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7/1/2014 04:05 PM EDT
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David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/1/2014 7:51:49 PM
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"Who's that rooting around in the dumpster?"

"That's Dave Ashton - he's always amazed what people chuck out!"

(Thought I'd get that in before someone else did.... :-)

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electrofun   7/3/2014 4:37:49 PM
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Bob's been taking data dumps a little too literally.

David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/1/2014 7:54:09 PM
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He's trying to find his new micro-dev board - they threw it out by mistake!"

David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/1/2014 7:57:26 PM
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Old Engineers never die.  They just get replaced with new technology...

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David Ashton   7/1/2014 7:59:12 PM
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"Who put Joe in there?  The biodegradable waste dumpster is round the corner..."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/1/2014 8:00:23 PM
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"Bob's the only one left who remembers how to drive all that old gear...."

seaEE
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seaEE   7/1/2014 10:51:49 PM
I'm not a dumpster diver.  I'm a systems integrator!

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TallDarkHansom   7/2/2014 7:17:23 AM
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I was warned of a full 'recycle bin' !

bnowak0
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bnowak0   7/2/2014 11:45:38 AM
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"One man's crash is another man's treasure"

eetcowie
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eetcowie   7/2/2014 11:59:11 AM
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"After I moved out here to be more GREEN, I happened to look up and now I'm thinking about migrating to the CLOUD..."

Stephen_M
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Stephen_M   7/2/2014 12:52:49 PM
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After management trashed his project, John Doe migrated it to the recycle bin where he reworked it into two successful products with other parts he found.

Stephen_M
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Stephen_M   7/2/2014 12:59:13 PM
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I finally found my niche and my kitsch.

Rick_Hille
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Office evolution
Rick_Hille   7/2/2014 1:04:32 PM
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What, didn't you hear?  "Dumpster" is the new "Cubicle"

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BrainiacVI   7/2/2014 1:26:14 PM
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Who said ageism doesn't exist at this company? I just turned 40 and they threw me on the trash heap while hiring new graduates and H-1Bs to replace me.

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templar781   7/2/2014 3:25:49 PM
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Bob: Larry why aren't you taking a break at your bench instead of that dumpster?


Larry: Because this dumpster's alot cleaner.

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Stargzer   7/16/2014 10:46:38 AM
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templar781:  "Larry: Because this dumpster's alot cleaner."

WHO'S BEEN SPYING ON MY DESK?

Parreco
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Parreco   7/2/2014 6:06:54 PM
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Seems to be an apropos venue to showcase our new line of products!!

Parreco
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Parreco   7/2/2014 6:13:06 PM
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I'm getting mixed signals....on the one hand, I heard the lunch wagon was upgraded with all new high tech equipment, but on the other hand....

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Parreco   7/2/2014 6:24:46 PM
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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Bob always had this amazing ability to turn theory into practice!!

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DCH0   7/8/2014 5:06:33 PM
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That's Garbage In, Gospel Out for many applications.

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dan.hamling   7/2/2014 7:34:19 PM
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One design engineer's obsolete junk is another test engineer's treasure of specialty instrumentation.

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Mxv   7/2/2014 8:05:57 PM
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After a weak 2nd quarter the board decided to restructure recycle the engineering department.

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kg5q   7/2/2014 8:05:15 PM
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two of them: 

 

"Man now thats a real shame, looks like somone threw away a perfectly good, non-protected class, middle aged, male US citizen engineer - who would have seen that coming?"

 

or 

"Im sorry, Corporate has asked me to guard this dumpster to make sure none of you engineers can repurpose this equipment.  Im making sure it gets sent to China for proper electronics recycling so we can meet our RoHS, Reach, lead free, dolphin safe, and citizens for a gluten free world initiatives - so sorry, you cant have anything. 

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Stuffing nerds in trash cans
betajet   7/2/2014 8:12:54 PM
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"It's so sad that the jocks are still stuffing nerds in the trash.  You'd think they'd have outgrown that by now."

seaEE
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seaEE   7/2/2014 10:33:23 PM
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Every thursday a truck comes and cleans off his desk. 

