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Talking on speakerphone with your office door open

Don’t fucking do it. I work at a place where I used to have an office. The upper management decided it would be a good idea to have an open layout. Well, it fucking sucks. It has been like this for 2 years now. Everyone who is in a cube hates it. Folks that have an office are indifferent. What really sucks is that my boss only uses his phone on speaker. He never picks up the handset. Sometimes he puts his cell phone on speaker and lays it on the desk and talks. The entire time he is practically yelling. I get up from my desk regularly and I close his door. He doesn’t mind but after I close it 3 or 4 times in one day I refuse to close it again.

This shit pisses me off to no end because he has a door he can close; I do not.  If you read this, and you have an office, please close your door if you are going to talk on speaker…or just pick up the fucking handset.

When people do this, they come off as if they don’t care about other people. If you are a boss, you shouldn’t do this.

So, now I have to take my laptop and move into an empty conference room just to concentrate and attempt to get work done.

Anyone that thinks an open office layout is a good idea should be shot. It is fucking awful and since my place of work decided to do this everyone is less productive. In fact, many people left to go to another job and more folks (myself included) want to leave.

An open layout can take a job that you really love and turn it into a job that you hate. This is what has happened to me and my job.

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Why do people eat while walking around at work?

Why do people eat while walking around?  It is common for me to see (daily) people walking around at work around lunchtime eating food with a fork from a plate.  WTF!?  I just cannot grasp this.  Everyone has time for lunch….unless you are an emergency surgeon or something similar.  I see people doing this walking from the cafeteria to their desks as well as while on the way to a meeting.  WTF people?  The shit is moronic.

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Smartphones have made people dumber

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I just watched a guy in my office walk at a rate of about 1 step every 3 seconds to cover about 50 yards.  He did this while typing with his thumbs on an iPhone.  He could have sat at his computer and typed the same email in about 1/4th the time and then walked normal speed to his meeting.  What the fuck are people thinking?  I don’t think that they are thinking at all.  They have become a slave to their phone and to the corporate world.  It’s a shame.

Yeah, I know it’s a common theme with me but it drive me nuts.  Put down the stupid electronic devices and live your life.  I have an iPhone and I do enjoy it, but I don’t let it run my life.  I don’t look at it when I’m the passenger in a car.  I don’t walk around looking at it.  Fuck that.  I have better things to look at while I’m out and about.  If I’m sitting at home then that is a different story.  When I’m having some “down time” I gladly look at my iPhone.  I don’t look at it all the time though.  People need to use it as a tool, or as a piece of entertainment.  Don’t let it use you.  Most people let the smartphone become their master.  Man, fucking quit that shit.

/RANT

 

 

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Your job is just a means to an end

I’m now 40 years old and I’ve come to the conclusion that your job is just that, your job.  It’s work.  It’s a means to an end.  I used to like what I do but now it has just become the same monotonous bullshit every single day.  Not much changes.  Drive to work, deal with bullshit, drive home.  I’m not even sure that money makes it worth it.   I was never one to want or have “a career” as I think that just glorifies something that is simply a way to stay fed and do other things in life that you want.

I’m finding that the older I get the less I care about my job.  I couldn’t care any less for it, in fact.  I have no interest in doing anything “extra”.  Why?  Because nobody gives a fuck anyway.  It seems that we have lost the kinds of companies that care about their employees.  It’s unfortunate because when that happens the employee no longer gives a fuck  about the company.  Now, instead of going above and beyond, you do the absolute minimum.  Why?  Going above and beyond doesn’t get you anything but a kick in the face anyway so why do it.

My job is a way to keep food on the table and a roof over my head.  It also gives me some extra money do do other things that my family and I want to do.  My employer doesn’t care about me and I no longer care about them.  It was the same way at my last job that I was at for 10 years.

It’s a shame really, because things could be so much better if companies and employees gave each other a little extra.  That’s how it used to be.  Now everyone only cares about money.  Make as much money as possible regardless of who you fuck and who you make angry.  It’s a load of shit really.

 

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Running (literally) in the office

Just a short post.  Running inside an office building, from office to office or cube to cube, is not needed.  Seriously.  Yeah I know, you think this doesn’t happen.  Whatever.  I thought the same until it happened where I work.  I was sitting at my desk and I hear (and feel) someone run by.  Not like a little jog or fast walk….a full on run.  Really?  What the fuck?  There is no reason, unless you are police, SWAT, or military, to run inside the office.  You look like a complete jackass.  What the fuck are you running for?  Can a call not wait 20 seconds?  What about a conversation?  If you run inside the workplace you are a fucking idiot.  Relax jackass and take a fucking chill pill.  You don’t need to run.  You are NOT that important.

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Windows Phone sucks

Let me start off by saying that I have been an iPhone user for the last 2 years. I love the iPhone. I have tried a couple phones with the Google Android OS as well. I thought that they were pretty cool. I would say on a scale of 1-10 that the iPhone would be an 8 and Droid phones would be a 7 (maybe a 6 for certain phones). Well on that same scale I would give the Windows Phones a 4.

