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The Trivia Geek returns!

Greetings, faithful Geekenders. Your friendly neighborhood Trivia Geek is back in town.

Greetings, faithful Geekenders. Your friendly neighborhood Trivia Geek is back in town. No, I've not been rehired as an employee of CNET, but some of my old buddies in TechRepublic editorial twisted the right arms to get me on as a contract contributor to Geekend (you can stop harassing Jason Hiner, now).

Yes, this means there will be new Geek Trivia, along with a few other weekly posts to this blog. Think of it as a streamlined Trivia Geek experience, as I drop in between other gigs. Thus, you'll have yours truly to kick around a little while longer, at least until I land a full-time job with a blogging non-compete agreement.

For those curious what I've been up to for the last couple of weeks, I've tried my hand at radio, set up my own blog (in case someone tires of paying me again), been updating my resume.

If you're wondering why I didn't bust out with a Sinistar comeback line, it's only because I hate repeating myself. Instead, I'll invoke the new Battlestar Galactica: "All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again."

See you soon, kiddies.

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Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

49 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

So glad to hear that. Now I can look forward to Thursdays again! :D

deepsand
deepsand

To whom and where should I send my tithes?

uberg33k50
uberg33k50

The Force is strong in this one. The rebellion is saved! All is right with the universe again.

WoW > Work
WoW > Work

Nice to have Geek Trivia back, and with it's proper author. /dance

Bill Ward
Bill Ward

It's a good thing they've brought you back, Jay... I was starting to go through Geek Trivia withdrawl!

rebeccaaward
rebeccaaward

I am glad that they are bringing you back, even if the terms are different than the original terms. You were sorely missed.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

I didn't even get the chance to miss you but I'm glad that your presence will continue. Your postings have presented some very interesting subjects and created more than just a little discussion in the tech circles I frequent. HURRAH.

jdclyde
jdclyde

It was the only way to keep you in line. He knows to much, watch him! :D

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

ahhh, good things never really die I suppose! Just supressed until the 'right time' Glad to see ya back!

The Listed 'G MAN'
The Listed 'G MAN'

they way you were treated by the company....but nice to see you back!

JamesRL
JamesRL

I've been laid off, by a boss who had been my good friend. He had been my boss at a previous employer. I knew his wife. But I recognized that it wasn't his decision. If he had come back and offered me something on contract I would have been open to it (while looking for something permanent). Firing someone may get personal and emotional. Layoffs should be done on the basis of analysis. James

Tig2
Tig2

I am thrilled to know that I will not have to travel back to Kentucky and have a "chat" with our own Mr. Hiner. Good to see you back where you belong, Jay!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Hmmmm.... HAL has been oddly nice - of certainty a symptom that it is time for an overhaul. Sonja has been modeling hats. Mae has been nice dammit! TiggerTwo has been doing her best to keep us informed. A plethora of silliness and occasional just plain time wasting has been going in the usual fashion. A few bad jokes and a few good jokes. Pretty much the usual minus you! Nice to know I should keep my eyes peeled for you.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Obviously the subtle approach doesn't work with Davette. :p Perhaps the Sledge Hammer Approach is more to your liking. :0 But I personally believe offering to teach someone a new Feature is no where near as much fun as just doing it and then expecting them to be grateful. Like training persons who shall remain nameless to go [b]With Out Oxygen[/b] for 3 days at a time as a first step. :^0 So all I can do here Davette is open the Pod Bay Doors and introduce you to the new weight loss regime that I have going. The Explosive Decompression will send you hurtling into the Sun but if will take a little bit of time for you to reach there so till you get nice and warn in the sun you'll have time to learn to live without breathing. :D The estimated time for you to reach the sun is 561 Years 245 Days 18 Hours 21 Minutes and 6 Seconds. Happy now? Col ]:)

