* Posts by CleverRichard

2 posts • joined 18 Jun 2011

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive


Roger Mellie - the man in tech support

We once disposed of a batch of surplus Taxan monitors but unfortunately forgot to remove the label with our own logo and address. Was in the office one Saturday afternoon when there was a phone call from someone who said they had one of our products but could not get and image on the screen. (we supplied video graphics systems). I tried to point him in the direction of the dealer I assumed he had bought the system from, but it turned out he had purhased it second hand at a car boot sale. So then I asked him to run a few diagnostic tests; starting with loading a test image from the disk ...

"Er, hang on a minute, should there be a computer with this. Shit, I thought it was a bit cheap for a telly." He said, and slammed down the phone

A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe


Backup with a punch

Act Sirius PC backed up onto five and a quarter floppy disks each night.

Customer visited to find out why second weeks backup failed.

All backup disks neatly hole punched and filed in a ring binder.

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