Sitting in the bus for two and a half hour last night made me think. I woke up at five every monday to friday, leaving the house at six o’clock sharp. Sometimes i have to have my breakfast on the go, while queueing in the traffic just so that i do not show up late at the office. When other people are still on their cozy bed, i am fighting my way through the dense of Jakarta’s traffic.
I work from eight thirty till six in the evening, at least that is the schedule set for me and seventy more other workers at my office. So i leave office at six, with an empty stomach and nothing to eat for the next three hours.
Wait, three hours? Well, yes. That is the average time it takes for me to reach home. Sometimes if i know i just will not make it i buy some siomay and eat dinner on-the-go. While i am battling for that extra inch in the dense of Jakarta’s traffic.
So, i reach home at nine. Usually i will go directly to my room just to find both my kids already fast asleep. Damn i miss yet another day without seeing them awake. So i rushed my tired legs to the dining room to have my dinner, or should i say supper? By the time i finish all this, its usually nine thirty.
My wife is usually asleep by now, although i sometimes cold heartedly wake her up, just so that i can have a fifteen minutes chat… hoping to catch up with whatever happens during i am away, during we are apart.
Then i will have fifteen minutes for myself, which i usually spend playing on my (son’s) iPod touch.
At ten i am usually exhausted and light headed. The time where i lay my head on my pillow and sleep away.
So let’s do some calculation. I spend 15 hours a day outside, working. I spend seven hours everyday, sleeping. That leaves me with two hours of free time, of which fifteen minutes to half an hour (of what supposedly quality time) for my family.
Heck, i must be very much in love with my job. There is no logical explanation why i am still doing what i am doing. I love my job…, don’t I?
I saw this post on the net and since it is interesting i thought to repost it here. Original link can be found here.
Is it really that hard not to spill your morning coffee on your laptop? I have never done it myself, but some of my users have a really hard time with this concept. In the last 3 years, I had 3 or 4 cases of “Oh shit, I spilled _____ on my laptop”. Usually the spilled liquid is initially water – but later it usually changes into coffee. Go figure.
Usually, spilling anything on your laptop is more or less fatal. Spilling shit on a regular desktop keyboard can be harmless – your keys may get sticky, and in worst case, you will need to spend maybe $20 on a new keyboard. But laptop keyboard is directly over the mobo – so when you spill something on it, the liquid will most likely hit all the crucial components of your system – the CPU, the onboard graphics card, the sound card, the network card, and etc…
Most people should have enough common sense not to spill shit on their portable machines. But then again, common sense is anything but common. So I decided to write this little tutorial. I will be talking about coffee, but please note that this can apply to any drinkable liquid. Here is a hint: positioning of the coffee cup is crucial. Let me show you a visual example:
This is the usual setup most people use when working on a laptop. We have papers on the right, papers on the left, and the computer in the middle. Note that in most cases, there will be a lot of shuffling between the piles of paper – you will be moving papers from one pile to another.
The points labeled A and B are theoretical coffee cup locations. The location A is a very common choice among the sill-prone laptop users. Notice however, that this position is just asking for trouble. A force applied to the cup from the left will invariably make it tip over, and deposit it’s liquid contents all over the keyboard. Furthermore note that it is relatively easy to accidentally apply such a force to the cup while moving papers from the left pile to the right pile, or even by moving your hand from the pile of papers back to the keyboard.
Spilling any liquid directly on the keyboard is likely to cause instant, irreversible damage to the hardware. Also, if the liquid is a light and sweet latte, chances are that the spill will leave sugar deposits on the hardware, and intense smell. This will prevent hardware repairs under warranty unless you bought the expensive accidental damage protection plan.
Now consider the position B. When the cup at that position is tipped over in any direction, it will likely spill the contents on the table. If the force is applied to the cup from the direction of the right uppermost corner, then the liquid might spill on the back of the laptop, but:
- There is a chance that the cup wont tip all the way, but it will be held upright by the laptop display positioned at a 90 degree angle to the table surface
- The spill will affect only the laptop casing and the exposed ports in the back
- Picking up the laptop will prevent the liquid from penetrating inside the casing, and reaching the mobo
- The motherboard and CPU will be shielded from the spill by the raised display
- If any of the liquid gets underneath the laptop, the force of gravity will prevent it from traveling upwards where it could damage the motherboard and the CPU
From the above it obviously follows that position B is far superior to position A. Remember about this next time you are enjoying a nice cup of coffee while working on your laptop.
Remember about my post yesterday about some pet trainer who took my dog? Well, last night me and my dad went to the security office at the entrance of my housing complex and asked for the pet trainer’s phone number. He called his friend and asked him to text him the number. After a long 30 minutes wait, the text came in.
I immediately called the guy and he immediately said that he wanted to bring the dog back to me, but his ‘friends’ demanded a share which for me sounded more like ransom. My blood boiled when he said the ‘ransom’ is Rp.300.000,-
Three hundred grand for taking my dog away from me? Three hundred bloody grand for making me wait in vain not knowing what the hell happened to my dog? He must be kidding me!
A split second later, my dad was already on the phone threatening the guy that we will send the police to pick up the dog - and them - if they do not bring us our dog back. Cool stuff dad, just as we planned. The guy agreed and actually came - along with his 4 friends - to our house 30 minutes later. He apologized for any misunderstanding and turned out they are really dog trainers, money oriented dog trainers that is.
We gave them Rp.100.000,- got our dog back (no, he was not bathed nor had his nails clipped) and went to bed.
Yesterday morning my Golden Retriever got out of the house and roamed my housing complex. Knowing that he is a tame dog with friendly nature i left the door open so that he could come back home later. Around noon i called home and my mom said he had not come back yet. Something is wrong..
I couldn’t left the office so i called my dad to help me look for him. My dad got back after noon, and immediately went out searching for Fabio, my dog. After asking the security guy, turned out Fabio went into my neighbor’s garage and scared the hell out of her children. The security guy then called a ‘pet trainer’ to get my dog away from that girl and (this is the best part) decided to TAKE MY DOG TO HIS HOUSE!
My dad asked the security guy to call the so called ‘pet trainer’ to bring my dog home. He promised to bring Fabio home that night.
08:00PM i called home, Fabio was not there. Something is definitely wrong.
Later my dad said that he could not bring Fabio back because it was raining, but the ‘pet trainer’ was able to ride his motorcycle all the way to our house just to say that he could not bring the dog because it was raining. He promised to bring the dog tomorrow. What is this? a joke!?!?
This morning he didn’t come.
10:45AM i called home and from my mom i learned that to my surprise the man came WITHOUT my dog and said that his children were taking care of the dog, trimming his nails, bath him, feed him and ask “HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?”
That’s IT! If i don’t see my dog tonight, that guy will be standing behind bars in a cold room. I just don’t care anymore. I will offer him Rp.100.000 out of generosity but if he demand more, that off he goes dealing with the police. He TOOK my dog!!
Bloody mindless blood sucking creature!