Curious: IT Service Desk

I work in a pretty technically literate role but am not in IT, I get to see how dumb some of our users are and I know that our IT Service Desk have to put up with a lot of muppets – not the good type of muppet.

As a general rule IT Service Desks do get a lot of stick from users – a lot of it is unfair as users tend not to help themselves and expect kit (laptops, fancy phones, etc) to grow on trees with zero notice.

However occasionally IT Service Desks really earn their dodgy reputations: through not choice of my own I have a tiny laptop so at my work desk I have a docking station to enable it to take usb cables, but I wasn’t given an extra power cable with the docking station.

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This meant that one day working from home I ran out of power as I’d forgotten the power cable – this wasn’t ideal.

So I asked nicely if I could have a second power cable, this transpired in the Service Desk saying they can’t find a proper adaptor so they’ve given me a “non-standard one that someone bought when they lost their proper one”. Service desk handed it over with the words “let’s hope it doesn’t blow everything up”

That reassuring thought means that I’m going to use that cable at work and keep the proper one for home use!

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Sanex Shower Gel – Curiously useful allergies

The allergy tests that the Husband underwent had some really weird results and meant that we’ve had to change most of the toiletries that he uses.

Most of this has no impact on me – my hair is fussy so I know I can’t use Simple shampoo, but I did try the Sanex shower gel and was surprised to find that I really like it!

sanex shower gel It doesn’t smell, it does seem to leave my skin a little softer and I’m currently crediting it with my having kept a tan for slightly longer than usual!

Until we got the big list of chemicals that the Husband can’t use I hadn’t really considered how many chemicals are in every day products; it turns out there a lots and, if Sanex is anything to go by, it might be an idea to cut a few out!

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Curious: Dean Koontz, satan and spam

I was going to post about something completely different, but then I stopped to check my spam comments folder.

It had a fair few comments in it – some were legitimate comments that WordPress had unfairly condemned as spam, but most were total spam.

In fact most of them were clearly spam and curiously were all on the same post from 2013 – my ramblings on the film adaptation of Dean Koontz’s ‘Phantoms

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As if this isn’t odd enough, and it is, the comments themselves are really weird. For example:

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Uh huh, oh course, I can totally see how a film about a town full of dead people led to this comment linking to a co.za website that I am so not visiting.

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Oh fab, so you are trying to promote the rise of the Ancient Evil too? Via your crumby attempt to promote your video download site.

Hopefully that is as weird as my day gets today.

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Curious: Magic wands in the workplace

I’m not sure that I believe in magic, however I have bought a magic wand for work.

The logic being that I am often asked to manage the impossible with too little time, no resources and no real Business benefits even if the impossible was achieved.

But if I wave my magic wand – whilst looking hopeful, I might be able to work the miracles that are expected by my oh-so-lovely employer.

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(Photo from Claires)

Tellingly my coworkers haven’t batted an eyelid at the wand or its proposed usage – several people (irrespective of gender or sexual identity) have asked to borrow it.

It would be rather funky if it worked, however I am not holding my breath!

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Lucky – Lottery wins aren’t everything but I’d still like one

The Husband turned around the other day and implied that we didn’t have good luck.

Luck can be a tricky thing to define, not crashing into a ‘person’ who swerved in front of me seems pretty lucky and I’m still surprised how often this occurs on the new motorway part of my commute. However this perhaps might not immediately obvious answer if someone askes “are you lucky?”

Winning the lottery is perhaps an easier thing to consider lucky. Our lottery wins are not big but I don’t think they are that dire – winning anything is a good thing surely?

I’ve played 10 times since 3rd October and have won 3 times… admittedly all three have been in the last 5 weeks… 17th Feb (£10.60), 13th Mar (£8) and 20th Mar (£10.10).

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(I had this image in the media library… so I used it on here previously… I really hope that I credited it properly at that stage and totally intend to check and then fix the credit here – it’s totally not my picture as my cats would have EATEN the money, not just rolled in it)

Admittedly playing those 10 times has cost me £20 and so that leaves £8.70 of actually winnings…

And then if I look back to 18th April 2104 I’ve played 23 times and won £2.70 on 30th April 2014 and £6.40 on 21st May 2014. So a total of £37.80 won against a spend of £46… oops.

But there was a chance of win more… it just didn’t happen!

I’m unsure if adding in the £25 that we won on premium bonds is worth mentioning – we’ve held 100 bonds for 3 years and according to Money Saving Expert this isn’t bad at all.

So I don’t know about lucky,  but let’s say it could be so much worse and that is something to thankful for!

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Waterpik – Water boarding for dummies

Flossing is important according to every dentist ever and apparently should be done once a day before brushing. I used to prefer floss picks but I can’t promise that I was using them every single day.

Then my husband suggested getting an airflosser, aka an electric device that forces air and water at high speed through the gaps between teeth. Crucially it lets you control when the burst happen as you need to press a button to deliver each blast.

We bought a pretty expensive Philips model and it lasted for 14 month. One day I tried to plug it in to charge – when completely dry, and it left 3 inches in the air and started making a whining noise when plugged in.

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(Photo from telegraph.co.uk)

The warranty turned out to be worthless, so I wasn’t too inspired to buy a direct replacement!

I had heard a lot of good things about WaterPiks so thought I’d look into them. I read a lot of reviews and compared models to ensure that we got one that worked for us – for example our bathroom has zero plug sockets in so the product needed to be cordless, faffing with tiny water holders, multiple different tips sounded fun, etc, etc.

What none of the reviews mentioned is that using a Waterpik is a bit like being water boarding; at the toggle of a button there is a torrent of water unleashed that only stops when the reservoir runs out (45 seconds worth of water) or when you overcome your shock enough to flip the switch into off mode.

So that was different… and it hasn’t been a great success really!

Maybe I should end my boycott of Philips and just go back to what we know.

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