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Is It All Geek to You?

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Do you have a computer geek in your life? Many of my readers know that my summers are spent working at IT Service Desk on campus, "improving life ... one computer at a time." (my motto, not theirs) This Friday ends my summer at IT and that is bittersweet — I really enjoy my work as a tech helping people, but I'm also eager to get back in the classroom.

Even though I like to express my inner geek, I have to admit that there are many aspects of computers that I don't understand and I'm not as geeky as some. To test your level of geekdom (if that's not a word, it should be), see how much of the humor in today's iv is funny to you.

You've heard it said that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I must admit that I am a digital packrat. (Attribution for the cartoon, unknown at the time of publication, is in the comments section.)

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And you are the beneficiaries of my digital packrattiness ... Exhibit A: today's post. 🙂

When people ask me questions about Microsoft Word, I can honestly plead ignorance. I avoid using that program like the plague — it drives me crazy! So when I find humor poking fun at Word, I automatically love it.

Airport security is affecting computer users big time.

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Don't you just hate the little paper clip in Word?! I love the next cartoon.

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It's been a while since I've shared any blonde humor, so....

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Here's the perfect gift for that blonde in your life.

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One of the techs sent me this cartoon last week. Website designers are yet another kind of geek. You may have to go back to the post of charts and graphs if this doesn't make sense to you. (Attribution for the cartoon, unknown at the time of publication, is in the comments section.)

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The techs enjoy friendly arguments over which OS (operating system) is superior — Windows, Apple, or Linux. Here's something they can probably all agree on.

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If you're just coming out of a long stay in a cave, you may not know that one of the latest rages is the iPad. As an owner of an iPod touch, I found this picture of Steve Jobs amusing.

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Vive Photoshop?

Dilbert features some great computer humor. Here are several I like a lot.

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Any tech I worked with this summer who has seen this next one has said something like, "That's the truth! That's so funny!"

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The bane of most computer users and techs is the copy machine/printer. The problem is apparently not new.

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I'll end with several actual conversations or e-mails from work at the Service Desk. No names to protect the guilty.

Calls from users:

Caller: I’d like to buy… uh… Microsoft?
Tech: That’s at the Campus Store

User: I cannot get my wireless to work.
Tech: What kind of computer do you have?
User: Uh… a HP… uh… Vista… uh … laptop.
Tech: Did you try the instructions?
User: No … I did not want to mess things up. ... Oh, by the way, I am an IT major.

E-mails from users:

My computer’s disc C already full and it makes my computer not have the regular running anymore.

The computer has fallen and will not respond. (I've fallen and I can't get up?)

Tower is running really. Maybe the fan. This is the 3rd day.

Keyboard is bad. You have to slam the keys on the keyboard before it will work.

His computer ate his disk. He inserted the disk and it said to insert the disk. He checked and it was no longer there.

Computer is fried. It snapped, crackled, and popped. The computer had some smoke coming out of it and is quite smelly.

Request new mousey, please:) Old one sticks. The mouse cannot get away fast enough from the cat.

I have a cable that is for a wireless mouse ... I think? Where is the mouse that goes with it? Or for that fact, is there a mouse to go with the machine?

Mouse out of control - needs replaced.

When she moves her mouse, it opens up different programs.


In some ways, working as an IT tech and teaching have a lot in common....

BTW, I'm trying out Twitter to see why people are all atwitter about it. If you want to follow me, I'm ivmanrob

Update on Nora: Her surgery is definitely scheduled for this next Monday. The doctor is very optimistic that this will greatly help the pain in her back and the horrible sciatic pain in her left leg.


"Love and holiness are not enemies." — Drew Conley

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As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.

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11 Comments on “Is It All Geek to You?”

  1. #1 Michael
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Once again, how did we ever become so dependent on technology? How did people ever get things done before computers? I suppose comic strip creators are happy computers have come since it has given them lots of fresh material.

    Rob adds: I always appreciate your comments, Michael. Comic strip creators and comedians seem to be able to see the humor in just about any situation.

