About this Blog

The Curmudgeon's Office blog is a spin off from my personal blog, Too Young To Be A Curmudgeon, which is full of random rants and thoughts I have on a whole host of topics. In an effort to be more organized, and also to attract a specific niche of followers, I decided to start a separate blog for my professional postings. At this blog, I'll post my tips, rants, and random thoughts on a host of professional topics from setting up a home office & office gadgets to 5S practices & time management.

Young Curmudgeon's Dictionary

Here is a collection of words and terms I use through out this blog. Some of them are common professional or technical terms. Some are not so common but still known elsewhere in the word. Some I've made up myself. I will just start this with a few off the top of my head and will add more as I use them in this blog. don't worry, I'll keep them in alphabetical order.

50-50-90 Rule - A Murphy's Law type rule that states if you have a 50/50 chance of being right, 90% of the time you'l be wrong.

80% Rule - This is a guide line I follow when I try to create a template or standard I work with. It's in not practical or many times even possible to create a template, standard, or program that can efficiently cover everything you want it to do automatically. Most of the time you'll end up something bulky and cumbersome that will not be user friendly and prone to failures. It makes more since if the template will cover 80% of the options you most often use. The remaining options are used rarely and will just be "extra baggage" your template carries.

Asstatistic  - A statistic that someone just pulled out of their butt. It has no factual backing, but sounds convincing.

Smoldered - This is one that I made up. Being fired slowly; smoldered. It's when a employer tells a employee that things are not working out and they strongly suggest the employee start looking for work elsewhere. The happens when the boss likes the employee but realizes they are not a good fit for the team. The employer wants to employee off the team, but is kind enough to give them a chance to find a job before they leave. This can be a win/win. The company saves on unemployment and the employee can have a smoother transition into position with a different company. Plus everybody can save the embarrassment of being fire or having to fire someone.