I have used an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and currently use an iPhone 4S. I have loved them all. I also think that with each iOS update the phones get better. I was given the opportunity to try out a Samsun Focus S with Windows Phone 7.5 loaded on it. I was able to try the phone for 30 days. I made it 24 hours and no longer wanted the Windows Phone. I moved my SIM card and my phone number to the Windows Phone and had turned off my iPhone and put it in a drawer. I now have my iPhone 4S back and am back using it again. Thank God. Below I list the reasons that the Windows Phone sucked. If Microsoft doesn’t make major changes to Windows Phone 8 it will fail just as bad as Windows Phone 7.5.

The reason for this phone sucking are partially due to Samsung and partially due to the Windows Phone OS.

✖ No visual voicemail. You have to call in and listen to your voicemail. This was on AT&T. Maybe it’s different with another provider.

✖ No good apps. No United Airlines app which I need for work. No good receipt scanning app. No “Words with Friends”. All the Navigation apps sucked. The included AT&T Navigator sucks. Bing maps suck.

✖ The way the camera is setup is garbage. The button is on the lower right side of the phone. You hit the damn thing on accident all the time. It will not macro focus. You cannot tap to focus. You tap and it takes a picture. In addition you can turn off the camera button so that it doesn’t work (when the phone is locked). That also doesn’t work. Seriously. I enabled that setting, and then locked the phone. After holding down the camera button it comes right up and I can take pictures. It’s easy to see that they didn’t put much thought into how the camera works at all.

✖ The way that the games are tied to XBOX live seems childish. I don’t own an XBOX. I don’t need avatars or online game scores or whatever else populating onto my phone in the “games” section. I would rather each game be a separate app like on the iPhone or Droid.

✖ The Windows Phone native Facebook and Twitter “tie-ins” suck. I had to disable them and download full apps. They didn’t look anything like Facebook or Twitter. Just a boring white page with jumbled large and small text trying to look trendy. It just looks horrible like that.

✖ The time shows up in the upper right hand corner of the phone. If you want to see the battery icon, your connection status, and/or WiFi status you have to tap the top of the screen to get all of those other icons to “slide down” out of no-where and you can see them. After a minute they are gone again, only leaving you the time. I realize that when you have no service, or a low battery the icons do show up. That’s too late in my opinion. At least give us the option to have all the icons on all the time.

✖ Microsoft tries to tell you that with this new Windows Phone you don’t have to scroll through pages and pages of apps like you would with your iPhone. With the Windows Phone you have to scroll up and down instead of side to side. No difference. They fit less on a page because they use huge square tiles instead of nice compact icons that have descriptive logos or colors like the iPhone and Droid phones use. Some people may like this. Not me.

As a side note, the way them rename their products ever year or two needs to stop. You have people who have a @hotmail account or an @live account and it’s no longer called Windows Live. They actually did start using the “Hotmail” name again. That’s a move in the right direction. Every now and then I get people asking me what the heck is a “Live” account. Heck they have renamed it from Hotmail to MSN to Live Mail and now back to Hotmail. Someone at Microsoft sure likes to change names a lot.

It is hard for me to imagine how a product like this can leave the building without someone going “uh guys…..yeah we can’t leave this phone like this”. How does nobody see the problems they are allowing it to ship with? Was it rushed to market? I guess I shouldn’t wonder since Microsoft has a history of releasing incomplete stuff to market and calling it “finished” or “final”. They did it with Windows Me, and Windows Vista. I hope they don’t do it with Windows 8.

For those interested, linked below is a much better write up on why the Windows Phone sucks.
http://www.wpsauce.com/2012/05/windows-phones-suck.html

I did edit this post to take much of the swearing out and some of the really harsh language. I did so because I felt it made the article a bit more crisp and drove the point home better.

For the record I didn’t hate everything about it. I really like how well Microsoft Exchange mail works on the phone and I do like the overall layout of Email on the phone. It would be nice to be able to have an “All Mail” folder that would change my view and aggregate all of my accounts into one folder. It’s easier to quickly move or delete mail like that. The touchscreen was very responsive and the on-screen keyboard was perfect. No complaints. The lock screen was informative and much nicer than the lock screen on an iPhone. The phone was thinner and lighter than the iPhone and I did prefer the lightness and the feel of the Samsung Focus S to that of my iPhone 4S.

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Texting and emailing around people….and other bullshit

Something I’ve been noticing happening lately has been annoying the shit out of me. Texting or emailing when others are in your presence. I don’t mean just when in public, I mean when others are immediately around you and may want to talk to you or may already be talking to you. I have friends that do this. Total bullshit. Sometimes I’m in the middle of saying something to them and they get their phone out and reply to a text or email. What the fuck? I know they are not paying attention to me. Hell, anymore I just stop talking. I either walk away or when they look at me because I stopped talking I say “I’ll wait” in a very sarcastic manner. I am no longer going to deal with this stupid ass behavior. Good grief folks we are grown adults. It is rude and inconsiderate to do this to people. In fact I can’t even believe that people do it and think that it’s OK. What the fuck!!

The same goes for jackasses that are texting while driving. Sometimes they are not driving but they are texting at a traffic light and I have to fucking beep at them to get their ass moving when the light turns green. It’s funny because most of the time when I beep at them they see that they are about 3 cars behind the guy in front of them they fucking punch it and speed off like crazy. Seriously? You’re an idiot! I didn’t beep because I wanted you to begin a race to pass everyone in front of you. Dumbass. It’s like they are trying to save face so they speed up thinking it will make up for their inadequacies. Nope.

Total Assclowns.

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