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Thursday, 22.May.2003

9:54 - on the importance of descriptive subject lines

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Often, when I get a large ammount of emails at one time, I'll do a mental prioritizing of them based partly on who it is from ("oh, it's bob again, probably just another bad joke") and what the subject line says ("hrmm, 'EMERGENCY' eh, I guess I'll check it").

I just got one with the following subject line: "Printer putting ink on pages"

My first thought when I saw this: "Great, that's what it's supposed to do."

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From:artistic_chaos
Date:11:52 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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What exactly do you do? For some reason I was under the impression you were a programmer, but you really got the attitude in a lot of your posts of an IT guy... I know, I was one. IT that is, not a guy :)
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From:lograh
Date:12:15 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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you were never a guy? :)

yeah, IT is part of my job also. I do lots of things. I think I actually posted once what I do, but I'm too lazy to go hunting through my history so I'll likely just try and type up another one for you.

In short, I mostly do IT, some programming, occasional consulting, a fair share of user training, bits and pieces of purchasing, a smidgen of networking, and other stuff (play games, surf the web, download music, you know -- the usual). I like to say "If it involves computers, I do it." I've even been asked to help move some computers from one room to another. Just pick them up and carry them a few doors down the hall and plug them back in. That's it.
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From:artistic_chaos
Date:12:27 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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And you're going to Sac State as a CS major?
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From:lograh
Date:13:19 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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nah.. I was a double major with math and CS for a while, but I decided that the program for that had weakened both topics so much as to be unusable. So I decided to just get a major in one with a minor in the other. I picked math as the major because I have more fun doing it than I do CS, plus CS is (for me) too damn easy, and I wanted to be challenged in my major.

Currently, I'm taking classes pursuing a MA in mathematics. Once that's done, I will go back for something. Perhaps a BS in Physics or a BA in Philosophy would be nice. I do plan on getting a BS in CS eventually, but I'm in no hurry to do so (again, it holds no challenge and thus has very little appeal). I'll likely do it before I leave here to persue my PhD, though.

All that stuff is long-range plans, though. Right now, I'm just a lowly worker bee here at CSUS taking classes in my spare time slowly creeping up on a masters in mathematics.
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From:artistic_chaos
Date:13:40 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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Excellent. Now I know who to pester if I ever need help on my math :P
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From:lograh
Date:15:16 22.May.2003 (UTC)
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My dear, it would be a pleasure.

I must warn you, though, while I am excellent at mathematics, I suck at numbers. I'm willing to help at any level, but I can't promise good results with a lot of it (it's been, er, 10(?) years since I took Trigonometry -- I'm a little rusty).
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