What's that old joke(?) ?
Support: Please check to ensure that the computer is plugged in.
Idiot: I can't see the wall socket to see if it's plugged in.
Support: Well, just follow the cord.
Idiot: I still won't be able to see it, the power's out and we have no
On 03/13/2016 04:09 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
I have been at a computer user group meeting when someone asked me if I
could figure out why their computer wouldn't work. I looked under the
table and found in plugged into a power strip which was plugged into
someone else's power strip (common in this old building with very few
outlets) which was turned off. I wanted this to sound more interesting,
so I said the problem was a "floating input".
I was servicing copiers for a living, a fill in secretary called and report
ed her machine wouldnt print. i arrived at school dismissal, the office was
a zoo....... couldnt talk with the secretary. the machine had no toner in
it at all. so i added a case of toner and left. planned on visiting the nex
she called very early to report the copier had quit working again.
the service counter said 100 copies since i was last there, the night befor
no toner in the machine. none at all.
found out the customer had dumped the toner twice, to clean it:(
its amazing at how many ways things can get messed up.
i remind myself if it werent for people doing stupid things. i wouldnt have
You don't know a quarter of it... Take any circumstance of failure it will
be ensured that will be the primary focus. I get your comment about tax
dollars. Image one has a fund to replace their roof next year. It's almost
up to needed funding, then you find 10 bux in your pocket. You say to
yourself: I'll add this to the roof fund and use it to go to the Bahamas
because it seems like a nice idea. Roof fund no longer exists but
replacement is necessary, now. Oh and by the way we gotta replace the
I had a call to repair a machine that used 240 volts at high current. The customer had cobbled together a adapter cord from a 16 gauge light cord extension......
when I told them wrong outlet wrong voltage and very unsafe, FIRE HAZARD, they got mad at me.
So I just walked out the door, I cant fix stupid.........
One customer called me and said we sold him defective equipment because
it was giving people shocks.
Went there and who ever wired it up ... did not have the right AC plug
(It was 460 v 3 phase) they cut the tab off the ground tine and
plugged it into the receptacle rotated which made the case live!
I cut the plug off and threw it away, then went to see the factory
foreman and started cussing him out.
He then kicked me out of the plant and said, "I don't need a lecture on
I bet he was the idiot who wired the thing.
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