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I thought about Ghostwriters challenge for me to write funny stories in the wander project — something to make her laugh she said. I have decided to make this my personal mission for a while. On occasion, I will share dumb things and crazy things that I have done as an IT professional.

I realized I have as many stories of me doing goofy things as a technologist. Then I realized why not share all the funny stories. So here are just a few of my very best personal stories of oops in the technology world.

I was working in New York City and was presenting a document to a customer around 4 pm. I was getting ready for that, finishing the document cleaning it up and then I figured I needed to 12 May 15 copies. So I settled down, found the printer that was on my co-worker’s desk, plugged it in and hit print.

To borrow from the three stooges, “I tried to print, and nothing happened.”

I figure I had the wrong drivers for the printer, I uninstalled and reinstalled the printer.

Then I hit print again, and it was going to work this time!

Nothing happened.

I was getting a little frustrated when my co-worker got into our shared space.

He said “something wrong.”

“I am trying to print the document for the meeting.”

“He looked at me, looked at the printer and then said “I can fix that. The printer works a lot better when it is turned on.”

Keeping that quiet and not on the agenda of the next team meeting cost me lunch for a week.

  • Should I have paid the bribe of lunch for a week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sometimes knowing that other people make mistakes helps us feel more secure in what we are doing, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should I continue this series?

    • Yes
    • No
  • IT helpdesk people sometimes don’t laugh when calls are done, right?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: Should I have paid the bribe of lunch for a week?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: Sometimes knowing that other people make mistakes helps us feel more secure in what we are doing, right?
    Yes (8 votes) – 100%
    Q: Should I continue this series?
    Yes (8 votes) – 100%
    Q: IT helpdesk people sometimes don’t laugh when calls are done, right?
    Yes (8 votes) – 100%

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