2/25/09

Instant Messaging: Geeks at Work.


Co-worker:
So what was wrong?

Me: For some reason the ldap sync didn't have CN in the sametime buddy name field, so no valid buddy names were being populated. I also changed the connection from the ip address of the sametime server to actually be the FQDN of sametime.domain.com. I forced an ldap sync, restarted the service to pick up the ip/name change and that was it.

Co-worker: So simple I should have known.

Me: Well, there was also a slight misalignment in the high frequency electromagnetic field which caused an imbalance in the magnetic eddies induced in the dilithium crystal structure, so it had a problem keeping the charged particles away from the crystal lattice. It was a close one.

Co-worker: Whew, I knew there was more to it.


Yeah. I know. Out of all the people reading this, there's maybe one star trek geek who still lives in his mom's basement who is thinking, "Heh, good one!"

33 comments:

  1. Good one!

    Sorry, I just had to.

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  2. 'k, I don't get that. But I do really like your "suck it" symbols on the right. :-) And thanks for going back to the regular commenting format so I can get through again!

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  3. KC - it's ok. That was was just for me. And I have no idea what the hell was up with that other commenting format. I thought it would be better but it was crap.

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  4. The dilithium crystals gave it away...

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  5. In complete agreement.

    Good one!

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  6. You are lucky you didn't blow out one of the antimatter relays.

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  7. pretty sure EMF is produced by high current, not frequency

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  8. Our conversations are like that.
    "So I was sitting with the PSM and the SME on the VRG and he said just take stuff from the UG but you just can't, can you?"

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  9. I hope you didn't have to crawl into a Jeffries tube, too!

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  10. Okay, that first part I didn't understand at all. But the Star Trek reference, THAT I got. Because I'm married to a geek who would have understood this entire post, yo.

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  11. You forgot that the IEBGENR program won't be able to complete it's upload of the PS data until after the MVS oZ 1.10 system is able to come down and back up with the new SYSRES early code for packet correction values with the new SYNCSORT enabled feature, which won't work with DB2 V8 due to that big-blue doesn't play well with syncsort because they decided you have to use DFSORT, but only over the weekends will the IP addresses need cycled to make sure.

    Get off Facebook...

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  12. But...but...I love Star Trek! I'm just not geek enough to get any of the rest of it.

    Is there something wrong with loving Star Trek (TNG)?!?

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  13. You can still like Star Trek without knowing what they're talking about. Because explosions are still explosions, threats are threats, a kiss is you know, a kiss....

    ;-)

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  14. Sametime sucks, man. I use it at work as the corporate IM system, and we're always having problems with it.

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  15. Wow. Totally didn't get it. But that's ok. ;-)

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  16. Good God Johnnie. And that's all I have to say.

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  17. I've pretty much found that whatever the problem, unplugging and plugging the thing in again solves it. They should've tried that more often on Star Trek.

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  18. My favorites are things like:

    It's sunspot activity that's causing electromagnetic fluctuations in the ionosphere where the satellites are located. Because of this, transmission quality gets severely limited, and may at times fail.

    (All of this to explain why the network traffic is so slow.. Little do they realize that I'm using most of it to play Unreal online! *Evil chuckle*)

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  19. PT, a fellow Trekker? Who'da thunk it.

    Chris, you have no idea - those things are a bitch to work on.

    Kiki, you've obviously never studied Star Trek physics.

    Laura, no, luckily. Although I'd be good in the tube. I'm short and I can climb like a monkey.

    Que, we have something called a TLA. That's our acronym for "Three Letter Acronym"

    Badger, you're better off. I toast your husband with a glass of Romulan Ale.

    Mesh, not at all! Do you enjoy Tea, Earl Grey, hot? Me too.

    Ursula and BAG, you are both so right.

    MM, that's cool. I didn't either.

    Hat, that's standard Help Desk procedure. Did you reboot?

    Jorm, you guys hiring?

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  20. Tea, Earl Grey, hot. Make it so! Engage!

    I've just scared myself with my geeky Star Trek-ness.

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  21. chrisceb1:23 PM

    totally got it :)

    As I was reading I thought "dumb butt fell for it hook line and sinker!"

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  22. Kathy4:14 PM

    not only was it a good Star Trek ref, but explains a lot about why my sametime is always bugging out :-)

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  23. are dilithium crystals anything like folger's crystals?

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  24. Damn it Jim, I'm just a doctor!

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  25. WTF were you working on impulse engines, or the warp core????

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  26. That went right over my head!

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  27. "creepy baby head" hasn't got a clue what you're talking about 'cause the conversations i have at work can sound more like this:

    me: it is time to come out of the bathroom now. the bathroom is not a place to play. we go in, take care of business, wash our hands, and get out!

    K student: but johnny started it!

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  28. Are people still using that ancient dilithium crystal technology?

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  29. Does it mean anything that I understood pretty much that whole thing? And you better hope you're standing back if a plasma conduit blows.

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  30. I once made Star Trek uniform for halloween and wore it to work.(costume contest) I put 3 buttons on the collar. I was quite surprised at the number of people of clearly recognized that I was Commander. Trekkies - they're everywhere!

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  31. I'm a girl Trekker, which led to many Sat nights of Golden Girls and local news waiting for TNG at 10:30. I told my Dad that I was going to live in my room until he and Mom kicked it and I got the house. But I met a guy who knew what happened on the Khitomer outpost and who created Data (as well as X-files stuff) and we got married. We're contributing to society but keeping our nerdiness for ourselves!

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