The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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?)

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:52 PM on 5 February 2007

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.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:50 PM on 5 February 2007

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.

Posted by: John Salmon at 8:23 PM on 5 February 2007

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.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:44 PM on 5 February 2007

"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.

Posted by: John Salmon at 9:43 PM on 5 February 2007

I have been putting pecans inside my tower to feed the squirrels I thought were running this thing. Is that wrong?

Posted by: Aero at 10:07 PM on 5 February 2007

Squirrels will work just as hard for less-expensive nuts.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:11 PM on 5 February 2007

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?

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 9:22 PM on 6 February 2007