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Here's what you do: If it's a Windows box say, "I only know how to fix Macs". If it's a Mac say, "I only know how to fix PCs". If it's a Linux box say, "You're a Linux user... fix it yourself!"


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Here's a win-win: I have a 12-year old son, so I tell people that my son will fix their computer for $20-$25. Then I tell them to bring the computer over. I help my son resolve the problem. He learns a little more about computers, makes a few bucks, and has some "job experience". Folks don't mind paying a kid for something they'd expect for free from me. ...


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It's better to pretend you don't know anything about computers. WHY? Check out here.


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I actually have two hierarchies that govern who and to what extent I will help: Relationship to Person Parents: Just fix it. I owe them that, and then some. Siblings: Fix it, expecting a modest favour in return (dinner/pizza/etc.) Friends/Relatives: They bring the machine to me, along with booze, and entertain me for the duration. Bartering is also ...


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Listen to 'Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta' by Geto Boys and imagine that you are smashing a printer.


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Tell them, it is like asking a psychiatrist to do a brain surgery.


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Caffeine is a major cause of the problem, not the solution. It might seem to work in the short-term but it makes things worse overall by interfering with your sleep. If you don't sleep properly you will be tired and unfocused. If you try to solve that with a high caffeine intake you won't sleep properly. Exercise, eat well, try to restrict the coffee to ...


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As pointed out in a comment by SK-Logic, there is some scientific evidence to back this up. From wikipedia's article on night owls: Researchers have found that 'differences in a fundamental property of the circadian timing system, its intrinsic period, will determine whether someone is an early bird, who awakens before dawn or a night owl, who ...


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I just ask them to clean my shower in exchange: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2006-02-01/


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I usually take a walk around the block. The fresh air and actual physical activity calms me down and lets me get rid of any adrenaline.


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Say you'll fix their computer. Then open their temporary internet files folder and then look totally shocked when you discover the obligatory hardcore porn images that are bound to be there. They probably will be too ashamed to ever ask again... :)


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If you can't get in touch with the developers, then contact SourceForge. Report the problem, give them detailed information they can use to verify the issue, and they'll (probably) take it down. They're a reputable site and I imagine they wouldn't want to be associated with malware.


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You can't. Anyone with half a brain could put on a show and appear perfectly employable. What you can try is: Using that interviewing technique where you ask the candidate a question and keep telling them they're wrong. See how they react and respond to this pressure. Ensure necessary disciplinary are present and sustained for unruly behaviour once they ...


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Be wary though. While working at night, you might get things done because of the calmness of mind and lack of interactions but even though I am a night owl myself, I find that my brain does not function as well at night. I am definitely not as quick and innovative. Working at night also has the unfortunate side effects of not sleeping enough. Your brain ...


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First, try to prevent yourself from being drowsy: Sit up straight so you breathing is not restricted. Drink plenty of water Stay away from sugar & greasy food If I feel drowsy anyway, I will: Listen to fast music Get up & get my body moving (usually a brisk walk & I get some air) Go somewhere cold (if possible) the cold usually wakes me up ...


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There is a little difference between what I do and what I should do. What I do (not so bad): stop programming, make a pause. What I should do (better): take a nap. It is impressive how a difficult problem solve himself after a nap.


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Like it or not, you have to make exceptions for family members, in the end they're family, right? When it comes to other people I used to invent some kind of excuse. Anything from "I'm extremely busy at the moment" to not answering their phone calls. The problem isn't helping them it's 1) you help them once and afterwards you're their official tech support ...


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Eventually if I wear this often enough , people get the hint ;-)


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Try to implement a code review team. It sounds like this programmer was working solo on a project with no team interaction. I'd try to encourage a more team-based workflow so that he can't just stomp over everything and then leave it on your door.


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Its not necessarily the time of night that makes the developers more productive... The night time gives a calm and silent ambiance for the thoughts to get a free flow in the mind and which is very essential while programming. Less distractions! Just not having the phone ring, solicitors selling cookies, the reduction of emails, and less chatter pays ...


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coffee soda music take breaks and walk around slap self in face stab thigh with ballpoint pen in extreme circumstances: just get a good night's sleep


12

I ask them to clean my house. No one has accepted yet.


11

Sleep well in home. That's it


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I would start by sending an email to the project maintainer and developers.


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If it's close friends or family, I just tell them fixing configuration problems isn't my thing, and while I can do it, I can't do it as efficiently as somebody who specializes in this. I also point out that I won't get to it for a while, and point out they're better off going to a hole in the wall computer store & asking them to fix it. Anybody else, I ...


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I think it's a great question. Remember that interviews are a two-way process. They evaluate you to see if you'll fit into their team, but at the same time you need to evaluate the company to check that you'll enjoy working there. If the company can't convince you that they're a good fit for you, why work there? Greg suggests that you'll look arrogant, ...


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What you should bear in mind at all times is that for most of your professional life you don't own the code that you write. If you are an employee the software is owned by the company. If you are a contractor the software is owned by the company. If you are a freelancer then the software is owned by the client. Only if you are the company/client is the ...


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I draft a blog post about the situation... and then delete it, because who cares? The only person that cares about the situation is you, and frequently nobody else wants to hear you whining. Much as I would like it to be the case, I'm not the center of the universe - if I were, perhaps my insights and experience would be more valuable. As it is though, ...



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