Re: TOO REAL - YouTube Link broken Mr Dabbs
But not available where I live.
24 posts • joined 29 Oct 2014
One weekend we were doing a system upgrade. I was told I'd be called Saturday to do my task; dropping an index of the general ledger, running some task, reinstating the index.
I didn't get the call.
Sunday at about 8pm, and after a couple of bottles of wine, the call came. I explained the deal was that the call me Saturday. Today is Sunday and I'm pissed.
I think the guy at the other end of phone was maybe a yank, as he persuaded me, eventually, to do my part.
I came within a "confirm y/n" of dropping the table rather than the index..
In the early 90s we switch over from IBM 3270 Terminals to herds of Vaxen and VT100 keyboards. The network guys had a washing line strung over their area with keyboards hanging from it, drying out from user spillage.
Apparently, diet coke was fine, but anything with sugar in - like full fat coke - made the keyboards unrecoverable.
Working for a company based in Bath, one of the field engineers calls up, and in a delightful Zummerzet accent (which I won't try to emulate in text), begins this conversation:
Him: I've got this new laptop, and I've switched it on, and I don't know what to do next.
Me: So, can you tell me what you can see on the screen?
Him:Er.. . "Welcome to <company name's> computer network. Press key 'A' to continue".
Me: Can you press the A key on the keyboard please?
Him; <click> Oh, yes, that's done it. Thank-you very much.
And then near Newcastle, we had a chap with two different accounts (on a Amdahl mainframe, running VM), who kept forgetting the passwords. Password change was 3rd level support (2nd level was user support, 1st level the helpdesk). The call came through - Mr so-and-so has forgotten his passwords again, can you reset it? The rather grumpy team lead grins and adopts his most pleasant manner:
'yep, no problem, doing it now. Ok, the first account, the password is "head". Second account... that'll be "dick". Be sure to tell him in the right order.'
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