This is my first attempt at a blog, and the blog folks tell me I can feel free to write what I wish. I wonder if they might have had me confused with someone else and when they come to their senses I’ll get a polite note. In any case – here goes…I’ve been particularly frustrated lately with the behavior of my Intel IT laptop system. Don’t get me wrong – our IT guys are doing great with a thankless job and my frustration is not with them, but with the experience my system gives me. The other day, I was between meetings and I had forgotten where my next meeting room was and needed to quickly check my calendar to find out where I was going. I always suspend my laptop (which is a brand new model) instead of hibernate so I can resume it as quickly as possible, so I opened the lid on my laptop so I could check my Outlook calendar. I see various demos and claims of resume speeds, but that doesn’t even remotely coincide with the resume speed of my new laptop after it has been configured with all the requisite corporate security and whatever other middleware is installed on my system. Often times, I resume my laptop and although the desktop might appear relatively quickly (in the geological sense), it often takes several minutes for me to be able to actually do anything useful (like open Outlook and check my calendar). I have noticed that it’s nearly always the case that while my system is bogged down and unusable that the little hard drive light on my laptop is stuck on (often for minutes at a stretch). Don’t tell my IT guys, but I have developed a habit of terminating some tasks like the virus scanner or our corporate backup utility whenever I catch them in the act. Whatever the extra IT software is that runs on my system, it seems to be able to detect when I’m in a hurry and performs extra operations at those times, and this day was no different. I’m standing in the hallway holding my laptop on one hand and waiting for the system to resume and become productive so I can click a couple buttons with my other hand. I think one of the principles of Einstein’s theory of special relativity is that when you’re in a hurry time stretches out, and I’m standing there in the hallway for what seems an eternity. I finally did manage to get into my calendar and determine where my next meeting was. It was now several minutes past the hour and I was in a hurry, so I closed Outlook and shut the lid on my laptop to suspend it while I rushed to my meeting. I had a little walking to do and I hustled right along, but by the time I arrived it was about 5 minutes past the hour. After apologizing for my tardiness, I put my laptop on the table, connect the projector to it and open the lid… in time to see the message on the laptop screen “Preparing to Standby” followed by the screen going black. Argh!
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