Arlon Carroll
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Arlon Carroll   7/3/2014 12:56:43 AM
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In complete denial to the budget line item referencing "Scrap the Project", he just snapped!!!

HeenaMankad
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HeenaMankad   7/3/2014 2:59:27 AM
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Won't come out till i find a "PROVEN IP".

Wnderer
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Wnderer   7/3/2014 9:19:51 AM
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Bob decided to move the repair lab for his ebay store close to the source of his merchandise.

dt_hayden
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Blantantly plagarizing Scott Adams ....
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 10:59:18 AM
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"Why did they throw that contractor out in the trash?"

"They are way too big to flush."

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Management scores
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:02:47 AM
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Management scores another win by countering Ernie's request for a raise by granting him a new title: Senior VP of Cleanup and Recycling.

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Persistance
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:08:10 AM
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Troy was tickled with the delivery of the harware he had requested for his lab.  It had taken 20 years to get approved but the equipment was delivered as ordered.

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out with the hardware
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:13:40 AM
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As the new IT architects and sales folks reported to work, the implications of managements directive to focus on services had not quite sunk in with hardware engineer Bob.

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Keep your head on a swivel
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:18:33 AM
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Having worked all night to get his prototype debugged, Hank had dozed off and was caught up in the hardware lab consolidation effort to make room for larger sales offices.

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Misunderstood
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:23:18 AM
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Misunderstood once again, Mickey had said "To boot up, this prototype justs needs some strapped pins".

dt_hayden
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Nerd Bait
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:28:06 AM
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 Wally once again fell for the nerd bait that the hardware recycle bin epitomized.

dt_hayden
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Product Life Cycle
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:33:06 AM
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Jim explores the tail end of the product life cycle.

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Don't sue me Bill
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 11:37:24 AM
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Where Windows OS based products thrive!

zeeglen
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Open Area Test Site
zeeglen   7/3/2014 12:03:12 PM
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Since management did not budget the fees of an accredited test lab, EMI measurement specialist Bob sets up his temporary open area test site in the parking lot.

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NoNIckName_#2   7/3/2014 12:03:24 PM
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I ended up here after complaining that my office window wouldn't open.

snowman99
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snowman99   7/3/2014 12:16:56 PM
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"Finally a search that you CAN'T do on Google"

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Relocation of Software Test and Verification Lab
HTS Engineer   7/3/2014 12:26:56 PM
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Due to the amount of bugs found in the latest release we are moving the Software Test Lab to a new location. Thank you for your understanding.

eetcowie
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eetcowie   7/3/2014 12:46:48 PM
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"Oh no, no: I'm not quitting my job, just because I got fired!"

BrainiacVI
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BrainiacVI   7/3/2014 2:16:12 PM
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I decided to play with toys that were age appropriate.

BrainiacVI
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BrainiacVI   7/3/2014 2:17:32 PM
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I know what I'll be selling on eBay and at the next hamfest!

BrainiacVI
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BrainiacVI   7/3/2014 2:18:51 PM
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This is how I upgrade my equipment at home, I tag it as obsolete in the lab.

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Dumpster Diving
bwalker970   7/3/2014 2:54:07 PM
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"It's amount of waste at this company is astounding." Bob laments.  "Why would anybody throw out this perfectly good CRT?"

madmcmac
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madmcmac   7/3/2014 3:52:36 PM
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See what happens when you refuse to clean your cubicle.

TGR0
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Overdid it
TGR0   7/3/2014 5:12:10 PM
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The robots on the production line had a bug in their garbage collection code!

TGR0
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Too stubborn
TGR0   7/3/2014 5:13:29 PM
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"He wouldn't budge during the lab cleanup."

TGR0
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Even Better than the VP
TGR0   7/3/2014 5:26:04 PM
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Of course it's worth it!  I finally got the best parking spot!

