This is my biggest pet peeve ever when it comes to helping people, and really it applies to any field, not just IT. If you’re in a position where people call you for help, then they should really have to listen to you and take your answer to heart. Why call some place up for help if you’re just going to question it, and throw your opinion into the mix when you have no knowledge what so ever that pertains to the problem at hand. If you actually knew shit about your issue to the point where you can fix things, you wouldn’t be calling someone else in the first place.
These people that call up for computer help are calling me to have something fixed, and then when I tell them what the issue is they disagree and say, “Well, I don’t think that’s the problem, I think it’s this.” I just feel like saying, “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you worked in IT, by all means, don’t let me interrupt you, I’ll hang up now and you can go about diagnosing and repairing the problem yourself.”
It’s even worse when they disagree and offer up their answer that makes no sense at all. Here was the issue at hand:
Me: So what’s going on exactly?
Nurse: Well, I have dual monitors, and I run this same application in Internet Explorer on both screens. When I open this form in one window, it won’t let me open the same form in the other window. I need to be able to open two instances, one in each window, at the same time.
Me: Ok, I see exactly what’s going on. From what I’m seeing, either the web app itself, or the Java code, is making it so that the first time you open that window, it’s *requiring* you to do something with it before you can open another instance, or even click on anything else in Internet Explorer. It’s called a “persistant” window. You have to hit ok or cancel on it before you can move on.
Nurse: No, I don’t think that’s right. I’m pretty sure it has to be something with the dual monitors.
Me: … Well… Monitors are hardware, and they only deliver video signals from the computer. They play no part in affecting software like Internet Explorer, Java, or the web app that you’re using…
Nurse: No, I’m pretty sure that the monitors are what’s breaking this.
How do you argue with that infallible logic? I simply just said, “Oh, ok, if you think so.” and I sent a ticket on over to the appropriate analyst for the application she was using, since they’re the ones who code it, and would know if something is broke with the app or Java. I think the Nurse is just going to keep standing their waiting for a tech to physically walk over to fix her “broken” monitors.
Just wanted to share this e-mail I received from someone who fails at life, and e-mail.
I have been having a hard time getting my email to work, messages won’t send.
This was an e-mail sent from the e-mail address that was supposedly not sending. When I called them back, it was a call full of cryptic talk and a huge lack of straight-forward answers. Bottom line is that they believe their e-mail is not sending, even though I received it, and even replied to it, so they could actually see that it did indeed send.
I’m amazed these people have jobs that help people live.
I was really hoping that I’d never run into a single person in my new job that would make me feel like I had to write a blog post about them. That to me just means one of three things; They’re absolutely retarded, they frustrated me to the point of heavy annoyance, or it was a hilarious situation. This woman was just retarded and frustrating.
I’ll start by saying this, if you don’t know how e-mail works, how to send it, or just the basics of what’s needed to send an e-mail, grab a hammer and hit yourself in the face. Right now. Just grab hold of that thing, and as hard as humanly possible, hit yourself right in your stupid face. Oh, and don’t worry, hitting yourself in the head with a hammer isn’t going to do any kind of brain damage, because you already don’t have a brain, so there’s nothing to damage.
For those of you that for some reason have the mental capacity to read my blog, but still don’t know how to send e-mail, here’s a brief rundown of what you need:
- An e-mail client
- An e-mail account
- The e-mail address of the person you want to send to
This is really all you need, you don’t even need to have something to say, people send blank e-mail all the time. Those people are retarded too, just not as retarded as the ones who don’t know how to send it to begin with.
So on to the actual dimwit I talked to. We use Outlook Web Access for folks that are at home and need to check work e-mail. This nurse calls me and she’s using it while at work because she says she doesn’t like the full Outlook client. Now, if you’ve ever used webmail of any sort, it’s never as functional as an actual robust client. OWA is the same, it’s just not as good as the Outlook client, but it’s still a good webmail client if you’re not dumb as rocks. So this nurse starts out talking about how it’s not working and it’s broken because it won’t send e-mail, and OHMYGOD WHY DOESN’T IT KNOW WHO I WANT TO SEND TO?!
Me: Ok… So who do you want to send the e-mail to?
Nurse Ratchet: Amanda Rwaraviahadfwhatever, but I don’t know how to spell her last name.
Me: No big deal, if you know part of her last name we can check the Outlook Directory for it.
NR: That’s too much work, why doesn’t it just figure it out for me?
Me: Well, it tries to, but if there’s more than one person that matches the search, you have to be the one to tell the computer who you mean to send it to.
NR: That’s stupid. I don’t see why it doesn’t just pick the right one. What if her name is Cathy, and I don’t know whether it’s with a C or a K.
Me: … Then you need to ask Cathy how she spells her name. The computer only knows the information that you tell it.
NR: Well this is definitely too much work then and it’s stupid. This isn’t helpful at all.
Me: It’s just like a phone, if you don’t know how to spell the persons name, how are you going to look them up in the phone book to call them?
NR: That’s nothing like this, and I don’t appreciate you trying to explain it to me like that. Calling someone is nothing like sending an e-mail. Anyways, you’re not helpful at all. *click*
I was completely dumbfounded at that point anyways, and felt like I had lost IQ points just talking to her, so I’m relieved she hung up. Hopefully she’s smarter when it comes to dealing with patients, because she fails at computers. I can just imagine her saying, “Ma’am, you need to be very specific where the pain in your spine is, is it L1 or L3, YOU HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC WITH ME OR I CAN’T HELP!!!”
Just a brief update for the few people that actually read my blog-
The blog is not dead. I will still be posting, just obviously not about work as I am still (willfully) unemployed. It’s been 2 months to the day that I left my job, and I feel like I’m actually back to my old self. I’m no longer the dead, horrible, shell of a man that I once was!
Since leaving work, I’ve done the following: (In no particular order)
Married my girlfriend/fiancee of 10 years
Visited family back in Florida
Visited my hometown in the Florida Keys
Honeymooned in the Keys
Spent a week with friends in Washington state for the Thanksgiving holiday
Learned a little bit of how to make my own greeting cards using scrapbooking techniques and stamping
Planned a new trip to California for a week to visit more family and friends
Regained my sanity
None of these could have been accomplished while I was working. I didn’t have the time, nor the motivation, to actually follow through on any of them. If there’s anything to be learned from all this by anyone reading; Do what you love. Don’t take a job because it pays well, take a job because you enjoy doing it. The money may be great, but the price you pay in the long run for you own mental well-being isn’t worth it.