[rescue] Perverse Question

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Sun Jun 15 20:47:12 CDT 2003

On Sun, 15 Jun 2003, KRM wrote:

> We had a new girl start at work last week.  Once she was informed that i
> was in the IT dept. she naturally started asking me about her home Win32
> PC issues, and i went into my, quick and to the point, speech stating
> that i don't use Windows and couldn't really give an opinion on her
> issues one way or another.  She then asked, "What else is there?  Do you
> use DOS?".  I certainly don't expect your average person to be aware of
> all the esoteric options available to the geeks of the world, but i
> would have at least expected her to assume OSX or MacOS.  Microsoft
> knows how to lead their sheep.

I give a disclaimer before giving advice on post-P2 PC stuff, as well as
before giving advice on non-work-related stuff, but at least I know the
"competition" well enough to make recommendations on it.

But it's been a while since I worked somewhere big enough that anyone in
IT could get hired on without at least a fractional applied clue on ia32
hardware. I think in today's IT world, it's just as bad to not be
marginally competent with ia32 than to not be marginally competent with
anything else.


Robert Novak - rnovak at indyramp.com

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