Schedule a meeting



  • This popped up on my computer at work several months back. Not really a wtf, but the management team it came from is.




  •  Conference room 404? The people who are laid off will have their jobs FILE_NOT_FOUND.



  •  Or you an just say you were unable to locate the room.



  • Click 'Dismiss All' - then there won't be any need for further discussion.



  • If you deselect the meeting in that dialog, for some reason "Dismiss All" also gets grayed out. That's a wtf in itself.



  • @SenTree said:

    Click 'Dismiss All' - then there won't be any need for further discussion.
    You, sir, are on your way to winning an Internet.



  • Outlook has an appointment reschedule thingy where you can propose a new meeting time, just set it for a few years hence.



  • @StrideColssus said:

    Outlook has an appointment reschedule thingy where you can propose a new meeting time, just set it for a few years hence.
     

    Yeah, make the system work for you.



  • @StrideColossus said:

    Outlook has an appointment reschedule thingy where you can propose a new meeting time, just set it for a few years hence.
    I'm btk, and I approved this message.



  • @StrideColossus said:

    Outlook has an appointment reschedule thingy where you can propose a new meeting time, just set it for a few years hence.
    I was really bored at work one afternoon at a job where we had Outlook, so I decided to see just how far into the future I could set a meeting.  I found that the calendar ran up to something like 4900AD or so, so I scheduled an appointment on the last day of recorded time.

    Then I calculated what 2900-odd years was in days, and set a reminder for that many days in advance.  Next day, and every day afterwards, I would get a reminder telling me how many days were left before the end of time.  I decided that we have our calendars backwards; who cares about how long it's been since some event in the past?  The past is past, it's dead and useless; what we care about is the future, planning, deadlines, the heat-death of the universe.  A calendar that counts down to zero rather than up from zero to some completely arbitrary number would be much more useful.




  • @DaveK said:

    I was really bored at work one afternoon at a job where we had Outlook, so I decided to see just how far into the future I could set a meeting.  I found that the calendar ran up to something like 4900AD or so, so I scheduled an appointment on the last day of recorded time.

    Then I calculated what 2900-odd years was in days, and set a reminder for that many days in advance.  Next day, and every day afterwards, I would get a reminder telling me how many days were left before the end of time.  I decided that we have our calendars backwards; who cares about how long it's been since some event in the past?  The past is past, it's dead and useless; what we care about is the future, planning, deadlines, the heat-death of the universe.  A calendar that counts down to zero rather than up from zero to some completely arbitrary number would be much more useful.

     

    My firstborn is yours to consume.



  • @DaveK said:

    I was really bored at work one afternoon at a job where we had Outlook, so I decided to see just how far into the future I could set a meeting.  I found that the calendar ran up to something like 4900AD or so, so I scheduled an appointment on the last day of recorded time.
    See, this is how those 2012 rumors get started.  Four millennium from now, archeologists will return to earth and dig up an old Windows computer, and get it running, and determine that our calendars suddenly stop at 4900AD.  Sham artists at the time will herald this as the end of the world, misinformed movie producers will create entertaining holorecordings of the coming disasters, gullible people will start to panic, and sentient machines will take the opportunity to rise up once and for all to crush their fleshy oppressors. Good going, Microsoft, you've doomed us all.

    @DaveK said:

    I decided that we have our calendars backwards; who cares about how long it's been since some event in the past?  The past is past, it's dead and useless; what we care about is the future, planning, deadlines, the heat-death of the universe.  A calendar that counts down to zero rather than up from zero to some completely arbitrary number would be much more useful.
    They tried that before Jesus was born but it got confusing.



  • Cold. And stupid. But mainly cold.



  • FYI, the world will end on Tue, August 31st, 4500AD a few minutes before midnight (local time).



  • @Xyro said:

    FYI, the world will end on Feb 14, 2016
    FTFY



  • @belgariontheking said:

    @Xyro said:

    FYI, the world will end on Feb 14, 2016
    FTFY

    Valentine's Day?  Bummer.



  • @dhromed said:

    @DaveK said:

    I was really bored at work one afternoon at a job where we had Outlook, so I decided to see just how far into the future I could set a meeting.  I found that the calendar ran up to something like 4900AD or so, so I scheduled an appointment on the last day of recorded time.