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TGR0   7/3/2014 5:44:10 PM
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Psst!  Wanna refurbished logic analyzer?

dt_hayden
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Dumpster Diver certified
dt_hayden   7/3/2014 6:06:57 PM
"Don't worry about Gus' safety, he's IEEE Dumpster Diver certified."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/3/2014 6:29:44 PM
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"He's off to the Antiques Roadshow!"

gigagig
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Green Box Testing
gigagig   7/3/2014 9:00:42 PM
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The overzealous test engineer.  Completed black box and white box testing, and now into green box testing.

 

seaEE
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seaEE   7/3/2014 9:47:54 PM
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Actually what I said was that you should try starting up a company in your garage.

zeeglen
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zeeglen   7/4/2014 12:29:10 AM
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"Well, looks like old Bob is off to a hamfest/swapmeet again.  Always wondered where he finds all those goodies..."

TFCSD
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TFCSD   7/4/2014 2:59:32 AM
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Finally I can setup my all my equipment and get to work without management complaining about the mess

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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:05:21 AM
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Hey look! I found a way to bypass procurement and upgrade our equipment!

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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:11:33 AM
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Now that I have moved up into my own office, I can spread out my embedded prototypes without begging for space and enjoy the view

TFCSD
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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:27:23 AM
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This new portable hardware design lab is great

TFCSD
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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:34:10 AM
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This company's  equipment and labs are not so bad, the last place I worked was far worse

TFCSD
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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:39:36 AM
You software guys just don't get it

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TFCSD   7/4/2014 3:47:26 AM
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Welcome to our new hardware development center, care for a tour?

briand66
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Negative Carbon Footprint
briand66   7/4/2014 9:14:48 AM
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I'm working my way towards Negative Carbon footprint. Does this qualify??

csquared0
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csquared0   7/4/2014 4:00:31 PM
I was promised a cubicle with an outside view!

NoNIckName_#2
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NoNIckName_#2   7/4/2014 4:30:18 PM
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That University of Phoenix BSCS degree is definitely paying off!

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NoNIckName_#2   7/5/2014 4:20:28 PM
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Welcome to the corporate skunk works!

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David Ashton   7/6/2014 8:32:36 PM
"I Found an HP 200A in here last week.   Sold it for a small fortune!!"

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reidkyocera   7/7/2014 2:13:42 PM
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Well he should have been more specific when he told me to dump the cache.

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reidkyocera   7/7/2014 2:16:17 PM
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The windows tutorial said to put the files in the recycle bin.

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reidkyocera   7/7/2014 2:20:10 PM
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Second source supplier? I thought he said second hand supplier.

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JERNEE   7/7/2014 3:43:38 PM
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OK, it's not as pretty, but my car recycles more energy than your Prius!

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Currency of the future
Fegarnica   7/7/2014 3:59:14 PM
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With new digital currency you never have to worry about carrying around a wallet again.

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Fegarnica   7/7/2014 4:21:31 PM
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Sprint's new devlopment for improving coverage and reducing waste. 

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mhrackin   7/7/2014 4:48:49 PM
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"OK, Dempsey!  If you stay in there much longer, you name is going on the door!"

"Great! There's more and better equipment here than in my lab!"

mhrackin
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mhrackin   7/7/2014 5:21:35 PM
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Be careful how you talk to him; his nano-drones are everywhere!  They look very natural in this habitat.

seaEE
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seaEE   7/7/2014 11:50:10 PM
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That over there is File 13.  It's a skunkworks project.

Meeldijk
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Meeldijk   7/8/2014 1:06:36 PM
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So as not to miss out on the latest stuff I just moved in.

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Meeldijk   7/8/2014 1:22:48 PM
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That's the CFO, he's selling certified pre-owned hardware to the engineers and made this a profit center.

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Reassignment
DCH0   7/8/2014 5:07:46 PM
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This is my new desk after I told the truth to a customer during a marketing presentation.

