I am a programmer. That's why I'm receiving a paycheck. I sit alone in a small cubicle and do my work. I don't do desktop support and I'm not interested in working closely with users. So my boss says to me today that I am being signed up for a FIVE day course in..... Microsoft OUTLOOK. You heard right. A five day course learning how to email. And the purpose of this? So I can teach classes to everyone at my job how to use Outlook. Am I a teacher? Nope. Am I a desktop support person? Nope. Do I …

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code code code code.... and of course your just human, you get tired, stressed out, exhausted and whatever you want to call it... so, what do you do to relax?

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An incredible 69% of IT Administrators are so stressed at work that they have seriously considered changing career as a result, according to a new survey from GFI Software. The 'IT Admin Stress Survey' also revealed that 34% of IT Administrators will work overtime equivalent to an additional 12 weeks each year, and that's without any additional pay for their troubles. ![adminstress](/attachments/small/0/adminstress.jpg "align-right") Asking 201 UK-based IT Administrators working at businesses of between 10 and 500 employees, the survey found that 66% of those questioned considered their jobs just as stressful, or more stressful, when compared to others in their …

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When sysadmin [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/23/sf_admin_stays_jailed/"]Terry Childs went off the rails[/URL] in San Francisco a few weeks ago and deliberately locked down the majority of the city's network, no one should really have been surprised. As most IT professionals will tell you, it was bound to happen sooner or later. [URL="http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/08/18/34FE-it-under-pressure_1.html"]InfoWorld[/URL] took a fascinating look at the soft underbelly of the IT work world recently. Sadly, all of the author's sources refused to be identified out of concern for their jobs. I find that level of fear disturbing since serious issues rarely get better unless they are exposed to the light of day …

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When I use the windows experience index test, my computer ALWAYS freezes when it gets to the CPU part. I have tried multiple times,and it always happens. So I decided to try another program. I did the 3dMarkVantage test, and the graphics tests did fine, the first CPU test finished, and when it moved to the second, my computer froze on the warm up. I have a core i7 860 @ 2.8GHz.

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Apparently, women are more than twice as likely to go online and vent when stressed than speak to their partners. That's according to the results of a recent survey which also suggests that when stressed many women go and blog instead of turning to alcohol or chocolate. The survey, conducted by women's online community [URL="http://www.powderroomgraffiti.com"]Powder Room Graffiti[/URL] reveals that some 58% of women will write more online during difficult times, either by blogging, commenting or taking part in social networks. Only 23% said they turned to their partners when things got on top of them. "Our research would certainly indicate …

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As if tech workers didn't have enough to worry about, now there's a [URL="http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2008/11/29/2003429804"]study[/URL] claiming people who work in high-tech industries are 50% more likely to develop heart disease than those working in other sectors. The research, conducted by the Taiwan Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis, cites stress and long work hours as the primary reasons. Researchers also discovered that the number of people with abnormally high levels of lipids in their bloodstreams was three times higher than is found in the general population. Taiwan's Society Secretary-General Ho Yi-lwun says, "Of those surveyed who were more than 40 years old, …

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I'm sure this will come as a total shock to you, but a [URL="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2008/10/20/daily54.html"]recent survey[/URL] by IT consulting firm Robert Half Technology has identified what causes CIOs the most stress. Too much work. Really? To discover this fun fact, researchers interviewed the CIOs of over 1,400 medium- to large businesses based in the U.S. More than 36% said they're stressed out because they simply have too much to do. Frankly, I'm surprised the number was that low. Also on the Best Stressed List was the evolution of technology (22%), office politics (18%), and balancing work/life issues (11%). As companies hemorrhage …

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