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Old 01-31-2013, 04:24 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?
Could be worse.

Count your blessings that you're not a proctologist.

I worked in a pharmacology department and at a party I was asked what kind of farming that was!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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Originally Posted by pentatonic View Post
Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?

You'll do as we expect of you and like it, Mister. Or the party's over!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I'm a pastor and my wife is a nurse. Face it, it happens with most professionals. Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants. Free advice for the people who ask. A surgeon I know complained about going to visit people on Thanksgiving. Guess who always gets asked to cut the turkey.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?
I have lots of friends in IT and I have never asked them to fix anything.
That would be annoying and presumptuous.
Now, I have had people offer to do something for me, and I have offered to pay them for their time.

Interestingly, I don't really care if people ask me medical questions.
I do get irritated having to listen to stories of some complaint they have about a visit to a medical professional and the story is rife with their total misunderstanding of the disease process or how medicine works. I don't like having to explain to you how clueless you are.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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I hate my neighbor. Every time i come home from work its like hes waiting for me with another computer problem that he has because he cant stop downloading porn.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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My situation is bad...

My father has been working with computers since the late '80s and is now retired. I got into IT and now work as a Network Administrator. My dad knows this, and capitalizes on it to great degree. However, not because he doesn't have to think anymore, but because he literally can't. He's getting to that age where technology mystifies him, regardless of his background. He can tell you everything you want to know about Windows 95...
So what does he do? He starts fixing people's computers now that he isn't working. Only, they're all Vista/7, and he either doesn't know what to do or has forgotten a majority of it and is confused by the GUI. So he calls me...

He also is a TALKER. He's also VERY disjointed and will branch off into Mandelbrot-like sub-conversations and points and what he did during the day until I've been on the phone with him for 2 hours with what started as a simple question of how to "make the internet work" and ending up in this mind-numbing discussion about how many zip drives he used to have.

I talk him through what to check, but he has to write everything I say down, so he will be able to refer to it if he needs to. The only problem is he can't read his own handwriting, and he can't type to save his life. So he has hundreds of notebooks filled with illegible, coffee-stained hieroglyphic alien symbols that do nothing but waste time and effort.

By the time we're finally done, I'll get the same call a week later and have to go through it again.

I can't tell the guy no. And it's really hard to guide him to focus on one thing. So I've just relegated myself to being a personal phone-based desktop support for a repeat customer.
At the very least, I'm getting pretty experienced at dealing with the most annoying customer ever, should I ever have to stoop so low as taking such a position in IT.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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Start wearing this shirt to those family gatherings.

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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My situation is bad...

My father has been working with computers since the late '80s and is now retired. I got into IT and now work as a Network Administrator. My dad knows this, and capitalizes on it to great degree. However, not because he doesn't have to think anymore, but because he literally can't. He's getting to that age where technology mystifies him, regardless of his background. He can tell you everything you want to know about Windows 95...
So what does he do? He starts fixing people's computers now that he isn't working. Only, they're all Vista/7, and he either doesn't know what to do or has forgotten a majority of it and is confused by the GUI. So he calls me...

He also is a TALKER. He's also VERY disjointed and will branch off into Mandelbrot-like sub-conversations and points and what he did during the day until I've been on the phone with him for 2 hours with what started as a simple question of how to "make the internet work" and ending up in this mind-numbing discussion about how many zip drives he used to have.

I talk him through what to check, but he has to write everything I say down, so he will be able to refer to it if he needs to. The only problem is he can't read his own handwriting, and he can't type to save his life. So he has hundreds of notebooks filled with illegible, coffee-stained hieroglyphic alien symbols that do nothing but waste time and effort.

By the time we're finally done, I'll get the same call a week later and have to go through it again.

I can't tell the guy no. And it's really hard to guide him to focus on one thing. So I've just relegated myself to being a personal phone-based desktop support for a repeat customer.
At the very least, I'm getting pretty experienced at dealing with the most annoying customer ever, should I ever have to stoop so low as taking such a position in IT.
LOL.

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Like the post above yours, I have an older neighbor that asks for help. These problems only take a few minutes and she'll end up giving my chocolate or some vegetables or something. Not too bad.
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