• @buddascrayon
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    As someone who’s an IT person I can tell you the vibe is actually, “Well shit, I guess I’m going to actually have to diagnose something.”

      • @[email protected]
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        As someone who has been asked to restart the computer, even though I already did that before calling IT support… I internally sigh, but begrudgingly do it again just to appease their process. Because I assume plenty of people don’t do it and make y’alls life a tiny bit harder, when a restart would’ve fixed it

        Also, how many are solved by making sure the power cable is not just plugged into the wall, but seated into the back of the computer as well?

        • @[email protected]
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          As someone working as on-site IT support for over 15 years, I can’t tell you how often I have asked people to restart their computer over the phone and they swore they did (“multiple times even”), only for me to eventually come around to their desk and having them actually reboot the device in my presence and for the problem to actually fix itself.

          One Lady I asked to restart their computer said “all right, hold on.” only to respond not even 10 seconds (!) later "I did, its still not working„ and after the third time I went to her desk and asked her to show me what she did. She leaned forward, turned off the monitor, then turned it back on. “I did this 10 times already, and its still not working”.

          Some people just lie about rebooting, some simply don’t actually know how to reboot properly. After a few months, you get to know who’s lying, who’s doesn’t know better and who’s actually telling you the truth, you get to know your coworkers.

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            She leaned forward, turned off the monitor, then turned it back on. “I did this 10 times already, and its still not working”.

            And this is why I couldn’t work in IT support; I just don’t have the patience for certain things. I always love teaching people new things, but most people don’t care when it comes to computers; they just want it to work effortlessly even when they’re the one screwing it up.

            And especially working on-site! Oh my life, I bet there’s that same few people… just constantly failing to even try lmao

        • thermal_shock
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          32 days ago

          well shutdown isn’t a full restart anymore, it literally saves your issues and reloads it when it turns on. so we have to doublecheck that too. it should count as restart, but doesn’t.

          • @[email protected]
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            Honestly, I would try the restart first (cause it was easier/more automated), and then a full shutdown and power-up. It’s been many years since I called any IT support though, but that was mu process. Cause I hated having to call for help lol

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                I hear ya, and appreciate the info because I didn’t know that. I was saying that I would do both before calling, and then again when they asked me

                But this was back in like 2004-ish, so I’m not sure what was best practice back then. I would just try it all before calling lol… going so far as to shut down and unplug for a few seconds or more

      • @nucleative
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        The amount of time I reset it myself and the problem went away is too damn high.

        Usually the end user kinda smirks and says huh, weird, I tried that! You must be magic!

        • @Ironfacebuster
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          With a lot of solar equipment, the tech support has access to a lot of settings us installers don’t, so we’ve had times where we tell the tech that we’ve done everything we can, including restarting it (and with my experience with Generac inverters, restarting them can and will break something!), and sometimes it really feels like they do click a magic button, say “how about now?”, then it works

      • @PieMePlenty
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        Yup. User probably put the pc to sleep and woke it up.

        • @[email protected]
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          Or they shutdown and turn it back on, which doesn’t count in windows as restarting unless you disable fast-startup. So you get annoyed tech support thinking the user is a liar and an annoyed end user that knows they turned it off and on again.

          • thermal_shock
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            I usually just explain why we have to do a restart again, which is what you described cause I run into that a lot

      • @positiveWHAT
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        I do believe you restarted the PC, but the program that has frozen is on the cloud, so we’ll have to restart the cloud.

    • @Sylvartas
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      I swear I could hear the call center employee (probably not really an IT guy at this stage) sweating when I called them after a thunderstorm fried my router’s entry port and I read them the list of troubleshooting I already went through before calling them.

  • @sc2pirate
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    Show me how you reboot the PC.

    *User turns off monitor

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      I remember some old movie that was on TV ~30 years ago. A terrorist group broke into some computer room to destroy the data. They shot the monitors to smithereens and ran away.

      (AFAIR they weren’t Macs)

      • @LANIK2000
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        Considering our IT department replaces computers without moving over our files (like come on, just swap the drives!), I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if that’s how they’d treat it.

    • @SLVRDRGN
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      Honestly most unsavvy people don’t even realize they can turn their monitors off. Especially if the buttons are behind or under the screen, they wouldn’t even know the buttons were there.

      • @Ziglin
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        There’s some older ones where there are actual buttons on the bottom of the screen. Beats me how the people who press them to turn it off manage to press the power button for the PC to turn it on.

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        I just had to search to find my work monitors’ controls yesterday! All the way on the back.

