Carol was Having Trouble…

Carol was having trouble with her computer. So she called Glenn, the computer guy, over to her desk. Glenn clicked a couple buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, Carol called after him, “So, what was wrong?” And he replied, “It was an ID Ten T Error.”

A puzzled expression ran riot over Carol’s face. “An ID Ten T Error? What’s that … in case I need to fix it again??”

He gave her a grin… “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID Ten T Error before?” “No,” replied Carol. “Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.”

(She wrote…) I D 1 0 T

Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First…” Meets the 21

ABBOTT: Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up a home office in the den, and I’m thinking of buying a computer.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name is Bud.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name is Bud.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Does it get stuffy?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don’t know. What do I see when I look out the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software that runs on Windows?
COSTELLO: No, on the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses. You know, run a business. What have you got?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: Okay, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office.
ABBOTT: Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office and it already has windows! Let’s say I’m sitting at my computer, and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: If I’m writing a proposal, I’m going to need lots of words. But what program do I load?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in “office” is “office.”
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in “office for windows”?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue W.

COSTELLO: I’m going to click your big blue W if you don’t give me a straight answer. Let’s forget about words for a minute. What do I need if I want to watch a movie over the Internet?
ABBOTT: RealOne.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real movie, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. But what do I need to watch it?
ABBOTT: RealOne.
COSTELLO: If it’s a long movie I’ll also want to watch reels two, three, and four. Can I watch reel four?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: RealOne.

COSTELLO: Okay, so I’m sitting at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?
ABBOTT: You click the blue 1.
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue 1.
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?
ABBOTT: Of course it is. The blue 1 is RealOne. The blue W is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in “office for windows”!
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it’s the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?
ABBOTT: Yes, although to be fair there aren’t many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words.
COSTELLO: And that word is the real one?
ABBOTT: No. RealOne has nothing to do with Word. RealOne isn’t even part of Office.

COSTELLO: Never mind; I don’t want to get started with that again. But I also need something for bank accounts, loans, and so on. What do you have to help me track my money?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Exactly. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer at no extra charge? How much money do I get?
ABBOTT: Just one copy.
COSTELLO: I get a copy of money. Isn’t that illegal?
ABBOTT: No. We have a license from Microsoft to make copies of Money.
COSTELLO: Microsoft can license you to make money?
ABBOTT: Why not? They own it.

COSTELLO: Well, it’s great that I’m going to get free money, but I’ll still need to track it. Do you have anything for managing your money?
ABBOTT: Managing Your Money? That program disappeared years ago.
COSTELLO: Well, what do you sell in its place?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: You sell money?
ABBOTT: Of course. But if you buy a computer from us, you get it for free.

COSTELLO: That’s all very wonderful, but I’ll be running a business. Do you have any software for, you know, accounting?
ABBOTT: Simply Accounting.
COSTELLO: Probably, but it might get a little complicated.
ABBOTT: If you don’t want Simply Accounting, you might try M.Y.O.B.
COSTELLO: M.Y.O.B.? What does that stand for?
ABBOTT: Mind Your Own Business.
COSTELLO: I beg your pardon?
ABBOTT: No, that would be I.B.Y.P. I said M.Y.O.B.

COSTELLO: Look, I just need to do some accounting for my home business. You know – accounting? You do it with money.
ABBOTT: Of course you can do accounting with Money. But you may need more.
COSTELLO: More money?
ABBOTT: More than Money. Money can’t do everything.

COSTELLO: I don’t need a sermon! Okay, let’s forget about money for the moment. I’m worried that my computer might . . . what’s the word? Crash. And if my computer crashes, what can I use to restore my data?
ABBOTT: GoBack.
COSTELLO: Okay. I’m worried about my computer crashing and I need something to restore my data. What do you recommend?
ABBOTT: GoBack.
COSTELLO: How many times do I have to repeat myself?
ABBOTT: I’ve never asked you to repeat yourself. All I said was GoBack.

COSTELLO: How can I go back if I haven’t even been anywhere? Okay, I’ll go back. What do I need to write a proposal?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: But I’ll need lots of words to write a proposal.
ABBOTT: No, you only need one Word – the Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there’s three words in . . . Oh, never mind. *click*

ABBOTT: Hello? Hello? Customers! Why do they always hang up on me? Oh, well

Top Ten Signs…

Top Ten signs your co-worker is a computer hacker

10. You ticked him off once and your next phone bill was for $20,000.
9. He’s won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes 3 years running.
8. When asked for his phone number, he gives it in hex.
7. Seems strangely calm whenever the office computer network goes down.
6. Somehow gets HBO on his PC at work.
5. Mumbled, “Oh, puh-leeez” 95 times during the movie “The Net.”
4. Massive 401k contribution made in half-cent increments.
3. His video dating profile lists “public-key encryption” among hobbies.
2. When his computer starts up, you hear, “Good Morning, Mr. President.”
1. You hear him murmur, “Let’s see you use that Visa card now, Professor I-Don’t-Give-A’s-In-Computer-Science!”

