What's the most ridiculous IT request you've ever heard? Does it beat these?
The world of IT might not be widely known for [checks dictionary of 'Yootspeak' for correct acronyms] – ahem – the LULZ, the ROFLs and the LMFAOs, but by Jingo, if it's a rare old wheeze you desire, then IT Support Helpdesks are where it's at.
You can always rely on the computer-illiterate man to come out with some damned fool things, once he's been thrown in at the shallow end of information technology.
- "What kind of ink cartridges do I need for this scanner?"
- "Does this monitor come with the latest version of the internet?"
- "How many pins does a sixteen-pin cable have?"
And, somewhat unfathomably:
- "I am having problems printing. Does this have anything to do with the meteor shower? I was just wondering."
All genuine questions, taken by bewildered IT Support Technicians throughout the land. What drives a person to ask such things? What was this person doing while technology was taking over the world? Are they a 'Charles Babbage', someone who's heard of computers and once shared a lift with a man whose second cousin owned a ZX81; or are they a 'Never Been Kissed', the type whose technological mindset exists somewhere between the fall of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Black Death in Europe? For instance:
- User: "I'm sure it's the correct password. I typed in the one I saw my colleague use to log into her machine."
- Helpdesk: "And what password was that?"
- User: "Five asterisks."
What the dickens?
Want more? You can find additional, finely-tuned foolery and hastily sketched IT-novices in 101 Most Ridiculous IT Requests.
Why not download it now and marvel at the absurdity?