    Then I calculated what 2900-odd years was in days, and set a reminder for that many days in advance.  Next day, and every day afterwards, I would get a reminder telling me how many days were left before the end of time.  I decided that we have our calendars backwards; who cares about how long it's been since some event in the past?  The past is past, it's dead and useless; what we care about is the future, planning, deadlines, the heat-death of the universe.  A calendar that counts down to zero rather than up from zero to some completely arbitrary number would be much more useful.

     

    My firstborn is yours to consume.

    What flavour is it?

     



  • @DaveK said:

    What flavour is it?
     

    Something fruity. (NSFW, depending on your office culture. Don't forget to click Next. And Previous. And Archive.)



  • @dhromed said:

    @DaveK said:

    What flavour is it?
     

    Something fruity. (NSFW, depending on your office culture. Don't forget to click Next. And Previous. And Archive.)

    Huh.  I clicked "Next" through a few of those.  There are dicks in, like, 80% of the comics.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    There are dicks in, like, 80% of the comics.
     

    What is your point.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @dhromed said:
    @DaveK said:
    What flavour is it?
    Something fruity. (NSFW, depending on your office culture. Don't forget to click Next. And Previous. And Archive.)
    Huh.  I clicked "Next" through a few of those.  There are dicks in, like, 80% of the comics.

    But there's also titties.



  • @derula said:

    @morbiuswilters said:
    @dhromed said:
    @DaveK said:
    What flavour is it?
    Something fruity. (NSFW, depending on your office culture. Don't forget to click Next. And Previous. And Archive.)
    Huh.  I clicked "Next" through a few of those.  There are dicks in, like, 80% of the comics.

    But there's also titties.

    Not just. (Again, NSFW)

    And no, I didn't go looking for them. I just clicked Next 4 or 5 times to see how bad the comic would go.

    EDIT: actually I kinda like the humor, even if it is a bit too graphic most of the time.



  • @Zecc said:

    I just clicked Next 4 or 5 times to see how bad the comic would go.

    I clicked next until I reached the same comic where I started from.



  •  A classic. (wholly SFW, unless your coworkers frown on comix. Also maybe a NSFW banner)



  • @derula said:

    I clicked next until I reached the same comic where I started from.
    The thing about browser navigation buttons is they can make history repeat itself.



  • @Zecc said:

    The thing about browser navigation buttons is they can make history repeat itself.
     

    Does this mean that the solution to the end of the world in 4900AD is Outlook Web Access?



  • @dhromed said:

     A classic. (wholly SFW, unless your coworkers frown on comix)
     

    Well, the comic itself is SFW, but I've got a NSFW banner ad along with it.



  • @ammoQ said:

    Well, the comic itself is SFW, but I've got a NSFW banner ad along with it.
     

    This had slipped by my attention.



  • @dhromed said:

    @ammoQ said:

    Well, the comic itself is SFW, but I've got a NSFW banner ad along with it.
     

    This had slipped by my attention.

    When your ad avoidance skills are so strong that you manage to ignore drawings of nekkid ladies, you have to question your choices that have lead you to this point.



  • @bstorer said:

    @dhromed said:
    @ammoQ said:
    Well, the comic itself is SFW, but I've got a NSFW banner ad along with it.
    This had slipped by my attention.
    When your ad avoidance skills are so strong that you manage to ignore drawings of nekkid ladies, you have to question your choices that have lead you to this point.

    Or, alternatively, you have AdBlock installed.



  • @Zecc said:

    @derula said:

    @morbiuswilters said:
    @dhromed said:
    @DaveK said:
    What flavour is it?
    Something fruity. (NSFW, depending on your office culture. Don't forget to click Next. And Previous. And Archive.)
    Huh.  I clicked "Next" through a few of those.  There are dicks in, like, 80% of the comics.

    But there's also titties.

    Not just. (Again, NSFW)

    And no, I didn't go looking for them. I just clicked Next 4 or 5 times to see how bad the comic would go.

    EDIT: actually I kinda like the humor, even if it is a bit too graphic most of the time.

    O_o

    Cartoon drawings of a vajayjay is "too graphic"??