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Parreco   7/8/2014 5:48:15 PM
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Bill's fantasy of driving a Winnebago will be complete, after he paints the "W" on the side!!

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Parreco   7/9/2014 12:40:52 PM
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Yeah, technically speaking, Frank did survive the layoff....however....

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Parreco   7/9/2014 1:00:52 PM
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The company upheld its end of the deal, to provide lodging during the relocation!!

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writergirl0   7/9/2014 4:36:53 PM
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One man's trash is this man's ebay storefront!

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waaromikke   7/10/2014 5:50:33 AM
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Our new manager seems to misunderstand the concept of hardware design reuse.

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Flasher
waaromikke   7/10/2014 5:59:23 AM
Oh no, the high tech flasher is showing his equipment again.

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NoNIckName_#2   7/10/2014 4:07:47 PM
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I'm in this nifty out-of-the-building office to encourage my out-of-the-box innovative thinking. Management tells me that my magnetic building key is only temporarily disabled because of a minor security oversight that will soon be rectified.

seaEE
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seaEE   7/11/2014 1:00:17 AM
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That there is the caboose of the Internet of Things.

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Trash
TGR0   7/11/2014 2:28:08 PM
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They said I was disposable, then they canned me.

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JERNEE   7/11/2014 3:09:04 PM
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OK, it's not as pretty, but my car recycles more energy than your hybrid!

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BrainiacVI   7/11/2014 3:14:11 PM
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So sad when you end up on the trash heap of technology.

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BrainiacVI   7/11/2014 3:15:47 PM
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They don't have mailrooms anymore, so I'm working my way up from here!

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Talking Trash
DavidL210   7/11/2014 5:20:31 PM
Gordon just loved his new office and a side benefit is that he doesn't have to go to the cafeteria for snacks anymore.

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Swingline stapler
dt_hayden   7/11/2014 5:45:26 PM
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Mr. Lumbergh told me to talk to payroll and then payroll told me to talk to Mr. Lumbergh and I still haven't received my paycheck and he took my stapler and he never brought it back .....

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Ecspansion   7/11/2014 5:55:47 PM
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New employee orientation was going well until....

Wnderer
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Wnderer   7/12/2014 11:09:36 AM
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Bob's been really down in the dumps ever since they threw out the old test equipment.

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SandorD   7/13/2014 9:00:41 PM
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There are some really witty entries which I can't really compete with but I remember hearing an anecdote which fits in with the theme, so I thought I'd share it. I hope I won't be lynched for hijacking the caption contest thread! :-)

It all goes back to about 20 years ago. An old and once prestigious, large electronics company with three letters in its name was slowly marching towards its death. They just didn't know it, yet. Their financial situation looked increasingly dire. It was also at the time when outsourcing was still in its infancy and large companies were still stocking parts and having their own production lines.

The story went something like this:

To reduce the value of inventory on their books, the company instituted a policy that any stock items which were not used up within a certain number of months after purchase, were to be written off and dumped.  However, some enterprising staff member noticed that sometimes perfectly good parts are thrown out in the dumpster and he "rescued" good items and tried to make a bit of money by selling them, where he could.

As it happened, one day, an important order rolled in but it had to be delivered on a very short deadline and the company was scrambling to find all the required parts. In the end, they found all parts, except one which was on a very long lead time. Although, the missing part was of small value even in the required quantity, the order could not be completed without it. If they just hadn't scrapped hundreds of the very same part, a couple of weeks before!!

At this point, the enterprising staff member put up his hand that he COULD get those parts. Backed into the corner, the company agreed and bought the parts which enabled them to complete the order for the customer, get paid and live another day.

It was an unfortunate event for the company already on a financial knife's edge and it lead to questions. Management was angry and they set up a meeting to resolve the situation for the future.

The outcome was that they changed the scrapping policy so that before parts were dumped, they had to be physically destroyed, to stop stuff profiteering from it.

As a post script, later, I was talking to somebody else from the same company who had a different take on the above but I won't let that stand in the way of a good story!

