1. loco365

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    Relevant ragecomic I found:

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    And another one I remembered:

    When I was finishing Grade 9, the tech department for the school district started installing Windows 7 on all the computers in the district. AT ONCE. And the next day, they managed to avert a crisis and revert back to XP because while the computers were getting 7 installed, something messed up. Only problem is the computers, which were as slow as fuck, WERE EVEN SLOWER after they reset back to XP.

    I swear the School Department's ITs are a bunch of stupid idiots.
     
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  2. BORTZ

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    @Wever i just meant anything, cause all your stories are fantastic. Actually the real life ones are better than the analogies.
     
  3. Gahars

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    So, college life (AKA "You really should know better by now")...

    A friend of a friend ran into my room and begged for help with his printer. He had a big paper due the next day, and if he couldn't print it out, he was going to be "dead" and "toast" (in that order, mind you). According to him, his printer had been just fine until all of a sudden, it refused to print. No matter how many times he would press print, nothing materialized.

    I'm no computer expert, but of all the people present that night, I guess I was the go-to guy.

    So I enter his room and get to work. His printer is fine, it has paper and ink, there's no print jobs, etc. I was about to try printing out another copy when I looked down at his windows to see "Microsoft One Note".

    It turns out he had been unknowingly been sending all of his print jobs (about 15 in all) to Microsoft One Note rather than his printer, and this was the source of all his grief and frustration.

    TL;DR: Microsoft One Note is a harbinger of pain and misery.
     
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  4. BORTZ

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    When i was a senior this past spring, I was the TA for the freshman traditional animation class. This was a big job, we had to teach the new students A LOT of new software that was confusing and its possible they would only have to use it one, making almost not worth getting into deep details. Which means we would probably skip over something, forgetting its importance.

    Saturday, (lol my day off kinda) i was slorching around my dorm room watching modern family from my newly hacked wii with MPlayer. Hungry i decided to take a quick trip to Walmart to hit up the hot deli items. While there, i get a panicked and frustrated call from (easily) the most attractive female of the freshman class.

    She had dragon stopmotion up and running but her camera (an actual Cannon DSLR T3i) wouldnt show up.
    This is a common problem. So i told her the steps of getting the camera to show up. Shut down dragon, disconnect the camera from the computer and plug the usb back in. Have the camera on and then start dragon and select the camera from the drop down menu. somehow she couldnt follow that (nevermind the guides i have made and printed up at each station. Screenshots and red circles over everything you need to do.) She begged me to come help her cause she couldnt do it. ...Fine. "Only cause youre hot"

    So i get over to the animation lab.
    Facepalm one: She had moved comupters and now didnt need my help cause the new stand was working. :| you couldnt have called me and told me you didnt need help anymore?
    Facepalm 2: well i go to check the first stand she was at. 5 second later i found i couldnt bring up the camera either. Then again, it never made the shutter sound when it came on... or it never came on.
    I look under the counter to see the camera cord dangling. Not plugged in. :|
    Ok so you might not be good with computers but this!? She defends herself by saying it wasnt on the instruction sheets.
    I SHOULDNT HAVE TO TELL YOU TO PLUG IN A DANG CAMERA

    disclaimer: its a widely know fact that we dont use batteries with the cameras because they would die to often for use.
     
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    I'm just throwing this out there, but these websites have a whole bunch of these stories ranging from people that are tech illiterate to people that have no common sense.
    http://notalwaysright.com/
    http://notalwaysworking.com/
     
  6. mechadylan

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    Boss: How do I e-mail to myself?
    Me: Excuse me?
    Boss: I sent out an e-mail with an attachment before I could print it.
    Me: Call up the guy you sent it to and have him send it back (snickers.)
    Boss: No, that would look unprofessional.
     
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  7. BORTZ

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    Oh oh so another one from college.