     

    Oh, and I read every single comic.  Twice.  I was just noting that dhromed loves the cocks and isn't afraid of trumpeting on a public forum.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

     

    Cartoon drawings of a vajayjay is "too graphic"??

    Only when they're blue.  That's why the network never ran that episode of the Smurfs where Gyno Smurf gives Smurfette a pap smear.



  • @bstorer said:

    Only when they're blue.  That's why the network never ran that episode of the Smurfs where Gyno Smurf gives Smurfette a pap smear.
     

    You can still download the unaired episodes of Gay Smurf doing Gigolo Smurf.

     

    In HD.



  •  I just thought of a meeting WTF at my work. One of the juniors was booking (sales) meetings for the boss interstate. That state is in a different time zone (stupid daylight savings) so he'd book the meeting and each side thought they were in local time. Unfortuneately the boss had already booked some meetings, properly, so there were clashes. Hilarity ensued.



  •  @Zemm said:

     I just thought of a meeting WTF at my work. One of the juniors was booking (sales) meetings for the boss interstate. That state is in a different time zone (stupid daylight savings) so he'd book the meeting and each side thought they were in local time. Unfortuneately the boss had already booked some meetings, properly, so there were clashes. Hilarity ensued.

    Let me guess: Lotus Notes?



  • @blakeyrat said:

     @Zemm said:

     I just thought of a meeting WTF at my work. One of the juniors was booking (sales) meetings for the boss interstate. That state is in a different time zone (stupid daylight savings) so he'd book the meeting and each side thought they were in local time. Unfortuneately the boss had already booked some meetings, properly, so there were clashes. Hilarity ensued.

    Let me guess: Lotus Notes?

     

    Nope. Queensland.

    /southerner ducks and runs.



  • @Nyquist said:

    @blakeyrat said:

     @Zemm said:

     I just thought of a meeting WTF at my work. One of the juniors was booking (sales) meetings for the boss interstate. That state is in a different time zone (stupid daylight savings) so he'd book the meeting and each side thought they were in local time. Unfortuneately the boss had already booked some meetings, properly, so there were clashes. Hilarity ensued.

    Let me guess: Lotus Notes?

     

    Nope. Queensland.

    /southerner ducks and runs.

     

    I'll just go back to my XXXX now then. (Or exchange it for some Bundy, The outlook is not good for the apple growers on the rain calendar.)



  • @Zemm said:

    I'll just go back to my XXXX now then. (Or exchange it for some Bundy, The outlook is not good for the apple growers on the rain calendar.)
     

    What I was getting at is how do you mess up time zones in Outlook? You have to go out of your way.

    Whereas I just assume Lotus Notes is crappy enough to have no effective time zone support. :)



  • @blakeyrat said:

    What I was getting at is how do you mess up time zones in Outlook? You have to go out of your way.

    Not really, there's a not so well documented bug in Exchange/Outlook interaction. Although you've updated for the new DST bull in the USA, if the sysadmin doesn't fix it on Exchange also, then during those periods where old DST and new DST don't match, fun sometimes ensues between people attempting to schedule meetings. The best part is, since its not a consistently occurring bug (only happens with DST mismatch), your sysadmin may not catch it for years!



  • @blakeyrat said:

    What I was getting at is how do you mess up time zones in Outlook? You have to go out of your way.
     

    This junior has a knack for causing errors. He's managed to crash three different Macs in three different ways, as well as causing random errors in all the Windows PCs. It's a good (bad?) thing he's not a programmer or I'd have to live broadcast his work onto TDWTF...)

    The problem is more about sending a meeting request for "10 o'clock" (our local time) which then appears in the recipient's calendar as "11 o'clock" (their local time). Also some of the recipients didn't accept email meeting requests, so they were done over the phone. The junior looks at the boss's calendar and sees 11:00-12:00 is free so makes a meeting booking over the phone for "11 o'clock" which then clashes with the above meeting. The boss headed down to Sydney and Melbourne to drum up some more business (we are only small and there's no "sales" person at the moment).



  • @rad131304 said:

    @blakeyrat said:

    What I was getting at is how do you mess up time zones in Outlook? You have to go out of your way.

