January 3rd, 2006


If your Intel dealer retires, should you say “Goodbye Mr. Chips”?

These came up in a conversation I was having with a friend the other day. We were talking about working with one’s IT department to solve computer problems, and specifically about people who call IT help lines with questions and problems that betray their lack of knowledge (and sometimes their lack of common sense, it must be said). She had heard the following terms from an IT buddy of hers. These are terms that some IT technicians actually use among themselves. Maybe you already know them, but they were new to me.
First we have the PICNIC error. This stands for Problem In Chair, Not In Computer.
The second would be pronounced as an “ID ten T” error, written as ID.10.T. I really like that one.
If anyone out there knows of any additional examples of this genre, I’d love to hear them!
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Of course, pride goeth before the fall, and I fully expect that some help desk person will at some point refer to yours truly by using such terminology, if they haven’t already!
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