    So i went to college with a kid who suffered from Asberger's syndrome, ad was somehow admitted into the animation program even though his skills were extremely subpar. He would spent all day and all night in Becker (the animation building) and always be logged into the same computer, usually with Maya and Chrome running with over 27 tabs (im not kidding). With limited resources (computers), sometimes things get shuffed around and we need to use extra computers, and tonight,he wasnt there, but still logged in. Nothing unusual really.

    The rules for logging someone out of their computer are as follows.
    1. has anyone seen them in the past hour/are they in the building
    2.is there a note on the computer saying where they are, whats running and why they should stay logged in.
    3. While logging out DO NOT SAVE THEIR SHIZ. Its not being a dick or anything, its possible something crashed, they were in the middle of something and saving it would actually hinder their progress, etc. Besides if its just render images, they are actual files that are produced elsewhere and no saving is required.

    He wasnt around, no one had seen him for hours, and no note.
    So we log him out and start our renders. When we are done, we log out and leave the building at like 2am.

    The next day, Jake, the head of our animation team, overhears our professor and the kid we logged out last night having a discussion.

    Student:Yeah i got back late last night and someone logged me out.
    Prof: You werent around when they did, were you? Did you leave a note?
    Student: i... no...
    Prof: Well then then could log you out, right?
    Student: I guess...
    Prof: What seems to be the problem?
    Student:Well i lost some work.
    Prof: Well how much? Is it something you can redo in time for class?
    Prof: And why didnt you save?
    Student: I lost 3 days of work.
    Prof: WHY didnt you save?
    Student: I save when im done.

    Jake and I's eyes just go wide as we try to stifle our laughter and disbelief.
    WHO THE FUCK DOESNT SAVE FOR 3 DAYSSS?
     
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    Dafuq... Why wouldn't he save...
     
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  9. BORTZ

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    dude saving is for the weak.
     
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    That's an understandable quirk for someone with Autism.
     
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    Whats funny is that he was really smart, just not in the social side of things. He knew better than not to save, he just didnt.
     
  12. The Real Jdbye

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    Stuff like this happens to me often, but I don't really remember any specific cases. Though I have encountered the "the PC is slow, must be the internet's fault" one a few times.
     
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    Lol, in my Calc I class, the prof typically has a problem getting her netbook to display over the projector. I refuse to offer my help because it's so simple. But she actually had to ask yesterday "WHICH ONE IS 'ON', THE CIRCLE OR THE LINE"

    Binary, beeotch. That's how I always remember, at least (aside from the fact that O means an open circuit and I means a closed one, I'm no electrical engineer so that's seldom the first thing to come to mind)
     
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    That's a common, yes. Not sure how it is elsewhere, but at my job, it really doesn't matter if I'm busy connecting PC's or making specific notes that, when done incorrectly, would make the universe explode. My colleague told me one story where he was on the cell phone, also working on some other problem at the same time AND being somewhat in discussion with someone...and then yet someone else pretty much shoved his cell phone in his face.

    Still, my dreads are more the following:

    -the "it's not working"-routine, which is pretty much a guessing game because they can barely (if at all) tell what it SHOULD be doing.
    -"this will only take a second". My standard replies are usually in the lines of "how long will these seconds take?", "...and if not...?" or (when I'm really pressed for time) "I don't HAVE a second".
    -"when you've got the time, could you come take a look at my PC?". Standard reply: "I'm booked up 'til 2014. Is that okay?". The ones who don't visit us often somehow think I'm joking. :unsure:
    -"I need access to ". I dread this not only because they're so vague about things it gets retarded ("the mailbox we use in our department. I don't know what it's called. But I need access to it now!"), but that they assume we're allowed to just give everyone full permission to everything ever because they want to.
    -"can you do this for me? I don't know very well". This is a pretty tough one, as there is a fine line between troubleshooting and doing someone's work for them.

