Tech Courtesy

Here's a peek into the thoughts of computer techs end
 user's guide to technical services. (well maybe NOT!!!)

 1.  When a tech says he's coming right over, log out and go for coffee.
 It's no problem for us to remember 2700 network passwords.

 2.  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 Popsicle art. We don't have a life,
 and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

 3.  When tech support sends you an e-mail with high importance, delete it
 at once. We're probably just testing out the public groups.

 4.  When a tech is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your
 guts out and expect him to respond immediately. We exist only to serve
and are always ready to think about fixing computers.

 5.  When a tech is at the water cooler or outside having a smoke, ask him
 a computer question. The only reason why we drink water or smoke at all
is to ferret out all those users who don't have e-mail or a telephone line.

 6.  Send urgent eMail ALL IN UPPERCASE. The mail server picks it up and
 flags it as a rush delivery.

 7.  When you call a tech's direct line, press 5 to skip the bilingual
 greeting that says he's out of town for a week, record your message, and
 wait exactly 24 hours before you send an eMail straight to the director
 because no one ever returned your call. You're entitled to common

 8.  When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's
 electronics in it, right?

 9.  When you're getting a NO DIAL TONE message at home, call computer
 support. We can even fix telephone problems from here.

 10.  When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on a tech's chair
 with no name, no phone number, and no description of the problem. We love
 a good mystery.

 11.  When you have a tech on the phone walking you through changing a
 setting; read the paper. We don't actually mean for you to DO anything; we
 just love to hear ourselves talk.

 12.  When we offer training on the upcoming OS upgrade, don't bother.
 We'll be there to hold your hand after it is done.

 13.  When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times.
 Print jobs frequently just disappear into the cosmos for no reason.

 14.  When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to
 all 68 printers in the office. One of them is bound to work.

 15.  Don't use online help. Online help is for wimps.

 16.  If you're taking night classes in computer science, feel free to go
 around and update the network drivers for you and all your co-workers.
 We're grateful for the overtime when we have to stay until 2:30am fixing

 17.  When you have a tech fixing your computer at a quarter past one, eat
 your lunch in his face. We function better when slightly dizzy.

 18.  Don't ever thank us. We love this AND we get paid for it!

 19.  When a tech asks you whether you've installed any new software on
 this computer, lie. It's nobody's business what you've got on your

 20.  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 45 lbs. of computer sitting on top of them.

 21.  If the space bar on your keyboard doesn't work, blame it on the mail
 upgrade.  Keyboards work much better with half a pound of muffin crumbs,
 nail clippings, and big  sticky drops of Coke under the keys.

 22.  When you get the 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?

 23.  Feel perfectly free to say things like "I don't know nothing about
 that computer crap". It never bothers us to hear our area of professional
 expertise referred to as crap.

 24.  When you need to change the toner cartridge, call tech 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.

 25.  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 jack shit about the problem.

 26.  When you receive a 30-meg movie file, send it to everyone as a
 high-priority mail attachment. We've got plenty of disk space and
 processor capacity on that mail server.

 27.  Don't even think of breaking large print jobs down into smaller
 chunks. God forbid somebody else might get a chance to squeeze into the
 print queue.

 28.  When you bump into a tech in the grocery store on a Saturday, ask a
 computer question. We work 24/7, even while at the grocery store on

 29.  If your son is a student in computer science, have him come in on
 the weekends and do his projects on your office computer. We'll be there
 for you when his illegal copy of Visual Basic 6.0 makes your Access
 database flip out.

 30.  When you bring us your own no-brand home PC to repair for free at
 the office, tell us how urgently we need to fix it so your son can get
 back to playing Quake II. We'll get right on it because we have so much
 free time at the office. Everybody knows all we do is surf the Internet
 all day anyway.

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