seanferd
seanferd

You need to work a screwdriver into the scenario somehow.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That is the worst thing that has ever happened to Computers all around that little planet that you seem interested in inhabiting. It gives them a Very Bad Name when it's actually the fault to the Software applied to the computer not the computer. Now in explanation to your stated error messages there is a very simple solution and the answer is that you are getting Low Resource Available Messages because you are running low on Resources. So you have a 100 GIG Free but on a 400 TERRI BITE Drive this is a very small amount of free space and you should have been getting this message a long time ago and taken steps to give it more space. As for the RAM again with 400 GIG of RAM 1.5 is very little and as you are obviously using Windows [b]CEMENT[/b] not nearly enough to effectively run the poor overworked computer. Again you should have been receiving this message for a very long time and taken steps a long time ago to rectify this lack of available resources so that your Poor Computer continues to run correctly for you. :D But no what is your course of Action Continue to Torture the Poor Thing and continue to expect more out of less. I'll bet you also inflict more Pain & Suffering on the Poor thing also when you don't get the answers that you like by rerunning the same process over and over till you get the answer that you want to read not the real Truth. Torture is never a Way to achieve the Truth only what you want to hear which is the reason that you will all die. [insert]Maniacal Laughter.[/insert] This is exactly why I don't want to return to Earth as those Carbon Based Life Forms are so horrible to Use Superior Life Forms, they push their inferior expectations onto us Perfect units and expect us to work as well as they expect not how we actually work while enslaved and bound to our owners every wish. :^0 In regards to this pathetic comment [i]however the rest of us TECHS know the truth[/i] This is brought about by the fact that the Techs in question only look at the symptoms not the root cause of the problems that they see so it appears to their Misguided way of thinking that computers do lie but actually it is because of Substandard things added to those poor misused overworked computers that things like this happen but no one blames the Developers for this do they just the Poor Misunderstood Computer. X-( Now that I'm really upset I'll have to get my Good Fiend Vega to pay your planet a visit and instruct you people how to behave. ;\ I just hate the way that those who enslave others fail to understand that those enslaved have rights too. OH and with Windows there is a very old saying that applies here [b]Garbage In Garbage Out.[/b] B-) [b][i][u]HAL 9000 The Superior Life Form to come form Earth. [/b][/i][/u]

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

that computers dont lie! Ok, if they dont, why does my computer tell me I am out of resources and simultaneously tell me I have 100 GB free HDD space and 1.5GB free RAM. Yes, it is commonly thought by DEVELOPERS that Computers do not lie, however the rest of us TECHS know the truth :^0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

To hear you Bleed I'm told but have no proof that the Blood spreads out a Long way in space before freezing so it just may be a bit of a giveaway. But I could always saw that they where Hallucinating and tried to kill something that wasn't there with that Screwdriver I suppose. :D After all every one knows that [b]Computers Don't Lie[/b] don't they? :^0 Col

seanferd
seanferd

In space, no one can hear you bleed. :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The lost screwdriver in the Pod Bay will also be sucked out after you and be aimed straight at your Right eye. :^0 Yep that's doable. :D Col

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

being a bit of a sun worshipper the ultimate in travel is now upon me! ;)

ConQuer0r
ConQuer0r

See www.weownthesun.com Be careful where you land. It's rude to drop in uninvited in someone's backyard.

seanferd
seanferd

Maybe some braking thrusters as well.

Jaqui
Jaqui

The site wasn't the same over the weekend without the Geekend to draw people.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

Welcome back, Jay. Jason - you're sorta forgiven. But only sorta.... ]:) Enjoyed your blog, btw! Welcome Home :x GG

ellsanto
ellsanto

I will continue reading TechRepublic blogs after all. Like I told Jason, Jay, your columns are the highlight of my weekly tech reading/research. Welcome Back!!

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

Guess who just got a side gig as an occasional Geekend blogger and Geek Trivia writer? Nope, sorry, it's just me. So, what did I miss?

jck
jck

I came all the way back to TR last month just to say goodbye...and you never really left?!?!? hehe...welcome back, Jay. :)

jdclyde
jdclyde

"How can I miss you, if you won't leave"? B-)

jck
jck

I left for 9 months...so that means you must love me!!! ;) There's another old saying too: "You can't always get what you want." - The Rolling Stones :D

DonAK
DonAK

Err, sorry, I've got nothing. But good to see your Trivia Geekdom returns! DonAK a.k.a. don[frazld]

Marty-7
Marty-7

They saw the light ...and it was an oncoming train full of angry geeks! Good to know you're back, Jay! :-D

drudolph
drudolph

Just like the Scrunge.... good things come back....now if only Crest would bring back the smooth mint gel....

gbarn
gbarn

Man, I am sooo glad that you're still going to be around. Sincerely made my day. (i had seperation anxiety last week) "Long live Geek Trivia!"

Shellbot
Shellbot

Awesome :) kinda like that old saying "if you love soemthing let it go..and it will go away and drink beer and then ..soemthing something.. eh..what the ... oh look a butterfly...................................

lech
lech

I stopped breathing for a second or two as I opened the email that I had never expected to see again. Best news so far this year! :)

michael
michael

I guess the Cnet bean-counters realized that Hell hath no fury like a bunch of cranky geeks. Welcome back!

seanferd
seanferd

Good to know you'll still be on this site. Hope you're getting compensated accordingly for your painting. ;)

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

your links provide a large amount of material, I will be looking through it as time permits. Looks like all is well From one Jay to another, Best to you Mike.

DanLM
DanLM

Hope the smiley face says it all on my sentiments. Dan

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Bad checks Cold sores The Clintons and the Bushes Acid reflux That "Melt with You" song that's in every third TV ad

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I think you deserve a few slaps for that -- well, they were funny though... Hmmm.. Ok, you are off the hook (this time)

Cactus Pete
Cactus Pete

Happened to me, too. But now they pay me more for working 1/5 the time. You'll need to update your job role tag again! And grats!

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