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Ok so it's only been a few days, I really do need to give it longer.. But I attached my phone to my computer tonight to check out the date modified stamps on the files that are there.  Only one has been modified since I turned off all application access to my photos.  But that's one more than none.

So I looked into ways of preserving the timestamps when copying.  Robocopy does it.

BUT.

This is where Apple sux even more.

You can't connect to the phone with a drive letter or UNC path.  Seems they present the files to the computer as "Picture Transfer Protocol" which doesn't support it.  Although PTPDrive might be an option.

HATE APPLE. HATE. HATE.

Maybe I shoulda gotten an Android and be done with it.

Still Hating Apple

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I was stressing about all the modified dates on my iPhone XS files.  Thanks to the little brother I can easily set the date modified to be the date taken in the exif data of photos, but PNGs are still hopelessly wrong.  Just look at this crap.  This is a view of the files on the phone itself.  As you can see, the Modified date is totally different to the Created date on a lot of the files.  Which means when I download them and rename them to the modified date, they're all out of order.

Freaking hate apple

I've turned off access to the photos from all other applications, and will try it out for a week or so to see if it makes a difference.  Maybe one of the other dodgy apps I use is playing funny buggers with my files.

Otherwise it'll simply be a case of APPLE SUX!!!

And I've just wasted an hour of my life that I don't have time to waste right now.

Hate Apple. Hate. Hate.

Death of Paradise

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So the last month or two we've been watching Death in Paradise, a British murder mystery set in the Caribbean.

But.

Spoilers.

We've gotten through two seasons of eight episodes each, and had just started watching season three on Sunday night.

Where they unceremoniously killed off the star of the show.

My favourite character.

Are you freakin kidding me?   Who does that???

I can't bear to watch any more right now.

Maybe next year.

A Week of Insomnia

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Tuesday woke up around 3am, hot and uncomfortable.  Didn't get back to sleep for two or three hours.

Wednesday the storm woke me up but then couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours.

Thursday was hurty from about 3am for two or three hours.

Friday was hurty from about 5am and it was all over.

I did sleep relatively well last night, although when I woke up my spine was ACHING and it took quite a while to recover.

Le sigh.

iPhone EXIF

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Yeah so the other day I was complaining about Apple iPhones screwing up the Date modified field on their photos.  Thanks to a pro tip from the little brother, I can use FastStone to change the Date modified field to be the Date taken from the EXIF data.  Look! That first file is correct now!!  (and all the other photos are too)

iPhones are dumb

However.

Hi.

That doesn't work with the PNG files (screenshots).  5884 was taking early morning on 6 November, and 5885 was taking mid morning on 6 November.  But their modified dates are screwed up.  5884 is noted as being modified two days later, and 5885 several hours earlier.  So the script I have to rename the files got 5884 wrong, so I had to manually rename it.

Fricken hate Apple.

Tired

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Got something in my eye this morning and it wouldn't go away.  It seriously felt like someone was poking me in the eye for three hours straight.  Made it very hard to concentrate.  My eyes are very tired now.

Snow. And Suckage.

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When I went out to the kitchen yesterday morning this is what I saw:

Googong snow

Snow!  I didn't think it was cold enough for snow, but there was a big dumping on the hills above Googong.

The morning was spent cleaning, tidying, organising.

Then went on several missions:

  • dump three boxes of books at Lifeline: success
  • dump a bag of junk at the Green Shed: success
  • exchange or get a refund on the DODGY Aqua One LED lights: fail*
  • get 10c refund on some drinks bottles: success, maybe**
  • food shopping: success***

* Remember I had to replace a dodgy Aqua One LED back in January?  Well that light we bought last October died a month or so ago.  And then another light we bought in March died a couple of weeks ago.  So that's ALL THREE DODGY lights from Aqua One have failed - one after just four months!!  In January Jem Aquatics replaced the light on the spot without any drama.  But this time they weren't playing ball.  They took the two lights and the receipts and said they'd talk to the Aqua One rep and get back to me.  Well they haven't yet.  Not only that, but that light that was replaced in January?  IT WAS DEAD THIS MORNING!!  THAT'S ALL FOUR DODGY AQUA ONE LIGHTS HAVE FAILED!!!!!  I am completely pissed.  If I pay twice as much for a light, I want it to last twice as long, not HALF as long!!  I really want to get my money back on them and go back to flouros.  And NOT Aqua One.  They completely suck.  Dodgy cheap made in China crap.  I've always hated Aqua One.  The whole episode left me feeling a bit stabby.

