Friday, July 27, 2018

TSA Screeners now face 3 weeks basic training away from home, just like the military

In 2002 I actually went to a job fair for TSA screeners at a hotel in Bloomington MN.
Today, screeners have to take a three-week basic training course in Glynco, GA.  I presume they have to stay in barracks and travel to the site.

Over the next two years, all screeners are supposed to take the BCT course.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Should childless employees give up paid vacation for coworkers' maternity leave?

Last week, WJLA reported on a company where some workers gave up their paid vacation so that a coworker could take maternity leave.

I couldn’t find that story on their site, but I did find this.

If we had a paid family leave system like Europe and most of the west has, we wouldn’t think it controversial.  Same if we had single payor health insurance.  (Some countries, like Switzerland and Taiwan, have a private system that is much more regulated than ours and seems to work.)
Still, if that generosity were expected, I’d have a problem.  I, who never have sexual intercourse capable of producing a baby, subsidize those who do.  That’s what anthropology suggests gay men are supposed to do.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Ink jet printers are better than they used to be

Most of us don’t like to replace inkjet cartridges, because the underlying equipment feels fragile.
I had to take a refresher from HP.

The 7855 has the same instructions as the 5540.

You have to turn the power on and have properly aligned paper, and let it run the alignment and test print afterwards. This 3:1  ink-jet (about $165 at Best Buy when I bought it after the older laser gave out) is quite sophisticated as to firmware.
I got a power surge error when I plugged the cord in backwards to the computer.  I could clear it only by restarting the computer.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Windows 10 systems may need frequent restarts

A little Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1803) glitch, maybe.

Sunday morning (like in Britten’s Peter Grimes), July 1, I turned on the HP Envy (which at one time had been Windows 8.1 and has been retrofitted and updated), and it was very slow: to respond to the prompts to enter the password, then to boot up, and show all the icons. 

A restart fixed it (the restart took a little time), after which it behaved normally.

It seems that with Windows 10 Creators Update, you should restart at least every other day of heavy use to avoid any corruption of the quick start settings. 
Here is an article.