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Merry Christmas to you all. I hope everyone has a fantastic day. Eat, drink, drink, drink and be merry. Worry about being sick tomorrow.
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Egg nog is great because who hasn't been eating an omelette and thought, "I wish I could drink this."
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The more adorable the family picture on a Christmas card, the more dysfunctional the stuff going on behind closed doors. #happyholidays
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Then it's a good thing that my family always looks dysfunctional on the Christmas card ... or would have, if we'd dare to put our family picture on it at all :-)
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Working in I.T. is getting more stressful...

Do you feel more stressed at work? If your job is in IT then the answer is probably yes, according to a new survey from security and email specialist GFI Software.

The study of over 200 IT administrators in the US finds that 78 percent of those surveyed experience workplace stress, while almost 82 percent of respondents are actively considering leaving their current IT job due to workplace stress and dissatisfaction with working conditions, up from 78.5 percent in 2014.

Key findings include that 45 percent of respondents have missed social functions due to overrunning issues and tight deadlines at work, up from 38 percent in 2014. A further 40 percent also report missing time with their children due to work demands eating into their personal time.

Losing sleep due to work pressure is reported by 38 percent of IT staff and the number of respondents experiencing stress related illnesses increased slightly, to 27 percent from 25 percent in 2014. A further 19 percent continue to report feeling in poor physical condition due to work demands, up two percent from last year.

More than 25 percent report that a relationship or friendship has failed or been severely damaged due to work commitments intruding on personal life.

"Even in an industry like IT that's well-known for being extremely stressful and highly demanding of its workforce, the findings of this year's IT Stress Survey makes for worrying reading. The 2015 survey results clearly show a substantial deterioration of the work/life balance and job satisfaction among the US IT workforce -- quite concerning at a time when the IT sector is playing such a pivotal role in the growth of our economy," says Sergio Galindo, general manager of GFI Software.
The biggest driver of stress is cited by 28 percent as unreasonable demands and pressure from management, though this is down from 36 percent last year. Stress caused by end users is increasing, however, rising from 16 percent last year to 23 percent.

Galindo adds, "Smart employers understand that an over-stressed and unhappy workforce means less productivity, and the higher levels of illness, mistakes and staff turnover directly related to stress can have a very significant and direct cost to the bottom line. Investing in worker happiness and in systems to simplify the job of the IT department is often far cheaper than replacing over-stressed or unhappy staff".

More information along with the full report is available from the GFI website and there's a summary of the results in infographic form here: http://i.michaelmknight.co.uk/image/BI

More info: http://www.gfi.com/blog/survey-shows-a-rise-in-it-admin-stress-for-second-year-running-infographic/
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No shit dude.   This is why i just called in for a "Personal Day" tomorrow.   I do think, however, that the two hour commute is a big friggin part of it.

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On the set of Alien 5... Only kidding, just stomping some egg hatcher's #Alien #Aliens #Alien5   #SciFi  
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We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!
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I tried it last night and it worked like a charm. I just realized that I can get rid of Lookout now as it is a huge battery and memory suck. 

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Thank you very much +Sarah Claxton Deming. This was a lovely surprise. Merry Christmas to you, your team and your family. Hope you have a wonderful 2015!
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I'm a terrible singer, I have two left throats.
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+Russell Brand  It's actually based on a true story of The Christmas Truce where the unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914 happened. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings, gifts and talk, right before they went back to killing one another.

Even Garth Brooks sang about it in a rather emotional track: http://youtu.be/Xy9lg0aAhlE

Not a very good add campaign from Sainsbury's (even though it's beautifully made). Whilst based on true events (which in it's self are heart warming) they don't show that almost everyone died not long after when the ceasefires ended.
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