Supporting Police

So the company for which I work supports many different types of clients. Most of them are architects or Engineers, but we also have accountants, mortgage companies, law firms, and my LEAST favorite, police departments.

We’ve all dealt with police before, and usually when they’re writing us tickets or telling us to stop punching babies, or throwing us out of bars, etc… They’re always the last word. They speak, you do. You can tell they were the kids in high school who couldn’t stop arguing with the teacher. Had to get the last word.

Well, they’re still the same person. I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule, so if you know or are a policeman, this may not apply. But if it does, you can feel free to sit there and scowl, and pretend it doesn’t, I really don’t care.

I hate calling the police departments to support their computer problems, because it doesn’t have anything to do with the law, and they are powerless to do anything about it. They hate admitting that they can’t flash a badge and a billy club at the computer and make it do what they want, so right out of the gate, they’re pissy. I can HEAR them pouting because they have to ask for help. Their always almost daring you to call into question their computer savvy.

God forbid you have to ask them to do something like unplug a cable. Like a fourteen year old girl who doesn’t get her way, they suck their teeth, and sigh, and act all pissy. Makes me want to say “Did you need my help? Did you want this computer to work again? Fix that face or I’ll fix it for you.” I alw

And when the god damned computer works again, you get, “Yup, it’s working. Ok. See ya.”

No fucking thanks? You cops wanna know why it’s so difficult to get respect? Talk to a co-worker who isn’t an asshole, he’ll tell you how it’s done.


Contact Management and Signature Grabber

I’m really kinda pissed about this… LinkedIn used to have an outlook toolbar that put a “Grab” button on it, so you could highlight someone’s email signature, and hit grab. It would take all their info, including any cutesy fucking graphics they use, and insert it all into the proper (usually) place in a new contact form.

Enter Outlook 2010, and they decided not to bother making the toolbar anymore.

I’ve looked into other things to managed my contacts across platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (which was a bad idea) Gmail, and Outlook, but everything is basically just a place online where you can upload all your contacts, and then management them there. I want them in Outlook, not on some online database.

And why can’t anyone else create a decent signature grabber?? Why the hell is that not yet built into Outlook? I can right click someone’s name and add them to contacts, but I gotta fill in the freakin info myself??

I’m well aware how lazy this makes me sound, but until you’ve experienced the “Grab” function you have no idea how convenient that is. Literally 3 seconds to create a complete contact, instead of two minutes to make sure you’ve got all the right info in all the right places.

I used to like the “dashboard” on the linkedin plugin too, reminded you to keep in touch with folks you haven’t emailed in a while, listed all your unanswered emails in case they required feedback, etc…

But even Gmail doesn’t really have a good “grab” feature. Same issues as Outlook… I’m hoping there are some Google coders somewhere putting something together to do this.

What do you use to manage your contacts?