* Posts by elitejedimaster

6 posts • joined 24 Nov 2014

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

elitejedimaster

This reminds me of my old tech support job when dialup was the way you got online from home. I was befuddled by a user that could not connect, and nothing I tried over the phone worked. So I decided a house call was in order and drove the 50 miles to the customers house on my own time just because I needed the challenge.

Upon arrival, I connected my laptop to their phone line and attempted to connect. Whilst the loud negotiation tones rang from my speakers, I noticed the sound cut out once every second. Having grown up on a farm, this sounded suspiciously familiar. I picked up on the phone line and heard an even more familiar ticking sound that told me exactly what the problem was. I asked the customer if they had recently installed an electric fence, which they confirmed. After unplugging said fence, Internet connectivity was promptly achieved.

Go figure.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

elitejedimaster

r/techsupportmacgyver

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

elitejedimaster

Re: The real mystery is how Paula discovered the clock work around ...

Colonel Agnus?

I’ll see myself out...

Come to Malmö for St Peter's. Stay for the Bork

elitejedimaster

Re: I thought Börk

That’s Björk. Named after the sound you want to make when she sings.

Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches

elitejedimaster
Big Brother

Amazon just won a case not long ago at the United States Supreme Court over wages not paid to their employees while waiting to go through security procedures. It'll be interesting to see if Apple appeals cased upon that decision.

The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

elitejedimaster
Holmes

I've actually observed a fecal transplant procedure in the hospital in which I work. It was to a patient with C. diff, and apart from the discomfort of the nasogastric tube, went very well. It takes just a few minutes to complete, and the patient gets no icky taste of poo, because the tube is placed into the duodenum (initial part of small intestine for those not medically inclined). A rather interesting procedure, actually.

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