Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-14-2019, 09:32 AM   #61
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ExFlyBoy5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Country Living
Posts: 3,131
Quote:
Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post
Plantronics has announced, but no shipping date, this. I predict they will sell "billions".



https://www.plantronics.com/us/en/pr...onics-elara-60
I just had to take a look and now..well, I feel dirty and need a bath. I *almost* forgot all the stupid "buzzwords" used in the corporate world that I assume are still used (overused, I would guess) until I saw "turn your smartphone into a desktop collaboration tool." BELCH!!! Excuse me while I go take a mid morning nap.
__________________

__________________
Retired in 2014 at the Ripe Age of 40
Founder and Head Lounger @ The Life of Leisure Institute
ExFlyBoy5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-14-2019, 10:23 AM   #62
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Amethyst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 7,492
ha ha! I told someone I was "just waiting on the electrons," and then had to explain that this referred to the electronic form he was supposed to be sending me. Workplace jargon can be hard to root out.

[QUOTE=ExFlyBoy5;2251942]I just had to take a look and now..well, I feel dirty and need a bath. I *almost* forgot all the stupid "buzzwords" used in the corporate world that I assume are still used (overused, I would guess)
__________________

__________________
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me ~ Miles Davis
'There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.’ Christopher Morley.
Amethyst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 10:39 AM   #63
Full time employment: Posting here.
davebarnes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO, USA
Posts: 658
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExFlyBoy5 View Post
I just had to take a look and now..well, I feel dirty and need a bath. I *almost* forgot all the stupid "buzzwords" used in the corporate world that I assume are still used (overused, I would guess) until I saw "turn your smartphone into a desktop collaboration tool." BELCH!!! Excuse me while I go take a mid morning nap.
I ignored the Microsoft Team collaboration stuff.
I am excited about Elara offering a big number pad and headset for my iPhone while sitting in my home office.

For 20 years I had this corded phone with a Plantronics headset connected to a landline. I dumped the landline on 28MAY2019. The big buttons and the headset were way more convenient than using my iPhone.
__________________
Dave Barnes
Old (70.7) Fart Nerd
AA 72/22/5, WR=3.6%, 91.6% retired, still working 1/2ish hrs/day
davebarnes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 02:10 PM   #64
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ExFlyBoy5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Country Living
Posts: 3,131
Quote:
Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post
I ignored the Microsoft Team collaboration stuff.
I am excited about Elara offering a big number pad and headset for my iPhone while sitting in my home office.
It does look pretty nice and although don't talk on the phone often, the headset would be nice and the docking station looks sleek. I wonder how much that bad boy will cost, though?
__________________
Retired in 2014 at the Ripe Age of 40
Founder and Head Lounger @ The Life of Leisure Institute
ExFlyBoy5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 10:33 AM   #65
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 501
Quote:
Originally Posted by albireo13 View Post
So, my lovely MegaCorp has decided to relocate us to
a new location in a major city where commuting will
be a nightmare.

One gift of the change will be moving into the latest
trend of office technology ... the farm.
Workers will be packed closer, having basically 6’ x 6’
of space.

So you get to tap away on your keyboard while
the guy across from you is picking his nose while
the neighbor to your left is nursing a terminal flem attack.
Meanwhile your neighbor to your right is doing
the left-cheek-sneak after a breakfast of refried beans
and stale tuna fish!

Can't wait to retire.
My condolences.

You and I may be in the same megacorp, except I resigned in January already. There is a plan to move everyone in IT across the country to few modern centers. I kept asking the moving date for our group so I can elect not to go and receive the package, to no avail. I finally chose to leave on my own.
fh2000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 12:09 PM   #66
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lakewood90712's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,939
" One gift of the change will be moving into the latest
trend of office technology ... the farm.
Workers will be packed closer, having basically 6’ x 6’
of space. "


