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AndyK | posted 08-19-2009 | Number of Votes: 58  |  Current Rating: 4.67   

A clueless user (CU) came into my office the other day with a dire emergency. He needed some data pulled off the old media and copied to a network drive for a very important meeting. He then placed an object on my desk that took my breath away: a 3.5" floppy disk.

Me: Where in the world did you get this?

CU: Oh, we always save our data to disks. Can you get this copied, I'm in a big hurry?!

Me: We haven't bought a PC in four years with a floppy disk. Where did you get it from?

CU: It doesn't matter, I just need the data taken off, we have to have it for a meeting! If you keep wasting time it will make me late.

Me thinking: If you've been putting data on disks with a PC, why not use the same PC to get the data off? All the PCs are connected to the network and have network drives mapped.

Me saying: It'll take me a while to find a floppy disk to use because we may have some in storage, but that's at the corporate office across town.

CU: But I can't wait!

Resolution: I drove across town, dug through a pile of dusty old junk PCs and finally found one with a floppy drive. Drove it back, got it working and copied the file to a network shared drive. The file in question was a Lotus 1-2-3 file over FIFTEEN YEARS OLD!

After hearing the story, my boss wanted to bet me that somebody would show up with a box full of 80-column punch cards ... all for an 'important meeting'. I wouldn't take the bet!

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