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StaceyE
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3/30/2015 | 1:59:47 PM
Re: I am human hear me roar
@vnewman2

I have been there for sure! We used a software in our company a decade ago (if I remember right it was from Citrix) that allowed us to share files with our out of state offices. One woman in our office refused to close it out when she was done and thought it should just continue running well no matter how long she left it running idle. Then, when she did shut down her PC she would hit the power button on the box and do a hard shut down every time. Every time she restarted her PC she wanted to know why she got the screen telling her that Windows did not shut down correctly. Like you said, no matter how many times she was told or shown she still didn't think she REALLY needed to do things a certain way.
StaceyE
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3/30/2015 | 1:53:46 PM
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@vnewman2

I could not agree with you more! People have become lazy because of the convenience of technology. I home school my kids and a couple years ago my daughter had to go take a state math test and one of the items she was REQUIRED to bring to the test was a calculator!! When I was in school it would have been straight to the principals office if you got caught using a calculator during a test. I guess, now, they are teaching kids how to use technology to find an answer rather than their brains!
StaceyE
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3/30/2015 | 1:47:34 PM
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@ David

Yes, at that point we would definitely need a kill switch!!!

 

And, I did finally get an email notification about 1:00 pm today for your reply, and a couple more showed up as well! It seems to be fixed! (Knock on wood). Thanks for your help!!
David Wagner
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3/30/2015 | 1:04:32 PM
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@StacyE- It is true. If they start programming themselves, I guess you have to worry. But I'd like to think somewhere in the back of all that is a seed our our programming. Of course, each generation gets a little farther away from the original and less like our intent. Hrm...sounds like what we need is an off switch like with the droids in Star Wars Episode 1. :)
StaceyE
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3/29/2015 | 5:41:09 PM
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@ David

This is a very good point, but like you said, the chance for human error still exists through the programming. I think it would be a little scary (to say the least) if the computers started creating and programming each other and elliminated its need for human interaction.

 

BTW David, I emailed tech support several weeks ago and never heard back from them. It appears I am still not getting notification emails when my posts are replied to directly. Could you do me a favor and reply to this one to see if maybe they have fixed it in the mean time?
vnewman2
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3/2/2015 | 6:28:11 PM
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We work soley in a Citrix environment - we have few local apps. Every night it is necessary to right-click the Citrix icon, log off your sessions, then it is good measure to click Start, Restart. I can't tell you how many people just leave documents open for weeks on end and are surprised (and enraged at us) when the Citrix session finally fails to reconnect and their docs are shot into oblivion. It doesn't matter how many training sessions we offer or how many email reminders we send. It's not a mystery. It is how the system works. But for some reason people believe the computers "should just work" regardless of whether or not they follow the rules. It's shocking to me even though I should be used to it by now!
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3/2/2015 | 6:26:57 PM
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@StaceyE - What a great point. And this is where we can see how overly-reliant we've become on technology and computers - to the point where it arguably makes dumbs us all down a bit (no need to even know how to spell any longer with the advent of spell check/autocorrect/google). The absolute worst for me is when someone calls stark raving mad because they are at a "work-stoppage" because one thing on their system isn't "working." Just one example that pops into mind, if double-clicking on a file won't open, why not try opening the program first then browsing to the file and see if that works instead of calling the poor on-call help desk person in the middle of the night and screaming at them? Or instead of printing out 100 copies on your printer when it's low on toner when you're working at midnight on a deadline why not print one copy and go to the copy machine? Technology has robbed many of common sense and given people tunnel vision.
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2/28/2015 | 10:37:21 PM
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Look, really the only thing people can do is keep themselves educated and trained in a field that's in demand. Government should make sure this education is available and affordable.
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2/28/2015 | 9:08:29 PM
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@broadway.  I understand those concerns and have read many articles which support what you have.  But, there isn't much we can do, is it . If companies are introducing such technology in the workplace, as people in these changing times, the only thing we can do is adapt and accept what is coming to us.  I don't see any news that our government plans to do something to change this trend.        
David Wagner
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2/28/2015 | 11:54:39 AM
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@StacyE- Interestingly enough, we're starting to get computers that can digest information without human intervention. Of course, they still rely on humans to program them so ultimately the humans can still make a mistake. But I wonder if our relationship with computer mistakes will change when that is more common.
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