. Playing Super Mario brothers was cool but if I could have played it in school I would probably not have read all the books that I did.

In some ways having these things available means that children and others today have more discipline and self-control than we ever did. I have to admire people who have choices and yet still do what is a challenge and difficult to grow. It is a noble pursuit and use of time.

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