So you think you’re funny.

Those bunch of funsters over at Microsoft Education have found a way to measure humour as a job competency.  It makes me want to barf.

Level 1: Basic Level 2: Intermediate Level 3: Advanced Level 4: Expert

Generally uses humor in a positive way

Uses humor to bring people together

Knows exactly when and where a joke or story will be effective

Can see humor in almost everything

Is conscientious about timing and setting for humor

Uses humor to boost morale or decrease tension

Has a great sense of timing

Sought out by others for guidance in this area

Tries to defuse tense situations with appropriate humor

Uses humor to make for a more relaxed and productive atmosphere

Realizes when and where humor will backfire, and withholds

Uses humor as a uniting dynamic across a range of situations

Can laugh at self and others

Allows others to be funny

Understands that laughter makes a more comfortable meeting, classroom, etc

Recognizing and appreciates a great sense of humor in others

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Windows 7 TV Ads – Back to the past?

If you’re going to advertise your computer operating system on TV, it’s a good idea if the software being displayed is current.  And not take a shortcut because you’ll think no one will ever notice.

Let’s take Miriam and Kevin, who have been flogging Windows 7 on Australian TV.

Now if we zoom in on the Outlook email clients, Miriam has unread emails from September 2007, and Kevin from February 2009.  Emails from Microsoft people.  I expect the Microsoft Australia have used “demo” accounts.

Miriam - Outlook 2007 emails from Sept 2007Kevin - Outlook 2007 emails from February 2009

Conclusion: Microsoft Australia couldn’t be bothered going to the effort to have current emails.

The proof: Microsoft America DID take the effort with the equivalent US ads:

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“No, you can’t upgrade Internet Explorer 6”

Many don't have a choice.  They are using work computers and can't upgrade.In a week when one of our customer’s senior management team said
“No, we’re not upgrading Internet Explorer 6, we’re waiting for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7”

A user rings up and tells me “Google Maps doesn’t work with Internet Explorer 6.  I want Internet Explorer 8”

It was with some sense of Schadenfreude that I pointed the user at their senior management.

(graphic from the most excellent: The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip))

Footnote:
Yes, we want our customers on a later browser.  But the customers have internal business websites, which we don’t manage; which only work with IE6.

It’s enough to make an IT support guy cry.

If you’re silly enough to using IE6 on your home PC?  It’s time to stop using it

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Nigel No Friends

nigel no friends - twitter version A co-worker migrated the last user off our old BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Barry.

"Barry to be renamed to Nigel-No-Friends", was the announcement.

(Non Australian readers should look at the Urban Dictionary for the meaning of Nigel No Friends)

Update:
* Nigel No Friends = Billy No Mates, in the UK.
* Added the Nigel No Friends – Twitter edition picture.
*This was the picture I wanted to use, but it’s All Rights Reserved:
  Nigel No Friends at Dreamworld
  (click on the photo for the much larger original)

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