July 20th, 2005

Wedding day

Ha, ha!

I share a cubicle wall with one of the managers of our Customer Service department. He has enough loud phone conversations that I can conjecture that he was hired specifically for his technical experience in setting up call centers. Not only does he know Nortel and Avaya phones inside and out, but he troubleshoots his employee's PCs. The man knows computers.

Anybody sufficiently experienced with modern computers has passed through a mercifully brief phase of experimentation after discovering that they can make their PC say all sorts of funny things instead of "beep!" At one point of another, we've all downloaded .wav files from Monty Python and Pulp Fiction and changed our Empty Recycle Bin sound to Oscar the Grouch singing "I Love Trash." Eventually though, everybody gets sick of waiting for "I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it." every time they click on "Shut Down," so they change it back to "beep!"

This guy's computer laughs like Nelson from The Simpsons every time he gets new e-mail.

He's a manager so he gets a lot of e-mail. I've heard his computer say "Ha, ha!" at least ten times an hour since I came in today. Either it's a new sound that he's just become enamored of, or he's had the volume down all this time and just turned it up. Regardless, it's incredibly distracting.
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