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Read error. Does not compute... 
10th-Jun-2010 08:16 am
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Have you ever had a co-worker who's so technologically impaired they think you're a God when you figure out how to get the thingy on the thingy to thing in that program they're trying to use, like they wanted to but were too terrified to attempt (which you accomplished by randomly clicking until you got the right 'thingy' button.) Has it happened that because of this previously demonstrated superiority they then think you're Master of the Computers?

Not knowing how computers work not only means they think you're some kind of technowizard, it also means they have no idea that it's perfectly possible to be intuitive and experienced with one aspect of ICT (discovering how to install software/finding out how to get the thingy on the thingy to thing), but to have not even an inkling of a suspicion how to do a whole range of other things with computers (involving the hardware, or network related.) And they ask of you increasingly demanding requests, not understanding when you say, 'I honestly have no idea how to do that.'

"But the thingy, with the thingy, and the thing! You did that!"

"I guessed. I'm good at guessing. But I fear, if I guess this, the consequences may be dire."

The disappointment is palpable. You are no longer God-like. Hell, you're worse than they are, because you've been pretending you're a technowizard, when really you're a technodizzard (regardless of the fact the hero-worship was nice, but you've never actually said you're any good, they just assumed, and assumption is all well and good until someone loses an I for information.)

If this hasn't happened to you, take it from me, it's a pain. A journey from aggrandizement to bitterness to inadequacy. Try as you may, you can't explain. The co-worker does not get it, regardless of your sports metaphors, interpretive dance, and especially your powerpoint presentation. And you are left feeling like a villain who's no longer chillin', because the sick part of your brain who tells you that you're not reaching your personal best suggests you should, 'ooooh, find out how to [hardware/network], and maybe they'll love you again!'

And the cycle continues. Because once you've done this, there's always that.
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9th-Jun-2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
I just have to say that this is so funny. It should go into a book. A book that I would buy, and read, and love so much.

So now that you've written this...you can write more, right? :D
12th-Jun-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Thanks so much :)
12th-Jun-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
YES! Me too :D
10th-Jun-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
I don't have any co-workers like this, but being a librarian I have to deal with readers like this All. The. Time. There are some seriously computer illiterate people out there (and all of them seem to stumble my way when I'm doing a reading room shift %-).

And then there are the readers who expect me to perform technological miracles for them, while I painfully explain that I'm really not qualified to configure their laptops for them.
12th-Jun-2010 03:28 am (UTC)
♥ You poor thing. At least I know my co-workers.
10th-Jun-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I definitely have coworkers like this and I too do the 'click/fake it till you make it' approach. "Let's see what happens if I do this..." is always the approach I take. I know enough to not wipe out the hard drive (and yes I used to do programming but that was when the dinosaurs, or at least mainframes that were as large as the same, roamed the earth) but seriously, I have issues getting the html here right. For some strange reason though, even if I admit to my technique, the coworkers still think I'm a god. *shakes head* And honestly, I want to shed that mantle.
12th-Jun-2010 03:30 am (UTC)
It's a difficult mantle to have, for sure. Baaah!
10th-Jun-2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh yes, this is incredibly familiar ... It's the sense of resentment when you say "I can't" and you stick to it - they take it as a personal insult and they don't want to listen to explanations (or perhaps they just don't understand them). But when that happens, they have stopped seeing you as an individual and started seeing you as a resource and that's definitely a place you don't want to be because it isn't healthy for either of you. Stepping away is absolutely the right thing to do!
12th-Jun-2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Yes, the resentment and utter confusion.

(I technically *am* a resource to this individual, he's my boss. :D)
10th-Jun-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Oh dear, funniest dilemma of the day. *snickers*
12th-Jun-2010 03:31 am (UTC)
For you! :p :D
10th-Jun-2010 06:52 am (UTC)
Been there, done that. I went from the software business to the theater business. Running a virus check made me a techno god.
12th-Jun-2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, virus check was one of the things that made me look Godlike too.
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