VISA - It's just everywhere! Trying to buy something on-line, I suppose. No wonder it didn't work - note the card hasn't even been activated yet.
From 1994 to 2002 Rod Shelley worked as a PC technician at a major computer retail store in the US. After seeing all kinds of wacky, operator-induced computer issues, Shelley decided to start documenting them. He wanted to inject a little humor into the often-frustrating world of technology and hopefully educate a few of the technically clueless along the way.
In 2000, Rod published his collection of humorous photos online under the title "Stupid Computer Tricks". In 2002, his gallery turned into an overnight success. Unfortunately, due to bandwidth concerns and a series of hosting problems, Shelley was forced to take the gallery down.
Lucky for us, Rod has graciously allowed TechRepublic to republish his photos. I've added titles to most of the photos, but the captions come straight from Rod. You can learn more about Rod and read his musings about photography, technology, and computer repair on his Web site--Rod's Lair.
Note: TechRepublic first published this photo gallery on April 24, 2008.
This poor sap couldn't figure out how to unplug the telephone line from his modem. Solution? Just yank out the whole connector block. Then, get a shock when the service center won't cover the modem under warranty!
Antistatic bags? We don't need no stinking antistatic bags!
This motherboard was mailed to our service center in this nice box--wrapped in a plastic bag and cushioned by static-generating foam! The letter asked us to check the board for problems. If it didn't have any problems before, I'm sure it does now!
Uh, sorry, guy. This is NOT the right slot for this casino token! My service manager was watching over my shoulder as I removed this rattling floppy drive from an ailing computer. I shook the drive, and this token fell out. the manager just walked away shaking his head.
This person really, really, really likes AOL. Really. What they lack in knowledge, they make up for with persistance. Also, note the colorful status bar at the bottom of this screen shot (yes, I know it doesn't hurt anything, but it just looks funny!).
Yet more floppy torture. This is almost understandable, but still, there's a reason floppy disks look the way they do, and CDs look the way they do. Duh! That little indentation on the CD drive tray really isn't for holding your coffee! It's for those 3-inch mini-CDs! Roo-Hoo, Scooby-Doo!
This one came in for "Operating system not found." Please note the two blue sockets on the motherboard at bottom center. Note that these are the IDE controller sockets. Note the black socket next to them. That is the floppy drive cable socket. Note that there are no cables in ANY of them! Note the IDE cable going from the hard drive to the CD ROM drive - and nowhere else!
This is one of those half-size cases. Wanting an add-on (full-size) sound card, this ingenious owner decided to do a little "modification" on the case. Still can't use the game port, though! Try ARC-welding it next time.
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