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Somebody better delete my account off their XBOX and not use it for playing Call of Duty Black Ops II possibly for multiplayer games. I don't own that game and don't appreciate my account being abused. Signing on to my XBOX and having it tell me I was last logged on to another console... Not a fan.

Now for something a little different.

*tap dance*

I'm the help desk Queen. Oh yeah. People love me there I swear. Got an awesome thank you note and a Tim card from a prof. Sadly I can't use that card on campus cause the Tim Hortons there sucks. I've been moving a lot of tickets and have mostly dealt with the flood of computers that needed to be worked on. Set up a macbook pro and installed Parallels with win7 and it was pretty slick.

My supervisor came up to talk to me too about the job posted. She asked if I did apply in such a way as to say "you should apply". I kind of felt like she knew I was doing a good job and that I stood a pretty good chance of getting the job. I joked about the cover letter I used to get my contract and told her about the mistakes I found and wondered how the heck I ever got an interview! Apparently no one reads those! I slave over those things! Ah well.

And another side note. Apparently I had a dream where I was investigating my own disappearance? I can't say that happens too often. No I didn't have a twin. And somehow I wound up at my old public school. Crazy when that happens. It always looks big and small and creepy too.



12 blog comments below

Yay! Microsoft has something in place if your account is being used on another console. Makes it so some poor sucker actually needs to know the horribly obscure password for my account in order to redownload and use it. Hazzah! TheGremlyn can rest easy now.
TheGremlyn on Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:31 am
That has to be a great feeling, that you're doing an excellent job. Would be nice if they could have that interview as soon as possible so you can get that behind you.
deanhills on Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:59 am
After talking with my manager I've been writing down times whenever I've made people extremely happy. I had one woman say 'that's the best server I've had in forever!' and all I did was track down a used mouse and keyboard and had a student advisor deliver them to her. There have been a few others that I'm keeping track of and I think there is one I should probably write down.

There was one staff person who was having a lot of trouble managing some files on the shared drive on the network. She would download these attachments for job applications and stick them in folders but the folders would have rather long names and a lot of the files also have really long names. Now add in the fact that these files are all nested very deeply into the shared drive and the folders all have fairly long names. She was running into an issue where half the files wouldn't open or they would and she'd get an some kind of syntax error in the file name.

My one coworker thought it had something to with files being saved on a Mac and then emailed in. This wasn't actually the case. I'd talked with my supervisor back in the fall and she mentioned an odd issue where if you have really long file and folder names and the file is nested very deeply within you won't be able to open the files. It had something to do with too many characters in the path.

In this instance is was something like S:\History\[someones name]\OPSEU\[OPSEU job postings]\[OPSEU job posting 2013 - 2013]\[OPSEU job posting second round interviews]\[someones name -1743 - 1762 - resume.pfd]

It was probably about that long or a little longer but when I remoted into the computer and saw the explorer window and the address bar I just knew. Some of the files with slightly shorter file names would open whereas some would not do anything if you double clicked them. I explained the issue and I had her move the folder up two levels and cut out at least 30 characters in the file path. Not to my surprise all the files opened without issue. Of course when she said she'd been able to open them before and that she'd buried them in another ridiculously long folder name it just made sense. I tried three times so explain this to my coworker who had been trying to help them out before but for the first two tries he kept talking about zipping files and what program she was using and ... I just shook my head. This is the second time I've had to deal with this issue but I guess he's never come across it or he has but he inadvertently solved the issue while troubleshooting.
TheGremlyn on Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:26 pm
Do you think it could have been the spaces in between the words in the file names that could have been a problem as well? If they had been connected with underscores they would have been accessed faster? Maybe the computer is searching for what is supposed to be between the words?
deanhills on Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:54 pm
I think it would have more to do with exceeding the maximum file path limit. I did a few Google searches and I'm seeing numbers around 250 to 260 characters. So anything after S:\ and you have a file path limit to work with. I think this is what my supervisor was talking about. I think you would normally get an error if you tried to rename a file or save a file and you bumped up against a character limit. Since people at work mostly move files in and out of these folders they might not get that error.
TheGremlyn on Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:13 pm
L, you are just rocking everything now!
BTW: Did you find yourself in the dream?
standready on Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:44 pm
Nearly 1500 views in 24 hours,this blog post is sending frihost a lot of traffic. Smile
truespeed on Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:57 pm
I don't know why there are so many views, I'm not talking about anything that interesting and I don't have any pictures of Mynx or the piggies. As for my dream, no I think I'm still missing Shocked
TheGremlyn on Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:47 am
OK there is the excellent writing, but I think with this blog post it must be the xbox.
deanhills on Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:04 pm
So what you're saying, deanhills, is the key to a high number of views is some amazing blog title... And either the content has nothing to do with the title or there is the tiny little bit at the beginning that relates to the title Twisted Evil I'm not sure what everyone was thinking when the title had XBOX account in it.... Hmm...
TheGremlyn on Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:20 pm
I thought you mentioned xbox in the text itself? Not only in the title and quite controversially?
deanhills on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:42 pm
Eh. Yea. I did technically talk about my XBOX account. The rare moment of real panic since my Visa is linked to the account. I don't recall what normally happens when you buy something from the XBOX market place. If purchases just went through without requiring the security number or at least the password for my account then I could end up with a ton of unauthorized purchases on my card Mad Something I have thankfully avoided thanks to the iTunes version of 'de-authorize all'!
TheGremlyn on Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:30 pm



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