5 February 2007
Things techs hear
"Oh, you have to have the printer plugged in to install the ink cartridges?"
Duh Scale (1 to 5): 4.5
Posted at 3:42 PM to PEBKAC
Well, wait a minute. If you have never changed a printer's cardridges before, it might seem perfectly logical to unplug it first. Do you have to start up your car to change the spark plugs?
(I haven't owned a car in over 20 years. Do cars still HAVE sparkplugs? How "duh" is that?)
I'm a firm believer in RTFM (which Commodore magazine once demurely defined as "Please Read the Manual").
Diesel-powered vehicles don't have spark plugs as we know them.
Man, CGH, you'd hate dealing with me. I'm a complete idiot when it comes to technical stuff.
I make up for it by being an idiot about everything else, too.
The people that are most bothersome are the idiots who are convinced that they are not idiots. There's a lot to be said for knowing your limitations; I understand a fair amount about these machines, having assembled a couple, but there are always going to be things which are beyond me, and I'm not too proud to seek out technical assistance. (Those who are? Idiots.)
"There's a lot to be said for knowing your limitations."
Yes, I'm reminded daily of mine.
One of my brothers used to be a computer tech at UNC Chapel Hill-you don't know insufferable till you deal with professors who may know everything there is to know in their field, but don't know squat about computers, and won't admit it.
I have been putting pecans inside my tower to feed the squirrels I thought were running this thing. Is that wrong?
Squirrels will work just as hard for less-expensive nuts.
All electronics come with manuals, for sure. The great ones, though, find a way to be intuitive. Let's have a show of hands: Who's consulted their iPod manual since they bought it?