Take 10

Take 10 minutes that is. I've started trying something new lately. Whenever I feel the urge to impulse something, grabbing another donut from the break room, my 15th cup of coffee, or buying something not on the list at the grocery store, I will set my countdown timer for 10 minutes on my watch.

When the time expires I have found that my urge to get something I don't need will generally subside. However if I really do need it, the urge will still be there. This gives my brain take a moment and gain some clarity through excitement fog generated by the urge to impulse.

Windows Terminal Services Manager Shortcut

If you have ever had to take over management of a Windows server and the previous admin thought it would be "good security" to remove all the icons under the Administrative Tools in Control Panel you can find yourself in a frustrating search to rebuild the icons for those shortcuts.

If you are in a similar situation and need the link for the Windows Terminal Services Manager shortcut, here it is:
%SystemRoot%\system32\tsadmin.exe

I'm Weird

… and I know it! Some people have been bold enough to say this to my face and believe it or not it doesn't bother me a bit. I've always been weird all my life, doing things differently, finding new ways to do things, and of course my favorite finding something that works so I can break it to make it better. I've found that the times people call me weird, I'm probably doing my best work.

There was a period in my life when I know I didn't do my best work. I wasn't being weird. I was trying to conform to a standard that was not me. I produced average work.

Things To Do While Waiting on Windows Updates

I'm pretty sure I can sense it coming; black Tuesday. Yes that 2nd (sometimes 4th) Tuesday of the month when Microsoft releases its security and update patches to the masses. My company's IT management software forced these updates on me last Friday morning leaving me without my computer for almost 2.5 hours.

How can you effectively use this time?

Understanding The Problem

One of the most important and many times the hardest part about engineering technology is finding out exactly what the user wants. I'm surprised at the number of software developers who bypass this very important step. Yes, the user said they did want X and you gave them X. However the user also failed to mention that they wanted Y and Z as well. Now the project is delayed and of course its always the software developer's fault.

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