Here’s a story about backups…
- Client told tech her CD-ROM wasn’t working. Client was trying to write to a CD on a CD reader (not writer).
- Tech asked “what are you trying to do?”
- Client explained that they make backups of Excel documents to CD, or at least, they used to.
- Tech made a note to get back to them.
- Tech was busy, so I got back to her, asking “what are you trying to back up?”
- Client said “I think we’re all set because everything is backed up to the server, right?”
- I said “no, your stuff is on your local hard drive, not the server, so it is NOT backed up.”
- Client replied “We will just back up to thumb drives, so we are all set.”
- I said “That is the sort of thing most of our clients stopped doing ten years ago, in favor of automatic backups.”
- Client replied “I’m confused. I thought everything was getting backed up.”
So… what are we discussing here?
A new client called to inform us their Internet was down. I called, and they put me on with the technician from the telephone company, who informed me he was there to set up their new Internet service. Naturally, we knew nothing of this, because you only call your IT consultants when things break, not with any sort of advance notice, right?
Telco technician: “I plugged in the router, and it doesn’t work.”
Me: “What kind of router is it?”
Telco technician: “It’s a Cisco.”
Me: “More specific…? Model?”
Telco technician: “You’re asking the wrong guy.”
Me: “Then maybe you shouldn’t be trying to set up their Internet connection!”
Client just called asking if we knew her password, which she claims we set for her, in 2010. (We did not.)
This client hasn’t done business with us since last year.
She also has been using this password for the last two years, but apparently forgot it today…
Stupid word of the day: Stupiphany (from the Urban Dictionary).
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something very basic, annoyingly obvious, or – in hindsight – really stupid. The person having the stupiphany is generally greatly excited, while observers just shake their heads at how obvious the answer was. Continue reading
Today’s post comes from Seth Goden’s blog, in a post entitled Canaries and Coalmines.
Actual email received from a CFO:
There will be a new employee starting at on Monday, July 15th. Her name is <FIRST LAST>, she is the new bookkeeper and will be using <OLD FIRST LAST>’s old system. Please set her up with an email account and log in for her computer. Also, accessing the internet on that system is problematic as it brings up a laptop website and does not allow you to do a web search for anything. It would be great if she could be ready to roll with the computer stuff when she arrives.
The “problem” here is that the CFO does not know how to “access the Internet” unless Google is the home page. Stupid Internet.
Today’s post comes from the brilliant Tom Segura, whom we’d like to have as a guest blogger here at I Can Haz Stupid.
Tom Segura – Stupid People
The humor in this document will likely only be readily apparent to those who work in information technology or information security. Those of you who don’t are free to skip on to the next post. Continue reading
Every now and then, some idiot types my email address in as their own. This has happened to people applying for jobs, ordering stuff, telephone service, and, most recently, when an idiot signed up for some gaming service using my Gmail address. Our two email addresses are nothing alike. Our names are similar, but not that similar. There’s no reason for this mishap, other than stupidity.
So today, I got a chat request from this idiot, which, since I don’t know him, I simply ignored. Shortly after, I received this email:
Subject: hello man plsss i need ur help pls just say me that ur reading my mails and ill write all that u need to know that im not scamer or some idiot…i just need help from u coz i have register my game account on ur mail adress by mistake :S and sry bout that ….pls replay me anything
Uhm… yeah… you are some idiot.