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Old 18th May 2019, 12:46 PM   #921
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Still remember the company song? Yes, really!
I remember "Compaq People".
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Old 18th May 2019, 12:51 PM   #922
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
It's been a really long week. I've been resetting passwords in my sleep.

https://i.imgur.com/ObXfxc5.jpg
Yeah, I remember recovering and reinstalling Exchange in my dreams too.
I woke up screaming and had some difficult explaining to do.

Though (on a slightly more serious note) I once spent three hours on the phone walking someone though the installation of Cisco Works, SNMPc, AND and MRTG, plus linking them together with scripts, that (due to significant intake of valium and codeine) I have no recollection of.
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Old 21st May 2019, 06:30 PM   #923
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I had another one today where all I did was remote assist the computer and start fiddling with things until the caller said "That's it! You fixed it!"

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Old 21st May 2019, 07:18 PM   #924
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
I had another one today where all I did was remote assist the computer and start fiddling with things until the caller said "That's it! You fixed it!"

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What third-party app did they secretly install that you had to uninstall to make it work?
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Old 21st May 2019, 07:47 PM   #925
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
What third-party app did they secretly install that you had to uninstall to make it work?
No, it was view settings in Outlook which weren't the way they were used to. I mucked around with the settings and for some reason while I was mucking, the view reset itself back to the default.
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Old 21st May 2019, 07:57 PM   #926
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
No, it was view settings in Outlook which weren't the way they were used to. I mucked around with the settings and for some reason while I was mucking, the view reset itself back to the default.
...there's a View Reset button on the View ribbon...
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Old 21st May 2019, 08:01 PM   #927
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
...there's a View Reset button on the View ribbon...
Yeah, I know. That didn't work. Only changing to Preview view and then back to Calendar view worked. It was a bit weird actually.
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Old 21st May 2019, 09:23 PM   #928
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Yeah, I know. That didn't work. Only changing to Preview view and then back to Calendar view worked. It was a bit weird actually.
Hmmm... That sounds like someone dicking about with their Calendar view and then being unable (or forgetting) to reset it.
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Old 21st May 2019, 09:36 PM   #929
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Hmmm... That sounds like someone dicking about with their Calendar view and then being unable (or forgetting) to reset it.
It would, except that the actual problem was that the right sidebar was displaying, but it had no content. Where the To-Do Bar would normally be was a blank white space. And it had done that since the user had a Profile reset. It wasn't just user error.
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Old 21st May 2019, 09:41 PM   #930
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It would, except that the actual problem was that the right sidebar was displaying, but it had no content. Where the To-Do Bar would normally be was a blank white space. And it had done that since the user had a Profile reset. It wasn't just user error.
Yep, that's weird. Changing the To Do selection didn't help?
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Old 21st May 2019, 09:44 PM   #931
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Yep, that's weird. Changing the To Do selection didn't help?
Nope. Didn't even get the little x to close the panel.
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Old Yesterday, 09:33 AM   #932
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I had another one today where all I did was remote assist the computer and start fiddling with things until the caller said "That's it! You fixed it!"

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I walked to an office where the 'top of the windows' weren't showing. And yes that was true off all the Windows.
So I went to display settings, changed the resolution and then let it revert back.
It worked!

I have not a clue as why.
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I walked to an office where the 'top of the windows' weren't showing. And yes that was true off all the Windows.
So I went to display settings, changed the resolution and then let it revert back.
It worked!

I have not a clue as why.
I had a user with a laptop connected to an external monitor. Once in a while when he connected the monitor the windows desktop didn't fit correctly on the monitor, the top and sides were cut off. I never did find a problem in windows, but found out that if I powered cycled the monitor (not the laptop), it would come back up and during the auto-search for a video signal it would fix itself.
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Computers are supposed to be these predictable machines that do only what people tell them to do and nothing else. That was true in the 50s but today the things that people tell them to do are so complex that they are chaotic, and computers can and do sometimes behave unpredictably. That's why the 10% improvisation will always be a part of any computer support, and why it's a position that will probably not be taken over by artificial intelligence.
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The complete text and context of a trouble call I just received: Spelling, grammar, and punctuation left as it was.

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