When I started my new job in September 2010, I decided that I would keep my hands free and clear of anything having to do with technology. I didn’t want to be the person that someone came to when their computer crashed. Being the person responsible for bringing someone’s computer- their whole work- back from the dead doesn’t sound the least bit appetizing. It’s a lot of pressure for regular IT guys (and girls) to be under, and it’s worse pressure to be just a sucker that demonstrated a bit of computer smarts once to be under.
I would like to be able to swoop in and save someone’s day, but only if it’s a guaranteed fix. Tinkering around with different little settings until the right thing happens does not jive with my personality type. I am a Type A through and through, and that means perfection the first time.
I have just enough knowledge and patience to tinker around a bit, which is according to my professional IT guy husband “the worst kind of user.”
It’s his fault really, he talks IT a lot to me because he just needs to say the words out loud and I often just happen to be within earshot. Some of these words and concepts I actually pick up, and when he works on my computer, I like watching and seeing what he is doing and muttering. Add a bit of Googling to the equation and you have someone that can semi fix things and semi destroy the rest.
In fact, I have been glowing the past two days from a recent successful “hack” that he showed me how to do. It started with a picture of a Lexmark T650n printer’s display screen saying INSERT BBQ. I said, “Wait wait, we have that kind of printer at my office! How did they do that? SHOW ME SHOW ME.”
True computer geek that he is, he immediately remoted into that exact printer at work from in our living room and pulled it up by the IP address and showed me how to go into the settings and change the display to a custom message. The first thing I did when I got into work was change the message this this:
I showed a few people that I work with that would find it funny, then took away the message before it got found out that I can (and will!) cause funny computer shenanigans.
What should I put on the printer next?