I don't know if it's what Don Y posted but I find that's true of many
places. They don't like their boss; doesn't have any field experience;
doesn't have a clue what they are doing. They see the inside as the source
of problems or see things that don't make sense to them. Or they like being
outside, it's what they are equipped for and used to.
How else can they sell buses and Athletic Dept's?
I used to walk 2.4 miles (uphill both ways) to the elementary school.
Supposedly the limit was 2 miles. Didn't bother me.
Now the kids are driven by the parent to the end of the driveway and if not
picked up within 5 minutes call the bus dispatcher and ream them out.
"It's for the kids"
Climbing on the roof is one and another doing extensive plumbing under
the sink or the like. Put a new cabin air filter in my car last year
and having to find the 10 or so screws to get out the glove compartment
and crawling under the dash to remove the filter, I almost could not do
whereas I had done it several times in the past.
Wish I had all this home repair knowledge when I was younger and could
have used it.
I was upside down under the dash two days ago, a warm day, to
disconnect the key-in switch, to stop the darn buzzing, and that
night, my side hurt a lot. Still hurt last night. Never happened
before, and I coudlnt' even find the switch.
My office is set up as three "tables" in a large "U" shape.
All of my computers are located *under* the tables (on the
floor) with monitors, keyboards, mice and other I/O devices
cluttering the top.
This is great -- cuz it gives me that much more surface to
use for these devices, books, note pads, etc.
However, with each passing year, I find it harder to service
the machines! The machines are about 3 feet from anything that
connects to them (because the table is about 3 feet off the
floor!). So, there's not a lot of slack in the cords that
run up to the top of the table!
As a result, I can't really pull the machines out (forward) to
work on them -- the cables effectively lock them in place.
And, to get at the connections on the back of each means crawling
UNDER the tables and poking around behind them (without moving them).
Of course, that means crawling OVER any other equipment that
is located alongside! (other computers, printers, UPS's, etc.)
I don't think about any of this -- UNTIL I'm halfway under the
table wondering why my body no longer "bends that way"! :<
Yes, the slack is the problem!
E.g., my two primary workstations are at the "inner corners" of the "U"-shaped
worksurface. But, each feeds the *three* monitors along that bottom loop of
the "U". So, the workstation on the left has to feed monitors 1, 2, and 3
(left to right) over the span of about 4 feet. The workstation on the right
feeds monitors 3, 2 and 1 (right to left) over the same 4 foot span.
Monitor connections are about a foot above the level of the worksurface
and pulled slightly forward. Computers are ~2.5 feet below. So, you've
used the entire length of a 6 ft cable just to go "point-to-point" from
each machine to its monitors. Try to pull the computer out a foot and you
find your cable is short by that foot! :-/
And that ignores any other connections (SCSI, USB, serial, parallel, power,
network) that might be associated with the machine(s).
[It's a veritable jungle of wires under there!]
Many interfaces have limits on just how far they can be "extended"
and still function properly (or, at the desired speed/bandwidth).
E.g., SCSI3 cables are limited to 3m total length -- this includes
ALL of the cable in the link (including any wire INSIDE an
enclosure). It is also very sensitive to faults in the cable,
impedance "bumps" at each connector interface (so, inserting an
"extension" -- if they even make such a beast -- adds two
more bumps to the signal path).
USB has a ~5m limit (I use almost 4m of that for my scanners)
so extending those means using an *active* extender. If you
are delivering POWER to the peripheral over that interface,
then you also have to consider voltage drops in the line.
DVI cables running 1600x1200@60 are theoretically limited to about
Other issues apply to specific peripherals on specific interfaces.
So, it's not just extending a POWER cable...
My good friend is 79 years old and was in great shape until 2 weeks
ago (5 years ago he was still carrying around, erecting, and climbing
a 20 foot fiberglass extension ladeer.) His father lived to 93, his
mother almost 100, wore high heels until she was 93.
But in the snow he stopped to help someone push his car out. Hurt his
shoulder, but still went to work for two days. Pain bad, doctor said
rotator cuff damaged. Physical therapy did something and now his neck
and back hurts. Saw him today, after the chiropractor, he could
barely walk, drooling from some pain medicine.
All from the car which belonged to a stranger.
My MIL is 90, and she's just now starting to slow down a bit.
A few years ago I had pain in my right rotator cuff, and it seemed like
it would never stop hurting. But, luckily, after about 2 years of
babying it, it finally healed up and doesn't hurt any more.
I've hurt my back several times and chiropractors did their thing for
me. The last time I picked up a laundry basket that turned out to be
heavier than I expected it to be and felt something in my low back
object. It hurt so badly that I thought I had done something really
serious to it because I could barely walk. I ended up in the
chiropractors office every day for a week, and he adjusted my back each
day and had me walking comfortably after the 2nd adjustment. I was able
to get on a plane at the end of the week to go to my daughters wedding
out of town, but I had strict orders that I wasn't allowed to life
anything and to see him again when I got back to finish up the
treatments. After that incident, I'm really careful about lifting stuff.
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