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Dinner is in the microwave

Stouffer's lasagna.  To which I will add two slices of swiss and two sticks of string cheese.

A very full day at work. Morning I volunteered to do some more audio testing, only to find that the tests were for features which were not in the product, and were not planned for it.

So I punted, and re-tested some of my favorite features. And found a bug. We allow the customer to upload their own short video files, like their logo with “ please stand by” and placards announcing other shows. It wasn’t working. Got an error message every time. I got two second opinions, then filed a bug.  Project manager asked if it did that on another version of the software, so I got my behind-me neighbor to check, and it crashed her machine. Added that to the bug.

My headphones were only playing the right earphone, and I traced it to a bad connector on the docking station. In the process the docking station kept losing track of everything plugged into it, so I placed an order for the IT folks to handle it. Ought to result in a new one in a week or so.

Lunch at Hometown Buffet because I needed to deposit a check at the CU, which was on the way, and with a 2pm meeting it had to be a quick meal. Quick as in not having to wait for poor service.

The meeting was almost fun, the mini-team shared bug reports and laughed sat my talent for having tests yanked from under me.

Later in the day, a solution arose, put me on a different mini-team which was behind in testing, mostly because their software was late in arriving, but also because one of their key members handed in his resignation. It’s not effective till the end of next week, but whatever. This fellow was an acquired taste, and it took me a while to stop h8ing.

He’s Vietnamese, and speaks with a very harsh tone, and comes with a big ego. But he also comes with a lot of technical knowledge and skill, and at meetings he would only speak when he had something important to add. The more I listened, the more I respected. The only things I still don’t like about him is he always shows up 10 minutes late for meetings, and his phone always takes priority over the meeting. It took him a while to remember to set it on vibrate, but he’s always checking it, and when it vibrates he runs outside and takes the call. Maybe those were all recruiter calls.

I have to say, though, he not only did his job, he wrote scripts and shared knowledge which helped us all do our jobs better.

Anyhow, it took me a while to put the new software on my machine and figure it out enough to set up the first test. So I’m ready for tomorrow.

Home by way of Home Despot, looking for an upright freezer in the 14<sup>3</sup>ft. range. They only had one upright, too large, and it was the display unit. Nobody in that end of the store at all, felt like a ghost town.

Next stop, Lowe’s. Walked in and the first thing I saw was appliances in all the aisles where they usually have the summer display, and the back area where appliances normally are was empty and looked like it was about to be remodeled. Lots of employees, but they were all grunts moving the fridges around. I saw no upright freezers, only 2 chest style. What lobotomized SOB invented those? The only practical use they have is for hiding bodies or storing a whole goat for the Eid feast.

Home, empty-handed. Spook met me at the door and immediately took off for points unseen. Later in the evening she brought me her mouse while I was on the PC, so I got up and played with her, and took a shot at brushing her. She liked it, sort of. She purred loudly, and aimed the side of her head at the brush, and she let me brush her tummy a little before going all claws out on me.

Tonight was “get album artwork” night in iTunes. I use an iPod in the car for my music, and something went wrong a couple of iTunes updates ago where it lost the cover art for the albums, so really weird non-art with incorrect genre labels shows up on 3/4 of the tunes. Took a long time, and lots of cover art did not make it – I blame copywrong laws. Did not feel like Plan B, which is looking the album up online and using Paint to make a file which iTunes can grab.

Somewhere around 10:30 when I did not see any Facebook entries about the Mets from my too-many Mets fan friends, I turned on the TV to see what was up, and the game was on Channel 702 (Fox) and was in the 14th inning. That would be 1:30 am Mets’ time.

The next inning the Royals loaded the bases, hit a long pop fly, and the winning run scored. All that took about half an hour in real time. Which is why I usually don’t watch baseball. 20 seconds of excitement in a 5-plus-hour game.

Dinner was eaten after that, apple bread pudding for dessert. This time I mixed 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with the Bacardi, and made a passable topping.

Plans for tomorrow:

  • Work
  • Manicure
  • 1-on-1 with the boss


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 28th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
Pointless question for you: I pointed out a bug to the people at the Southwest Airlines website. They have a Paypal button that doesn't work. They told me it was a problem with Paypal. I checked. It wasn't. I told them as much. Ended up buying the ticket a different way. They marked my issue resolved but it isn't because next time, it still won't work.

So, on a scale of 1-10, how messed up is that?
Oct. 28th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
It depends on what you mean by "I checked". If all you did was check that PayPal was up, that's not any kind of proof. Chances are slim that the Paypal button, which I have used several times in the past, has changed. Chances are much higher that the connection between SW and PP timed out, and that could be due to network issues on either end, or even network issues beyond either SW's or PP's control. If you tried a PayPal transaction on eBay, that would come closer to a good test, except since PayPal's network is eBay's network (despite their split) it's not a definitive test.

Best test is to try again a few hours later.

BTW, the button and the code behind it is provided to merchants by PP. I've used it on my web site, and any 6th grader could do the same.
Oct. 28th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I mean, I contacted PayPal, explained the problem in detail, chatted with them, and they told me the problem was with Southwest's website. They told me to have Southwest talk to them. "Why can't you do that? Why am I stuck in the middle?" I asked Southwest the same question. It didn't help.

Paypal transactions have always been fine for me everywhere else. Problem is not on my end or with my account.

I've tried to use Southwest's paypal button several times over a period of about 2 years. It doesn't work. It puts a pending charge in, but then there's an error message and Southwest doesn't register a purchase.
Oct. 29th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: The
Sounds like you talked to the lobotomized at both places. If it has never worked for you, the problem most likely is at your end. Could be a browser cache issue. Because, you know that something which puts $$ into both business' pockets is not going to go unnoticed for 2 years. No way. No how.
Oct. 29th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: The
Nope, not that either. I clear my browser cache all the time. On general principle. The thing really doesn't work. And I'm not the only one. I've been told by others that when they call in, they're told they can use their paypal debit card and most just do that. Didn't work for me because I was trying to use the $$$ in my paypal credit account, which the card for some reason can't access. No, Howard, I'm not the idiot here.
Oct. 31st, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
Did I call you an idiot? I sure hope not. I do understand what you're trying to do, but unfortunately in order to test it myself I'd have to actually get to the point where I hit the button to pay for a ticket, and I'm not willing to take a chance that it will work for me until there's a trip I actually want to go on.
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