The company itself struggled on for a few more years before eventually going under. I may have another anecdote concerning their demise but I'll save that for a rainy day. ;-)

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@SandorD Wow. That's one of those articles where you wonder what people were thinking--you're better off destroying parts than creating some kind of secondary market for them!

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Yes @kfield and of course, they did not acknowledge the elephant in the room, which was their difficulties with meeting product delivery expectations due to problems in their supply chain.

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eetcowie   7/15/2014 10:50:55 AM
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"The best example of Spectrum Re-Use I've seen yet..."

eetcowie
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eetcowie   7/15/2014 10:56:30 AM
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His answering machine says, "Im sorry, but I'm OUT of my mind now -- please call back later when I'm [not]."

eetcowie
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eetcowie   7/15/2014 11:24:04 AM
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"I'm not sure he understands the meaning of: A receptacle carrying one amp..."

seaEE
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July caption
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He tunnelled from his office, staked a claim, and now it's all his.

dt_hayden
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Surplus-A-Month
dt_hayden   7/16/2014 9:57:19 AM
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Ned revelled in his first Surplus-A-Month delivery.  Up to his armpits in ICs, tantalum caps, and CRTs, this was truely the happiest day of Ned's life.

dt_hayden
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Internet of Things
dt_hayden   7/16/2014 9:59:59 AM
Stanley reveals the "Thing" behind his patent filing on the Internet of Things.

Stargzer
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Low Bid
Stargzer   7/16/2014 11:04:00 AM
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Hey!  I know how we can be the low bid on that government contract!

 

Stargzer
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"May be the last time, I don't know-oh!"
Stargzer   7/16/2014 11:06:49 AM
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That's the last time I try to drink a salesman under the table!

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July Cartoon Caption
Parreco   7/16/2014 12:07:47 PM
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At this point, no one has the heart to tell Roger that there's really no such thing as "New Hire Initiation"!!!

dt_hayden
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Feedback
dt_hayden   7/16/2014 12:08:14 PM
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Gil's package arrives and Amazon requests packaging feedback on their shipment.

dt_hayden
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Don't sue me Goshn
dt_hayden   7/16/2014 12:16:23 PM
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Bert arrives in his homegrown electric car running Linux.  Incredibly, it was actually less attractive than a Nissan Leaf.

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July Sub-par-mission
CC VanDorne   7/16/2014 4:23:51 PM
Well, it's not quite as pretty as a new Toyota, but with this here home-built disgronificator kit I'm garaunteed: NO UNINTENDED ACCELERATION!

Stargzer
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Bad at Contract Negotiation
Stargzer   7/16/2014 4:40:10 PM
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What do you mean I bought all this stuff?  Will a contract written on a cocktail napkin in Worcestershire sauce with a toothpick stand up in court?

(Stolen from a VERY old Playboy punch line from the late 60s or early 70s!)

 

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Hey!  Look what I found!  A Traf-O-Data still in the original box!

 

(The pre-Microsoft product of a teen-aged Bill Gates and his young henchmen.)

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Arnold formulates a business plan for phablet rentals using the crates of EO Personal Communicators he found.

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These new portable cubicles stink.

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"Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!"

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I was the R&D Manager for that big electronics firm.  Because of over spending and over designing, I am now the CEO of this Huge Recycle Mart.

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Welcome to the Electronics Recycling Bank. Would you like to make a deposit or a withdrawal?

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The cross-functional kanban implementation is creating a 5S bubble.

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To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Dumpster-diving is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

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Don Swaab   7/21/2014 6:09:06 AM
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Welcome to the Electronics History Museum.

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Has anybody seen my pet Octopuss?   It was here last month.   I need it now!

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I was told to fix the bugs in our new software's garbage collection.

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I accidentally deleted some files I need and IT told me check the recycle bin.

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I was told to meet here for a discussion called 'Analog Engineers: One Too Many."