Computer Humor

1. Home is where you hang your @
2. The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.
3. A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.
4. You can’t teach a new mouse old clicks.
5. Great groups from little icons grow.
6. Speak softly and carry a cellular phone.
7. C: is the root of all directories.
8. Don’t put all your hypes in one home page.
9. Pentium wise – pen and paper foolish.
10. The modem is the message.
11. Too many clicks spoil the browse.
12. The geek shall inherit the earth.
13. A chat has nine lives.
14. Don’t byte off more than you can view.
15. Fax is stranger than fiction.
16. What boots up must come down.
17. Windows will never cease.
18. In Gates we trust.
19. Virtual reality is its own reward.
20. Modulation in all things.
21. A user and his leisure time are soon parted.
22. There’s no place like home.com.
23. Know what to expect before you connect.
24. Oh, what a tangled web site we weave when first we practice.
25. Speed thrills.
26. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks

Microsoft’s Useless

A helicopter was flying in Seattle when suddenly an electrical malfunction disabled all electronic navigation and communication equipment.

Due to the amount of fog, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position. He spotted a tall building, flew toward it, circled, and held up a handwritten sign that said “WHERE AM I?” in large letters. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. Their sign said “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.”

The pilot thanked them by smiling and waving, determined the route to SEATAC airport and landed safely. When they were finally on the ground, his co-pilot asked him how he’d done it.

“I knew it had to be the Microsoft building, because they gave me a technically correct but utterly and completely useless answer.”

Tech Support: Always There For You

NOTE: This is a true story of a real call to a computor company tech support.

One day a guy calls tech support. this is how it went…

Cust: Hello?

TS: Hello

Cust: Yeah, my cup holder broke and my computor is still under warranty, so I would like to get it replaced.

TS: Ummm cup holder?

Cust: yeah cup holder…

TS: Ummm did you get it with a promotional offer?

Cust: No

TS: Umm are you sure you got the right company?

Cust: Yeah

TS: Ummm… im sorry if i sound confused, because i am.

Cust: Well its square, and its on the front of the computor, and it comes out when you press a button…

At this point the Tech support guy had to put the guy on hold, so he could finish laughing…

The guy had broken his CD-rom drive, thinking it was a cup holder.

Computer Terms

486 – The average IQ needed to understand a PC.

State-of-the-art – Any computer you can’t afford.

Obsolete – Any computer you own.

Microsecond – The time it takes for your state-of-the-art computer to become obsolete.

G3 – Apple’s new Macs that make you say “Gee, three times faster than the computer I bought for the same price a Microsecond ago.”

Syntax Error – Walking into a computer store and saying, “Hi, I want to buy a computer and money is no object.”

Hard Drive – The sales technique employed by computer salesmen, esp. after a Syntax Error.

GUI – What your computer becomes after spilling your coffee on it. (pronounced “gooey”)

Keyboard – The standard way to generate computer errors.

Mouse – An advanced input device to make computer errors easier to generate.

Floppy – The state of your wallet after purchasing a computer.

Portable Computer – A device invented to force businessmen to work at home, on vacation, and on business trips.

Disk Crash – A typical computer response to any critical deadline.

Power User – Anyone who can format a disk from DOS.

System Update – A quick method of trashing ALL of your software.

Spell Checker

I half a spelling checker,
It came with my pea sea;
It plainly marks four my revue,
Mistakes I kin not sea.
I’ve run this poem threw it,
I’m sure your please two no,
Its letter perfect in it’s weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

Online Banking

Eager to make full use of my new computer’s capabilities, I asked a customer-service representative at my bank whether it offered on-line banking.

“Certainly,” she stated matter-of-factly, pointing to a crowd of people near the tellers. “The line starts over there.”

Computer Lab

My friend was on duty in the main computer lab on a quiet afternoon he noticed a young woman sitting in front of one of the workstations with her arms crossed across her chest, staring at the screen.

After about 15 minutes he noticed that she was still in the same position, only now she was impatiently tapping her foot.

Finally, he approached her and asked if she needed help. She replied, “It’s about time! I pressed the F1 button over twenty minutes ago!”

Windows 2000

The following are new Windows messages that are under
consideration for the planned Windows 2000:

1. Smash forehead on keyboard to continue.

2. Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue.

3. Press any key to continue or any other key to quit.

4. Press any key except… no, No, NO, NOT THAT ONE!

5. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del now for IQ test.

6. Close your eyes and press escape three times.

7. Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner.

