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Remember the TV series "Dweebs"? It was awesome - it was a software company with lots of geeks and a secretary that knew nothing of computers. Remember the owner of the company that had a trampoline in his office which he bounced on when he had to think? Remember the episode where they released an accounting package with a bug (it couldn't add...) Before they launch yet another series on a law firm or a police squad, why don't they do something on "computer people"??? (I'm referring to those weddings and funerals when family asks you what you do and you answer, "Uhm, I work with computers?" because you can't even explain to your colleagues what exactly Lotus Notes is). Where was I? Yes, a series on geeks - are we just too busy to write down those stories of our lives? Or are they that boring? (I don't think so...but maybe others do). I can make a whole series just by describing the average IT project: imagine the characters, the DBA, the mainframe species down below in the basement, the Unix guy, the sales people (nothing worse than a software sales person...), the developers, the network administrators, the operator from hell, the BOSS, the client, the consultants... We just need the stories. Anyone has a good story?
This made me think of the numerous ways people I know refer to my profession. Mum (has lots of variations which changed as she picked up the odd word when I spoke about my job) - She works with computers. (People must have thought my collegues were computers) - She works with Java. (People probably thought I had lots of trips to a lovely island) - She writes computer programmes for british airways. (People must have thought I was writing software for an autopilot mechanism or something). - She works with the internet. (See the first one and replace the word computer with internet) - She writes the internet. (Classic!! I nearly collapsed laughing) and the current one and my favourite. - She does the internet for British Airways!!! I've also been described as a webby person (had to check if I was covered in cobwebs) To clarify - I am actually a Java Web Developer working on the BA E-Commerce Platform! [ January 15, 2002: Message edited by: Angela Poynton ]
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
... a series on geeks - are we just too busy to write down those stories of our lives? Or are they that boring? (I don't think so...but maybe others do).
I dont think they are boring but that most people dont understand us and things that are funny to us are not funny to others. Like making a bitmap of someones desktop and then putting all of their folders into one folder and hiding it in the corner of the screen. Then set the bitmap as their wallpaper. I thought it was great, the people around our cubicle had no idea what we were talking about let alone why it was so funny. You also can't make fun of the user from hell if most of the audiance are the users from hell. Dave
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But then why are the Dilbert comic strips so popular??
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My point exactly. The only problem is getting past using brand names: I mean, imagine a series that can't rip off Microsoft. PS: Dave, your desktop idea is so funny...
Originally posted by Adi du Toit: My point exactly. The only problem is getting past using brand names: I mean, imagine a series that can't rip off Microsoft. PS: Dave, your desktop idea is so funny...
In fact, that desktop idea was a popular running gag at one of my previous offices, where I worked computer support. Just to add a little more "geek humor," I've added a couple of my favorite scenarios from working computer support for the class "user's from HELL." - "Well, I downloaded the internet last night and..." (Wow! This user has a mutli-terabyte hard-drive!) - "I need my mouse re-calibrated." (The user's cursor was in the middle of the screen, but her mouse had reached the top of the mouse pad and she couldn't figure out how to make the cursor go futher.) - A dialog between myself and a user... Me: "Now, ma'am I'd like you to go to Edit and select Copy." User: "Okay, I've done that, but I just want you to know that absolutely nothing happend." Me: "Trust me, ma'am something happened - just go with me on this one..." Just wanted to make everyone feel a little better about their geekiness! Corey
- "I need my mouse re-calibrated." (The user's cursor was in the middle of the screen, but her mouse had reached the top of the mouse pad and she couldn't figure out how to make the cursor go futher.) Do you have to buy a new mouse or get the mousepad upgrade
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Originally posted by Paul Stevens: - "I need my mouse re-calibrated." (The user's cursor was in the middle of the screen, but her mouse had reached the top of the mouse pad and she couldn't figure out how to make the cursor go futher.) Do you have to buy a new mouse or get the mousepad upgrade
In that case, you get the "I.D.10.T." (pronounced "eye. dee. ten. tee") error patch and upgrade from user 0.01a to 0.02b. This should fix this error but will result in the third error as displayed above. The other option would be to buy the user a track-ball, but most users just try to flip it over and use it like a mouse. [ January 15, 2002: Message edited by: Corey McGlone ]
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We use PCAnywhere here in our office and we are planning on getting one of the help desk people with this one: Give her a new mouse with no wire on it and tell her it is a voice activated, wireless mouse. When she tries to use it one of us will actually pcAnywhere into her computer and move the mouse around for her. Should be lots of fun.... I hope
Before they launch yet another series on a law firm or a police squad, why don't they do something on "computer people"???
Well, there was in fact a Dilbert TV show back in 19999-2000. Not bad, as I recall. Also I have a vague memory that there was a short-lived series a few years earlier which seemed to be a soap-opera-ish drama set in a software startup of some sort. The series was named after the fictional town or location it was set in - "XXX Bay", "XXX Cove", or some such. I once caught about five minutes by accident, in which the thirtysomething company founder was resolving difficulties with one of his hothead coders, saying that whatever their differences in opinion, they we united by a common belief that the integrity of the code was what was most important. :roll: I believe the hothead was upset because someone had edited his code in order to meet a release date. Sadly, a sudden onset of illness prevented me from learning the outcome of this conflict, and I never caught any more. Speaking for myself, as a "computer person" I'd probably be more interested in another show about lawyers, police, or doctors. Their lives just sound more interesting to me. Perhaps if you ask lawyers, police, or doctors about it, they may actually wish they could watch shows about IT professionals, to escape the tedium of their daily lives. But don't count on it.
(if someone locks their workstation when they walk away, press the capslock key) Note that I'm not recommending this. It annoys the support people, and annoying them is NOT something you want to do...
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You mean the Scroll lock key? I had a frightening thought last night... I realised the reason why no one remembers Dweebs is probably because it ran in the middle eighties (and we usually get things a couple of years after the States, Dilbert just finished over here), and I must be really OLD.
Anyone out there remember MS Word that did not work with drop-down windows but a Gallery, situated at the bottom of the screen, and Escape-F-S-Enter saved your work? Anyone remember the computer programme LOGO that drew lines with a tortoise (LT30 FW100 RT20)? Thoooooooose were the days......
No, capslock. Passwords are case-sensetive, so people can't log in when you reverse the caps. Then they get support to change their password, but they still can't log in. Then support come over, look at the computer and slap the recipient in the head.
In Windows versions 95 and later, the little maximize, minimize, scroll up, scroll down button labels are actually glyphs in the font Marlett. Find the .ttf files for that font and rename them. (Usually under c:\winX\system\... I think. They're sometimes hidden, so you might have to use "attrib" from the command prompt.) Next time the computer's restarted the buttoms show numbers and other gizmos. Hilarity ensues. See how sharp your desktop support folks are!
There are a bunch of computer related practicle jokes in the Scott Adams (from Dilbert fame) "The Joy of Work (at the expense of your co-workers)" Many a fine prank including getting into your bosses puter, setting the volume to full and adding a sound for the 'key press' action. (sure you could make it a typewriter sound, but I'm sure you could find something much more exotic)
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com