        I get credit for knowing they were turnoffable though.

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    I have a dark secret. I used to have CenturyLink DSL around 5 years ago, and the tech asked me if I had restarted the modem during one of the many stints where I would get bits per second rather than the “10mbps” we were supposed to get

    I lied every time. I’m sorry CenturyLink tech support employee, but man did CenturyLink suck, and man am I absolutely sure that it never fixed the issue.

    At one point I filed a complaint with the FCC and got a letter from CenturyLink telling me that they knew about the complaint!

    • @PaintedSnail
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      We know when you lie. We can see uptime stats.

      • @Ironfacebuster
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        Well no wonder I never had more bandwidth, it’s all your metrics eating it up!

        • @PaintedSnail
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          The metrics are the only important part! How else are we supposed to know how good the line is unless we constantly stress test the line by collecting data? Your ability to use the line is not a useful metric, so we don’t worry about that.

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    Then you look at the uptime. 247 days. No longer have you been elevated. Now you’re the vilest of vile. You’re the user that lies. You just say what you think we want to hear, don’t you? Well, now you’re getting put on hold. For as long as your uptime was.

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      Except when they’re not lying but windows by default has ‘fast-startup’ enabled, so every time they shutdown the uptime never resets.

    • @Bosht
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      Yup this is exactly what I was going to post. Was in the industry for 10 years and call me pessimistic but the second they told me they’d already rebooted I’d check uptime.

    • @buddascrayon
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      looks nervously at my personal computer that has been running constantly for 5 years

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      We have a running leader board for uptime. Servers don’t count. That said, I’ve seen some people who think they actually are turning it off but the machine just enters sleep mode. I only trust

      shutdown /r /t 0

      • @ikidd
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        Is everyone using kpatch then? Because uptime if you’re still running 3.12 is silly.

        • ShieldGengar
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          IT people casually telling users to turn off all the breakers for 30s

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            To be fair, I do IT for convenience stores. Sometimes we have to reboot pumps or similar, and all we can do is have them throw a breaker for 30 seconds lmao

        • @[email protected]
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          unless you do it from a running system (which you shouldn’t, unless you want everything corrupted, that won’t help. windows has a feature called fast startup that only kinda shuts down your PC, even if you unplug it, so things that would get fixed by an actual reboot wouldn’t be fixed in your case

          • @[email protected]
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            Thankfully, I’m not on Windows.
            But the switch is only to make sure it is off. Of course I poweroff before that.

            Trust me! I really do!

      • @SLVRDRGN
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        Wouldn’t shutdown /p be faster?

    • @Bytemeister
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      “I reboot it every night.”

      Processor Uptime : 191:22:19:54

      • @telllos
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        I think the right processor up time is 192:168:1:1

        • @Bytemeister
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          Something overflowed somewhere…

    • @Olhonestjim
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      “Yes I have, and I’m happy to do so again. For you.”

    • @Entropywins
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      Whenever my troubleshooting doesn’t work it’s because I forgot to power cycle

  • @Clent
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    50/50 chance they believe you.

    • @[email protected]
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      Yeah, 50% person actually restarted, 30% chance person is lying, 20% chance person just turned the monitor off and back on.

      • @frunch
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        My buddy works IT for a company and that 20% chance is one he encountered just last week!!

      • @[email protected]
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        I lied while RMAing a video card… kinda.

        I spoke with an incredibly nice Indian fellow, and he asked me to try some troubleshooting. I had done all of it before, so I… pretended. But I told him all of the things I experienced when I did those steps (and lied further by giving ample time to pretend to do things.)

        He RMA’d it just fine in the end and it works five years later. But I did feel bad about lying. I just didn’t want to take my whole working setup and do the troubleshooting steps again D:

        You get a lot of shit MSI, but you did me goodly.

      • @[email protected]
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        I just recently had a wfh user ship me one of his monitors back because we had exhausted every thing I could think of troubleshooting-wise. When it arrived I unboxed it, plugged it in and the damn thing worked fine. I followed up with him and finally realized he had been trying to push the damn power LED instead of the actual power button.

        • lad
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          Searching for a button is sometimes really hard, as manufacturers are quite inventive. But then again, reading an instruction is usually an option even if it is last resort (in the list it’s right after mailing the monitor to the support, it seems)

      • @NewAgeOldPerson
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        Thought that was House MD rule number one. Everybody lies. Wait. That means IT lies! How deep does the rabbit hole go?

