Re: "This will only take a second..."
"I've never used Windows 10, it's completely different and I don't know what to do."
I’m happy to find out I’m not the only person to do this.
1648 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007
Was in a client's comms room with my boss, sometime during the 80s. Suddenly the power goes dead and we all turn round and there's my boss at the kill switch. His response was along the lines of "What? I just wanted to know what it did." Needless to say, he was barred from the comms room and that ban still exists today.
My boss got a Sony Vaio many years ago, and the motherboard blew on it. Thankfully it was within the warranty period. The downside was the boss had been storing all his photographs on it, in a non-backed up area. Next problem- the hard drive was not accessible without dismantling the machine (first for me). I rang Sony support (after paying for the privilege) to be told by a passive aggressive little shit, that I was to backup any data before returning it to them as the drive would be blanked; and that opening the machine to get at the drive would void the warranty. I kept pointing out that the motherboard was fried, but he just kept repeating about backing up and voiding the warranty.
In the end the boss decided that the photographs were more important. And he also issued a decree that the company was not to buy any more Sony products.
Just finishing work for the week/year here and I have just been told of a major server upgrade that needs to be done* and if that was "something you can do during your Christmas Holidays"
* I can guarantee you that manglement have known about this for months but have only dropped it into my lap today.
I had a journalist approach me in 1998 looking for scary Y2K story- I told her that nothing was going to happen because we'd been on top of it for a number of years now and everything should be in place by then. Needless to say, she completely ignored me and found a nutjob that gave the doomsday scenario that she was looking for.
I just love electricians/telecom's engineers who just arbitrarily decide to take a connection- Our company monitors a number of remote GNSS stations around the country- all on their own dedicated phone lines. The number of times we've lost those lines because someone has decided to use it for their own monitoring (usual an alarm company) even though testing the line would have shown that it was busy.
This was back in the day when the company I worked for suddenly found itself giving free support to a competitor- they'd sell kit, usually by undercutting us, and then hand out our phone number when their customers came looking for technical support- so costing us money. In the end, if I found out that the kit was bought from the competition, I'd just tell the customer that it was faulty and to take it back to where they bought it and get a replacement. This forced the competitor into having to do technical support themselves.
Many's the time I've managed to get an nuisance caller (I mean "user") off the line by getting them to unwittingly unplug their phone. I also had a trick where if I worked out that they were on a mobile, I'd just tap the mute on/off repeatedly so they'd think they had bad reception.
Just back from holiday- before I went away, I put in an order for some critical infrastructure; I'd done everything, identified kit, found supplier, got quotes, pro formas, everything. All Accounting had to do was arrange a bank transfer to pay for it and the jobs done. I get back from holiday and everyone's running around like headless chickens. Our client is up in arms because the equipment we are meant to install this week hasn't even arrived. So, because I was away, the blame got landed in my lap in-abscentia. Until I provided the paper trail, and a statement from the supplier, all pointing the fingers at the Accounts Dept not paying for the order yet.
Now I need another holiday...
The company I work for lost a lucrative service contract. No handover (fortunately), and then I heard most of the techs quit from the company that won the contract because they could wrap their heads around the system within the time-frame required. So the other company then tried to hire us to do the work. Queue much laughter.
We got the service contract back a year later.
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