Fix it yet?

Of my many pet peeves pertaining to teachers “Fix it yet?” is among the top.  Teachers need constant updates on the status of computer repairs.  You would think the mere fact that I am sitting in their classroom would suggest the issue is not corrected but regardless they pepper me with questions in regular intervals.  For example, the following is a pretty standard “Fix it yet?” interaction.


Teacher: Hey, IT Guy…… computer is broken.
IT Guy: Shocking

Teacher: Can you fix it?
IT Guy: I’ll give it a go.

40 seconds pass…. 

Teacher: Fix it yet?
IT Guy: Nope.

Teacher: Do you know what’s wrong with it

IT Guy: No, it is still booting up….go away.

57.4 seconds pass

Teacher: Fix it yet?
IT Guy: NO!
Teacher: Told you it wasn’t me.
IT Guy: Actually, I’m almost certain you caused the……
Teacher: Yep, not me…..

90 seconds later

Teacher: So you got it fixed yet?
IT Guy: Yep, fixed it along time ago…..I was just so enthralled by your lecture on proper typing posture that I wanted to stay and learn as much as possible…….
Teacher: (Makes dumb face)
Teacher: Oh, Ok.

Email List in “the Computer”

Teacher: I have this list of emails I wrote down.  How can I get them in the computer?

IT Guy: You could type them.

Teacher: I don’t want to do that… there anyway else?

IT Guy: No, nothing that would be faster

Teacher: I thought computers could do that?

IT Guy: You might be thinking of magic wands.  They can do that.

Teacher: So, I have to type them.

IT Guy: Or call them on the phone…..your choice.

Teacher: Fine.

Amazing Remote Login Question

A cell phone call I received at home….

Teacher: IT Guy, I’m having trouble logging in at home.

IT Guy: Ok, I will reset your password…….try it now.

Teacher: Nope.

IT Guy: Let me try it.  I just logged you in……works fine.

Teacher: Oh, good……let me try.  No still can’t get in.

IT Guy: Did you put the password in?

Teacher: No, you said you logged me in?


Teacher: Oh, I thought you said you logged me in?

IT Guy: Good luck…..(click)

Teacher Tactic 1 :: Email Checks

One of my favorite teacher tactics is the email check.  An email check is when a teacher sends me an email from there classroom and at about the same time the message arrives in my inbox the teacher arrives in my office to see if I received it.  Here’s an example:

Teacher: IT Guy, did you get my email?

IT Guy:  No…..wait hold on……hits Send/Receive…….yes, you just sent it.   Why did you run down here?

Teacher: I wanted to see if you got it.

IT Guy: Why wouldn’t I get it?

Teacher: I wasn’t sure if I did it right.

IT Guy: What could go wrong?  All you have to push is SEND.  You’ve done it a thousand times.

Teacher: Yeah, I know

IT Guy: They why do you think this one will magically disappear

Teacher: I don’t know……..anyways did you read it?

IT Guy: Yep

Teacher: And?

IT Guy: I just responded as we were speaking………..did you get it?