[Chugalug] OT Funny IT Stories

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 16:37:19 UTC 2013


Having to explain to pilots that using the antenna on the bottom of the
aircraft for a line of sight radio while on the ground won't work.

Having to tell a new pilot that the system she loaded crypto into wasn't
actually a crypto system
On Aug 21, 2013 12:29 PM, "Ashley Wilson" <ash.d.wilson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mike,
>      (not entirely off-topic) I miss your illuminated customer diagrams.
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM, Mike Smith <mikeosmith at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Name of company omitted to protect the guilty.
>>
>> There was a Mac, a mouse taped to a rubber band in turn taped to the
>> desk. A string connected to a phone cord connected to a small oscillating
>> fan. The fan would turn and the tension was just so that the mouse would
>> move to keep the mac from going to sleep. It was a production critical
>> system.
>>
>> Pointing out that you could turn off sleep, or remove it from the group
>> in XServe, or DONT PUT PRODUCTION ON AN EXPOSED USER CLASS SYSTEM all had
>> the same affect.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Mike Smith
>> (423) 650-4417
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Couldn't find a port I could get working easily on OpenVMS
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM, Aaron welch <n2nightfall at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>>> Should have installed Missile Command.  :+P
>>>>
>>>> -AW
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Operations guys were complaining of being bored on flights, so I
>>>>> helped them install Oregon Trail on OpenVMS for our aircraft.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM, wes <wes at the-wes.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> that reminds me of the time I was doing tech support, talking someone
>>>>>> through setting up their email account on outlook express....
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Outgoing Mail Server: sasinsam masinmary tasintom pasinpaul [headdesk]
>>>>>>
>>>>>> this one isn't mine, but is my favorite IT WTF story:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail.html
>>>>>>
>>>>>> -wes
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Aaron welch <n2nightfall at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I once worked on a UT professors computer in the support department.
>>>>>>>  I stuck a CD in the CDROM drive to install some driver software, but it
>>>>>>> would not read the disk.  I used this disk like 100 times a day, so I know
>>>>>>> it worked.  I open the tray and look at the disk, but there is nothing
>>>>>>> wrong.  As I go to put it back into the drive I notice something weird
>>>>>>> about the tray, a brown ring.  As it turns out, he thought that the coffee
>>>>>>> tray was the best idea ever for computers as it kept him from spilling it
>>>>>>> on his desk piled with crap.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -AW
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM, Randy Yates <lpcustom at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I thought I'd start this because I was just telling some friends
>>>>>>>> about something that happened at a previous company, and I wanted to hear
>>>>>>>> more funny stories from the IT world.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> The company I worked at used HP Service Center for etickets. We
>>>>>>>> called their support because we had a question about LDAP authentication.
>>>>>>>> The support guy told us that we would have to call LDAP with the question.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Who's next?
>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>> Chief Mechanic @ Geek Ventures
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>>>>>>> n2nightfall at gmail.com
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>>>> n2nightfall at gmail.com
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