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And I absolutely guarantee the calibration is 100% NIST* traceable.  (*No, It's Simply Trash)

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mhrackin   7/24/2014 11:12:53 AM
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Where's the "empty bin" link?

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Down in the dumps and no need for a medal detector. drmrs  7/25/2014  Rockville, MD

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Are you sure this is where they emptied the bit bucket from that last satelite message?

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Step right up folks!  Last chance to own some vintage equipment!

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You get use to the smell, and it gets 72.5 mpg with a bandwidth of 3.2 Gbytes/sec.

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Yeah, the voluntary separation plan does leave something to be desired.

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It's my week for LED binning.

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I just got this car for a song. It turns on a dime and runs on non-RoHS circuit boards.

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Nice talking to you, but I've got to go, the scope salesmen are waiting downstairs.

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Field test of the new Engineer-oriented pop-up book.

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Wish I could have a car like that!

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It's a good way to get my work to home, but the response time is slow in traffic.

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Yeah, they checked.  I'm 100% biodegradable.

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"Yes, this IS my happy place!"

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I just wanted to reminisce with some of my previous projects.

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I forgot how I solved a problem once and needed to refresh my memory.

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I moved my desk out here so I get first dibs on the old equipment!

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"I'm on a roll!"

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"I got an early start with the bosses new 'open door' policy..."

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"This is how our customers are now getting around the very restrictive RMA policy!"

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"Classic case of PhD: Piled High & Deep..."

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Software engineer, shown here in his daily round, re-writing the standard 'garbage-collector' routine.

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This is the first attempt at Autonomous vehicles, just packin it all in is the hard part!

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My boss is a real grouch. Oscar the Grouch.

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best minds are not up for hire

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He still does not believe in organised and clean desk policy.

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Douglas442   7/31/2014 7:03:01 PM
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My response to this cartoon is a caption which involves a tech-company general manager saying something like:

"Who cares about the discarded microprocessors, PCB boards, and system-racks. I want to know who took the finger-cots!"

True, this line would probably seem unfunny, and perhaps a bit perplexing, to most. But, it's actually based upon a long ( ... very long... ),compelling, and true-to-life story... of corporate mismanagement, which was tainted with just a bit of malicious perversity, at a company... where I used to work. 

To protect the innocent ( ... and, to paraphrase a line from an old Peter Sellers movie, I'd like both of them to stand up and take a bow... ) I will not mention the name of that company. But I will say that working there was a bit like working in a hell. A true "Inferno".

And, for me, this caption is absolutely hilarious!

In a sad and ironic sort of way.

 



 

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David Ashton   7/31/2014 7:15:29 PM
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@Douglas - it's very sad that so many commenters can relate this cartoon to true life situations!

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Steve arrived at the Wearables conference ready to demonstrate the latest mobile platform technology to support engineers working from home. 

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At times working from home is not easy!

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David Ashton said: @Douglas - it's very sad that so many commenters can relate this cartoon to true life situations!

Yes.

"based upon a true-to-life"

In my case, I had almost always been an enthusiastic dumpster-diver, when it came to retrieving potentially useful components. Simply throwing this stuff away, to be thoughtlessly destroyed and pulverized beyond recognition, just seems to me to be a sort of sacrilege. And I can't resist... it's like rescuing a lost puppy...

... besides which, I've also always had plenty of projects, from festering ideas to WIPs, to feed them to. ( Just kidding! No puppies have ever been harmed in the course of working on my projects... at least none that I'm aware of. )

Anyway... this is a long story that I now feel compelled to explain ( apologies... I'll try to be as brief as possible ).

So my problem, I think, is that I was constantly in the naive habit of trying to make sure to be totally honest about it. If ever I found something unique or potentially valuable, I would always let my immediate supervisors, as well as the guy who managed the stockroom, know that I had found it. And I had always made it clear to them that if they wanted it back ( just in case the discard had been an error ) then they only had to ask.

None of them ever seemed to mind. Even though they always seemed to be throwing away a lot of stuff! Some of which I was even allowed, by one supervisor, to take home before it ended up in the trash-can.

