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kherbert05:

--- Quote from: Yarnspinner on January 23, 2014, 05:11:56 PM ---Peter M, we had a woman who used to bring in her laptop on a daily basis and would refuse our wifi server because....she wanted to use the one in HER APARTMENT on the other side of town.  We told her (repeatedly) that is she wanted to use the server in her apartment then she should just, you know, STAY HOME.  But she had an answer for that:  "I don't know what I am doing and I need your help."

Yeah, we figured that out on our own, lady.  If you want our help, then you gotta use our wifi.

And, if I had a dime for every person who insists it's our fault that they cannot access old websites which are clearly labeled with some warning like "THIS SITE NO LONGER EXISTS.  FOR OLDER VERSIONS CLICK HERE" I could buy the whole internet.  It is a mystery how so many people can figure out how to log on and surf, but they CANNOT READ THE DISCLAIMERS or the labels that say things like "The site is being updated" or "under construction, not available."   Also, I am sorry that Rachel Ray's site hasn't been updated this week, but it is not my job to get in touch with Ms. Ray and inform her.  She doesn't work here.

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I was in a class for teachers to become tech resources on campus through the Region 4 Education Service Center. I had high hopes for getting some advanced training. We sat down, they handed out our laptops. People opened them, waited a few beats and annoucned them broken. I told the people at my table they had to turn the laptop on. No they argued laptops turn on when you open them. Finally I just reached over and pressed the power button. I swear you would have thought I disappeared the ship channel - it was magic.

Slow sinking feeling

Next meeting woman explains she didn't get the homework done because she couldn't connect to the wifi. We send the next 30 min with the whole teaching staff trouble shooting her problem. Her problem she doesn't have internet at home. She wanted to connect to the region 4 wifi. The woman lived in Pasadena - a different city according to google maps Pasadena is 27 miles from the ESC.

I feel like I'm in quicksand.

I ended up regularly getting in trouble because I finished whole assignments while the class was on first steps - this advanced class was basically Computers 101.

I had a coworker who refused to access school webmail site from home because she read that was the most likely way to get viruses. Regularly ranted that we shouldn't be using e-mail becuase that is how you get viruses. Was a team leader, turned off her cell phone at home because her Husband didn't want to be disturbed. Had her cell phone number on the phone tree because her husband didn't want the district to have their land line number. Got mad because she showed up for school, when it had been canselled and no one told her. (Fortunately when core team couldn't get her they called her team. I had already seen it on the news.)

Mel the Redcap:
I work at a curtain shop. When you sew coated fabric drops together to make blackout curtains, there will be little pinpricks of light visible along the seam lines. It can't be helped; this is what happens when you stick a needle through the lightproof coating.

We regularly have people ask if we can do something about the pinpricks. Answer: Sorry, no. These people are generally understanding, and the question is fair enough because we used to be able to do something about it - we used to be able to order jars of the liquid coating and paint it along the seams to fill in the holes. (It was a pain and a half and took more time and effort than it was worth, and now it's really hard to find the liquid coating anyway, so file that under Things We Don't Do Any More.)

For the real Harry Potter moment, though, we had one customer ask if we could make a seam go away. The showroom staff thought she was asking about the pinpricks of light, and started explaining, only to have her interrupt and say no, no, she meant could we make a multiple-drop curtain without seams. As in, she thought we could somehow fuse or graft the pieces of fabric together so that you couldn't tell it had been joined.

Nice showroom staff:  :o ...No. Thaaaat's not possible.
Strange Lady: Oh. *pout*

#borecore:

--- Quote from: Mel the Redcap on January 24, 2014, 07:37:46 AM ---I work at a curtain shop. When you sew coated fabric drops together to make blackout curtains, there will be little pinpricks of light visible along the seam lines. It can't be helped; this is what happens when you stick a needle through the lightproof coating.

We regularly have people ask if we can do something about the pinpricks. Answer: Sorry, no. These people are generally understanding, and the question is fair enough because we used to be able to do something about it - we used to be able to order jars of the liquid coating and paint it along the seams to fill in the holes. (It was a pain and a half and took more time and effort than it was worth, and now it's really hard to find the liquid coating anyway, so file that under Things We Don't Do Any More.)

For the real Harry Potter moment, though, we had one customer ask if we could make a seam go away. The showroom staff thought she was asking about the pinpricks of light, and started explaining, only to have her interrupt and say no, no, she meant could we make a multiple-drop curtain without seams. As in, she thought we could somehow fuse or graft the pieces of fabric together so that you couldn't tell it had been joined.

Nice showroom staff:  :o ...No. Thaaaat's not possible.
Strange Lady: Oh. *pout*

--- End quote ---

Pardon me if I'm being dense, but can't you layer the blackout fabric and liner and tuck the seams inside? I seem to recall my cheap store-bought blackout curtains having this design. I'm not good at technical sewing terms,  but it's like a pillowcase, turned inside-out and finished.

I mean, your last customer is definitely in the wrong, but I am wondering whether that's a solution for the rest. 

Midnight Kitty:
I was the civil engineer in a design charette for a parking lot.  The client wanted trees to provide shade for the cars.  He asked the landscape architect to plant "trees that birds don't like" so the cars don't get showered with bird poop.

The landscape architect looked like this =>  ???

I give him bonus points for not suggesting that they put diapers on the birds.

Mel the Redcap:

--- Quote from: jmarvellous on January 24, 2014, 07:54:35 AM ---
--- Quote from: Mel the Redcap on January 24, 2014, 07:37:46 AM ---I work at a curtain shop. When you sew coated fabric drops together to make blackout curtains, there will be little pinpricks of light visible along the seam lines. It can't be helped; this is what happens when you stick a needle through the lightproof coating.

We regularly have people ask if we can do something about the pinpricks. Answer: Sorry, no. These people are generally understanding, and the question is fair enough because we used to be able to do something about it - we used to be able to order jars of the liquid coating and paint it along the seams to fill in the holes. (It was a pain and a half and took more time and effort than it was worth, and now it's really hard to find the liquid coating anyway, so file that under Things We Don't Do Any More.)

For the real Harry Potter moment, though, we had one customer ask if we could make a seam go away. The showroom staff thought she was asking about the pinpricks of light, and started explaining, only to have her interrupt and say no, no, she meant could we make a multiple-drop curtain without seams. As in, she thought we could somehow fuse or graft the pieces of fabric together so that you couldn't tell it had been joined.

Nice showroom staff:  :o ...No. Thaaaat's not possible.
Strange Lady: Oh. *pout*

--- End quote ---

Pardon me if I'm being dense, but can't you layer the blackout fabric and liner and tuck the seams inside? I seem to recall my cheap store-bought blackout curtains having this design. I'm not good at technical sewing terms,  but it's like a pillowcase, turned inside-out and finished.

I mean, your last customer is definitely in the wrong, but I am wondering whether that's a solution for the rest.

--- End quote ---

You are not being dense! That is exactly what we do with curtains that have a fashion fabric in front of a blackout lining. It just doesn't work with curtains where the fashion fabric has a blackout coating applied to the back of it and there is no separate lining. :)

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