Thursday, July 10, 2008

Who Says?

The magical world of Computer Science has been a bit disappointing in the Salvage Biz lately... I realize I can't speak for all yards, but around here, we're wondering about that decision we made after the lightning wrecked our old Linux machine. As handy as it is to have all three machines running Windows and fully (or almost fully) networked with internet access and everything, sometimes I wonder if we'd be better off with the ol' inventory-only-and-nothing-else setup that we used to use around here.

With Windows, the daily back-up's are easier, and CDRW's are much easier to come by than the ol' "SuperDisks" or the even-more-obsolete five-inch floppies, but now that we're fully connected to the publishing company via the internet, our inventory, good, bad, and/or ugly is out there for the whole internet readership to see.

That might not be such a problem for some yards, but our inventory was a bit of a mess before the lightning bricked the Linux machine -- the two-day-long conversion process to make those files available to the new Windows system boogered it up even more, and there's just no easy way to go through and check all those numbers. We've been stumbling onto Ford part numbers with Toyota names hung on 'em, and other numbers that just seem to have come out of nowhere.

Now for the fun part... Those people who seem to want to call and talk to me like I'm the stupidest person they've ever dialed up are saying things like "Well, the internet says you have this..."

Just in case you weren't around for "Car Chat" on AOL way-back-in-the-day, here's some news for ya: The Internet can say anything, anybody can type anything that may or may not be true, and it may not be a good idea to just take anybody's word for it. Saying my car cost $300 might sound like bullshit, but it's not, so I guess that line could go either way -- but if I said that it gets 62 miles per gallon, surely you'd know that's bullshit, right?

Anybody can write anything on the internet -- "Post this comment on sixteen other videos or you'll die tonight. Bullshit. "Forward this to thirty people and a gift certificate will print out on your computer!" Bullshit. "Send to five friends and the answer to the riddle will pop up on your screen!" Bullshit. "Bill Gates is tracking this e-mail and he'll give a dollar to a dying toddler for ever address you fwd it to!" Bullshit. "Tom is checking to see who uses there MySpac3." There? THERE MySp@ce? Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit!!!

Link to me and I'll make a gift card pop out of your floppy drive!!

(yeah, that's bullshit too)

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