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3 points · 5 hours ago · edited 5 hours ago

Remote Sysadmin (basically; if I give out my actual title, it will reveal my employer, and the role is very niche - there are only 15 of us) for a global financial institution. I got this job by knowing/using their proprietary software 9 years ago when I was a road warrior making $18/hr working MAYBE 8 hours a week, barely able to make ends meet. It was shitty pay, and cost me a relationship at the time - but my goal was to be the sysadmin I had to call after I ran deployment.

It took me about 15 years of working in IT from Tier 1 Tech Support and Help Desk L1 to IT Recruiter, Team Lead in a contact center, trainer, documentation specialist and instructional designer, along with a whole bunch of smaller contract roles in order to build a broad spectrum of experience to run an entire operation without having the college degree (only certs).

I bill 40 hour weeks; but work on-call hours (when onsite techs email or call me after installing hardware onsite) and run server maintenance, create and install security certificates, create group policy for new locations/deployments, and ultimately document every aspect of every move I make for accountability purposes and new hire process docs. It's A LOT of typing - and documentation of everything takes hours - but I can work basically at any time during the day to create these (as long as they're created by their respective deadline) and I'm available for a set 9 hours per day, during the span of my choosing.

I can tell them I want to work noon to 9PM one quarter (M-F); then things might change with my wife's work schedule and I submit a request to work, say, 7AM to 4PM. It's a nice luxury; but sometimes business needs dictate my hours (12AM to 9AM for 3 weeks).

I work in the industry. The custom is actually to NOT tip owners. Tipping for non owners on services such as hair services, massage, facials aren't tipped on percentage, typically, but on the length of the service....$10-20 an hour for tip, based on quality of service.

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1 point · 3 days ago

My wife works in the industry too - but as a server. When I get my haircut, it's typically about 10 minutes of trimming. $15 and I tip $5 on top of that. How... how is that? Heh

2 points · 3 days ago · edited 9 hours ago

My wife has flight anxiety, and she always takes dramamine before the actual flight (15 to 20 minutes before boarding). Arrive at the airport two hours early, go through security, and wait at the gate for your initial leg.

When you arrive at your layover city, go straight to your next gate. Swing by the bathroom whether you gotta go or not. Wait for your next flight at the gate. Pop another dramamine when you're about to board. You'll sleep through it all.

When you arrive at your gate, you'll get a good idea of the wait time, location, bathrooms, or any restaurants close by.

I've, personally, heard nothing but great things about Hawaiian Air, and hearing something bad is honestly my first. Good luck!

1 point · 7 days ago

Welcome! Let us know what you think. :)

-23 points · 7 days ago

I worked at chipotle for two separate summers. I have an iron stomach but their food almost always made me sick.

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57 points · 7 days ago

Sounds like you don't have an iron stomach.

Are anyone else's jimmies rustled by the fact that he changed his name from "The Boy with Tape on his Face" to just "Tape Face" ?

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54 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

No, because it's easier to remember and market. International House of Pancakes started their promo to just go with IHOP in 1973. Stuck ever since. Same concept, except for an entertainer.

3 points · 10 days ago

FedEx to add to the list

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1 point · 10 days ago

Yeah, absolutely. Then they merged with Kinkos and became FedEx-Kinkos; and now just FedEx again but in retail reference. Like, I see myself saying "I have to run to FedEx real fast..." instead of "I have to run to Kinkos..." 10+ years ago.

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2 points · 10 days ago

They took a shit in the urinal and thought it was hilarious. Then they got caught and no longer thought it was hilarious.

1 point · 14 days ago

This coffee I drank a bit too late. :(

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Banned. Thanks for the heads up.

2 points · 17 days ago

Everyone has great advice, moreover, when we applied for our house we had a 3-day turnaround from the day we found a house, applied, and started moving in.

8 points · 17 days ago

A lot of my Vegas friends that are servers would go absolutely apeshit if they got rid of tipping. Servers at restaurants on the strip make minimum wage - but tips is where they reach that $26 - $40+/hr during slow season or convention season.

yeah, I mean that's just an example but generally at work if I'm about to "take initiative" my first thought is - "What's the worst that could happen if this all goes wrong?"

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1 point · 17 days ago

Now that I'm old with an IT career in a global bank - all my ideas of an initiative require approval that need to be signed off on. Any little thing. Every little thing. I can't order pens without creating a paper trail.

