This made me wonder if gingers would make the best attorneys since you can’t have a soul for either.
@BigJohnson86, as a ginger myself I can tell you that all gingers we're actually attorneys in past lives, as our soul deteriorates from attorneying it's gets to the point where when we die we kinda just respawn instead of being born again.
The worst is all the family and friends that want free tech support.
@Eldsmidur, "Did you turn it on / off again, Grandma?" -IT Crowd
@Good Guy Satan, (turns off life support and turns it back on again) “Grandma?”
@Eldsmidur, True. The family and friends that want free tech-support can be annoying. I don’t mind it though. What I don’t like is when I tell them not to do something and they do it anyway.
And I really don’t like when I tell them why not to do something or how it works. And they tell me I’m wrong. Despite the fact that I went to school and have a degree in Information Technology.
I just get real pissed. Its like I’m telling family memebers exactly why you shouldn’t do those things because of malware and viruses or other hardware related issues and they think they know better than me? The ones who are complaining about computer problems all the time and me, the person who pretty much never has computer problems. Since I have worked with them, build them, maintain them, even before I got a degree in computers.
I have literally had to tell family members that if they do something again I will not fix it.
@Seohn, do you have an IT job yet? I get that from users and family. No matter how many times you tell them something they do it anyway. Most my family gives me some food or beer at least.
If you think explaining to grandma how to use a computer is bad, try explaining it to a person with a medical degree who should have some brains. Even when you tell them exactly where the button is and what it should say, they don't see it. I was so glad when we got Dameware for remote locations so I wouldn't have to walk or drive to their desk just to click a button or something as simple.
@Eldsmidur, Currently not employed in the IT field unfortunately. Eventually I hope to though. I had a family crisis shortly after I got out of school which took priority at the time.
My mom was terrible with computers. So I got really creative and became really good at writing instructions on how to do stuff that she wanted to do on her computer. Sometimes I would write it on paper. And other times I would create word documents and place them on the desktop so she could just double click on them if she wanted to remember how to do something quickly. I honestly don’t mind fixing their computers or helping them.
@Seohn, I've got most my family set up good enough with things like Malwarebytes and net nanny programs for the little kids, that anymore its just a quick text to fix. My boss used to fix people's computers around town, but since he's got a kid now he refers them to me. Since it's a small town I end up getting called a lot but at least everyone pays me. Some will just give me more than I would've asked for and some are so simple I feel bad asking for anything so I'll say like $20 and they'll give me $40 instead.
@Eldsmidur, I will say one thing though. When I do have a problem with my computer. It’s always something really unusual. I swear it seems like none of my computer problems can be simple.
@Eldsmidur, For example. The last problem I have with my computer was software related. Well a game issue. Even after looking on the forums to try to find similar problems nobody had it.
My Elder Scrolls Online game would crash seemingly randomly. But primarily in highly player populated areas.
Since it wasn’t that much of a gamebreaker I didn’t put a lot of effort into solving it right away. Because I chalked it up to bugs in the game at first. So I would wait for patches or video drivers to update. The problem persistenced. So I began to dig deeper for solutions. Reinstalled the game a couple times. That didn’t solve the problem. Windows updates and installing net framework updates didn’t fix it either.
My instincts were telling me from the beginning it was a Windows related issue despite the updates. Finally one day I decided to just format Windows. Sure enough I’ve not had a problem sense.
@Seohn, yeah it's always gotta be a problem even google can't help with. My Computer at home died a few months ago and I haven't even tried to fix it. Some parts are 10 years old now anyway, so I'm saving up to build a new one.
@Eldsmidur, Ahh end of life computer problems. My computer is hitting that point too. I’m going to need to be preparing to build a new one sometime soon I think. I believe the motherboard in my computer is going bad. The network adapter likes to randomly drop out. When its not in constant use. For example I’ve had it lose connection to the Internet because there were moments in games where it wasn’t sending a signal back to the servers. Those moments where it goes a minute or so would cause the computer to basically stop speaking to the network adapter.
I found an easy way to circumvent that thought. I have one game where I have a batch file open the game and a command window. Then run a continuous ping to my router to keep it from dropping the ethernet port.
@Seohn, the craziest problem I remeber having was trying to play Fallout when it first came out. I think I was 12 or so at the time. My grandparents gave me their old Computer since they bought a new one. My step dad helped me upgrade the processor to a blazing fast 1Ghz. This was before hyperthreading and I think it was a Pentium 1. It required flipping dip switches on the MoBo so it could even run.
Anyway, we get it all running get windows 95 or maybe 98 installed, get the game installed. And it randomly crashes. No certain triggers and not always at the same spot. Call Sierra and they give me instructions for a patch that fixed bugs but not mine. They tell me to make sure I have latest drivers. Make sure sound blaster and the savage video card are updated. Still crashing. Eventually end up on the phone with DirectX tech who has me doing tests. One fails and after he checks all the drivers says it must be a bad HDD. Try a new HDD and it works fine.
@Seohn, I remeber AIM I think had a built in "Connection Keep Alive" that did that. Dial Up connections liked kicking you offline if there wasn't enough traffic, even if you had a dedicated phone line.
@Eldsmidur, HDD failures. I can honestly say I’ve only had hard drives failing me a couple times. And they weren’t critical drives thank goodness. But I do keep triplicate back ups of my data.
@Eldsmidur, Lol. AIM, it has been a long time since I’ve used or even thought about that software. I do remember it though.
@Seohn, It was weird because everything but DirectX worked fine in it. I have learned at my job I will never buy a Toshiba hard drive. We have had 11 failures in the past year. Some were from a group of Computers bought at the same so the HDDs have the same month of manufacturing but a few have been from later ones.
@Eldsmidur, Seagate and Western Digital have always been good for me. Though when it comes to Solid State. Samsung all the way.
As someone who is an attorney, worked
tech for 7 years in the Army (and through law school), and now works for the government as an attorney, this is so ungodly true...
@Board Stiff, happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service!