Tuesday, February 28, 2006

How to tell...

How to tell you are concentrating on a problem too hard.

The motion detector in your seating area times out and turns off the lights – causing you to wave your arms to get them back on.

The typing from my fingers isn’t enough motion to keep the lights on sometimes… All of the lights in the building I’m in are on motion detectors and if you don’t move something (my body blocks the line of sight to my keyboard), they turn off. I’m just hoping no one walks by as I wave my hands over my head to get the lights back on!
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27 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said....

- office space in the UK is so expensive that costs for lighting are seen as insignicant and so lighting is left on permanently for security reasons. Talk about saving the planet ...

Tue Feb 28, 08:13:00 AM EST  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Tom Kyte said...
I’m just hoping no one walks by as I wave my hands over my head.....

Tom Kyte advocating hand waving? What's the world coming to?
:-D

You should get one of those little flying toys that attach to the ceiling. I would bet the motion of it flying in circles would keep the lights on. Might be annoying though...

Tue Feb 28, 08:26:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Not only would the flying thing be annoying but I'd have to turn it off :)

I've already disabled the ability to turn off my lights via the light switch (they only shutoff due to a time out now). That means I'd have to catch this moving thing every night and turn it off.

I disabled the light switch because for whatever reason, the cleaning people felt obliged to turn it off manually every night meaning I had to turn it on in the morning anyway (defeating the purpose of the motion detector to make it automatic I thought!)

Tue Feb 28, 08:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Lisa said....

We have motion detector lights in here too.
It can be quite scary at night when you're in the office alone and the lights go out!

What is sometimes just as bad is when you reach across your desk to get something out of your filing cabinet and the lights go on at the other side of the room.

Spooky.

Tue Feb 28, 08:40:00 AM EST  

Blogger Tim... said....

Can't you get one of those clap-clap switches I see on American comedies? :)

Tue Feb 28, 08:49:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Same thing happens me all the time. When the lights go out I usually reckon its time to go home, or just continue to work in the dark as no amount of hand waving seems to get them back on!

Tue Feb 28, 08:49:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

In our building in Holland after 7.00 pm they go off every 2 hours.

I just realize it happens way too often... :(

Tue Feb 28, 09:22:00 AM EST  

Blogger Andrew Allen said....

From time to time I find myself in doing a late night or early morning repair. I also find that during those times I like it better with the overhead lights off. I find the light from the monitor and my task light plenty. Those overheads can sometimes be just too bright late at night. In fact, more than once, I have caused the first person to arrive in the morning a little scare when he turns on the lights and I holler 'Hey! Turn off those lights.'

-- Just another point of view.

Tue Feb 28, 09:47:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

... we have lights with PIRs in the newly refurbished toilets at work. It sort of dissuades people from over-staying...

Tue Feb 28, 10:02:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

line of SIGHT

Tue Feb 28, 10:25:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Get yourself one of these ;-)

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Tue Feb 28, 11:35:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

if somebody walks by then you don't have to wave your hands because is allready motion there and lights will not go off... (I think)

Tue Feb 28, 11:45:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

if somebody walks by then you don't have to wave

Not the way my seating area is configured, the motion detector is shielded from view of the hallway ;)


and indeed "sight", not "site" - I fixed that... thanks

Tue Feb 28, 11:59:00 AM EST  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

My gold standard of concentrating too hard is when my six-year old son is able to creep up behind me undetected and put a fake tarantula on my shoulder, thus making me leap vertically about six inches.

He's got me about four or five times on that.

Tue Feb 28, 12:47:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Rahul said....

As you leave the office, all the lights in your path turn on. Kind of annoying as you don't want to leave them on unnecessarily.

Tue Feb 28, 01:24:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I frequently find myself concentrating too hard. Often between the hours of 12pm and 8am ;)

Tue Feb 28, 05:08:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Harry said....

You have lights???

Tue Feb 28, 05:09:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I used to work at Oracle in building 100. The lights turned off at 7:00 PM, every night. Then, if you turned them back on, they would turn off again at 8:00, 9:00, etc., on the hour. Used to drive me crazy.

Tue Feb 28, 07:14:00 PM EST  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

Call us old-fashioned in Canada, but we have a "light switch." When you want the lights on, the first person in puts the "light switch" in the "on" position (which is generally "up"). When the last person leaves, they put the "light switch" in the "off" position (which is generally "down"). It may sound much more complicated than motion sensors, but it works for us silly Canadians. :)

Tue Feb 28, 07:35:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Sometimes I like to work in the dark (sort of a metaphor for the problems I have to solve), but it can totally freak out the late night cleaning crew when they walk into my office and can't see or hear me typing. I guess they also ignore the monitor glow.

Tue Feb 28, 09:35:00 PM EST  

Blogger Ian Murphy said....

Company I work for is so hell-bent on saving money they've put motion sensors on the lights in the toilets.

Not a bad idea in principle but these motion sensors are a bit too efficient - not wishing to sound gross but if you stand / sit still for a moment too long the light goes out and your shoes get wet ;-)

Sorry for lowering the tone :-D

Cheers,

Ian

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Wed Mar 01, 04:16:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Ric said....

"Those overheads can sometimes be just too bright late at night."

I hear you - sometimes we have to do early morning deployments (5/6am) so i only turn on half the overhead lighting (via those weird "switches" Robert mentioned) - just for some ambient lighting. when the first people come in at 8.30ish, they always get shouted at for blinding me when they turn on the rest of the lights.

Wed Mar 01, 04:30:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"I've already disabled the ability to turn off my lights via the light switch (they only shutoff due to a time out now). "

Tom,

What if the motion detector fails - you do not have the manual system to fall back to?

Wed Mar 01, 06:09:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

what if the motion detector fails

Then I get out my screwdriver, take the faceplate off, and put the button back in that turns them on and off.

But frankly, if the motion detector "dies" then all is lost since I'd have to get up every couple of minutes anyway!

Wed Mar 01, 06:29:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I work in a place that has several offices in a building. The last person in each office turns out the lights. The last person with a key from the last office locks the gate (people travelling leave their cars, so you can't tell by an empty parking lot).

So the situation can arise if you are the second to last person, and go to the bathroom, and don't have a key, the other person thinks they are the last...

Wed Mar 01, 09:40:00 AM EST  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

Tim Murphy said: "Company I work for is so hell-bent on saving money they've put motion sensors on the lights in the toilets."

Your company wants to SAVE money so badly that they SPENT money to buy motion sensors that most companies can get by without???

Wed Mar 01, 04:18:00 PM EST  

Blogger Gary Myers said....

"Tim Murphy said: "Company I work for is so hell-bent on saving money they've put motion sensors on the lights in the toilets."

Your company wants to SAVE money so badly that they SPENT money to buy motion sensors that most companies can get by without???"

If the urinals have an automatic flush, then they can link that in to the motion sensors and save a LOT of water. [Of course that wouldn't be an issue in the ladies, so maybe they don't get motion sensors.]
PS. I presume no pun intended in regard to 'motion sensors' in toilets.

Thu Mar 02, 12:20:00 AM EST  

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