That sounds horrible. Though at a bank I sort of understand why...but still.

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1 point · 17 days ago

I'd do the same thing if I was the director. I had one instance (at another company) where we were over budget by $350, and one of our servers went down (fire in the building, water soaked the racks, fire destroyed some hardware). We had to buy a new rack, new power supplies, and most importantly, new servers and get them up within 72 hours (over a weekend).

That weekend turned into 3 because we had to submit a budget increase, for literally, $400 more (on a six-figure budget). It all had to be approved. Since it was imperative that we got it back up; I paid out of my own pocket not knowing whether I would be reimbursed or not - but it allowed us to meet our 72-hour SLA, got everything back up and running, and I got reimbursed a month and a half later.

After that incident; I am completely okay with being on top of every single small purchase. That shit adds up, and with multiple users having purchasing abilities, things sometimes fall through the cracks.

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22 points · 18 days ago

I've used Google Voice/Hangouts for almost 5 years, without having a cell or data plan. The cities I've been to all had wifi, haven't really run into an issue yet.

I happened to be on the IRS' website recently. If you want a copy of a transcript, I recall that they specifically won't take any of the options that you have listed. They specifically said no google voice, skype, etc, has to be a mobile number associated with your name.

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1 point · 17 days ago

Well, I haven't had a need for IRS transcripts but that's good to know for future reference.

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Original Poster3 points · 19 days ago

They have been out 5 times now. They fixed it this morning at 8am and it broke again at 3pm. Last time we were out of a.c. for 2 weeks back in May.

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4 points · 19 days ago

That sucks. Are you in a dry heat or humid feels-like-living-inside-someones-mouth kind of heat?

Original Poster3 points · 19 days ago

Humid. My Husband was asleep in the bedroom and it must have been at least 100 in there. It was disgusting. Good news the a.c. guy came and removed a switch that they think was tripping. 5th visit is hopefully the last.

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2 points · 19 days ago

Good to hear! Wish you guys the best. :D

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Don't forget to add "own a cult" in there too! ;)

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1 point · 21 days ago

I don't own it. You do.

It annoys me to no end that you didn't specify what hardware you're using. Iphone, Android, PC, Mac, what??

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5 points · 22 days ago

I feel if it's anything other than PC it would be mentioned.

5 points · 23 days ago · edited 23 days ago

Do we want another meetup at The Nerd? I'm seeing a lot of people mentioning it. I'd be down to organize another one.

I still have a bunch of tote bags from the global meetup; if anyone wants one. I can bring them with.

Edit: I've been going to Mickey's Cues & Brews. I like pool. Sometimes I go to Black Tap at The Venetian; and sometimes to The Nerd on Fremont (depends on how much I want to Lyft/Uber places).

6 points · 24 days ago

His two mistakes: leaning forward, and sitting. You can pull up from a stationary position, but not when your center of gravity is in the middle of the bike. :/

Third mistake: He should have tried it off the bench part first.

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2 points · 24 days ago

Third mistake: He should have tried it off the bench part ground first.

haha.

9 points · 26 days ago

I work from home; and while upgrades are running, I play Rocket League and/or watch Netflix. It's a great game with 5 minute matches that I can put down anytime if something goes awry. Which it never does. 2 years in this role and counting. I love my job. My dog is my coworker.

Knocks on wood.

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1 point · 26 days ago

Eh. There were times I was pushing 100 hour weeks. I got this.

1 point · 28 days ago

I have a landline (VoIP) for work, and it's part of my internet bundle package.

I've heard a mixed bag on IT jobs in Las Vegas, any recommendations on where to look?

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1 point · 28 days ago

I go through recruiters mostly. Robert Half, Modis, Advantage Resourcing, and Volt. However, Caesars and MGM are always hiring. Zappos sometimes too.

44 points · 1 month ago

I got flex tape for Christmas. That shit ain't no joke. Once you stick it on something, it's not coming off. I tried using it to create a waterproof bar top, misaligned it, had to make a whole new bar top because I couldn't get it off.

Ugh. I'm both annoyed and impressed with flex tape.

i looked at some at the hardware store last week...too expensive.

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1 point · 1 month ago

Yeah, I'd never spend that much money on it. I'll accept it as a gift though.

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