Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This is what I do and how I do it (day job)

People have asked what I do for my day job. Finally, thanks to the webcomic xkcd, a graphic answer (click to enlarge):

(BTW, I don't vouch for any other comics on that blog)

15 comments:

Stefan said...

Hmmm, this is kind of like when a magician reveals how popular tricks work. You are now a non-person with the International Benevelonet Brotherhood of Computer Support and Allied Workers.

And that cartoon forgot the part about having to go through ten pages of Google results, because the first nine are all caches of the same page and have (a) not exactly the question you're looking for, or (b) totally unhelpful answers.

Not a support guy, but this is what I have to do when my own wife or co-workers ask me for help....

TM said...

Wow. I am a software developer, and everyone assumes I know how to fix their printer or (not kidding) their TV. This one hits home for me!

lee n. field said...

Shhhhhhhh! You're not supposed to say. Now everybody will know how, and we'll have to dig ditches for a living.

(Ha! Like the hoi polloi have the hypothetical magic "aura". You know, where the tech just shows up, and things start working.)

chrish said...

British comedy "The IT Crowd" (I.T. as opposed to 'it') is about the tech guys for some company. They answer the phone thusly: "This is IT. Did you turn it off and then on again?"

Amused me.

TheMinorAdjustment said...

If you don't know how to read that flow chart, check here.

candy said...

I didn't realize you lived in India with all the other computer techs.

DJP said...

Pardon me, Missy, but that's "the other computer geniuses."

Sir Aaron said...

And here I thought you blogged all day long. Or was that in between the two ten minute intervals you sleep per day?

DJP said...

There's always time for what's really important.

Mark said...

Ha, that was my life as a network admin. once again Randall is in my head.
Also, alt-text please.

Mark said...

Alt-text: 'Hey Megan, it's your father. How do I print out a flowchart?'

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Bah ha ha!

Good thing I set down my water.

Thanks, Dan.

Stefan said...

Another clean one from that cartoonist:

Newton, 1666: "I've invented calculus!"

Leibniz, 1674: "I've invented calculus!"

Newton: "Really? Sounds a little bit..."

(Newton puts on sunglasses)

Newton: "...derivative."

...But yeah, read the site at your own risk.

Associate-to-the-Pastor said...

Yeah, XKCD is a mixed bag. You can sit there and read comic after witty comic, and then all of a sudden it's like BAM! Inappropriateness! Unfortunate, because when it's good it's great.

This is a classic.

LeeC said...

Great.
There goes my marketability down yet another notch.