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      80 percent chance they reboot it themselves anyways.

    • @[email protected]
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      I tend to just check uptime before asking this question.

      If I see the machine has been up for weeks and they tell me they rebooted it, I know i’m dealing with someone who doesn’t know that pressing the power button on the monitor doesn’t turn the computer off.

      • @[email protected]
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        Could also be windows fault.

        It likes to do soft restarts and not actually restart.

        I started telling my users to always hold shift when shutting down or restarting to make sure it shuts down fully.

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          AFAIK fast startup only affects shutdown, clicking restart will always do a full reboot. Shift clicking shutdown will do a full shutdown like you said, but shift clicking restart will start recovery mode.

        • @[email protected]
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          I explain fast boot to people by saying “for some reason Microsoft went and made the Shut Down button not actually shut down your PC, it really just puts it into a ‘deep sleep’ mode, and to their credit, it lets them say that boot times are faster… But it also means that in order to FULLY restart the PC, you have to click restart… I know it’s a pain”

          Usually I get looked at like I’m from another planet, but that reaction means they’ll probably remember it later.

          • @Ziglin
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            And sometimes fast boot (I’m assuming we’re both talking about the bios setting) causes so many blue screens in windows that it becomes almost unusable.

      • @[email protected]
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        I don’t even bother checking. I tell them I’m going to do something on my side that might cause their computer to reboot and then reboot it remotely.

    • @[email protected]
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      The user always lies. Or even if they don’t, they can’t intimidate the ghosts in the machine like you can.

    • @Ptsf
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      20/80 tbh

  • @Smallwater
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    My wife’s standing at her company’s IT dept skyrocketed during COVID lockdowns.

    Why? Because we were both working from home, and aside from helping her with basic troubleshooting, I also helped her formulate her tickets better.

    Turns out, tech support folks like it when a ticket has concise info, instead of “screen broke”.

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      It’s the same as going to a mechanic and saying “my car doesn’t work!” No shit? That’s usually why people come here. Wanna be more specific?

    • @disgrunty
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      As a former IT help desk person, I can confirm that we do in fact love it when people give us good info. People who write screen broke shouldn’t be working with technology more advanced than a shovel

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        People who write screen broke shouldn’t be working with technology more advanced than a shovel

        Shovel gay, pen have, paper end, rock good.

      • @[email protected]
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        “please call so and so, they’re having issues with their browser”

        Call the user, they are out for the day. Leave message to call back

        Either never hear back or the issue was not browser related

        Either way, tell the original ticket creator to have the person having the issue call us if they want prompt service

    • @Entropywins
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      My God the amount of times I have to pull the frickin issue out of people…

      • @[email protected]
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        I find this a fascinating phenomenon. Some of it is ignorance of the technology. Which I get because you can’t expect everyone to be experts (but if you don’t know the difference between a browser and your desktop just fuck off back to the bronze age).

        The other is a true lack of empathy in the context of communication. Being able to communicate effectively with an equal onus on both parties to understand and adapt the dialog until the information has effectively been transferred is not hard, really, but some people just don’t care enough about the person on the other end of the line to be bothered.

        That is infuriating when you’re trying to be helpful.

    • @joe_archer
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      Developer here, same applies to bug reports, I have one or two clients that have realised if they put in a high quality bug report, the Dev team will just jump on it straight away because they have all the info they need and we love fixing bugs. Whereas the vast majority of “X doesn’t work”, or “I can’t do Y” tickets have to be triaged by the support team which can take hours or days.

      Tl;dr Give your techs all the info they need to be able to investigate your problem and you’ll get faster service and more respect.

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    Only to login and see rhat they actually didn’t restart. They just said so because they think you wont find out 😂

    • @[email protected]
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      Told somebody to restart and they just went “OK, done it” like 2 seconds later. In the HDD era.

      Turns out they just turned the monitor on and off. 👍

    • TheHarpyEagle
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      I feel like there’s a specific peak between total technical ignorance and a weary understanding of how fickle technology can be. On this peak is the height of arrogance, where you believe you’ve really got everything figured out. Part of learning is understanding that, yes, sometimes you really did just forget to plug the modem in.

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        Yep, that one where the person on the peak starts lecturing you in abstract terms about trying the simplest hypotheses and such, while you are trying to solve their problem.

        I know the philosophy part that asshole is talking about, only he has no bloody clue which part is simple and which is not here.

        It was a hang port on a switch in that case.

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      “Yes I rebooted.”