8. This will end your Windows session. Do you want to play another game?

9. Windows message: “Error saving file! Format drive now? (Y/Y)”

10. This is a message from God Gates: “Rebooting the world. Please log off.”

11. To “shut down” your system, type “WIN.”

12. BREAKFAST.SYS halted… Cereal port not responding.

13. COFFEE.SYS missing… Insert cup in cup holder and press any key.

14. CONGRESS.SYS corrupted… Re-boot Washington D.C? (Y/N)

15. File not found. Should I fake it? (Y/N)

16. Bad or missing mouse. Spank the cat? (Y/N)

17. Runtime Error 6D at 417A:32CF: Incompetent User.

18. Error reading FAT record: Try the SKINNY one? (Y/N)

19. WinErr 16547: LPT1 not found. Use backup. (PENCIL & PAPER.SYS)

20. User Error: Replace user.

21. Windows VirusScan 1.0 – “Windows found: Remove it? (Y/N)”

22. Welcome to Microsoft’s World – Your Mortgage is Past Due…

23. If you are an artist, you should know that Bill Gates owns you and
all your future creations. Doesn’t it feel nice to have security?

24. Your hard drive has been scanned and all stolen software titles
have been deleted. The police are on the way.

Failed Brakes

An engineer, a systems analyst, and a programmer were on their way to a tech conference on the other side of the mountains.

Half way down the other side, the brakes gave out, and the engineer steered for all his life to keep the car from going clean off the edge.

It was at the last second, skidding sideways towards doom, that the car finally stopped. One tire dropped over the edge.

The three sprang from the car, shaking and panting. The engineer was the first to speak.

“We could have been killed! I would like to get under the car and see just what happened to those brakes. Something has to be fixed.”

The systems analyst agreed. “Yes, but I’d like to see the design blueprints. We could fix the problem with these cars with a little research.”

The programmer was scratching his head. “I wonder if that’s repeatable.”

Pick-up Lines For Computer Geeks

– Nice Set of Floppies!

– Hey, how ’bout I take off your cover and insert a bigger CPU.

– I’d like to play on your laptop.

– Need me to unzip your files?

– If you were an ISP, I’d dial you all day long!

– I’d like to boot up your PC!

– I’ll bet my hard drive is the biggest you’ve ever seen!

– I’ve got a 21 inch… (monitor)

– I’d get a T3 to watch your streaming video…

– Your homepage or mine?

Great Writer

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

Printer Repair

When a guy’s printer type began to grow faint, he called a local repair shop where a friendly man informed him that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told him he might be better off reading the printer’s manual and trying the job himself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, he asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”

“Actually, it is my boss’s idea,” the employee replied sheepishly. “We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”

Life As A Computer

If you messed up your life, you could press “Ctrl, Alt, Delete” and start all over!

To get your daily exercise, just click on “run”!

If you needed a break from life, click on “suspend”.

Hit “any key” to continue life when ready.

To get even with the neighbors, turn up the sound blaster.

To “add/remove” someone in your life, click settings and control panel.

To improve your appearance, just adjust the display settings.

If life gets too noisy, turn off the speakers.

When you lose your car keys, click on “find”.

“Help” with the chores is just a click away.

You’d use your diskette to recover from a crash.

We could click on “send” and the kids would go to bed immediately.

To feel like a new person, click on “refresh”.

Click on “close” to shut up the kids and spouse.

To undo a mistake, click on “back”.

Is your wardrobe getting old? Click “update”.

If you don’t like cleaning the litter box, click on “delete”.

Computer Exercises

With the daily time taken working on computers, avoiding things like RSI and any strain related illnesses is crucial to maintaining a healthy working environment. The following excercise has been devised by medical experts in the field of RSI research to ensure that if performed, will place the exerciser in a position of minimal risk. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.

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Airplane Maintenance

“Squawks” are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some squawks submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.

(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal – #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That’s what they’re there for

(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, “fly right” and be serious

(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics

Signs You’re Watching Too Much TV

The bumper sticker on your car reads: “What Would Dawson Do?”
In the middle of an exam, you tell the professor you want to use a lifeline.
You need to be tranquilized when the cable goes out.
In the late evening, you look forward to sitting back and catching the latest informercial.
If you’re a witness to an argument, you instinctually shout, “Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!”
You try to impress the opposite sex by saying, “Hey, I get 120 channels!”
Your entire CD collection consists of “Greatest Hits” albums by the decade.
You have a gold-plated “clicker.”
Your intellectual discussions all stem from The Discovery Channel.
After 15 minutes of work, you need a two-minute break.

Mr. or Mrs. Computer

Is your computer male of female? As you are aware, ships have long been characterized as being female (e.g., “Steady as she goes”, or “She’s listing to starboard, Captain!” Recently a group of computer scientists (all males) announced that computers should also be referred to as being female. Their reasons for drawing this conclusions follow:

1. No one but the creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. The message “Bad command or file name” is about as informative as “If you don’t know why I’m mad at you, then I’m certainly not going to tell you.”

4. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retieval.

5. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

However, another group of computer scientists (all female) claim that computers should be referred to as if they were male. Their reasons follow:

1. They have lots of data but are still clueless.

2. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem.

3. As soon as you commit to one you realise that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model.

4. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.

5. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the night.