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Frustrations

So, yesterday and today have been a constant stream of thunderstorms, tornado watches, flash flood watches, which makes the power grid iffy.

The first thing yesterday morning was a leaking water line in my neighbor’s front yard that somehow [OK, when you work from home, you get “elected” for this kind of thing] became my problem. I have it patched, but they no longer sell the real solution to the problem because it “didn’t move”. I have that on hold until there’s a sufficient break in the weather [or the temporary fix fails].

Then there was a real job “situation” in which a nameless major corporation was paid to overnight a data set on the 7th that I had to convert for the use of a client who is on a deadline for a major product. The data didn’t turn up until yesterday by postal service with a large thumbprint smearing the address. The label was apparently applied to the packing before the ink dried, or the person who applied it had their hands wet with something. I now anticipate receiving multiple copies of this data set via various services over the course of the week.

As this data set has been ordered [at the cost of a compact car] for the last 15 years, with no changes to the order, it never ceases to amaze me the number of inventive ways in which this major corporation has screwed this up over that time.

It is noteworthy that the date they outsourced maintenance of the data is rather obvious in the addresses, as after that date you are dealing with people who have no idea what a US street address looks like. Fortunately addresses aren’t all that important.

6 comments

1 Kryten42 { 05.17.08 at 8:05 am }

I feel your pain! 😀 Really… I am sooooooo glad I am out of the IT Biz! 😉

Maybe this will help? I came across it and first thought it was fake! A belated April fools joke. But if so, someone is putting in a LOT of effort!

Billions of electronic-eating ‘crazy rasberry ants’ invade Texas

Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics

And here’s a video (Sorry… It’s on Faux News! My bad…)
New Breed of Ants Causes Electronic Malfunctions

Well… Since it’s Texas… That’s a great place for tiny computer-eating lifeforms to invade! 😀

Is it me… or is Mother Nature really peeved this year? Hmmmm. Maybe she’s just warming up? LMAO (Ahem… sorry… kinda…) 😉 😀

Well… that made my day! How about you?

2 Kryten42 { 05.17.08 at 8:08 am }

Oh!! Drats… I meant to mention they have a good side you’d like Bryan! They also eat fire ants. 😀 LOL Want to get some? 😉

Aint nature amazin? 😀

3 Kryten42 { 05.17.08 at 8:14 am }

Oooh! Here’s another that’s closer to home Bryan!

Giant pythons invade southeastern Florida

The largest python caught so far in Florida measured five meters (16.4 feet) and weighed 70 kilograms (154 pounds).

Mazzotti said the serpents, despite their awesome size, are not poisonous, but are excellent swimmers and able to cover great distances in little time. Some, trapped and released with radio transmitters, swam 60 kilometers (37 miles) in a few hours.

Wow!

4 Bryan { 05.17.08 at 12:20 pm }

I would think that an Australian would be a bit more cautious about advocating bringing in exotic creatures to solve problems. While it is nice that they eat the Venezuelan fire ants, but what eats them? We have a lot of buried cables, including my current connection to the ‘Net, so I’m not particularly sanguine about anything that eat insulation.

We brought in kudzu to control erosion and y’all brought in cane toads to control a crop pest. We both should have thought about those decisions a little bit longer.

5 Kryten42 { 05.17.08 at 7:51 pm }

Ahhh… But that’s us stupid humans trying to do Mother Nature’s job! 😉 LOL We stuff up everything. *shrug* I’d think that was patently obvious by now.

These little ants apparently smuggled their way on a cargo ship unawares (or… is it a dastardly plot by some foreign Government to destroy the USA’s Electronics? Food for thought? LMAO) I think it’s part of Mother Natures payback program! As I always say… payback is a bitch! LOL

Before the cane toads, we had an English Gentleman decide over a century ago to bring some rabbits and foxes for sport because he was bored. Then some bright spark decided to kill off the rabbit plague with mixamitosis. It got rid of most, but we can’t eat the rest. I used to hunt rabbit as a kid with my Grandfather, and you could but 2 rabbits for $1! Now they cost as much as beef because they are imported.

Humans are insane. *shrug* You should have figured that out by now m8! 🙂

Believe it… or not! 😉

6 Bryan { 05.17.08 at 8:21 pm }

We have Vietnamese termites that don’t respond to the normal treatments who apparently arrived on Gulf ports in wooden pallets from Asia.

There is a beetle that came from China the same way and is destroying our chestnut trees.

They imported eucalyptus trees into California to use as railway ties, except that they don’t grow straight in the US soil, are extremely brittle, and burn like torches, making them totally unsuitable for the original purpose and they have taken over huge areas of Southern California.

In the old days most of these things would have died on the way over, but cargo moves much more swiftly and a lot of it comes by air.

My Mother’s primary physician recommends that no one enter an airport without a top grade mask on, as they are cesspools of diseases from all over the world.

The top infectious disease guy in the area won’t treat anyone in a hospital setting, as he is firmly of the opinion that the hospital is where people get the truly difficult to treat infections, and the average house is a much more sterile environment. As a tourist and military area we have people who may have been from almost anywhere in the world in the week before they entered the hospital.

The ‘Net is a much safer way to connect people.