This might be my favorite story so far. A teacher called me down to her room and said “I setup my own computer. I’m pretty sure I did it right but it won’t work.” When I arrived this is what I found.
Aside from the upside down computer. There was a minor issue preventing it from working.
I feel compelled to point out that I truly appreciate the teacher trying to setup their own machine……most teachers will not. Additionally, this is actually a very nice person so I feel slightly bad about posting the story but it was too funny to ignore
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……..my computer is broken.
IT Guy: Shocking
Teacher: Do you know what’s wrong with it
Teacher: “IT Guy, I can’t login…..why did you change my password?”
IT Guy: “Why would I change your password?”
Teacher: (Read with a smug voice) “I don’t know IT Guy you tell me?” then laugh like an uncomfortable nerd….
IT Guy: “Let me rephrase….I didn’t change your password”
Teacher: “You must have….I always use the same one”
IT Guy: “Actually, I almost never randomly change passwords. It actually creates more work for me not to mention annoying conversations like this. Why don’t I reset it for you. Can you type it in here”
Teacher: Ok……what did I use last year. I can’t remember”
Often teachers drop garbage off at my office….usually when I am taking a dump…….and pretend they are doing me a favor. In actuality, they are just cleaning excess trash out of their classrooms and my office just happens to be closer than the dumpsters. Additionally, anything with a plug is considered to be technology, for example, a toaster. Here is a piece of garbage I found at my door one morning.
I still have no clue what that thing was……now it’s trash.