Tips for Getting the Most from Your IT Department

I usually don’t post forwarded emails here, but this one was just a bit too accurate not to share:

When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies, and children’s art. We don’t have a life and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

Don’t Write anything down. Ever. We can play back error messages from here.

When an IT person says he’s coming right over, go for coffee. That way you won’t be there when we need your password. It’s nothing for us to remember 300 screen saver passwords.

When you call the IT support, state what you want, not what’s keeping you from getting it. We don’t need to know that you can’t get into your mail because your computer won’t power on at all.

When IT support sends you an email with high importance, delete it at once. We’re just testing.

When an IT person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

When something’s wrong with your home PC, dump it on an IT person’s chair with no name, no phone number, and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

When an IT person tells you that he’ll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: “And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?” That motivates us.

When the printer won’t print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

When the printer still won’t print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the company. One of them is bound to work.

Don’t learn the proper name for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by “my thingy blew up.”

Don’t use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.

If the mouse cable keeps knocking down the framed picture of your dog, lift the computer and stuff the cable under it. Mouse cables were designed to have 20kg of computer sitting on top of them.

If the space bar on your keyboard doesn’t work, blame it on the mail/NT/network upgrade. Keyboards are actually very happy with a half pound of muffin crumbs and nail clippings in them.

When you get a message saying “Are you sure?” click on that Yes button as fast as you can. Hell, if you weren’t sure, you wouldn’t be doing it, would you?

When you find an IT person on the phone, sit uninvited on the corner of his desk and stare at him until he hangs up.

Feel perfectly free to say things like “I don’t know nothing about that computer crap.” We don’t mind at all hearing our area of professional expertise referred to as crap.

When you need to change the toner cartridge in a printer, call IT support. Changing a toner cartridge is an extremely complex task, and Hewlett-Packard recommends that it be performed only by a professional engineer with a master’s degree in nuclear physics.

When you have a lock to pick on an old file cabinet, call IT support. We love to hack.

When you receive a 30mb movie file, send it to everyone as a mail attachment. We’ve got lots of disk space on that mail server.

When an IT person gets in the lift pushing $100,000 worth of computer equipment on a trolley, ask in a very loud voice: “Good grief, you take the lift to go DOWN one floor?!?” That’s another one that cracks us up to no end.

When you lose your car keys, send an email to the entire company. People out 200 miles away like to keep abreast of what’s going on.

When you bump into an IT person at the supermarket on a Saturday, ask a computer question. We do weekends.