** So the ACT has started doing 10c refunds on bottles.  There's a collection point at Vinnies in Belco, so we took a box of bottles there.  I was expecting a machine that would scan the barcodes of the bottles and provide cash on the spot.  You know, like EVERYWHERE ELSE.  But no, there's a computer screen and a human.  You have to REGISTER to return your f@%$ing bottles!!  How f$@*ed is that??  They want name, address, phone number and even a freakin security question such as mother's maiden name.  Are you freaking kidding me???  All for a dollar or two at a time's worth of bottles.  And I didn't even get any money back - they just bag everything up and tell you "you'll get your money some time".  Yeah right.  As we were leaving they were packing up, so you can't even go at a convenient time.  Return-IT you SUCK!  I really should have just told them to screw themselves and just dump everything in our recycling bin.

*** I was pretty upset from the lack of outcome with Jem Aquatics and terrible experience from Return-It, so food shopping wasn't much fun.  We got a turkey roast and other stuff.  Got home and was on my feet for the next couple of hours preparing dinner and making a caramel slice.  Collapsed in front of an Anthony Bourdain and Frozen.

Hoteling

The only drawback to the cubicle-oriented office is that some employees develop a sense of "home" in their little patch of real estate. Soon, pride of ownership sets in, then self-esteem, and poof - good-bye productivity.

But thanks to the new concept of "hoteling," this risk can be eliminated. Hoteling is a system by which cubicles are assigned to the employees as they show up each day. Nobody gets a permanent work space, and therefore NO unproductive homey feelings develop.

Another advantage: Hoteling eliminates all physical evidence of the employee's association with the company. This takes the fuss out of downsizing; the employee doesn't even have to clean out a desk. With hoteling, every employee has "one foot out the door" at all times.

Hoteling sends an important message to the employee: "Your employment is temporary. Keep your photos of your ugly family in the trunk of your car so we don't have to look at them."

- Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle, 1996

Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep - stressing about work.  Said goodbye to our floor at 4:30 and went to the pub.  As you do.

Thursday morning I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep - stressing about work.  Got in early, but of the three sections (sections, not teams) in our home zone, one section had spread themselves out along most of the windows, splitting the rest of the teams up.  Very unsettling day.  Went to the pub.  As you do.  But as I was leaving, I was convinced I heard them talking about me, and so I had a full on meltdown when I got home.  I haven't cried that much about work since my very first night on 5 November 2007.  

I read The Dilbert Principle probably twenty years ago, and that section above has stuck with me all these years, as it resonated with my feelings about working at OzEmail back in 1996-1997 - where I would get into work an hour early just to get the same seat every day (Como to St Leonards to arrive by 7am - was pretty awful).  But now I just can't get in that early, as the sweetie can't (unless I catch a 6:30 bus).  Which means ongoing stress every single fricken day FOREVER.

Mornings I spend at least half an hour on house work type stuff, and only if I'm lucky do I have time to scan photos.  The evenings are dinner and watching tv with the sweetie and then I only get an hour or so before knock off time at 8:30 when I can do a jigsaw or some other hobby for an hour before collapsing into bed.  Tonight's hour got taken up with scanning photos that I didn't do this morning and backing up my phone/camera/computer.  Didn't even get time to label any East Asia photos.  

On top of that I'm feeling super anxious about impending changes at work.  It may suit some people's brains, but not my asperger's brain.

Not so Trivial

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So I've spent a heap of time in the last few weeks working on the next work trivia night.

It was due to run tonight.

Except we only had five tables paid up by 11am.

So we cancelled it.

:(:(

Which is super annoying because this makes the third time that I've had to cancel due to lack of interest.

We're going to try again for early May.

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