Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Little IT Fun

If you do, or have ever done very much IT work, it seems that you accumulate a certain number of requests for free computer support work.

Most of the time, I don't mind doing a little bit of this for friends and family.  But there always seems to be the one that decides you are their free IT support for life.

Sometimes it is tempting to have a little fun in the process of providing this IT work.   Here are some suggestions you can use to liven things up a bit.


  1. Someone calls you and tells you that they cannot get on the Internet.  Just tell them the Internet is currently full and they will need to wait a day or too until they free up some space.
  2. Some video cards support rotation by using the key combination Ctrl +Alt + Directional Arrows.  You can flip the screen left, right or upside down.  Try flipping an unsuspecting person's screen upside down.  Then, when they call you to fix it, say something like, "Wow, that is unusual.  All your data is upside down."
  3. Someone calls you and says that they think someone is trying to hack into their computer.  Tell them to hold a minute while you check it out.  Come back on the line and say, "You're right.  I just looked at your house on Google Earth and there were some guys in black ninja suits in the yard." (Don't do this with someone who is really paranoid.)
  4. Someone calls you and asks if you can hack into their boyfriend's, girlfriend's, wife's or husband's email account so they can see what they are up to.  Tell them you can, but there is an extra fee for that.  When they ask, "How much."  Tell them one million dollars to cover your legal fees and lost income while you are in prison.

I am sure you creative IT folks out there can some up with some more.

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