      • The guy that somehow managed to survive 180 days of random power outages.
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    “Did you make sure it’s plugged in?”

    “Of course I did! Do you think I’m an idiot?”

    “You mind just checking for me real quick?”

    “…”

    “Sir?”

    “Never mind, it’s working now.”

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      I’ve unironically had this happen to me, same friend, twice.

      They had the audacity to blame me, despite being generous enough to perform some basic maintenance and performance enhancements.

      Then when they got home, forgot to plug it back in.

      • @samus12345
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        I’ve done it before, although I figured it out before asking for help. We all do dumb stuff sometimes. Just admit it and don’t be a jerk about it!

    • Semi-Hemi-Lemmygod
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      Never ask if it’s plugged in. Always ask them to unplug it and plug it in again. That way they don’t feel condescended to.

    • @saruwatarikooji
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      I had one where yes everything was plugged in but… The power strips never plugged into the wall… They were just plugged into each other.

      That one turned out to be an annoying bit of cable management that I wouldn’t have had to do if they would have just left things alone and let me handle the original ticket

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    If I am calling IT to fix anything, it’s because I’ve exhausted all the usual things to fix it (restart, clear cache, make sure everything is seated, googled the issue, etc). 9 times outta 10, they’re just as stumped as I am and the device simply gets replaced. That 10th time tho it’s something I’ve never encountered but they have.

    • @[email protected]
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      I support doing the troubleshooting yourself. Just be aware, if you call with one of those 9 out of 10 cases, we’re still going to have to do ALL of those steps again, so I can document that we tried them before sending any hardware. I’ve been burned one too many times by someone telling me they’ve already tried something.

    • @BigPotato
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      I would call IT and give them error codes and attempted remedies. They would do house calls and leave with a few rip its. Everyone in my office usually had my call IT because they (my coworkers and the IT guys) knew I’d at least tried something. If someone else from the office called IT, they knew that I was out of the office or the user was lying about something.

    • @[email protected]
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      I started in IT before switching to development. I have CCNA, A+, and Apple Pro certifications. I run Arch at home, btw. But when I have to contact IT, usually for something that needs elevated permissions or bad hardware, I’m just another user. It’s mildly infuriating to go through all the steps again, even after explaining what I did. I get it, I really do, but it’s not fun at all.

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    I was on the phone with our ISP after our internet service went out. The rep asked me if the box had a green light on it - yes - then asked me to plug a light into the same outlet and confirm the power was on. I said, “Look, I understand you have to follow a script, but you literally just asked me to confirm the power light on the box was on. Clearly the power is working.”

    Same ISP sends me an email whenever we have a power outage letting me know that our internet might not work when the power is out. (I’ve joked that this email arrives before the ceiling fans have come to a stop.) But when my internet goes down, they’re completely clueless. “Ohhhh it must be that your power is out even though we monitor that closely and aren’t showing a power outage right now!”

  • @[email protected]
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    “Ok let me check on something”

    Uptime: 156 hours

    "let’s restart using what I like to call, ‘the right way’ "

    • 𝕸𝖔𝖘𝖘
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      “I restart every day before going home”

      Uptime: 19:23:07:24

      Yeah… Logging off isn’t restarting…

      (Brought to you by my actual day today)

      E: correct autocorrect

      E2: of course that’s not why I told her. I explained how fastboot sometimes takes over and doesn’t actually restart the device, only “refreshes” the experience. I recommended she restart at least once a week. We’ll see what happens.

      • @[email protected]
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        windows doesnt actually shut down, its some kind of hybrid hibernation now. it only really reboots if you actually reboot. so they may actually be “shutting down” every day.

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          They have successfully circumvented the reboot. I just always turn that setting off. SSDs are ubiquitous, nobody needs a fake shutdown. It just causes more issues.

        • @[email protected]
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          Idk how that person’s IT works, but in mine, that would probably warrant a lot of paperwork. The techs would have to pitch the change to client management, client management would have to pitch it to change management and provide test results to show it has no side effects, then deal with the techs complaining about the uptick in tickets about slow boot times or people justifying never shutting down or restarting with it taking so long to boot.

          Not that they’re actually slow, our users are just super entitled. I got to observe the rollout of automatic screen lock for security reasons, and the ensuing pushback. The audacity of having to reenter your password if you’ve spent more than ten minutes doing nothing!

          Security even managed to push for reducing it to five minutes after some unfortunate incident… but it got reverted for reasons you can probably guess. Hint: shit always flows downward.

