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[#] Sat Dec 04 2021 18:39:51 MST from Jerry Moore

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Jumping in a bit late, here, but I've been indisposed. .

On my first non family programming job, in Northern Virginia, where I was doing more than they'd expected, I got a surprise raise because my boss saw me reading the yard sales in the newspaper and thought I was job hunting. I wouldn't have known the reason, but his secretary told me. Just a thought. .

Mon Nov 22 2021 17:45:07 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I'm doing dispatch of DME goods to patients. Lots of them speak Spanish, and my first solo call with no safety net was Mandarin... a pissed off old Chinese man. 

I kinda dig working through a translator though - and with Spanish, I listen along carefully and pick more and more of it up. 

Hopefully this gig lasts a while. If I'm good at it, hopefully they decide to make me permanent. 

I do this thing with every job, where I start it going, "this is insane, there is no way I can handle it..." 

Then I start hitting it out of the ballpark, and I become a rock star. 

Then they start getting upset because they get it in their head that even though I already do more than they expected, there is even MORE that I can do, or that I've started holding back on doing all that I was doing originally. 

But... they don't want to give me a fat raise or a promotion or anything like that. They just want me to give them more, while they give me the same as they started. 

Then things go bad. 

 

Mon Nov 22 2021 01:33:55 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

My boss put me in a sales position. Dumb mistake. I'm a much better marketing professional than sales professional. Yes, I can sell. But it wears on me. I'm much better at writing cracking ad copy and identifying the motivation of the audience. Lately I've been having fun writing verions of pitch scripts that target the different motivational hormones. Oxytocin for bonding, serotonin for status, endorphins for excitement and just plain dopamine for pleasure. It's fun to rework a whole landing page to target moms or jocks or grandfathers. The offers I get nowadays are for 90k, but I have to turn them down because we're working through my wife's anxiety issues. I hope I can get her back on talk therapy before the winter blues. It would be nice to have a social life again. 



 



 



[#] Mon Dec 06 2021 17:10:42 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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LMFAO! EXCELLENT

Did you ever get your PC things sorted out? 

 

Sat Dec 04 2021 18:39:51 MST from Jerry Moore

Jumping in a bit late, here, but I've been indisposed. .

On my first non family programming job, in Northern Virginia, where I was doing more than they'd expected, I got a surprise raise because my boss saw me reading the yard sales in the newspaper and thought I was job hunting. I wouldn't have known the reason, but his secretary told me. Just a thought. .

 


[#] Mon Dec 06 2021 18:21:49 MST from Jerry Moore

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Which PC things? I have a constant series of them! I still don't have my two Windows 10 computers talking to one another, I ordered a set of Alexa power switches and a couple of USB adapters from Amazon and they say they were delivered, but I never saw them. My Amazon tablet is slowly dying. . . I've been using the Surface to log in to FaceBook lately.



[#] Tue Dec 07 2021 19:38:05 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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The two Windows machines talking to one another. Pretty sure that is the easy one. You just have to call me. 

Mon Dec 06 2021 18:21:49 MST from Jerry Moore

Which PC things? I have a constant series of them! I still don't have my two Windows 10 computers talking to one another, I ordered a set of Alexa power switches and a couple of USB adapters from Amazon and they say they were delivered, but I never saw them. My Amazon tablet is slowly dying. . . I've been using the Surface to log in to FaceBook lately.



 



[#] Wed Dec 08 2021 00:21:10 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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If I really wanted to make money, I'd get a contractor's license. The average age in my town (and I am not exaggerating) is 70. Every contractor I know is booked out three months. This is where tech millionaires retire so they can wake up, go crabbing in their needlessly fancy 20' boats, eat trash at the local dive, and enjoy sweater weather with no rain. My stoner buddy just paints houses whenever the weather is fine. My general contractor friend keeps raising his pitches and no one bats an eye. I could work from 9:30 to 3:00 every day and probably be fine. My electrician charged about $200/hour labor. There's no apparent upper limit. 



[#] Wed Dec 08 2021 17:04:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I hate manual labor. It always involves things that will hurt you, and eventually make you a broken down old man. 

 

Wed Dec 08 2021 00:21:10 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

If I really wanted to make money, I'd get a contractor's license. The average age in my town (and I am not exaggerating) is 70. Every contractor I know is booked out three months. This is where tech millionaires retire so they can wake up, go crabbing in their needlessly fancy 20' boats, eat trash at the local dive, and enjoy sweater weather with no rain. My stoner buddy just paints houses whenever the weather is fine. My general contractor friend keeps raising his pitches and no one bats an eye. I could work from 9:30 to 3:00 every day and probably be fine. My electrician charged about $200/hour labor. There's no apparent upper limit. 



 



[#] Fri Dec 17 2021 18:34:19 MST from TheDave

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Wed Dec 08 2021 17:04:36 MSTfrom ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I hate manual labor. It always involves things that will hurt you, and eventually make you a broken down old man. 

My grandpa lived to 96 and was doing manual labour until he was about 90.  I think it's just a matter of taking adequate safety precautions and not thinking "just this once" is ever okay.