    Not really, there's a not so well documented bug in Exchange/Outlook interaction. Although you've updated for the new DST bull in the USA, if the sysadmin doesn't fix it on Exchange also, then during those periods where old DST and new DST don't match, fun sometimes ensues between people attempting to schedule meetings. The best part is, since its not a consistently occurring bug (only happens with DST mismatch), your sysadmin may not catch it for years!

    That doesn't sound like that obscure of a bug.  It's hardly an "Exchange bug"; any client/server interaction is going to have trouble with DST if one is using outdated zoneinfo.   What's shocking is that someone could go 3 years without applying the proper patch, and that nobody would notice the time being off for that long.



  • @Zemm said:

    He's managed to crash three different Macs in three different ways, as well as causing random errors in all the Windows PCs
     

    How; which errors?



  • @Zemm said:

    I'll just go back to my XXXX now then. (Or exchange it for some Bundy, The outlook is not good for the apple growers on the rain calendar.)
     

    I'm in pain now. Pass me some of that Bundy...



  • @dhromed said:

    @Zemm said:

    He's managed to crash three different Macs in three different ways, as well as causing random errors in all the Windows PCs
     

    How; which errors?

     

    Pinwheel of death in things like MS Office, Flash, Final Cut or QuickTime - sometimes even requiring holding in the power button to reset it. No-one else has experienced these problems on the same machines.

    Random errors include the network dropping out, him screwing the boss's mailbox, etc. He's even caused a few BSODs, though the hardware tested fine.

    The errors probably aren't really his fault, he just has that "energy" that causes computers to go haywire! (I tend to have the opposite energy in that when I approach a computer it magically fixes itself, at least initially)





  • @Zemm said:

    The errors probably aren't really his fault, he just has that "energy" that causes computers to go haywire! (I tend to have the opposite energy in that when I approach a computer it magically fixes itself, at least initially)
     

    He's not a designer is he by any chance? Our designer is the only one that can BSOD his machine on a regular basis. 



  • @Nyquist said:

    @Zemm said:

    The errors probably aren't really his fault, he just has that "energy" that causes computers to go haywire! (I tend to have the opposite energy in that when I approach a computer it magically fixes itself, at least initially)
     

    He's not a designer is he by any chance? Our designer is the only one that can BSOD his machine on a regular basis. 

     

    My boss's laptop is a slow POS, even though it's the same hardware as mine. I can't figure out what the heck she's doing to it, although I do know that she's one of those people who never reads dialogs, just cancels out of them instantly.

    During a webex yesterday, her computer kept popping up the "your video performance is slow, would you like to turn off Aero effects?" dialog about even 2 minutes. Instead of clicking "Never Ask Again" like a sensible person, she'd click the close button, then get annoyed by it in another 2 minutes.

    Oh, and no laptop made since like 2006 is slow enough to require turning off Aero effects, except maybe netbooks. What the heck did she install? I have no clue.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    What the heck did she install? I have no clue.
     

    I think it would pay to investigate.

    Perhaps (wild guesses, all of them!):

    • crapton in My Docs
    • never cleans out trash
    • all kinds of schedulers and monitors and quickstarters, such as
    • adobe reader
    • office quickstart
    • java updater
    • quicktime update
    • google updater
    • adobe updater
    • virusscanner
    So I guess, just one day, compare the process list to yours and really find out what's going on.



  • Office QuickStart? What decade are you posting from?

    Part of the problem is our IT image sucks, it has a crapton of widgets installed (Roxio, WinZip for some reason, SnagIt). I actually gave her a laptop that I'd completely cleaned, but first thing she did was have IT reimage it because she thought she wouldn't be able to log in otherwise. If course she didn't just try logging in! Ugh. I might ask to take a look at it today.

    Our group has company IT and then Blakeyrat IT... The latter fixes the mistakes of the former.

    Edit: how do you post from an iPhone without it erasing carriage returns?



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Office QuickStart? What decade are you posting from?
     

    One where I still used Office, I suppose.

     Openoffice has a quickstart thing. I disable it.

    @blakeyrat said:

    Edit: how do you post from an iPhone without it erasing carriage returns?

    Manually enter \n?

     

     

     


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