I may have an answer regarding your USB issue, Barfle. I had the same thing, and it was because of our network drive mapping. My next available drive locally was F, but that happened to be one of the network drives as well. I found a way to get the USB key to be recognized as a consistent letter so that it actually works plug & play.Originally posted by barfle:
Well, they do have a published policy that says "no streaming media," but this is the first time I've had it enforced against me.
I was usually able to pick up various programs like NASA feeds and the occasional NPR program, as well as beethoven.com. I know there were several people who streamed spinner.
Another interesting feature of my new computer - When I first started here, my PC ran NT. It had a USB port on the front panel, but NT doesn't recognize USB (something I realized two years before I got the job), so I didn't really care much. I eventually got three computers working at home, and they all have functioning USB ports.
If you remember the "gadgets" thread, I linked to a Swiss Army knife with a USB flash memory in it. Well, I have one of those, and it's pretty cool, but it didn't even light up when I plugged it in at work.
They upgraded my computer to XP Pro about three months ago, and my USB port started working. Very cool.
Now, with the new computer, when I plug in the flash memory, it blinkss like the menu is being read, I get a beep and the "safely remove hardware" icon shows up in the tray, but do you think the drive ever shows up in "My Computer?" Not in this life.
However, I have a DVD burner, so transporting data back and forth is still easy. I just wonder what benefit the IT department is going to get from all the restrictions.
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