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    Your tech tales haha

    Ok i figured i'd share my two best tech tales, both sadly enough from the same lady, my COMP SCI TEACHER HAHAHAH: Share yours if u have any!

    First case, i built her pc for her, then i get a phone call:

    Me: Hello.

    Her: The pc you built me is broken.

    Me: O? Thats odd, what seems to be the problem.

    Her: Your cup holder is a joke.

    Me: I don't have a cup holder....i'm slightly confused, whats wrong with the pc??

    her: I told you, its the cup holder.

    me: um i am really confused, could u please give me the error message?

    Her: there is no error, i put my coffee on it and it broke!

    (now i think i see the problem, and its hard not to laugh)

    me: Please describe what it looks like.

    Her: its white...it has a yellow light that comes on when i open it, and its got a coutout for my cup // i must note hers has an inner - indent for minicds.

    me: That sounds like your cd rom....

    her: OOOOOO thats the cd rom!! I was wondering why i didn't have one!

    me: ......


    Second tale, shes on vacation with her laptop:

    me: Hello, how can i help ya?

    Her: Well i have a dumb question

    me: (i bet you do) Ok what is it?

    Her: Ok, if i save a document on my pc while i'm here in florida, will it still be there when i get home?

    me: Think about this logically (she used to say this to me ALOT)

    her: that was a dumb question wasn't it?

    me:more then you may ever know.

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    I'm not trying to sound like a jerk here... but if you haven't heard those before, then you haven't been around long... I'd be tempted to say you may have even copied those.

    I'd give some of mine, but I'm lazy and don't feel like typing them out.

    Some irks of mine, however:

    1) "How do I download the file from this disk?"

    2) "I only have 5 gig of free space... should I try to take something off to free up some space?"

    3) People that backup their files on floppies despite having their files on a server that is backed up nightly.
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    Here's a true story. I bought a new PC from this small vendor 5-6 years ago and need to bring it back to rewire some cables inside since they got it wrong. They sealed the case with their warranty sticker so I was reluctant to open it since I didn't know how to build my own PC back then.

    Well anyways their store operated between the hours of 9 to 6. So I came in around 4ish and I came in to get some help. I waited about half an hour and then these guys said I would have to wait until 5 o'clock because they fasted every day from 4-5 and were not allowed to work during those hours. Well this isn't really a tech story but it stuck in my mind. I'm not bagging on their beliefs but they should not falsely advertise store hours.

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    - I agree with you there, those are really old. Including the one of the lady complaining her computer wouldn't turn on and the tech asked her to check the connectors in the back. She said she couldn't see it because there's a power outage.
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    Originally posted by ober5861
    3) People that backup their files on floppies despite having their files on a server that is backed up nightly.
    Gaaaaah! Yes! I still have people who ask me to explicitly backup their accounts onto "floppies" (?), when it clearly states on the site that all accounts have "nightly backups" onto our monster safe-storage box... some people...

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    It never hurts to have backups. They could at least do it themselves to floppy. What if the server crashes? A lot of files are stored on the server in the first place, so backing up to floppy is really a form of backing up the server, to a small extent.
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    Here is one for all of those Unix/Linux users out there.

    Recently, a co-worker decided to hold some "brown bag" sessions on Unix and shell scripting. In an attempt to display the functionality of the finger command (displays information about local and remote users) he stated, "OK now I want everybody to finger Monica."

    He only realized what he had said after much laughter from the class followed by flushed looks from Monica.

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    ROFL, that's classic.
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    I dont personally know any tech stories except this one, which isnt really a tech story. My computer teacher had a window to change the text or something in some word processing program. She wanted to get to the actual document, and tried to click on it, but you cant until you close the dialog box. She started to complain it was the mouse, and she needed a mouse pad.

    She just didnt know what she was doing.

    And how can you take those stories as your own ride-or-die, those are classics.
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    A couple from my wife...

    She once called the head of MIS for the hospital to her office because her "screen was frozen" and she'd spent an hour trying to fix it. Everything was fine after he clicked the little 'x' in the maximized window's upper right corner.

    After that, she started calling me. She could see two windows, but one covered up most of the other. I explained how to close, minimize, or just plain move the foreground window. This was after another hour's work on her part, and help from her partner.

    Another time, at home, she was about to put a floppy in the CD drive. My daughter, 3 at the time, kept telling her "No Mom! Not there!", but my wife kept insisting she knew what she was doing. Somehow she actually got it in there, and I had to take the machine apart to get it out.

    She's not dumb, has a masters degree, and is much better with computers now, but those were funny at the time.
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    And how can you take those stories as your own ride-or-die, those are classics
    I'm not trying to sound like a jerk here... but if you haven't heard those before, then you haven't been around long... I'd be tempted to say you may have even copied those.
    whoah dudes i didn't expect that sorta reply. I'd be curious as to see where u ahve seen these particular ones before because they happend, to me. If you don't believe me i will more then willingly give u her email, tho i'm sure she wouldn't appreciate that too much.

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    People that backup their files on floppies despite having their files on a server that is backed up nightly.
    I don't know about that one. I'm not a big fan of trusting large srevers even if they are backed-up. If I have a very important file i will usually save on network (twice if I'm bored ) and on floppy...and I've it's extremely important (cause i like loosing things), or once again I want to waste time, I'll e-mail it home.
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    Well, the cd coaster I read several years ago, I've seen it on some websites as well.
    The other one I hadn't heard.
    Maybe she was pulling your leg.
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    nope, she brought me the pc and the tray was snapped, i replaced it for her.

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    I went to my dad's company to work on a computer issue they were having with a satellite uplink. I went through the gateway computer they had configured and noticed they didn't have any sort of firewall.

    A netstat showed a bunch of open ports in the listening and connected states. I downloaded a copy of moosoft's trojan removal utility figuring they had a few. Not to mention a virus or two.

    Their "computer" guy was looking over my shoulder as I was installing it...

    "What's that."

    "Trojan removal util... you don't have a firewall. How long has this box been up?"

    "About two and half years."

    "hmmm"

    I run the program... 37 trojans.

    "You really should consider a software or hardware firewall."

    "What's that," their 'computer' guy says.

    I just shook my head.

    (Note: Their computer guy works there as a regular worker. He just happens to 'know more' than anyone else that works there when it comes to computers. Which isn't saying much for every one else either. )
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    LOL thats a good one, who knows that those ppl got a hold of haha

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