    ...which reminds me: there was this one time where I had three or four major crisii to handle at the same time (my colleague was absent). I was wheeling around with a non-working PC while someone stopped me asking to create a mailing list for him. Barely stopping, I told him to ask HR or the communications department. He replied that this was for the communications department, and that HR had sent him to us. This was kind of odd, but I had to do my own work.
    A few days later, as I told this to my colleague, he confessed: someone too dumb to create a mailing list had asked him for guidance. Since it's easier to just create it than it is to create it and point out EVERY FREAKIN' BUTTON, he just did that (okay, that it was a cute lady probably had to do with that as well).
    Result: this little act of kindness spread like wildfire, effectively making him the "IT specialist" who creates all the mailing lists for...well, everyone.


    Oh, and I think this thread is incomplete with this link: http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/
    (it has AWESOME stories...and it's pretty safe for work ;) ).



    @BortzANATOR: ouch...I can't top that no-saving guy. But I had the following at least twice:
    user receives a mail with a word attachment (some sort of to 'fill in' form). He/she doubleclicks on it to open it (which opens it somewhere in some obscure temporary folder). They fill it out completely. They save it. They quit...and then call us to ask where it went. Or worse: they call us later, pointing to that mail in their inbox being grudgy "because it didn't save it in the attachment".
     
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    Dude OMG i have a story like that. Is the same dang thing!

    Chemistry, and the prof cant get his loaner computer (his was in the shop) to connect to the projector. This goes on for 5 minutes and there are at least 20 students (this was a bigger class, of like 75 or 80), and NO ONE can figure it out. A couple of my friends who i was sitting with, nudge me and say "hey man i bet you can get it working".

    So i walk down to the desk, and kinda stand behind everyone till i can get a clear look at the laptops keypad. Scanning for the common "F7" trick function button. As soon as i found it, i shoo'd everyone away and calmly walked up, pressed the Fn and F7 buttons and boom, we have projection.

    At first everyone was silent and i heard some people were like "omg how did he do that" "wow thats amazing"
    Two seconds later almost everyone was mad at me. "You knew how to do that all along!? WTH Bortz!? Why did you help us sooner!?"

    OMG im never helping you people again.
     
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    If we are sharing links of this type likely to see each other fired owing to a lack of work being done for reading about troubles others face with people in their work then I feel the need to also link up http://www.actsofgord.com/

    Wever I dare say your stories are every reason I did not pursue IT proper, I still ended up doing a fair bit of it but there at least I get to spec out, build, maintain and upgrade pretty much everything with not a lot of legacy nonsense to worry about. I fear I have dug myself a bit of a hole as I have kept XP running briskly and securely until this very day and the gear it runs is not worth the time to keep running (it is about now everything slowly starts to fail), to that end I reserve the right to take it back come May next year.
     
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    I've got tons of these. One that I can remember right now is from my high school;

    In the Library, there was a kid on MS Paint, and they were just randomly scribbling, until the teacher walked by, and started screaming. She said that Paint was a horrible program that installed viruses. She then proceeded to give him detention for installing "Inappropriate Virus software."

    I also remember my Dad thinking the RROD for Xbox'es was a virus a human could get for touching an Xbox 360. Lawl.
     
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    FAST, acts of gord is fantastic. I read through the entire site a few years back.
     
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    One of my friends made some really really crude animations with MS Paint and Windows Movie Maker for a local christian station in Pittsburgh. Since the company doesnt get much content to show, they also did and live skype interview and aired as they were chatting.

    Apparently they know NOTHING about computers. The interviewer asked my friend "Did it take you a long time to make these with such complex software?"
    He said he froze up and didnt know what to say without making the interview look like a total idiot, so he rolled with the punches and was like "Yeah there was a learning curve, but i got ahead of it quickly" lol
     
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    Teachers computer wasn't working...so I take my time to erase spyware and malware off a computer and a week later..it was worse...I found Cashback Buddy, bullseye network shit and more toolbars than you could stick up your ass were on it...this was a STAFF's computer at my high school years back....I mean...what the fuck!?...first off...the administrator should be doing this shit. not a student. second of all. Didn't you listen to a goddamn thing I said?!!?...I saw the history and said "no free vegas video slots websites that want you to install zango or bullcrap like that!" minus the nerd rage language :P
     
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