elayna: (Sheppard shirtless)
[personal profile] elayna
It was a strange day. A friend emailed in the morning. Last night, a fellow had been chased by the police, stopped on the freeway, jumped the divider, and ran across the other side, where my friend accidentally hit and killed him. Her car had been confiscated by the police to gather evidence, so she had to get a rental car.

I don't really have a theory of life, but sometimes it seems... random and malicious. Who expects to kill someone on the way home from the movies? And yet, I suppose statistically that kind of thing happens regularly.

Then of course, I checked the news throughout the day for updates on the Manchester bombing, which was definitely malicious but planned. My heart breaks for the families who lost loved ones. I don't understand how people can target strangers, especially young people.

I got pranked in the afternoon, the first time in my life. Came back to my cube and the 'control-alt-delete' words were upside down on the monitor. Logged in, with my password typing upside down and backwards, and everything stayed upside down. While I was waiting on the help line, I called over a co-worker to show her the weirdness, and she had heard this guy had done this to two other people, so she googled the fix before the help desk answered, and then we went to help the other woman in our aisle, whose monitor was showing everything sideways. I don't understand the point of the exercise. I was really worried I'd been hacked. Why cause stress for enjoyment? Though the other co-worker who got pranked responded with "I'm gonna get that guy back good!" so I suppose some people find it entertaining.

My sister called in the evening, to vent about work. My niece wanted to speak with me before my sister ended the call. She wanted to know if I was coming to dinner and after I said I wasn't, blew me a kiss to say goodbye. That was sweet and touching and the best part of the day.

Date: 2017-05-24 07:37 am (UTC)
tarlanx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tarlanx
Have to admit if I'd left my desk leaving my PC unlocked at work then I would have got a reprimand - or reported to Security if none of my team was there to quickly lock it for me. A few years back someone might have pranked just to let the person know they'd left it unlocked but these days it is a security/sackable offense to use someone else's logged in account on a PC, even for a prank/reprimand.

Date: 2017-05-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
tarlanx: (Film - The Martian)
From: [personal profile] tarlanx
You are lucky in that respect. My company are reasonably strict over security, especially with the work I do.

Date: 2017-05-28 08:33 am (UTC)
tarlanx: (Film - TCoR - Riddick knives)
From: [personal profile] tarlanx
In my work place, the person who touched your PC to mess about with it would get a harder reprimand than the person who left it on by mistake... but both would have to be written up as a security violation, especially in the current climate.

Date: 2017-05-24 04:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clevermanka
Oh my gosh I can't imagine how traumatic for your friend.

Date: 2017-05-24 05:08 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
I'm really sorry to hear what your friend is going through, that's rough. I saw some pretty horrible things when I worked for the police department, and I was a computer guy, not a cop! If she has the means, I'd strongly suggest talking to a therapist to get ahead of the ball as it's probably likely for her to have some PTSD from this, it also might be a good idea to get rid of the car after the police release it and it gets repaired.

At one of my previous employers, the help desk guys would occasionally prank people by rotating their monitor video settings like that. Myself, I never was much for doing pranks of that sort. Though I did do one back in the early '80s: I was working for a company that did play-by-mail computer games. You'd get a printout of your current position, you'd fill out a turn sheet of what you wanted to do and mail it in, we'd type in all the orders and process them, producing new printouts, which we'd mail out, etc. There was this one particular game that was the only game that ran on a TRS-80 Model 3, and this guy Terry was the only one who ran the game. Anyone could run it, but he got a little snippity if he didn't get to do it. Being a programmer, I knew more than the average person about this computer and I wrote a little Basic program that would, when the computer booted, pop off a random number generator. If it liked the result, like, 1 in 1000, it would fill the screen at random locations with "Terry is a turkey!" or something like that. I wasn't there when it fired off, but the report from others in the room was that he went over to process a game, booted the computer, then all of a sudden burst out laughing.

I prefer subtler pranking. Rotating a monitor is too easy.

But yes, always lock your computer. Windows key + L, or for a Mac, set a hot area for a corner of your monitor to trip the screen saver that requires the login password to unlock. Move the cursor to that area and you're gold. When I was working for the police dept., we always locked our computers because I was one of three or four people who were the ultimate network administrators. At later jobs I maintained that: whenever I walked away from my PC, the screen was locked. And I was shocked to find that people didn't know that keyboard shortcut and they were in the IT dept!

Date: 2017-05-28 07:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne

There's a Windows keyboard shortcut that locks your computer, unless somehow it's been disabled.  Hold down the Windows key and hit L.  Boom, locked.  Win+M minimizes all programs, Win and E opens Windows Explorer, Win D shows the desktop.  All sorts of cool things you can do, you don't need an icon, I don't know why they would go that route.  I always configure screen savers to lock computers so that always happens, but that's usually after 5-10 minutes of non-use. Yeah, this pay-by-mail gaming was pretty cool, and it still exists today.  The guy sort of invented the industry in the '70s when he was in the military, running games out of shoeboxes in his quarters.  After he got out, he found a programmer and bought a computer.  When I was working there around '82, the main computer used punched tape for game data: each round was another tape.  We had the Raytheon, a couple of Northstar CPM computers, and one guy had his own TRS-80 Model 1.  Later another Northstar came in along with a TRS-80 M4.  This was a few years before the IBM PC came along, much less the Apple Mac.  We even sent game results through email using Compuserve and The Source.  And the company is still in business doing the same thing!  It's possible that Flying Buffalo is the only PBM game company still in business.

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