So what are you complaining about. 6 x 6 is 36 sq. feet. Not like it's a 5 x 7 foot prison cell of 35 sq. feet. Stop with the complaining.
Lakewood90712 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 12:20 PM   #67
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,070
That's larger than the back seat of a car, and yes, I recall couples making use of a roomy cube as if it were a back seat.
GrayHare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 12:56 PM   #68
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,841
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExFlyBoy5 View Post
It does look pretty nice and although don't talk on the phone often, the headset would be nice and the docking station looks sleek. I wonder how much that bad boy will cost, though?
About $180
__________________
Old enough to know better.
joeea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 02:00 PM   #69
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
GalaxyBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Posts: 1,490
I once read the manual for an office phone. It wasn’t a phone but a “voice terminal” and it didn’t ring, it “signaled.” And that was in 1986.
__________________
If you push something hard enough, it will fall over — Fudd's First Law of Opposition.
GalaxyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 04:53 PM   #70
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
imoldernu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Peru, il
Posts: 6,002
aah... memories, memories... back in 1984, when I left MW, my office was on the 19th floor, in a totally open office environment. Moveable sound deadened curved 6 foot high partitions, ceiling to floor windows. The office was roughly 12X15, and my two secretaries had similar if smaller offices that I could see from mine. The entire building was like that... awesomely beautiful, and built only a few year before I worked there.

It almost made the train trip from Lisle/Naperville to Chicago worthwhile.
Now it's an upscale condo. BTW, you can buy one of the condos that just came on the market.... 3600 s.f. for only three Million dollars.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 500-W-Superior-Unit-2001-CHICAGO-IL-60654-0 (1).jpg (96.9 KB, 30 views)
__________________
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -- Ghandi
imoldernu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 07:13 PM   #71
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lakewood90712's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,939
Quote:
Originally Posted by joeea View Post
About $180
Even as cheap as I am, this is one gadget I am buying.
Lakewood90712 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2019, 05:04 AM   #72
Recycles dryer sheets
WestUniversity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by albireo13 View Post
So, my lovely MegaCorp has decided to relocate us to

a new location in a major city where commuting will

be a nightmare.



One gift of the change will be moving into the latest

trend of office technology ... the farm.

Workers will be packed closer, having basically 6’ x 6’

of space.



So you get to tap away on your keyboard while

the guy across from you is picking his nose while

the neighbor to your left is nursing a terminal flem attack.

Meanwhile your neighbor to your right is doing

the left-cheek-sneak after a breakfast of refried beans

and stale tuna fish!



Can't wait to retire.

I gotta quit reading these posts while drinking my morning coffee. Just about blew it through my nose... LOL!
__________________
Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought... - Bernard Baruch
WestUniversity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2019, 07:42 AM   #73
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Everett
Posts: 476
My company cleared out the 5' cubical walls and changed to an open office environment last year. The new, open space is supposed to improve communication. Yup, that it does. Some of the folks near me communicate all day about what they did over the weekend, what's going on with their families and home projects, what their vet said about the dog's blood test, etc., etc. Damned annoying it is. Others wear headphones so that when you go to ask them something you have to wave your hand to get their attention and then get that pained look as they pull off their headphones. Then there are the stand-up desks. When the fellas next to me raise their desks, they can look right down on me. I know they're usually focusing on their work, not watching my every move, but it's discomforting. Glad I am leaving soon!
O2Bfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Bahahaha!
Old 06-18-2019, 03:41 PM   #74
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Solon
Posts: 40
Bahahaha!

Quote:
Originally Posted by albireo13 View Post
So, my lovely MegaCorp has decided to relocate us to
a new location in a major city where commuting will
be a nightmare.

One gift of the change will be moving into the latest
trend of office technology ... the farm.
Workers will be packed closer, having basically 6’ x 6’
of space.

So you get to tap away on your keyboard while
the guy across from you is picking his nose while
the neighbor to your left is nursing a terminal flem attack.
Meanwhile your neighbor to your right is doing
the left-cheek-sneak after a breakfast of refried beans
and stale tuna fish!

