Blame the system, not the people

No one wants to get lost in a maze. Don't blame people for getting stuck in a broken system.

Managers typically subscribe to one of two theories about their employees. Theory X is that employees are typically lazy, unmotivated, have little work ethic, and won’t do a good job on their own. Theory Y is that employees want to do a good job, want to do work they can be proud of, and are internally motivated.

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Twitter is down and we don’t know what to do

From the Penny Arcade forum:

PeasantDave: Is twitter totally down right now?
Captain Tapole: It is for me. And I woke up early for no reason then.
awitelintsta:

PeasantDave wrote: View Post
Is twitter totally down right now?

I believe it is, indeed, totally down.
ukiyo e:
I’m not getting updates.
Don’t Panic!
dmmagic: Oh thank goodness I still have a source for updates. I tried to go to Twitter to find out if Twitter was down and IT WAS DOWN!!1!
GPIA7R: I want to tweet about twitter being down.

But I can’t.

From instant messenger:

(09:23:06 AM) spiritg21: How can I do work when Twitter is down so I can’t Tweet about doing work?
(09:23:06 AM) scorpius42 <AUTO-REPLY> : I’m not here right now
(09:23:13 AM) spiritg21: is what I want to know
(09:23:21 AM) scorpius42: lol
(09:23:26 AM) scorpius42: I can’t function!
(09:23:41 AM) spiritg21: What’s the point of life if I can’t tell my hundreds of followers about it?!

So, of course, I’m writing a blog post about it. You know, just to make sure everyone else knows Twitter is down.

How to modify System Preferences in OS X

System Preferences

Apple’s OS X operating system has a centralized system preferences window akin to the Control Panel in Microsoft Windows, and while it can be easier to navigate and use (after you get used to it), saving those preferences is a little less obvious. There are no “Save” or “Apply” buttons, and there often isn’t any indication that your changes have been saved. The key is to know how it works and, like all things Apple, just drink the Kool-Aid and trust.

Essentially, preference changes are made as you click the button and make your modifications, but they don’t take effect immediately. Instead, you need to back out; often, closing the window isn’t sufficient.

So, the steps go something like this:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple logo at the top left of your screen.
  2. Pick whatever it is you would like to change (Sharing properties, your dock, accounts for password change, etc.)
  3. Make the changes.
  4. Hit the Show All or Back button at the top left of the System Preferences window.

Now your changes have actually been saved and you can continue with your day. Congratulations!