June 3rd, 2004

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Not coping (workload)

My in-tray is growing at an unmanageable rate and it seems the only time I can get to a task is when someone contacts me to ask why it hasn't been done yet. To add to that, a particularly antagonistic sales rep has just sent the courteous message "this may be a stupid question, but why has it taken so long to ?"

Have music on to block out distractions, but it's not helping lower the stress like it should.
  • Current Music
    The Offspring - Splinter
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Oxymoron of the day

In this URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser? Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,727,830.WKU.&OS=PN/6,727,830&RS=PN/6,727,830, nph-Parser caught my attention. Looked like an oxymoron.

(And yes, I know that NPH means that it is the webserver that won't be doing the parsing and that something needs to parse stuff, but I thought I'd mention it anyway...)

BTW, the URL above is Microsoft's patent claim for taking different actions based on how long you hold in a button or how many times you press it in quick succession. Surely the half-wit processing the patent request could have thought of prior art with little more than a minute of thinking. But don't get me started on that one... (Hmm, I wonder if the person in the patent office approved it, knowing it would get people up in arms, in an effort to bring about change in the patent system...)