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Laptop.... [Jul. 22nd, 2004|12:45 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
My new laptop is supposedly "out for delivery". This means I can't go eat for fear of missing its arrival.

Update: it arrived. holy crap this is awesome.

[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-07-22 12:51 pm (UTC)
I am also in "out for delivery" limbo! Isn't it annoying that they only update the shipping status like twice a day? I want a realtime GPS feed from the truck.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-22 12:57 pm (UTC)
I once missed a delivery and went out driving aimlessly for the FedEx truck, armed only with a cellphone to call FedEx headquarters and have them tell me where the truck was last reported.

So yeah, they have the info. The just need to wire it up to the interweb.

And as I was writing this, the FedEx guy just arrived! Yay!
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[User Picture]From: marksmith
2004-07-23 10:31 pm (UTC)
went out driving aimlessly for the FedEx truck, armed only with a cellphone

That totally seems like something you'd do. Heh. :)
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[User Picture]From: spottman
2004-07-23 11:21 pm (UTC)
My assistant Fire Chief (voluntter) works for UPS. He said that they tried putting GPS in the vehicles and even did a test on it in his area. The drivers loved it as it gave them directions etc. They RAVED about it. *1.

However, they, and the union were NOT pleased when each driver was brought in to the office one at a time and asked questions like: "Why did this stop take 5 minutes, why were you in this cul-de-sac for 30 minutes when there was only 1 package to deliver, why did you go 5 MPH on this road when the speed limit was 45/45 in a 40, etc." The union raised hell.

*1 Weird rules for UPS drivers:
1. You must LOCK the door to the cargo area front and back each time you leave the cargo area (even if you are in the front of the truck!)
2. You may not plug anything into the 12 Volt wiring on the vehicle (like radios etc) as this is considered employee theft of energy!!
3. You must have a hand on the vehicle at all times when you have a foot on the vehicle (ie if you have a monitor to deliver in a big box you have to set if on the floor of the vehicle and then walk out the front cargo door making sure you LOCK it! and walk around the truck to the back.)
4. If your pickup has to get to the airport by X time and you have X+15 minutes to get it there and it is too heavy to lift by yourself, you best break your back getting it there. (you lose your job by being late, not by breaking OSHA regs)

Well, that was too much information for this...
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[User Picture]From: gaal
2004-07-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Laptops should totally come with a pizza.
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2004-07-22 01:13 pm (UTC)
pshhh, thats what interns are for...

or whitaker
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-22 01:31 pm (UTC)
Whitaker after seeing it said something to the effect of, "Man, I gotta get out of here before I cream myself."

Is that the sort of person you want molesting your laptop while you're out to lunch?
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2004-07-22 01:39 pm (UTC)
lol, im suprised there wasnt mom comment in there somewhere..
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[User Picture]From: tbye
2004-07-22 01:40 pm (UTC)

Why the Toucan?

I read through your "psyched" feature list, and nothing specific to the IBM jumped out at me. I own the Dell version of the Rhino and I love it. I'm interested to know why you went with that model specifically. Size/Weight would be a vote against the Rhino maybe.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-07-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
yeah, thats what i was wondering- having a linux lappy that properly is able to suspend and actually easily use all aspects of it's hardware is something that has long escaped me... :)
my pbook just arrived today too! im having fun figuring out how in the hell OSX works :P
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[User Picture]From: visions
2004-07-22 05:45 pm (UTC)
pictures? thoughts about the laptop? comments on that companies linux install?

also, since it was mentioned before, which model did you end up getting? (It is on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop I believe).
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-07-23 12:15 pm (UTC)

:( hi Brad love the site ^____^

not so much the abuse of lj users
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-23 12:20 pm (UTC)
I tolerated 1justin for months. He didn't break any rules on the site, so I never suspended him.

Until today, when we noticed he was posting LiveJournal's phone number and asking people to harass us.

That crossed the line, so he's now suspended.

Then when his friends started spamming our personal journals and public communities with that "you fags" picture, that crossed the line too (our anti-spamming rules), so they're gone.

Good thing you commented anonymously.

Civil communication gets you further than harassment, but you guys don't seem to do that.
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[User Picture]From: ruxpin_exe
2004-07-23 12:51 pm (UTC)
hahah I don't know why everyone is so supprised over this.
I mean, the guy is my friend and I think he's a riot.. but I've always been supprised you guys put up with it for so long. We just assumed you thought he was funny so you put up with it. He totally had it comin tho.
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[User Picture]From: ananke
2004-07-23 12:45 pm (UTC)
Is there any chance of 1justin ever being allowed back on Livejournal? I understand a lot of people involved with him crossed the line, but I don't think it should be held against him. (The part where he posted the LJ phone number WAS pretty stupid.)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-23 12:56 pm (UTC)
This is off-topic in my personal journal.

Redirect flames/questions here:

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[User Picture]From: ananke
2004-07-23 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to bother you here.
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[User Picture]From: strippingpope
2004-07-23 02:05 pm (UTC)
WOO HOO! Now you can eat!... just don't eat the laptop... they don't taste as good as they look.
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