[ILUG] OT: Of Tesco Trolleys and Linux (was: anti-spam thing...)
airlied at csn.ul.ie
Mon Jan 7 11:01:32 GMT 2002
reminds me of when some ULers wrote an app to "mind their PC", with a big
on screen this PC is being used for Network testing by ITD (the UL IT
even the lab supervisors who worked for said department believed it ...
On Mon, 7 Jan 2002, John P. Looney wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 06, 2002 at 10:55:22PM -0000, Matthew French mentioned:
> > This example reminds me of one of my early lessons in IT humility: a long
> > long time ago, I was doing tech support for a University and we had this one
> > machine with two 5.25 floppy drives. For some reason people kept on putting
> > their floppies between the drives, instead of into the top one.
> Someone that didn't like effort would have solved this with some duck
> When I was in DCU, we had a lab full of (illegal) Linux machines, with
> one of them setup as a server (it did NFS & NIS). So, seeing as ten or
> twenty people could be using linux at any one time, it was important to
> make sure that people didn't sit down at the linux server, see a "login: "
> prompt, and get confused, and try and reboot it. (Most machines ran DOS 6
> back then).
> So, we put a little sign on the keyboard saying "Linux server, used for
> projects. Do not use, do not reboot". That stopped about 20% of people.
> The other 80% when for "ctrl-alt-reboot". So, we took away the keyboard.
> This worked for about 25% of people. The other 45% of people reached for
> the power switch, before looking for the keyboard. So, we removed the
> monitor also. All that was left was the pc (bolted to the bench) and the
> sign. This worked on nearly everyone. But there were still people that
> would come up, power off & on the machine, sit down, and then realise that
> there wasn't a keyboard/monitor, just before they were set upon by ten
> geeks that just lost some project work.
> Moral of the story; the forces of expectation are stronger than people's
> forces of observation.
David Airlie, Software Engineer
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