I had even attempted to be fair, by not raiding the dumpsters every time I knew that they were clearing off some shelves, giving others a chance to "share-the-wealth". Of course, I would always still have to take a peek... and, oddly, no one else seldom ever touched the stuff. Not surprising, really... as most of the other technicians, there, seemed to get their kicks by destroying as much as they could get away with.

Then, one day... I found the dumpsters to be absolutely crammed with materials. A lot of it perfectly good stuff. Components, PCBs, fully populated modules, spools of wire, metal cases, front-panels and boxes of hardware, system-racks... a true treasure trove of electronic gold and jewels!

This was late in the day, after almost everyone else had gone home. So I dove in, and happily ( in a way that I imagine that only a few others, such as perhaps some folks here on these pages, can understand ) began sorting through it all. Finally, I ended up tossing anything and everything that looked remotely useful into the trunk of my car. Including... a few bags of what seemed to be, through the dark plastic packaging, some oddly skin-colored O-rings ( these things were apparently once used by the folks in assembly, in place of full latex gloves... I, myself, worked in a different department ).

It took a return trip to retrieve this haul. Luckily, at that time, I owned an actual home to take it back to. And, as usual, I let my immediate supervisor know ( this was at a time after that one other supervisor had left the company, for unknown reasons ).

Everything seemed good. Everyone seemed satisfied.

Then, awhile later, I was called into the office of one of the general managers... a typical business-head sort of a guy.

He knew ( as did most everyone else ) that I had "dumpster-dived" that lot of materials. Except that, rather than being really concerned about any of the electronic materials that I had recovered, he seemed particularly... perhaps somewhat obsessively... concerned about the "finger-cots".

And he wanted to know exactly why I had taken them. 

When I explained that I didn't actually know what they were, that apparently didn't satisfy him. He didn't want them back... but still, his displeasure at my having taken them was nonetheless obvious.

That meeting then ended with his directive that I was expressly forbidden from ever going near the dumpsters again. His reasons were "safety-concerns"... after all, the dumpsters tended to be somewhat unsafe and unsanitary ( which, for me, as a lab-technician who used to work with agricultural wastes and cattle-ranch by-products, was a non-issue ). And, for some while thereafter, they would often go to great lengths to make a show of having some of the technicians ( the guys who liked destroying things ) render discarded materials totally unusable.

Because of "finger-cots"?

Why... I don't know. Removed from the bags, the things look simply like uninflated skin-colored party-balloons, or perhaps they looked like some really tiny sort of......

......oh... wait......



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David Ashton   8/1/2014 5:53:17 AM
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@Douglas - great (but sad) story.   I've had exactly the same sort of #$@%-head boss too.  One time he and some other managers decided our stores needed "Tidying up".  They chucked out current radio equipment, power supplies, spares.....(no finger cots though :-)  so I disobeyed the express instruction not to remove anything and quietly rescued all the useful stuff and put it back in our store.  No one ever noticed.  And people wonder why I equate managers to #$@%-heads unless they prove themselves otherwise.

The #$@%-head in question has since left.  And I discovered that most of the rest of the department had much the same opinion as I had.  You can't fool all of the people all of the time....

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zeeglen   8/1/2014 9:24:03 AM
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@ David   quietly rescued all the useful stuff and put it back in our store

Same thing happened to me long ago with our components stores, but when we engineers rescued the goodies we took them home instead.  I still have a substantial collection in my home lab.

BTW, is a " #$@%-head boss "  the same low-life as a  " 5#!+head boss " ?   ;>}

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@Zeeglen... "BTW, is a " #$@%-head boss "  the same low-life as a  " 5#!+head boss " ?   ;>}"

Pretty much, there are only minor differences.  The mindset to become a boss seems universal :-)

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Ed Wins the 2 meter Pamper Sking Race and scores an original Apple 1 motherboard

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"Just call me LURCH... 'YOU RANGGG!'"

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