Feeds

Non-techies: The cute things they say

'OK, smartass, the firewall is blocking the proxy server.'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Reader's corner

Cthulhu jumping out of a printer

Vociferous Time Waster recounts some conversations with non-techie colleagues he has had in the last year over at El Reg Forums.

The server is down

"The server is down."

"Which one, we have hundreds."

"I don't know, I'm not in IT."

"Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the servers is down."

OK, smartass

"The firewall is blocking some JavaScript."

"Are you sure the words you are looking for aren't perhaps 'proxy server'."

"OK, smartass, the firewall is blocking the proxy server."

This damned firewall

"The firewall between my PC and the server is blocking my traffic."

"There isn't a firewall between your PC and the server."

"The network must be down then."

"Unlikely."

User had locked their account by typing their password wrong.

I don't have the actual error number

"Service is down, everything is running slow."

"Surely it can only be one or the other."

"It's a network problem, the user is getting a 404 error."

"So they are receiving an error back from the server to say that the server cannot find the page in the URI? Doesn't that imply that the network connection to the server is working perfectly?"

"I don't have the actual error number."

"Right, so we're just making things up now?"

Bootnote

Readers, fire up those synapses and get this thread juiced up. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams
If you really love taking tests with Prometric, do 'em before Christmas
Symantec security chap signs for CSIRO's ICT In Schools
Vulture South is closing in on our goal of 20 new recruits to help teachers and kids
A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...
Uni-ditching teens are COMING FOR YOUR JOBS
How to promote CSIRO's ICT in Schools in your community
Vulture South is closing in on its target to find volunteers to help teach tech in schools
Everyone's an IoT expert but now there's a certificate to prove it
Cisco creates Certification of Things for industrial sensor-footlers
Facebook wants Linux networking as good as FreeBSD
Help The Social NetworkTM make the kernel better
LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers
US Dept of Labor: It violated Fair Labor Standards Act
NICTA man explains why he volunteers for CSIRO's ICT in Schools
'I feel fantastic after the sessions - It's the best part of my job' says volunteer
The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD
Live on Earth? Want to be a Vulture? Enquire within
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.