At work we use a chat tool to communicate. We use this more than the telephone or even email. By a long shot. If I call someone they have to stop what they’re doing and answer the phone to focus on what I’m saying. If I email someone they might not get to it for an hour or more. But if I chat them with a quick question they can fire off an answer even if they’re on the phone with someone else. If they’re really busy they can just move it to the side for 5 minutes until they have time to reply. It’s a wonderful tool that gives us a LOT more time to work than we used to have.
Still, the side effect of this is that it’s a lot less formal than email is and so you tend to get a few really funny messages come across. Here’s some just from the last couple of days:
(Names changed to protect the innocent, the guilty and the criminally stupid)
5:06 PM Jinksto righto. Bob should be by in a sec.
5:59 PM Richards He never stopped by
5:59 PM Jinksto screw’im
6:00 PM Richards i’d rather not i don’t go for the “pee standing up” type
6:00 PM jinksto he doesn’t
6:01 PM Richards lol
2:16 PM Lex you are smart
2:16 PM Jinksto I was raised on Corn Flakes
2:16 PM Lex manipulative, i like it
2:17 PM Jinksto I’m only manipulative because I can’t spell Machiavellian
2:25 PM Bob have installed Mgmt Studio…Where is TSIS editor? looking to do some “DTS”-type of work
2:30 PM Jinksto What’s a TSIS?
2:32 PM Bob ever use DTS in SQL 2000? it’s the 2005 equivalent
2:32 PM Jinksto I think you’re making shit up.
2:33 PM Jinksto SSIS?
2:34 PM Jinksto We don’t do Integration Services or DTS w/ MyApp.
2:34 PM Jinksto At this point YGWAWAMG applies.
2:36 PM Bob Meaning?
2:37 PM Jinksto Your Google Works As Well As My Google
2:39 PM Bob TSIS..SSIS…whatever!
2:40 PM Jinksto No clue. Don’t use it. It’s evil.
6:10 PM Jinskto Error: The operation completed successfully
6:10 PM Jinksto there’s probably only three applications in the world where that error is appropriate.
6:10 PM Jinksto MyApp is one of them.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
8:19 AM Mike MyApp runs on Windows, right?
8:19 AM Jinksto yes
8:20 AM Mike Then that error counts doubly
2:28 PM Lex Hey, are you there?
2:28 PM Jinksto No.
2:29 PM Lex Ok, let me know when you get back.