          • @[email protected]
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            I recommend looking into Windows hello for business to reduce the usage of passwords in the first place. It’s so much nicer to use your fingerprint, face, or even a PIN.

            • @rekorse
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              I would never consider fingerprints or face scans to be secure even for personal devices. I guess if theres literally nothing to protect, if thats possible.

              • @[email protected]
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                Passwords can in most scenarios be considered to be even less secure.

                Remember that you aren’t replacing 64 character passwords with fingerprints. You are replacing 8 character shit passwords with fingerprints.

                Also pretty much everyone in IT security agrees that passwordless is the way to go.

                Passwords REALLY fucking sucks for so many reasons.

                • @rekorse
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                  I do understand the point that the biometrics are replacing very short pins usually, oftentimes 4 digits only but I dont quite see how that makes the passcodes worse than the biometrics.

                  I’d say even a 6 digit passcode with a randomized number pad, alongside an emergency wipe pin, would do better than biometrics, which also need to have a passcode setup as backup anyhow.

                  Maybe you could play out a few scenarios that illustrate your point?

        • 𝕸𝖔𝖘𝖘
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          Our company policy is not to disable it. I tried getting it approved a year or so ago : /

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    Took my freshly re-cobbled together computer to local computer guy after an upgrade with hand-me-down parts. He asked what was wrong and I said there was an alarm for the CPU fan, and that I’d torn the case open and hooked a second fan into the CPU fan connection and it also didn’t work, and the I plugged the CPU fan into a different connection and got it working, so by elimination I was pretty sure the fans were good and the connection in the motherboard was bad.

    He seemed mildly amused/impressed by my spiel. I’m not really a computer person, but swapping out parts to narrow down the source of the problem seemed logically basic.

    I ended up chilling with him while he worked on things. He found WinZip on my desktop and let out a “whoa retro.” which hurt me deeply.

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      I’m not really a computer person

      Yes, you are.

      seemed logically basic

      See. You are.

        • @marcos
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          Yes, retro.

          Did it display the payment nag screen ironically or seriously?

          • @[email protected]
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            You thinking of WinRAR? I always assumed that was for enterprise use and they knew everyone was content to be nagged.

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              That’s exactly what it’s for. If you use it commercially without paying winrar will come for you, but as a personal use case it’s just ad ware. You get the product, and deal with their ad every boot. You could pay for it, but it probably the least annoying ad on the internet right now.

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                I’ve thought about it, because I almost feel a little guilty. I’ve used WinRAR for a decent chunk of my life, across a multitude of systems.

                I still haven’t, but I think about it sometimes when I see the window.

              • @marcos
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                Did they ever come for anybody though?

                Enterprises are very averse to risks, and it’s very cheap, so it’s a non-brainier. But I’m not sure there’s any actual enforcement there.

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                  I remember hearing that they have gone for companies before, but that was a while ago and, ya know, just something I read that may or may not be particularly accurate.

    • @[email protected]
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      If you are messing around the inside of a desktop pc, you are already more of a computer person than the average person.

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    303 days ago

    I work in our service department myself (not as support tech though), but obviously, all tickets are supposed to go through 1st level. I don’t wanna be the dick skipping queue, so I did then one time I had an issue.

    There’s a unique feeling of satisfaction to submitting a ticket with basically all the 1st level troubleshooting in the notes, allowing the tech to immediately escalate it to a 2nd level team. One quick call, one check I didn’t know about, already prepared the escalation notes while it ran. Never have I heard our support sound so cheerful.

    • Sabata
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      193 days ago

      Still riding the high of RMAing my Index. Included all the steps I did and the reply was essentially, “Thanks for troubleshooting, confirm your address and we’ll ship your replacement.”

    • @Xanis
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      53 days ago

      My favorite little story was while working short-term at a company. Had some issues, did my normal troubleshooting steps and Google searches, identified what I felt the issue was and knew I wouldn’t have enough access to fix it. Reached out and got a response “Blah blah blaaah schedule blah blah Remote-In.”

      Later on he sent me a message and remotes into my computer. I take control quick, open up notepad, and type out “Hi!”

      To this day I swear that little show earned me more difficult fake phishing attempts. Which I mention because he specifically told me one day he had experience in the information security sector. Lo’ and behold!

    • @Olhonestjim
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      13 days ago

      One should never skip dicks in the queue. It’s rude and they’ve been waiting.

      • @Ziglin
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        13 days ago

        If someone sends a bug report with minimal effort and expects me to fix I’ll skip their report unless I have nothing better to do.