On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 02:59:10PM +0000, John McDonnell jnr. mentioned:
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2000, John P. Looney wrote:
> > loud. Can I have a quiet one ?", we were told to say "Stick a pencil into
> > it. That'll quieten it down".
> Actually, this isn't as daft as it sounds... in one workplace we had a
> machine that had a poorly seated fan which would periodically cause a
> rater loud and annoying noise to emenate from the fan. One solution was to
> beat the sides of the machine with fists, another was to lift it about 5cm
> off the desk and drop it and the one I discovered was to jab a pencil into
> the blades which would re-seat the fan.
Hmm. In gateway it was pure malevolence on behalf of techies that got
that stupid question two or three times a day, for months. Any technical
advantage would have been purely coincidental.
"But I want my computer turned around, so I can change the sound leads
Problem is, that then you have to spoil the fun & tell them what sticking
a pencil in the back will accomplish, in case they do it. A nice english
woman rang once, and read from a manual stating that if the machine didn't
power on, she should verify that there is power in the wall socket. She
asked "How can I do that?". I was less than amused at this waste of my
time, and I told her to lick the metal parts of the cable that were going
from the wall into the computer. She just said "Ok, hold on".
Thankfully, she heard my screams of "No no no - I was only joking, that's
still live!!" before actually doing it though. I could have been moved to
customer service for messing around like that...
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