||Tips For Getting The Most From Your I.T. Department.
- When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it
buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals,
dried flowers, bowling trophies and children's art. We don't have a
life and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of
- Don't write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error
messages from here.
- When an I.T. person says he's coming right over, go for coffee.
That way you won't be there when we need your password. It's nothing
for us to remember 300 screen saver passwords.
- When you call the I.T. Support, state what you want, not what's
keeping you from getting it. We don't need to know that you can't get
into your mail because your computer won't power on at all.
- When I.T. support sends you an E-Mail with high importance, delete
it at once. We're just testing.
- When an I.T. person is eating lunch at his/her desk, walk right in
and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.
- Send urgent e-mail all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up
and flags it as a rush delivery.
- When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's
electronics in it.
- When you're getting a NO DIAL TONE message at home, call computer
support. We can fix your telephone line from here.
- When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T.
person's chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the
problem. We love a puzzle.
- When an I.T. person tells you that computer screens don't have
cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.
- When an I.T. person tells you that he'll be there shortly, reply
in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by
shortly?" That motivates us.
- When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times.
Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes. When the printer
still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in
the company. One of them is bound to work.
- Don't learn the proper name for anything technical. We know
exactly what you mean by "my thingy blew up".
- Don't use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.
- If the mouse cable keeps knocking down the framed picture of your
dog, lift the computer and stuff the cable under it. Mouse cables were
designed to have 20kg of computer sitting on top of them.
- If the space bar on your keyboard doesn't work, blame it on the
mail/NT/network upgrade. Keyboards are actually very happy with half a
pound of muffin crumbs and nail clippings in them.
- When you get a message saying "Are you sure?" click on that Yes
button as fast as you can. Hell, if you weren't sure, you wouldn't be
doing it, would you?
- When you find an I.T. person on the phone, sit uninvited on the
corner of his desk and stare at him until he hangs up.
- Feel perfectly free to say things like "I don't know nothing about
that computer crap". We don't mind at all hearing our area of
professional expertise referred to as crap.
- When you need to change the toner cartridge in a printer, call I.T.
support. Changing a toner cartridge is an extremely complex task, and
Hewlett-Packard recommends that it be performed only by a professional
engineer with a master's degree in nuclear physics.
- When you have a lock to pick on an old file cabinet, call
I.T.Support. We love to hack.
- When something's the matter with your computer, ask your secretary
to call the help desk. We enjoy the challenge of having to deal with a
third party who doesn't know anything about the problem.
- When you receive a 30mb movie file, send it to everyone as a mail
attachment. We've got lots of disk space on that mail server.
- When an I.T. person gets in the lift pushing £100,000 worth of
computer equipment on a trolley, ask in a very loud voice: "Good
grief, you take the lift to go DOWN one floor?!?" That's another one
that cracks us up no end.
- When you bump into an I.T. person at the supermarket on a
Saturday, ask a computer question. We do weekends.