[windows2000] RES: Re: OT - Question about supporting Personal PC's

  • From: "Eduardo Freitas" <eduardofreitas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 15:13:04 -0300

I think this kind of situation is the most painfull you can find.

I always have to drive to places to fix personal computers from elite ppl
around here. The most depressing thing is that you do it and they can only
criticize it saying it should be working and blaming on you stupid things
they do.

One time I even went to the house of one person because he was complaining
the internet did not work without any reason. I went there checked and adsl
light on the cable modem and saw that the phone cable was unplugged? How
dumb things can get?

Like you guys said, I don?t care about going there and fixing stuff? If they
want to pay me to do dumb stuff, that?s their problems even thought there
are more important things to be done. What I cant stand is the lack of
gratitude this ppl can have?

They do crap but it is still your fault the damn computer does not work?.



-----Mensagem original-----
De: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] Em nome de Greg Reese
Enviada em: terça-feira, 9 de setembro de 2003 12:22
Para: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Assunto: [windows2000] Re: OT - Question about supporting Personal PC's


I have to do this too but on most occasions, it involves me actually
traveling to their house too.


I had the same thing happen here.  His daughter had managed to install a
bunch of trojans etc.  I explained to him the dangers of a Trojan logging
his keystrokes because he does a lot of online banking.    He was pretty
pissed at here.  I now have to go back out there and install a Watchguard
SOHO for him.  But before I can do that I have to go to our President's
house and install a new video card for him so he can play Flight Simulator.
It's all part of the job even if its not in the description.


I just do it.  They are the ones signing my paychecks.  If they feel my time
is better spent doing crap for them rather than everyone else then that is
their problem.  I get paid whether I am doing that or building a server.
Either way, it's their money.


I look at it as all part of the job.  One thing I did for the rest of the
employees here is enroll us in the CDW Employee Purchase Program.  It lets
all our employees buy computers with the same discount level we get.  Which
really isn't very much.  But, support becomes CDW's problem and not mine.  I
have found that even if I recommend a computer for someone, it suddenly
becomes my support headache forever.  Family and friends do this to me as
well as our users.  I point all my users to CDW, and I tell all my family
and friends to get an iMac.


Who knows, that guy may get promoted or something and then remembers you as
the IT guy with the bad attitude who didn't want to help him.  I would just
do it with a smile and be as helpful as possible so that he thinks you are a
genius in the end.  Then he tells everyone how great you are and they should
double your pay. You never know when you may cross this guy's path again.



-----Original Message-----
From: Farrugia, Paul [mailto:pfarrugia@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 10:56 AM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] OT - Question about supporting Personal PC's

Hello, sorry this is way off topic but I need to vent before I get myself
fired by beating someone with a keyboard,



I was wondering what others are doing or would do with situations similar to


I work for a credit union. We have Board members who are given ?perks? each
year (laptops, desktops, cell phones, etc.). When something goes wrong with
one of these devices (usually do to user?s negligence) they expect our IT
department to fix them. Our upper management is too busy brown nosing the
board so they expect us to fix these problems as well. 


Last Friday I was told by the VP of my department that on Monday (yesterday)
I would have to go to one of our branch locations to meet with one of the
board members because he cannot dial up to AOL on a desktop PC that we gave
him a year and a half ago and he was also having other problems. I had to
bite my tongue while my VP told me this. As soon as he left I went to my
manager told him that this was a load of horse crap and he agreed with me.
(By the way I am the only network admin here and I have 12 laptops, 4
desktops and a new server to set up). I made the suggestion of having the
board member overnight the PC to us or having someone in our branch send it
for him so he doesn?t have to get his hands dirty. This would have been more
cost efficient as well.  Well, my VP who I guess knows more then me said no.
Go figure. Anyway I go and get the PC and bring it back to my office. 


Today I am told that the PC needs to be returned by Thursday the latest. (Oh
by the way I cannot fed ex it back to him as per my VP). My manager tells me
to work on that PC only, forget everything else and just do that. He doesn?t
agree with what is going on as well. So I boot the PC up and of course every
program you can think of is installed on it, except for the anti- virus
program which I know at one point was on the machine because I installed it
myself. I can also tell that his teenage daughter uses the pc for things
that teens do these days. I run a virus scan and guess what the PC is
infected with 4 Trojan horses. Also windows update hasn?t been done in the
longest of time. 


Basically I am trying to find out if this is something that I should have to
do for the fear of losing my job or do I have any recourse in situations
like these. I think this is totally ridiculous that we can give someone a
?perk? and he can abuse it and expect us to fix it.


Thanks for listening,






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