Re: Sounds familiar
I too, do a few training course a year... any more and I think I'd go postal.
Some highlights from the last one - student is a 'sys admin' for a company. very 'windoze' focused. This product was on Linux.
Firstly again and again issues with him typing commands in the wrong case, and then after it being explained to him that linux is case sensitive moaning and complaining.. only to do exactly the same thing about 20 minutes later...
Vi... oh christ.... it took 30 minutes to walk him through editing one line into a file... no.. press I.. now type the line... no you didn't press I... no you need to start again.. press ESC ! x... ESC - it's the top left... no don't hold it down.. just press it once, press ! then x.. ok now lets start again....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh
but the best were these 2 gems:
ok, you are on the command line. type ls -al
ok what do you see ?
you did ls -al.
in lower case.
....did you press return ?
no.. you didn't tell me to...
But the best one... was setting up a linux VM:
I was on a mac, he was on a windoze box. I took everyone through all the setting the static IPs up, etc - I told them DO NOT COPY MY IP on the projector, use the one your own PC has given the VM (and walked them through ifconfig).
2 painful hours of setup later, this bod isn't working... turns out he DID copy my IP ranges (172.* instead of 192.* on windows)... then of course, being the 'one eyed man' and this being a windows things... tried to changed vmware player to support the new ranges, and fucked everything right up - nothing worked.
We were in a classroom with clean PCs, so I figured the best thing rather than spending hours trying to work out how he'd broke this one, was just to do it again properly.
"OK, it's all screwed up, just go to the PC on the next desk and do that task over again"
I got on with the rest of the class.
An hour later, I checked on him - how you getting on ? is it working now ?
no... same problem.
same.. how ? I mean.. oh ASFASFASS#@$%%@#^%@#^%%%!!!
yup.. he has indeed did the task over again... again using my IP address, again hacking the fuck out of vmware to try and get it to work.