Can't wait to retire.
🤣 Enjoyed that one. It’s one of the things that helped me make up my mind to GTFO!
Murph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2019, 04:04 PM   #75
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 2,257
I've worked in many variation of office space... just pull up your big boy (or girl) pants and deal with it. In most cases one just adapts to the new digs and works thru it.

when working I would be in a meeting.. answering questions and posing my own while running simulations and dealing with vendors. I did not see my cube all that often. So what is the big deal with cube farms? They still pay you.
bingybear is offline   Reply With Quote
I was lucky
Old 06-18-2019, 06:12 PM   #76
Dryer sheet wannabe
troutnut1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Big Sky Country, Montana
Posts: 16
I was lucky

I was lucky. Just about the time I could no longer stomach being in a cubicle, my agency decided we needed laptops and wifi so we could work in the field when needed. I was ready to quit/retire anyway so one day I decided to make a hostile takeover of a relatively unused conference room. 12X18. Corner office. Window. Locking door. Giant table and chairs. I rewired my desk phone to ring in there, grabbed my laptop and mouse, and camped out in there for the day when I could no longer stand the women in adjacent cubies. And a funny thing happened....which was nothing! Nobody said a word. So I did it again the next day. When it came time for the weekly meeting the boss asked me if it they could disturb me. I said sure! Then I went right back to working. 7 years later at a training session one of the newer ladies scowled at me and said “I’d like a private office too!”. I said “well, you have to work here more than 5 minutes or so to get one” (I had 19 years in the job by then). Knowing what I know now, I should have made that move a decade sooner. But it got me 7 additional years in the company before I finally retired last December.
troutnut1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2019, 06:39 PM   #77
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North
Posts: 2,009
I played magical conference rooms in protest when I was put at my latest table. It worked...for now. 5' cubicle wall. Not much privacy but I'm against a rarely used wall with natural light. Learned for everyone's sanity in the office, I need natural light daily.

I can work remote, but have been told to limit that now too. 2 years ago CEO said awesome year guys, just do the same thing next year...now they say, we need to change it ALL! LMAO HELP!
__________________
AA (Stock/Bond/Cash ): 96.5/0/3.5% MIX (Small/Mid/Large): 25/25/50% BLEND(US/Foreign): 100/0%, REIT (Real Estate Equity): ~50% of Assets

FIRE in 2031 @ 50yrs old (+/- 2yrs) w/ a hypothetical $2.5mil portfolio, 3 appreciated homes worth $1.0mil and rental income to fund my gap years until RMD. Assets will go to an inherited IRA where I plan on watching the investments grow until I die or the trust gets executed.
kgtest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2019, 07:08 AM   #78
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 59
Ugh, this thread brought back the horrible memories of my last 4 or so years at work (I retired last year). I did accounting projects mainly at software companies who all used the dreaded rows of picnic tables in a big, open office. I would have killed for a cube with actual walls, even low ones.

The millennials I worked with would all just pop in their earphones. I find them really uncomfortable, but I finally realized that I could listen to audio books and podcasts and no one would be the wiser. I'm on COBRA now and was considering going back to work for a few months next year to requalify but I'm getting a full-body shudder at the thought of going back to that environment, so maybe I'll go on ACA after all (didn't want to do that because I don't qualify for the subsidies and it's more expensive then COBRA).
meridiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2019, 10:51 PM   #79
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Murrieta
Posts: 53
So many funny posts. I was only in a "cube" job for two years out of my 37 year career but oh the memories. One gal was on the phone scheduling her "bikini wax" that made me want to throw up. Another gal spent two hours per day on the phone with her boyfriend and complained about her lack of promotions. The Department Manager had her own office and would spend 3 days holed up in her office booking cruises and vacations with strict orders to "not be disturbed." The other 95% of the people actually worked.
doxiemama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2019, 11:22 PM   #80
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 24,223
Some years ago, I did contract work at a mid-sized aerospace corp. They treated their engineers well, and gave them all a walled office with a door. That included entry-level engineers.

I thought that was smart, as my own productivity was higher when working there: less socializing, less distraction, better concentration.
__________________

__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Out of the Cubicle, Into Life Born2BRetd Hi, I am... 17 06-12-2019 03:50 PM
Cubicle, oh cubicle, how I miss thee ... steadystate FIRE and Money 66 12-21-2017 09:42 AM
My Dad "Bought the farm" laurence Other topics 23 02-21-2006 08:15 AM
Bought the Farm, Caroline? TromboneAl Other topics 0 10-06-2005 09:23 AM
Guilty of Being a Cubicle Hater notTwain Young Dreamers 4 08-20-2004 10:09 AM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:11 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.