[#] Sat Dec 18 2021 15:27:24 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Ooooorrr.... 

You could just avoid manual labor and not roll the dice! :D 

 

Fri Dec 17 2021 18:34:19 MST from TheDave

 

Wed Dec 08 2021 17:04:36 MSTfrom ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I hate manual labor. It always involves things that will hurt you, and eventually make you a broken down old man. 

My grandpa lived to 96 and was doing manual labour until he was about 90.  I think it's just a matter of taking adequate safety precautions and not thinking "just this once" is ever okay.



 



[#] Sat Dec 18 2021 18:35:43 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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I just realized a couple of days ago that contractors aren't the only professionals in demand out here. There are only about two website companies in my town. So the 1,000 companies here need me. I'll see if I can pull $120/hr. 



[#] Sun Dec 19 2021 00:02:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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We should talk business. I bet our skillset is complimentary for these kind of projects. 

 

Sat Dec 18 2021 18:35:43 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I just realized a couple of days ago that contractors aren't the only professionals in demand out here. There are only about two website companies in my town. So the 1,000 companies here need me. I'll see if I can pull $120/hr. 



 



[#] Wed Dec 22 2021 23:34:29 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Sun Dec 19 2021 00:02:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

We should talk business. I bet our skillset is complimentary for these kind of projects. 

 

Sat Dec 18 2021 18:35:43 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I just realized a couple of days ago that contractors aren't the only professionals in demand out here. There are only about two website companies in my town. So the 1,000 companies here need me. I'll see if I can pull $120/hr. 



 



Yes, we should. 

 

And good news. I just had two local companies ASK me to manage their marketing today. Looks like my goal of clearing out my wife's and my school loans by this time next year is on track. What a crazy moment in my life. 



[#] Thu Dec 23 2021 14:58:11 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Awesome news! Congratulations! 

 

Wed Dec 22 2021 23:34:29 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

 

Sun Dec 19 2021 00:02:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

We should talk business. I bet our skillset is complimentary for these kind of projects. 

 

Sat Dec 18 2021 18:35:43 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I just realized a couple of days ago that contractors aren't the only professionals in demand out here. There are only about two website companies in my town. So the 1,000 companies here need me. I'll see if I can pull $120/hr. 



 



Yes, we should. 

 

And good news. I just had two local companies ASK me to manage their marketing today. Looks like my goal of clearing out my wife's and my school loans by this time next year is on track. What a crazy moment in my life. 



 



[#] Sun Dec 26 2021 09:38:19 MST from TheDave

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New job is going okay, but they're stuck in the 80s.  I take calls from contractors and put the info on PAPER.  Our whole office runs on paper.  The computer system is almost an afterthought, and was clearly programmed no later than the early 90s.



[#] Sun Dec 26 2021 23:10:02 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Small businesses seem to suffer from this. I'm not sure exactly what it is - but it is a1 part inertia, one part fear of the unknown - and a good dose of not having the vision to accept the initial costs being steep when the savings are hard to visualize. 

They see IT as a cost center. That still happens even in fortune 500 companies. There is a disconnect between understanding that the systems and infrastructure allows the growth that creates the exponential profit generation for the company. 

 

Sun Dec 26 2021 09:38:19 MST from TheDave

New job is going okay, but they're stuck in the 80s.  I take calls from contractors and put the info on PAPER.  Our whole office runs on paper.  The computer system is almost an afterthought, and was clearly programmed no later than the early 90s.



 



[#] Thu Dec 30 2021 23:29:56 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Kind of forgot about this place. No time to check everything out tonight. 

 



[#] Mon Jan 10 2022 22:51:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Checked. Not much going on. 

 



[#] Thu Jan 13 2022 16:56:56 MST from andiQ

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Well - in my Country the situation is more worse all computers are ill by the desease of an oparating system called 'Klien Weich'. There is more trouble then with a bunch of freeDoS machines infected by the horrible Herbslaub-Virus. You can't imagine.

[#] Fri Jan 14 2022 07:46:21 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Hmmm. 

Seems all very German. 

 

Thu Jan 13 2022 16:56:56 MST from andiQ
Well - in my Country the situation is more worse all computers are ill by the desease of an oparating system called 'Klien Weich'. There is more trouble then with a bunch of freeDoS machines infected by the horrible Herbslaub-Virus. You can't imagine.

 



[#] Mon Jan 17 2022 00:44:41 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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I've been relying on the Goto Next button and the last few times I've visited it only showed me a few rooms. This time it showed me everything I've been missing since October, lol. I guess I'll stop relying on the Goto Next button. 



[#] Wed Jan 19 2022 20:42:52 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Are you using Telnet or the web client? That doesn't sound right, either way. 

 

Goto Next should take you through a loop of all the rooms with new messages. 

 

Mon Jan 17 2022 00:44:41 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I've been relying on the Goto Next button and the last few times I've visited it only showed me a few rooms. This time it showed me everything I've been missing since October, lol. I guess I'll stop relying on the Goto Next button. 



 



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