Never mind out of order email delivery. Several years ago we pre-shipped some test equipment. Then came the "you had better get on the plane, the equipment will have cleared customs by the time you arrive". Er - no. About two weeks later I finally got my hands on it and could actually start work.
It's nothing to do with delayed emails but it's kind of funny.
One place I used to work for was stacked with a great bunch of people, mostly scientists and engineers. They were wery witty and had a WICKED sense of humor.
A new colleague has just started to work at our section and every day his wife would call and ask for him. Even though she never introduced herself, after a while, the people picking up the phone worked out who she was. So, after a couple of weeks, as usual, she called again, around lunchtime. The guy who picked up the phone said "Ah, sorry, Tom is not here. His wife came in and they went out together for lunch." Later that day, poor Tom (not real name) had A LOT to explain at home.
Our service manager job system had a habit of resurrecting old jobs some time after they'd been closed. Which initially resulted in my making irate phone calls to customers asking why they'd put a job in again when I'd done that weeks ago. To which they meekly (or sometimes not so meekly) replied that they were quite happy and working fine and hadn't put another job in. I now check the history on jobs like this before I contact the customer again...
This wasn't in a work situation, but the following just happened to me two weeks ago.
I have my Gmail account set up to automatically import email messages from another personal email account that I have. For the last few years this regular import of new messages has been running just fine.
Then all of a sudden the database must have gotten messed up, because Gmail started re-importing old email messages from the other account, all over again. Tens of thousands of them.
As this begins, I see a message show up in my Gmail Inbox, asking me a question. I failed to notice that the message was dated October 2010. It seemed kind of odd, and vaguely familiar, but I replied to it anyway.
Fortunately for me, I was saved the embarrassment by the fact that the originator's email address had changed since 2010, so my reply to him bounced. It was then that I noticed the time-warp!
I worked at one company that had a junk phone system that would often delay my message notifications by several hours. So at noon I would be notified of an emergency that happened at 5AM on a production line, asking me to contact them when I got in at 6AM. Evidently the system was programmed to delay things for me because of somebody's personal gripes. Eventually I got into the habit of calling the plant every morning to check for problems. Then the management at our place got upset about my long distance phone calls. Eventually I left that company and started working for decent folks.
A few days after the film "The Day after Tomorrow" came out I went to see it.
Two days later someone asked if I;d seen it, which resulted in the following conversation:
Q: Have you seen "The Day After Tomorrow"?
A: Yes, I saw it the day before yesterday!
Several years ago now I received an e-mail from my son from his high school account reminding me of a wrestling meet that afternoon. I had known about and went to a meet day before but didn't know of one that day. I called the school and asked where the meet was. They didn't know of any scheduled meets so I relayed what was in my son's e-mail. They said that they would have to check. A little while later my son called to see what I needed. I told him about the e-mail and he said that he ‚had sent that yesterday‘. It turns out that the e-mail showed up in my inbox just about 24 hours late. The time was about right but I hadn't looked at the date.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.