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Friday, November 23rd, 2007
3:14 pm
[cjkline83]
Micros Serial Issues
This is a highly technical question, but seeking help from anyone with some experience. A majority of our restaraunts are currently running kitchen and remote printers off of different registers using the serial RS-232 interface. For whatever reason, in Micros RES version 4.1, this connectivity is no longer supported as is.

The EASIEST solution seems to be cutting the serial connectors off the existing cables and placing RJ11 or RJ45 jacks on the ends and either connecting them to the IDN ports of the WorkStation 4s, or using a RJ45 - RS232 9pin adapter on the reger and an RJ-45 to RS232 25 pin on the printer.

Thoughts?

Thanks.
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
5:30 pm
[cjkline83]
quick dumb question for you.

People familiar with ghosting drives:

When creating a Ghost image (in verison 7.0), is it normal for it to take longer to write the image from disk, then it is to clone directly disk to disk? And, is the time it takes to write the image from disk to image comparable to how long it is going to take to write the other way (image to disk)?

Thanks. I'm only asking becaues when I direct clone (drive to drive) it takes maybe 5 minutes for a 3GB. However, when I'm creating the image, it takes about an hour to store the image, but I have yet to try to write the image back to a new drive.
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
8:15 am
[cjkline83]
Missed install
So, I missed a scheduled eta this morning for a cable pull at Macaroni Grill. I was supposed to be there at 8am; but I just woke up, and its 8:14am. I should still be able to close my other two calls though, and spend the rest of the day searching for an alarm clock.

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
4:36 pm
[cjkline83]
Microsoft hates Bush
I imagine the programmers of Windows put this in as an inside joke. Here's what you need:
- Windows XP
- Notepad

- Open a new notepad window.
- Type "Bush hid the facts"
- save this document somewhere you'll know where it is (Desktop is fine)
- close notepad
- open your saved document (bush.txt for example)

Be amazed.

UPDATE: 12/13/06 @ 5:27PM
This actually appears to be a unicode programming/parsing error, believed to be mended in Windows Vista. I guess it wasn't a big enough problem for Microsoft to patch with a Windows Update as of yet.

Alas, the truth is far less compelling. It appears that a lot of other character strings in the pattern 4 letters, 3 letters, 3 letters and 5 letters will give the same result. For example, the phrase "Bill fed the goats" also displays the garbled text...


Sorry for the hysteria, if any. Thanks to jemjabella and jeffreyatw.
3:42 pm
[cjkline83]
It sucks to be a weatherman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhsAVqywraE
6:16 am
[cjkline83]
Work Sucks, I Know
Okay, started my day at 9am. Went to the Arby's of Martinsburg, WV to fix a cash drawer. Came home, showerd, shaved, and headed to Panera of Fairfax, VA. That was working upon arrival. Went to On the Border of Dale City, VA; parts failure. Requested motherboard and touch chip to get the touch glass working again. Next I went to Panera Bread of Springettsburg, PA. TWO part failures for Dell GX60 KDS units. Actually, the images were FUBAR and I was sort of sabotaged from the beginning. Finally, went to Denny's of Mechancisburg to assist another tech with reimaging and resetting IP addresses for REG3 and BOH server. The time is now 6:15am. I am EXHAUSTED. What is that... a 21 hour day? And you think YOUR job sucks. *laughing*

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
3:58 am
[cjkline83]
Humorous Post
How to keep the IT guy happy:

When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and children's art. We don't have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

Don't write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error messages from here.

When an I.T. person says he's coming right over, go for coffee. That way you won't be there when we need your password. It's nothing for us to remember 700 screen saver passwords.

When you call the help desk, state what you want, not what's keeping you from getting it. We don't need to know that you can't get into your mail because your computer won't power on at all.

When I.T. support sends you an E-Mail with high importance, delete it at once. We're just testing.

When an I.T. person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's electronics in it.

When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T. person's chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

When an I.T. person tells you that computer screens don't have cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.

When an I.T. person tells you that he'll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?" That motivates us.

When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the company. One of them is bound to work.

Don't learn the proper term for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by "My thingy blew up".

Don't use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.
1:22 am
[cjkline83]
Useless? Trivia
Without googling, can you tell me who was the ONLY person killed by a robot?
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
12:19 am
[cjkline83]
Welcome
Welcome to the newly created community for Field Technicians, fieldtech. This is a highly informal community, meant as a relaxing place for technicians to bitch about anything and everything.

For example:
* Working on a register that is on the verge of catching fire?
* Had to work a 24 hour shift doing overnight installs?
* Hate your callcenter/home office?
* Feeling like that PDA/BlackBerry is more like a house arrest bracelet than a technological marvel?

Welcome to what I hope will be one of your favorite destinations on the web.

Yours,
cjkline83

Current Mood: cheerful
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