It was a relatively typical day in the IT department; My fellow admins and I were working on the network, ensuring everything was running smoothly. We had been receiving a high volume of requests from users, so I was glad to have help from some fellow admins on the helpdesk lines. I was especially delighted […]
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My headphones don’t (net)work!
A user called the IT helpdesk in a panic, complaining that their headphones weren’t working. I sighed. This was, after all, a very… ummmm… ‘sharp’ user we were talking about. After a few minutes of troubleshooting, I finally realized I would have to walk over to their desk and put eyes on the problem. As […]
Psychics R Us, you do it, we knew it!
Got a voicemail from my Dad today whilst logged in remotely for $work. He said the internet connection was down and asked if it was because the contractors were digging to install the new fiber optic cable for the neighborhood he lives in, in advance of them switching over to the fiber optic carrier, and […]
Can’t dumb it down enough…
Went to a user’s house earlier today because she said she was having issues with $ISP, and being unable to get into her email. After about ten seconds, I quickly realized her problem. She had no borking clue what she was doing. Instead of typing in her password, she was literally putting in her email […]
The important things
Many long-timers here might recall that while my dad is amazing in certain subjects, such as math and engineering (especially HVAC and related subfields), in other areas, he leaves much to be desired. Case in point. We live in a part of Florida that is now on the outer edge of the threat zone of […]
First email chain of the day…
For several years, I’ve worked with a psychologist on her computer issues, as her previous IT support person left a lot to be desired. She’s very good in her field, but as far as computers, and sometimes even the laws of physics apparently, she could use a little polish. She emailed me this morning because […]
“V” Is… not so much for Victory, here
Just got assigned a ticket by my (apparently) evil boss. Thought nothing of it until I read the ticket: ” My “v” key on the Microsoft Keyboard thingy is not working. all the other keys work and I wanted to ask if it would be possible to replace just the one key? ” Wow. Just. […]
For those about to bad-mouth IT…
So, one day I’m talking to a member of our accounting team and she asks me if we’ve resolved the issue with the fax machine in a nearby unit. Now, as the operations lead for my team, I assign most of the tickets that come into the help desk – so I’m usually aware of […]
That was easy…
This morning, I got woken up by a notification on my phone. I had hoped to sleep in today for the first Sunday in many weeks, but of course, true to form, that was not meant to be. It was an email from a client who couldn’t find a file on their computer after he […]
Not in the job description
About once or twice a month, I get a potential client who comes in and is utterly convinced they are the victim of being hacked. Invariably, they all had several things in common: 1. They had a recent setback in their lives such as a divorce or rough patch in their marriage/relationship, or were recently […]