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Old 03-14-2002, 05:49 PM   #1
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This is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article:

1. Compaq is considering changing the command "Press Any Key" to "Press Return Key" because of the flood of calls asking where the "Any" key is. (Personal note: They will have to change that because my keyboard has an Enter key not a Return key and some morons are not going to understand this either)

2. AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in.

3. Another AST customer was asked to send a copy of her defective diskettes. A few days later a letter arrived from the customer along with photocopies of the floppies.

4. A Dell technician advised his customer to put his troubled floppy back in the drive and close the door. The customer asked the tech to hold on and was heard putting the phone down, getting up and crossing the room to close the door to his room.

5. Another Dell customer called to say he couldn't get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of troubleshooting, the technician discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the "send" key!

6. Yet another Dell customer called to complain that his keyboard no longer worked. He had cleaned it by filling up his tub with soap and water and soaking the keyboard for
a day, then removing all the keys and washing them individually.

7. A Dell technician received a call from a customer who was enraged because his computer had told him he was "bad and invalid." The tech explained that the computer's "bad command" and "invalid" responses shouldn't be taken personally.

8. A confused caller to IBM was having trouble printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it "couldn't find printer." The user had also tried turning the computer screen to face the printer but the computer still couldn't "see" the printer."

9. An exasperated caller to Dell Computer Tech Support couldn't get her new Dell Computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response, "I pushed and pushed on the foot pedal and nothing happened." The "foot pedal" turned out to be the computer's mouse!

10. Another customer called Compaq tech support to say her brand new computer wouldn't work. She said she unpacked the unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressed the power switch, she asked, "What power switch?"

11. Another IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for support. "I put in the first disk, and that was okay. It said to put in the second disk, and I had some problems with that. But when it said to put in the third disk, I couldn't even fit it in...." The user hadn't realized that
"Insert Disk 2" meant to remove Disk 1 first.

12. In a similar incident, a customer had followed the instructions for installing software. The instructions said to remove the disk from its cover and insert into the drive. The user had physically removed the casing of the floppy disk and wondered why there were problems.

13. True story from a Novell NetWire Sysop.
Caller: "Hello, is this the Tech Support?"
Tech: "Yes, it is. How may I help you?"
Caller: "The cup holder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?"
Tech: " I'm sorry, but did you say a cup holder?"
Caller: "Yes, it's attached to the front of my computer."
Tech: "Please excuse me. If I seem a bit stumped, it's because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional at a trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Does
it have any trademark on it?"
Caller: "It came with my computer. I don't know anything about it being a promotional. It just has '4X' on it."
At this point, the Tech Rep had to mute the caller because he was laughing too hard. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder and snapped it off the drive.

14. A woman called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. The tech asked her if she was running it under "Windows." The woman responded, "No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine."


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Old 03-14-2002, 06:02 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2002, 06:21 PM   #3
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Old 03-14-2002, 07:14 PM   #4
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Geez, Ana...lighten up!
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I hate computers!!!!
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Old 03-15-2002, 02:32 AM   #6
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I was laughing too hard that my stomach aches!!!

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i didnt read a word of that

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Old 03-15-2002, 10:13 AM   #8
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From my company's support line voice mail: (exact transcription)

3am, Friday morning.

"Hi uh, I have your product for Pocket PC. My Pocket PC froze up and can't seem to get anything to work. How can I do? I tink your program froze my device! I left it on all night and now the device won't turn on! Did you do that? I, uh, I don't know why you guys don't answer your phone. Are you still in bizness? Can you call me back please now? I am in Germany. Okay. Bye."
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Old 03-15-2002, 10:34 AM   #9
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One of my instructors at the college said that the IT department sent out an email in response to how they would know if the network was down. Their response?

They'll post a message on the just check the website.

Hehe...kind of hard to do, if the network is down!

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Get you jumping out of your skin...
Angel, it's sink or swim.

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