Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Afternoon all.

Since I practice what I preach, I'll be taking a few hours off from work this evening to get my meds adjusted by my psychiatrist.

If they ever come up with a drug - aside from Monster Energy Drinks - that would let me be Obsessive/Compulsive ONLY during work hours, and switch off instantly when it's time to go home, I'd be a happy camper.

Boss: "Can you work late tonight?"
me: "Sorry; can't. Life kicks in at 5:00 sharp. Doctor's orders."

As if. They hire folks like me because we're workaholics with OCD. Throw enough Twinkies, Sani-Wipes and frappuccinos our way, and we'll work until our brains melt.


At 2:56 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

They's called a "Wife and Kids"

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Oh...and I'M NUMBER 1...I'M NUMBER 1....I'M NUMBER 1!!!!


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Dianna said...


Do you happen to know where Quicken hides reconciliation reports, by the way? I don't mean the most recent one, I mean ones from months in the past.

I need them. Now!

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Nope. hell, I can't even get MS Works to load on my new hard drive. All I get is the MS Media stuff. Can't finger it out.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

I have a wife but no kids.

And she keeps stranger hours than I do sometimes. :)

I think in the Quicken folder under program files. There, or My Documents, unless you've saved them in an odd place previously.

Try creating a new report (not necessarily reconciliation) and see where it goes.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Do a search

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

So, isn't this the same as preaching hate to children? After all, one of the testimonials says it's a wonderful way to teach the family values of Democrats...and if Howard Dean is to be their leader and spolesman, then are those really the values to teach your children?

And are they really so desperate that registering illegal aliens, felons and dead people aren't enough, they have to come out with pahetic children's books.

just sayin is all

At 3:23 PM, Blogger tim said...

I love teh Twinkies, too, Sulla :)

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Since I don't know what thread you'll be looking at, I'll post this in the top one.

You, of course, are completely correct about the event at the Newark Airport. I stand justly chastened and am duly repentant. I will endeavor to ensure that the situation is never repeated. I humbly ask your forgiveness. A small token of my regret should be on its way to you.

Humbly yours,
Padraig J. O'Furnijur

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Timothy said...

There's that "Help, mom, there are liberals under my bed" book. It's just as ridiculous.

Remember, kids, when you vote blue the terrorists win.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Finally got the time to download the TEH-TV promo.

Laughed my pasty white tuchus off.

Well done, sir!

At 3:37 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

OK VBSers and gerbils everywhere, since it's Frischmas eve, here's my shot at the "12 Days of Frischmas." Since it's a repetitive song, I
will just cut to the chase:



On the twelfth day of Frischmas, li'l Debbie gave to me:

twelve turds a-flinging
eleven colleagues leaving
ten careers a-tanking
nine monkeys dancing
eight hallucinations
seven restraining orders
six drunken binges
five personalitieeeeeeeeees
four suicide notes
three sockpuppets
two nights in jail

...and a blog full of vodka cRAzEe!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Dianna said...

Ha! I have defeated Quicken!

I saved the printed reconciliations. I just needed to look in the right file in the teetering pile on my desk.

Did I mention that I'm a genius? On alternate Wednesdays, anyway.

Off to martial arts tonight.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

O-muse! O-muse! O-muse!

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

A quick look at some of the Quicken support forums reveals the answer - "You can't". I don't think Quicken actually saves any of the reports, unless you specifically export the file.

If you are trying to create a report on uncleared transactions from a previous period, you can try adjusting the date range from the standard Reconciliation Report function.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Dianna said...

Paddy, that sounds right. Have I mentioned that Quicken is a disaster of a program?

Uncleared wasn't my problem - it was just getting all the transactions that cleared in a month. June, in this case.

The Trustees are used to seeing things a certain way. If it's not that way, they get a bit fussy.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Staci said...

OMG, you guys are discussing finance software. My next task after the 2007 budget is to evaluate Great Plains. Does anyone know this software?

*crosses fingers*

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...


Barkeep! Three fingers of your best to my creative friend at table number 2 - and an 8 count of WTF Vodka® for the dyke cryin' in her pinot noir at the left end of the bar.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

A quick bit for a quiet wednesday

(to the tune of "Complicated")

I had so much on my mind
I thought maybe I'd unwind
Troll on some obnoxious right wing blog
and the hog
Mouth full of paste
his family's a waste
their deaths wouldn't faze
I typed in a haze
But some folks got pissed
they booed and they hissed you see

tell me

How could I have known that my IP could be located
Believe me
if I knew I could be tracked I wouldn't act so stalkertated
What to do now

lost my dog
lost my car
lost my job
lost my mind
I'm the laughingstock of humankind
I freaked in my hometown, now I'm about to be incarcerated

Oh, no, noooo...

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Your best bet from this point forward (assuming you have to stick with Quicken - saints preserve us) is to export each month's reconciliation report as a .txt file, .csv file, etc. You can even import it into Excel and work some creative magic.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Sulla sounds like a Game Programmer...

Boy am I glad to be out of the BS business

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Bon après-midi, gerbils de camarade. Et pour vous Eastsiiiiiiders dans la hizzle, yo, bonsoir agréable.

This is my first chance to get caught-up here since early a.m.; I've been chasing around most of today doing the "freelancer's hustle".

I'm dealing with a somewhat moribund local economy, so I've had to get creative and look for odd niche markets for myself. (In addition to the stuff you're all aware of, I've got a pretty wide-ranging "traditional" skill set, too.)

