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  • tech0x20 11:24 am on June 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Pattern.txt from vim. 

    I need to remember to read this stuff:

    Vim pattern searching:
    http://www.vim.org/htmldoc/pattern.html

    The main vim help file:
    http://www.vim.org/htmldoc/help.html

     
  • ThomasPowell 8:44 am on June 20, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Dear Valued Customer, You Are a Loser 

    The full title is, Dear Valued Customer, You Are a Loser: And Over 100 Other Embarrassing and Funny Stories of Technology Gone Mad. This book, by Rick Broadhead, has a somewhat deceptive title. It’s not simply about bad customer service horror stories. It’s about business horror stories, created or compounded by technology.

    Many of these horror stories involve what happens when poor judgement is crossed with the virulent nature of e-mail. A few involve technology being employed by the little guy. A few involve technology being employed by a scammer. Most of these stories have at their center the mis-application of technology.

    There are lessons in the humor here. You can (hopefully) laugh that these stories happened to someone else, but in the end, they are also a warning to be vigilant of the power of the ever-changing landscape of technology. The stories in this book involve customer service personnel, brokers, programmers (indirectly), and even CEOs.

     
  • ThomasPowell 2:41 pm on June 15, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Idiots at Work 

    This book is a collection of:
    – Infamous true stories–IBM and the world market for “five computers”, Iacocca’s “how much clean air” quote.
    – Anonymous blunders – the “Gregg Typting Award” resume note.
    – Anonymous stupidity.
    – Corporate stupidity.

    The anonymous stuff you’ve probably heard before, but there are a lot of gems in this book that you may not have heard before. The book is a series of shorts, from one-liners to single pagers.

     
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