Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Women in Information Technology

Illustrious husband and I were discussing the upcoming Red Chair Pittsburgh event which is part of the larger Sit With Me movement.

I generally shy away from speaking publicly on these kinds of things because I think movements like these tend to overgeneralize the issues at hand. So many different life circumstances for people mean there are an infinite number of variables contributing to what we are marking as a problem (too few women in IT). That being said, I think it's important that people understand what roadblocks exist for people of every race, creed, gender and ilk on the path to job satisfaction. To that end, I hope people will think about how the tech industry has become insular and homogenous, the type of culture that exists that has become exclusive, and the steps we can take to make it more inclusive.

Check it out if you have some free time on the 19th.

Windows 8.1 100% Disk Utilization

I've been battling this issue on and off (sometimes it just wasn't worth it) for months now. Ever since I upgraded from windows 8 to 8.1. This is my work computer and it's mostly just a management workstation so I didn't spend a whole lot of time looking into it at first. Today I finally decided something had to be done. It was taking WAYyyyyyyyyyy too long to get things done. Even responding to an email or opening a web page was getting cumbersome.
I looked at all the usual suspects:
-Runaway processes
-Did a malware scan
-Disabled superfect
-Changed windows search so it was looking at basically nothing
 and a few other registry edits found on random boards.
What really did it for me was watching the resource monitor and noticing that it was reading heaps from \Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. So - I decided to delete the folder. Low and behold - disk utilization dropped to nil.
 I'm happily now running at 1% disk usage.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Monday, July 27, 2015

iPhone 5s Causes Random Drops on Avaya digital phone

For two weeks, whenever I was on the phone with my counterpart (AVAYA PBX, digital), I would hear a sharp sustained beep and our call would drop.

Turns out - the "Note" tone on the iPhone 5s matches some weird frequency that results in a disconnected phone call when the iPhone is placed near the desk phone. In this case, his phone was set to the "Note" notification for text messages.