esterday when I arrived at the office, my desk was crawling with ants. Ants are a common problem during heatwaves in Southern California, so there's nothing remarkable about finding a few ants on your desk. It's usually a signal that someone needs to call the exterminator.
Problem is, it wasn't "a few" ants. It was dozens. This whole summer the ant problem has been unusually persistent, and the exterminator has already been to our office three times in the past two weeks. His most recent visit was Friday, when he was supposed to give the building a thorough treatment that would take care of the issue once and for all.
It didn't work, obviously. The surviving ants apparently all sought refuge at my desk. I don't know why. There's no food source for ants in or around my desk, unless these ants eat books and paper. Besides, we had been instructed to remove all edibles in preparation for Friday's extermination treatment. The only remaining organic item on my desk is my Betta, Darwin, and the ants were on a whole different part of my desk. They seemed to be investigating the possibility of building a nest in my power outlet.
I hosed them with a simple can of off-the-shelf ant spray, and that seemed to do the trick. I just don't understand why a professional exterminator can't seem to rid the building of ants. I suspect he's been spraying our building with concentrated sugar water, hoping to drown the ants.
That strategy isn't working.
n a similar vein, here's one of several excuses I have for posting sporadically lately: My life has been made considerably more complex for the past three weeks, because the company that makes the software that syncronizes my computers released an "upgrade" that doesn't work.
When you work like I do (with laptop and desktop computers), it's vital to synchronize the two properly. Even when you sync compulsively at least twice a day (as I do), if you forget or the software fails, you can easily lose a day's work. So keeping things properly synced is something I am passionate about.
So anyway, this company "upgraded" their software (which was working perfectly before the "upgrade"), and now it takes me a half hour to do manually what the software did automatically until three weeks ago. Three "upgrades" later, the problem is still not fixed.
The ironic thing is that the slogan for this particular software, appearing at the top of every window the program opens, is "File synchronization that works." Pheh.
I liked this software because it was cheap, simple, and it really did work. But after three failed upgrades, I'm ditching it today for something more expensive.
I would have been happy to roll back to a previous version that really did work, and after several failed attempts to correct the problem, I even suggested that strategy to their support people. They sent me this friendly reply:
Anyone out there know some good file synchronization software?