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Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2
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Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
Hello, it's been a while.
Update:
I am still here sitting next to the crazed keyboard pounder after all these years.
I wear aircraft carrier grade ear protection all day but can still hear it.
I am well past all hope of sanity.
I have done a rough calculation based on an estimated 100 wpm typing speed (actual probably higher) that the keyboard monkey is typing the equivalent of approximately 14.11 complete works of Shakespeare per year.
Still clueless as to what content could possibly be (it is not code related).
Your continued thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

To save what little sanity you might have left, have you thought about possibly gifting this user a keyboard that's a bit quieter?

I have dreamed a dream, but now that dream has gone from me.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

I once worked with someone who's keyboard input didn't quite match his work output. It turns out he was quite active emailing friends, updating his blog, and a whole bunch of other things that had nothing to do with his actual job. I had another coworker once that was writing a book on company time.

I'll save suggestions since I don't know much about your situation, but it's usually a good thing for the company good to get that kind of thing stopped.


RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Have you considered starting to look for another job before your co-worker ends up with a head injury from a keyboard to the head? Next stop for you >>>> crossbar hotel (jail).

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

How about finding some other ‘issue’ with your current geographic location (not enough light, moving closer to your customers, etc.) to move away from your typist?

Have fun.

---- Andy

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
Apparently there is a god...the crazy kb pounder quit. Life is much more peaceful here now, however, I now notice in the new quieter environment another person who types almost as incessantly too, albeit nowhere near at the pace and power as crazy did. Still it makes me wonder...what could the content be, these people who type at high speed non-stop for 8 hours every day..it's not code..emails? No. Obsessive documentation? Perhaps, but it remains an annoying mystery..

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Glad that person is gone for your sake, but............. I'm starting to think that you're too sensitive to noise!!!

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
I am but it's not just the noise, I am trying to understand what somebody could possibly be typing at such a rate continually day after day year after year...AND...this one prints everything she types too...it's

ratatatatatatatatatatatatatattatatatatatattatatatattbupbupbupbupbupbrrrrr
rrupupupupupupupupupupupuppuppuppupupbupbupbupbuppakpakpakpakpakpakpakpak
pukpukpukpukpukpukpukpkpuk......

then PRINT...then repeat, for 8 hours. all day..every day. What the hell is it??? it's not programming!

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Here's a wild thought:

ASK HER

Randy

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
oh oh oh...here's another kicker...SHE THROWS THE PRINTOUTS AWAY. yeah. So it's,
typetypetypetypetypetypetypetypetypetypetypetypepoundpoundpoundpoundpou
ndpoundpoundpoundpoundpoundratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatat
ratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratat
atatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatatratatatatat...PRINT..
walk to printer (in her flipflops)...get printout...walk back to
desk(flipflipflop..)...walk to recycle bin (flipflopflip..), throw
printout
away....REPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREPEATREP
EATREPEATREPEAT...

until it's time to go home. Been doing this for 23
years. It's not code. It's not emails. It's some kind of weird mental compulsion pattern syndrome.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Like randy700 said: Ask her.
Or even better - since all the 'evidence' is available to you in large quantities - pick it from trash/recycle bin.

Have fun.

---- Andy

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

2
Have you considered a new profession that does not require any human contact?

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
Anderzejek: I have gotten emails from her, they are usually about 9 pages long where a normal person would have just said "ok". So I do think it's some sort of typing addiction.

guitarzan: Oh that would be paradise!

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Quote:

profession that does not require any human contact

Light house attendant comes to mind. Not the automatic ones, though. smile

But did you look in the trash to see the printouts?

Have fun.

---- Andy

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
Seems to be screenshots of copies of some of our mainframe system outputs..puzzling..looks like she's typing everything she sees and printing them out then discarding them..some sort of ritualistic repeating typing/printing addiction..very odd.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Another reason I'm glad I went the sysadmin route and not programming.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Proof of work for anyone not in the know?

Basically doing nothing all day but honing the typing skills?

**********************************************
What's most important is that you realise ... There is no spoon.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Quote:

Have you considered a new profession that does not require any human contact?
Yes, this was quite funny yet appropriate or so I'm starting to think. Every office has noise. It's hard to believe that your office would have two people that are 9 on a scale of 10 in terms of noise generation. Again, I have to start looking at the OP as oversensitive. Do you have any type of PTSD situation going on?

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
No PTSD afaik...I was in the cold war but that was just a big party..

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

I was in the cold war, too. But on the other side. smile
Our idea of resolving the cold war issue was: declare war on the West and US and surrender right away.

You would love to send your guys fighting that war. I am sure after couple of weeks they would not know where their weapons would be (partying and having a good time, who cares about guns), and as far as casualties: there would be more people coming back home that going away (with all that new spouses and children…) smile

Have fun.

---- Andy

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

(OP)
It would not have been a fair fight, we were asleep.
I think I am slowly becoming aware of the underlying reasons for the obsessive typist.
Somewhere long ago in her brain a connection was made between typing and the appearance of working. Typing = working, if you're not typing you're not working..?
Old mainframe programmer mentality? I learned long ago to reuse code and objects as much as possible so I have to type as little as possible. Also find something similar you have already done, copy and modify it. She seems to do everything from scratch.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

Quote (Andy)

Our idea of resolving the cold war issue was: declare war on the West and US and surrender right away
Reminds me of the apocryphal (?) story of an Israeli Cabinet meeting in the early 1970s

The argument was that if the country declares war on the USA at 7am, by lunchtime they are beaten and get the benefits of economic/military/humanitarian aid from the largesse of the victorious American government.

The plan was scrapped when the defence minister asked..."What if we win?"

Aspiring to mediocrity since 1957

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

@ hjgoldstein

Based on your timeframe (1970's) I think you've been led astray.

Note the synopsis for the 1959 movie "The Mouse That Roared" starring Peter Sellers

Quote (IMDB - The Mouse That Roared)

An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

**********************************************
What's most important is that you realise ... There is no spoon.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

@ hjgoldstein - my bad, I forgot that you used the word apocryphal.

Consider my earlier post to be a solid rebuttal to that story.

**********************************************
What's most important is that you realise ... There is no spoon.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder in next cubicle, part 2

WRT the printing, I'm not in a position to be critical.

I used to write a fair amount of code.
I could not properly review it in context on a screen.
So I would print out an entire project's code on the back of fanfold greenbar, and bind it.
During the binding process, I would look over the code, marking any odd things that came to mind.
Then I'd mentally walk through the code on the paper copy,
and fix or adjust or improve it.
Then I'd make the corrections, shred the bound copy,
and start the process again.

I was going through a box of greenbar most every week.
Another operation that bought printers for resale as part of their systems used me to test potential new printer models.

Unlike you, for most of that time, I was not in a cubicle farm, but alone in a mezzanine office behind a CNC punch press. Whatever noise I made could not be heard above the racket from the punch press. I found the press annoying at first, but eventually I came to think of it as the sound of money coming in, so I made peace with it.

I couldn't make peace with typing screenshots...

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