Friday, October 24, 2014

Study Shows Listening to Music While you Work is a Good Thing.

From the Department of No Kidding…

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves

 

 

I knew that. 

~Hoozyrdady.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

This is how Ebola can get a foothold in the U.S.

At a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Mark Lester confirmed that a nurse asked Duncan on his first visit whether he had been in an area affected by the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.

"A checklist was in place for Ebola in this hospital for several weeks. That checklist was utilized by the nurse, who did ask [the] question [if the patient had been to Africa,]" Lester said. "[...] Regretfully, that information [was not shared] with the full team."

As the medical team assessed Duncan on his first visit, they thought it was a low-grade viral infection. Dr. Edward Goodman, a Texas Health Presbyterian infectious disease specialist, said when Duncan went to the emergency room Thursday he was not vomiting or having diarrhea, but he did have a fever and some abdominal pain.

"All the information wasn't present as they made their clinical decision," Lester said.

More…

Because one or more hospital employees dropped the ball, there are dozens of folks who have been exposed, including 5 children who could have spread the crap amongst their classmates.

As of right now, the CDC is telling us not to worry, all is well.

Hhhhmmm.

I think I’m going to pick up some N95 or N100 masks, gloves and some bleach...

~Hoozyrdady

Outlook 2010 Error: “outlook cannot display this view"

I accidentally deleted an email in my Outlook inbox this afternoon. No biggie, clicked over to the Deleted Items folder and wham!

“Outlook cannot display this view.”

Clicking ‘OK’ did nothing, I imagine because it will throw the same error for every deleted email. I’d be clicking until judgment day. Outlook webmail displays the deleted items fine, soooo…

Google to the rescue:

Start –> run –> "outlook.exe /cleanviews"

All better.

~Hoozyrdady

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another School District Fears Picture of Gun

Mike McDaniel weighed in on a Washington Post story;

New York high school bans National Guard recruiter from distributing National Guard T-shirts (and bars students from wearing them)

Long story short- The shirts have a silhouette of a guardsman with rifle in front of the American flag and “National Guard” across the top. The school district has a policy forbidding students from wearing anything that has a weapon on it.

“Superintendent of RCS Schools, Alan McCartney says rules are rules and if an exception is made for one shirt with a gun on it, where do you draw the line? “One of the problems you have in school during this period in our history is that the weapon becomes the focal point for some people,” McCartney says…. “[T]his has nothing to do with patriotism, nothing to do with anybody disliking the military, it has nothing to do with the recruiter himself, it just has to do with the fact that there was a weapon on the shirt and that just doesn’t have a place in a high school,” he says….”

Two paragraphs in Mr. McDaniel’s piece jump out at me-

“Where do you draw the line? I’ll be glad to explain. Schools are not there to “educate students to be neutral,” but to be proud of their nation and grateful to those that defend it. A substantial part of the educational process is transferring the values that have made America successful and free to new generations such that they too will appreciate the value of liberty and the sacrifices that must be made to keep it. The wearing of a National Guard t-shirt seems among the least offensive symbols a teenager might choose to embrace.”

And-

“Any school superintendent or principal that can’t see the difference between honest patriotism and frivolous, nihilistic, bloody video game images, and the clear line dividing them, calls into question their fitness for their position. Violence is carried out by individuals, not the tools they employ.  Firearms are neutral, neither good nor evil.  A rational policy would proscribe depictions of violence, not the implements of liberty.”

Another example of ‘zero-tolerance’ equals ‘zero-thought’.

Read both articles, they are concise and to the point.

~Hoozyrdady.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Outlook 2010 Reminders are screwed up.

My Outlook reminders were popping up every 5 minutes no matter what I set the delay for.
I don't know how Outlook keeps track of reminders, but something was corrupted.
The fix:

Start --> Run; "outlook.exe /cleanreminders"

Problem solved.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Greenshot screenshot tool

Lets be positive today, m’kay?

Once in a while I need to create a guide for users to accomplish some task or fix something on their computers. Taking screenshots, editing them, etc is a pita to be endured because that’s just the way it is.

No more!

Thanks to they guy named Gambette who lead me to Greenshot.

What is Greenshot?

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:

Quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot.Export the screenshot in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Office programs or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa, and others.
…and a lot more options simplyfying creation of and work with screenshots every day.

 

Go feel the love.

~hoozyrdady

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just Have to Say…

I don’t know if I’ll post here regularly in the future, if ever. Maybe I’ll just throw something up here when the mood strikes, like now ‘fer instance.

I’m watching the news this week, keeping up on current events, politics, etc. and I just have to say…

Fuck you.

The folk hurting kids, the politicians, the criminals… All you assholes out there:

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

Ffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccckkk Yuuuuuuuuuuuuooooooooooooo.

That is all.

~Hoozyrdady

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Feed The Brain

Online Learning: Teach Yourself Python in Less Than 4 Months, Part I

The purpose of this article is to lay out a general time management template for anyone who wants to jump in to programming and computer science with little or no experience in the field.  A future article will flesh out the details, providing links to learning resources and other materials freely available online.  [Edit: See the second article in the series, which covers learning benchmarks for beginner Python programmers.]

AND-

Online Learning: A Bachelor's Level Computer Science Program Curriculum

Introduction
A few months back we took an in-depth look at MIT’s free online Introduction to Computer Science course, and laid out a self-study time table to complete the class within four months, along with a companion post providing learning benchmarks to chart your progress. In the present article, I'll step back and take a much more broad look at com-sci course offerings available for free on the internet, in order to answer a deceptively straightforward question: is it possible to complete the equivalent of a college bachelor’s degree in computer science through college and university courses that are freely available online? And if so, how does one do so?