Monday, 10 August 2009

Hell is a Blank Keyboard

This was last night's nightmare, folks.

I had a terrible dream last night that I started a new job (that wasn't the terrible bit but it could have been) and I had a blank keyboard. I mean, people, there were no letters or things on the keys. I decided to wing it and tried to type anyhow but I wasn't very good. I got madder at the keyboard and started pressing every bloody key combination harder and harder to no avail, faster and faster. No result!

Anyhow after very coolly making lots of mistakes and not knowing what the hell I was doing for about four hours I decided to cave in and ring tech and they said "MARIA! We've been waiting for you! Why haven't you called us earlier?"

I said, "How did you know I was going to call? By the way I've got this silly blank keyboard and it doesn't work and I don't know what keys do what ..."

They said, "Didn't you know that whenever you press one of the keys on those keyboards it automatically sends an email to tech saying "My keyboard is one of those blank ones that doesn't work, I will call you soon requesting a proper keyboard, please wait for my call?" We've been waiting all day for you to call!"

This is probably how tech at many workplaces works. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Anonymous Bosch said...

Sure - but while hammering away on the keyboard, you successfully wrote several C programs.

(Shakespeare, monkeys, etc.)

James Drax said...

Yikes! Yeah, I'd imagine a workplace would trick its employees like that just because they can.