[bct] Re: Tech support

  • From: "Louise" <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 17:36:54 -0600

My eighty plus year old aunt is also afraid of computers!!  When one of her
sons brought his laptop with him when he was visiting her, she told him to
keep it in the closet as she was afraid it might explode or do something to

Then again, I have an 86 year old uncle who just started using a computer to
send e-mails, etc. last year!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 5:01 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Tech support

Hi Debee. These are hilarious. I have a friend whose mom is a really nice
person, but scared to death of computers. She actually told me once that she
was afraid to even turn on a computer out of fear that someone would pop out
of it and bite her. Every year around the winter holidays, they send out a
Christmas newsletter. It is all handwritten word for word, because she
absolutely refuses to even go near the computer.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Debee Norling" <debee@xxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, 15 March, 2006 5:36 PM
Subject: [bct] Tech support

> Since I worked for tech support for ten years for a variety of companies,
> here are some real stories that really happened to me:
> I was talking to a lady once and asked her if she was in Windows.
> "Oh no honey," she said "I'm actually in New York today but I was in Miami
> last week".
> Back in the DOS days, I was explaining to a customer about how Borland's
> sidekick might be having a keystroke conflict with another TSR. "I know
> about all those TSR programs," he told me confidently, "They terminate and
> stay resistent."
> I used to support an operating system called CTOS where backing up was
> called flopping out, since you backed up to floppies. One customer, with a
> slow southern drawl explained one day that she flipped out while flopping
> out and that consequently she could no longer flop back in. I don't think
> flopping in was an official term for restoring a backup.
> I had a customer once who couldn't get two access technology products,
> MegaDots and OSCAR to play nice on his DOS system. While I was talking to
> him, the song,  duelling banjos came on the radio and he commented that he
> really liked the song.  I explained over and over he would need to reboot
> if
> he ran program A and now wanted to run program B. He was a self-described
> "techie" but he just refused to see the problem. Finally, I told him
> something in exasperation that actually got him to see the light. "Sir," I
> explained, "it is a simple case of duelling DOS extenders".
> I was helping an angry court reporter who claimed that our company's
> software was carrying the cheesehead virus. I had never heard of this
> virus,
> but she said that each time she inserted her CD,  a message would appear
> claiming that Cheese-Head now had control of her computer.
> She called back later to appologize; apparently it was a teenage son's
> April
> fool joke. He'd made a custom CD with a cartoon of the infamous cheeshead,
> a
> character he'd invented himself. If you clicked on the message, which she
> was afraid to do, the cartoon would have played for a minute and signed
> off
> with April Fools.
> I had a boss who was big on follow-up, so our customer database contained
> a
> follow-up field which we were supposed to fill in for every call. We had
> to
> keep it current each time we followed up to see if a problem had been
> solved. This field was abreviated as F/u, so our department rebounded with
> cries of "I F.U'd just now," and "Did you f/u that customer," and "F U to
> you too".
> In that same job we had this other boss who knew nothing about computers
> but
> who refused to use Windows 3.1 and only ran DOS. So we used the prompt
> command to change his DOS prompt to "error 37". We put it in his Autoexec
> and he went crazy trying to figure out why everything he did generated an
> error 37.
> Once I was helping a sighted father install an early scanning product on
> his
> child's first computer.  We got it to scan fine, but when the scanner
> finished his screen filled with error messages about IRQ conflicts with
> his
> We uninstalled and re-installed his CD-ROM drivers; we fiddled with IRQ
> and
> port assignments and we tried everything else I could think of that would
> prevent his CD-ROM from conflicting with his scanner.
> Finally, I asked him to read all the text on the screen very slowly and
> with
> extreme care. Curiously enough, besides error messages, there were
> explanations of what the messages meant.
> "Sir," I said, "Can you tell me if there's a page on your scanner?"
> "Oh yes," he replied confidently, "It is the piece of paper that came in
> the
> box with the CD-ROM.
> The poor clueless guy had been scanning the CD-ROM documentation, which
> the
> software had faithfully rendered in to text then placed it onscreen. There
> was in fact no conflict with the actual hardware whatsoever!
> --Debee
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