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As someone who is "good with computers" I get a lot of calls from people who've got problems. Some of them even have problems with their computers.

Back many years ago working for a telecoms company, I was called to a senior secretary who "had put a disk into the drive and couldn't get it out". She had one of the first Mac II machines with two drive slots. But only one drive.

Opening up the case revealed stacks of floppy disks that she'd been posting through the hole in the case for weeks. She'd only decided there was a problem when her boss wanted one of them back...

(, Fri 22 Sep 2006, 13:58)
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IT dept propaganda
Few years back my GF was doing a degree at Northampton uni. Whilst checking her email at home there was a message from the head of IT for her faculty. It advised about a new virus doing the rounds and that all students should search for a delete a certain file.

She does this and shock horror next time the PC won't start up! I sorted it out by using DOS to reinstate the file from another PC.

However this left the question, of what happened... after seeing the email I suggested she speak to the "head of IT" who sent it.

Turns out of the 500 or so students it was sent to, since it WAS from the head of IT, about 300 had actually deleted the file and in so doing cocked up their PC's. Most of them lost their coursework etc and everyone got extensions to deadlines. Including my GF, which she used to watch daytime tv and waste time.

Moral of the story: Middle aged stupid women do not make ideal heads of IT departments.
(, Mon 25 Sep 2006, 13:07, Reply)

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