[rescue] FrameMaker FYI

Kevin kevin at mpcf.com
Fri Mar 26 08:50:24 CST 2004

I get around requests like that in several ways.

1. I tell most people who don't know me that i don't know shit
about computers and that i work in the mail room.  This fends of
most requests before they start.

2. If they are acquainted with me i tell them that i am only
knowledgeable about large UNIX type system and that i don't even
know how to turn a Windows machine on.

3. Last ditch effort, i tell them that i would be happy to
help and then i quote them a ridiculous fee, $200 - $250 per
hour.  If they take it (not often but it has happened) then i do
the work.  Usually they smile politely, say "thanks" and that
they will call and never do.

For those that question the high price, i tell them that i do not
price my services at market value but rather, i price them
based on how much i value my free time.

Mission accomplished.


On Thu, 25 Mar 2004 23:26:17 +0000 (UTC)
abuse at cabal.org.uk (Peter Corlett) wrote:
> It's starting to get quite difficult to politely deflect such
> requests. At some point, I'm not going to be able to hide my
> inner BOFH.

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