  2. #2 Greg
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    The University Website Chart was great!! Dilbert is so funny, I sometimes think Scott Adams has a hidden microphone in our office to get some of his material. 😀

    Rob adds: It seems as if any office on campus could locate a hidden bug, it would be yours….

  3. #3 Jonathan
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I love the cartoon about Word and Airport Security! After traveling overseas this summer, I could almost see that happening!

    As far as Twitter goes, I think that it would be a great tool for instantly broadcasting prayer requests if you have a sufficient “following.” I’m working on developing that application for our daily prayer team. If you download the “Tweetdeck”, you can type in one “status” and send it to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and one or two other services simultaneously. If you’d like to follow me, I’m jonathanmcp.

    Please keep the good clean humor coming!

    Rob adds: Thanks for the comment and the suggestions, Jonathan. Technology is a double-edged sword — capable of delivering great good and ill.

  4. #4 David Lowry
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    The “pictures on my harddrive” and university website comics are from xkdc — http://www.xkcd.com I would recommend caution, since many of the comics are not edifying, but I think that proper attribution is important, too.

    Rob adds: Thank, David! I posted those cartoons just as they were sent to me, not knowing the original source. Thanks for providing the attribution. Thanks for your caution too — caveat lector

  5. #5 PvR
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Actually that would be http://www.xkcd.com

    Rob adds: Thanks PvR! I fixed the link in David’s comment.

  6. #6 Janet
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Oh dear. I am a geek. I thought all the jokes were great. And I have an entire folder of funny pictures divided into sub folders depending on the occasion on my personal drive. Some of them are even in power point slide shows with music and snarky comments.

    Rob adds: Welcome to a fine club, Janet!

  7. #7 roy
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    As a leftie I love my cordless mouse at home. Moving a corded mouse from left to right is never easy. The coffee cup always seems to be in the way. Great post, Rob….always enjoy.

    Rob adds: Glad you enjoyed it, Roy. Becka is also a leftie, but using a mouse is one of the things she does with her right hand. Other right-handed activities for her are using scissors and ironing. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  8. #8 Amanda
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve spent a sizable amount of time this summer converting and reformatting Word Perfect files to Microsoft Word files and my negative opinion of MS Word has been solidified forever. Especially headers and footers. I think I’m going to get MS Word for blondes. 😀

    Rob adds: Thank you for bravely standing with those of us who have little esteem for Word.

  9. #9 Heather
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve never worked at a helpdesk, but I imagine it must feel something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ

    Thanks for the geeky humor! 🙂

    Rob adds: I’ve seen that video clip before, but it’s been a long time ago. Thanks for the link — it was great seeing it again!

  10. #10 Kristin
    on Aug 12th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    My computer geek hubby and I just laughed till we cried over these…especially Dilbert, who is just eerily accurate 99.9% of the time.

    Since you’re a computer person AND a cat lover – you must check out this link that I stumbled across a few days ago. It’s epic. And it’s quite possibly the longest URL in the world, but it’s worth risking carpal tunnel to copy and paste. 🙂


    Rob adds: Glad to hear you enjoyed the post so much. My wife and I *loved* the lost cat thing. A reader sent it to me a while back as one long picture. I’m happy to know there’s a site with it. Thanks for the link.

  11. #11 Susan
    on Aug 13th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    My husband was a computer programmer in the USAF for 7 years, back in the Dark Ages of computers, the early 1990s. One of his jobs was fixing everyone’s computer problems in the squadron, and most of the time they were along the lines of simply plugging it in! He was able to stop a practical jokester, who liked to come along and turn off computers without letting them shut down properly, by programming a simulated virus on the joker’s computer that made it appear that all his files were being deleted. He was the squadron commander’s assistant, and all those files that appeared to be deleted were personnel files for the entire squadron, which Sgt. Prankster had failed to back up! 😉 My husband had great fun that day, and the joker never pulled another prank on a computer programmer. And he did back up his files.

    Rob adds: Thanks for the personal stories, Susan. That sounds like it must have been great fun for your husband, and it was clearly effective in getting the prankster to mend his ways. Smiling….