In the few minutes before slipping into sweet slumber last night, I thought about lasers and the issues they are creating for pilots. I didn’t realize this minor thought passing through my mind would have such a profound impact on my dream state but it certainly provided a landscape for the most ridiculous dream.
From ridiculous dreams may come miraculous things so I am posting my dream here in the hopes that some laser-braniac out there can create this fancy little device to catch mad laser criminals:
[opening scene]: From a high-altitude position, I am looking down at a runway, watching a 747 begin its decent in darkness. The plane glows green and red like a Christmas ornament as billions of lasers deflect of its every surface from millions of different points within the region.
[scene II]: From a ground position, several hundred feet away, I am watching the belly of the fuselage as the plane begins to touch down. The belly of the fuselage is black until the landing gear makes contact with the runway. It is at that point that billions of black barnacle-looking objects flee from the belly of the fuselage.
[scene III]: The black barnacle-looking objects take purposeful flight, they are laser detection tracking drones (LDTD), each the size of a half dollar. The six-legged creatures whiz by my face on a mission.
[scene IV]: Each laser detection tracking drone (LDTD) quickly finds its prey and clamps itself to the nose of the source of the laser emission by embedding its six (barbed) legs into the flesh of the perp.
[scene V]: Johnny law turns on his GPS Tracking of Laser Detection Tracking Drones (GPSTLDTD) software to determine exact location and sends out his troops to pick up each one, they are each found writhing in pain and screaming – trying to get the huge LDTD off of their face.
The attaching of the LDTD to flesh is a little drastic. In reality, I would prefer the LDTD be smart enough to detect fabric and attach itself to clothing instead. But oh how those criminals are clever, this strategy would just inevitably lead to criminals doing the laser thing in the buff:)
I enjoy having a walled office, some days I get to work in uninterrupted silence which allows for crazy productivity when writing code. Unfortunately there are very few days of uninterrupted silence; this is in part due to the fact that I work in an office with glass walls. Here are a few issues I have encountered working in a structure such as this:
- If I close my office door to concentrate, it is a futile effort because if someone sees me in my office, they just open the door and walk in. Or, they will stand and wave at me until I look at them and then they mouth the phrase “Can I come in?”
- The walls do not block out sound well. If I am having a conversation on the phone, someone walking nearby will stop, come into my office and begin speaking in response to the conversation I am having on the phone.
- When people walk by my office, they feel they need to say something to me each time they pass for some reason, my guess is it’s because they see me and feel a greeting is in order.
There is one really nice benefit of having glass walls, I can write notes and code on the walls with glass markers, having such a huge space to write on is fantastic for planning big projects.
When problems arise with your computer, try to avoid going down the path of instant and prolonged crazy rage. A computer is a complex piece of electronics and, when used properly or improperly, may exhibit a multitude of strange behaviors. None of which will be resolved successfully if you lose your cookies.
A total of three toasters I owned over the years caught fire for various reasons and now, when I make toast, if toast actually comes out of the toaster and the toaster isn’t on fire, I enjoy my toast. However, if the toaster decides to malfunction, I will happily eat chocolate cake for breakfast instead as I watch the toaster burn to death in my sink.
Don’t let electronics beat you, you can survive computer problems in a less stressful way by backing up your data for times of malfunction and just handing the pc over to someone to fix it. Don’t waist time calling 1-800 numbers or calling friends to troubleshoot, life is too short, just drop it off at a pc repair place and go on living – wahoooooo!
If you decide to adopt this strategy, there are few things you need to do and know before proceeding with the “drop off and go” method:
- Only one document on your computer should contain confidential information. Avoid sprinkling confidential information around to multiple files. Having all confidential information in one file makes it easier to keep track of the file and you only have to password protect one file instead of multiple files. If the file is password protected, then you don’t have to worry about removing the file from the computer when you have someone work on your computer. To avoid drawing attention to the file when someone else works on it, avoid calling the file “Passwords.docx”. Name it something that would blend in with the rest of your files (i.e. VacationFlyer.docx, recipesFromDecember2013.docx, etc.).
- Understand that computer repairs may be costly so take your computer to a business that has been in operation in your community for a long time and has a solid reputation.
- Troubleshooting a computer may seem illogical at times in regards to price, here is an example: Your printer has suddenly stopped working. There can be 20 different reasons why it has stopped working and each reason takes a different amount of time to troubleshoot. The printer is out of paper, this resolution takes 1 minute to diagnose. The print driver is no longer valid after the latest Windows update, this resolution takes about 30 minutes. The computer has a virus and is affecting all peripheral devices, this resolution may take hours and may involve wiping the machine clean and starting over (which means you will lose all of your data).
- Back up your data to an external device (hard drive, thumb drive, etc.) once per day/week/month (whatever you are most comfortable with). Keep this device in an area separate from your computer. This is your protection against theft and computer virus destruction of data.