I'm identifying some very interesting opportunities.

SBH (from previous thread) - Got some (hopefully) entertaining ideas for DHD-related silliness; please be patient. (The folks here deserve better than clumsily-repurposed drivel from my Dead Project Archives.™)

Rather than Court Composer, I'd much prefer to be Minister of Propaganda. Hey, I'm an ambitious guy.

And it looks way cooler on a business card.

Sulla - Thanks; glad you enjoyed it!

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Sorry Staci, I knew a bit about Great Plains back in the pre-Microsoft days, but haven't evaluated it in recent years. It used to be a great program with lots of programming hooks for integration with other apps and customization.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

QuickBooks has direct export to Excel for pretty much all of its reports. This is a feature I've been whining loudly for years that should be incorporated into Quicken, but would Inuit listen? NoooOOOOOOooo...

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Sulla said...


network security software.

SQA, not programming.

It's much more fun to mock the efforts of others. :)

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Sinner said...


Please post the link again.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

All you California hands, please lend me your ears. I have a road trip question:

If I take Hwy. 395 out of Reno and head south until it dumps into I-15, that's like what, 400 freakin' miles? Am I reading the map correctly?

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Sinner said...


God help us if I were to try your job...

The goofiest Y2K theroy would look tame in comparison.

For example, I am at work trying to get my home connection hooked up so I can run VNC on my home server.

QWest sucks

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner -

Here 'tis.

How ya doin'?

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Reno is 400 freaking miles from anywhere...

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Oh, Sinner -


(Sorry if you get this too late.)

At 4:20 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...


395 to I-15 is about 400 miles. California is BIG going north-south.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Ducky said...

My new Epson is here!!!!!

Good luck everybody with your everythings. . .


At 4:21 PM, Blogger Sulla said...


vnc works, but it's kinda complicated.

Have you tried Hamachi? one of the easiest-to-use VPN apps I've tried, though corporate firewalls tend to be a PITA to navigate.

They were recently purchased by Logmein, which has a free remote desktop app that I like.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

OK, That f-ing ROCKS Fatwa

I'm linking it on the Front Page.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...

Great Frischmas song, regnmuse (Teh Oregonmuse without the O)
Also Sulla-great song.

I haven't been able to get anything posted over there, but that's ok. She read it & didn't have the guts to post it, so I won.

Had to do some real life today: Unplanned, I walked in on a friend who's dog had just died & drove her to the vet's office for cremation. One of those times when all you can do for someone is just be there, you know?

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

VNC is not really that hard and runs cross platform, I use it both from Linux and Windoze. I have a number of systems scattered over the network that have no keyboard/mouse/monitor but a NIC and VNC running.

It's also a standard at my day job, which is a strict stickler for standards, let me tell you.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner - Here's the original comment:

If you're in the mood for some top-notch television entertainment this evening, check out this ultra-low-budget radio promo for a couple of shows which might be of interest to VBSers.

(You may have to scroll down a bit on the linked page and/or wait a few seconds for the file to load.)


You have been warned.

For some reason, the conversion to mp3 made the spot sound a little "tubby". Plus I don't own the right type of mic for voiceovers (I'm more a writer/producer when it comes to radio, anyhow) and am getting over a cold. Feh.

A little mid-range roll-off and/or high-end boost might improve audibility; I hope teh funny® comes through anyway.

Music courtesy of the Fatwa Arbuckle Dead Project Archives®.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Also check out VNC one-touch... I use it for my tech support nightmare clients.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Fatwa, updated, thanks.

Is that your voice or did you use that AT&T thingie?

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Sulla said...


"standards sticklers" aside, sounds like an interesting gig.

The only non-Windows box I've ever had to work on for my job was Steve Jobs' NeXT system (man, that takes me back...)

I've nothing against Linux, but it's not what keeps me in snack cakes and Dexatrim. I sometimes hunt down linux webservers for my various sites, just so I have to keep up a (very) minimal skill set in it. That, and the occasional Cygwin foray is about it.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Thanks, Sinner, I'll check out vnc one-touch.

Part of the job is looking for what people are using in the field to make sure our stuff works with it.

It helps to be curious - and devious - in this job.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner -

My voice (with a cold), Shure SM58 (non-studio-quality) mic, Mackie 1604 board, a little EQ.

That's it. (Except for the phlegm; truth in advertising, and all that.)

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner -

The weird-sounding parts in the first half is basically me running-out of air.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Try this the "Rich" voice sounds alot like the "action movie announcer dude"

At 4:58 PM, Blogger SBH said...


TightVnc has the vote from my network/admin guy.

It's very configurable. you can hide the tray icon so you can moniter the other computers within your work domain without making a fuss (spy on them), scale monitor windows down to tiny so you can watch 9 monitors at once on one screen. Stuff like that.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger SBH said...

I should mention that you probably don't need anymore VNC info by now - but I will do anything to come up with a question for my network/admin guy. He's cute! And redheaded!

At 5:10 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

395 to I-15 is about 400 miles. California is BIG going north-south.

OK, thanks. You know, I used to live in CA (grew up in SF Bay Area in the 60s -- I got to see real live hippies in their native habitat in the Haight-Ashbury in SF) and I keep forgetting how HUUUGE it is...

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner -

Some of those text-to-speech voices are middlin' amazing. I had no idea about that site (although AT&T's been involved in speech synthesis pretty much from the beginning decades ago).

Thanks for the link!


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