[Chugalug] OT Funny IT Stories

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 14:58:14 UTC 2013

In the primordial days of COL, before John came on board to put a more
professional face on customer support, we had a customer who called in for
help getting connected. I asked the customer to check their Winsock
settings and the customer replied, "The computer is over at my house."
After some inquiry and disbelief, I came to realize the customer was
calling from he neighbor's house because he did not have a home phone. And
yet, he wanted to connect to COL back in the day with Mosaic was the most
common browser followed by Lynx.


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 7:58 AM, John Aldrich <jmaldrich at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Back in the day when I was working tech support for a certain local ISP
> (now no longer in business) I was on the phone walking a customer through
> setting up her email. After it was all set up, I told her something along
> the lines of "now you can get on-line and download all your email." Her
> response was "You mean I need to be on-line to get my email???"
> I put the phone on hold and let out a shriek of anguish, then picked the
> call back up and nicely told the lady, "Yes, you'll have to be connected to
> the internet to get your email" at which time we exchanged pleasant
> goodbyes and hung up.
> At that point in my Tech Support career, I was walking customers through
> making a dial-up using Trumpet Winsock in Win311/95 while working in Linux
> myself.
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