Whew, I am in Over My Head

How it’s set up here at work, there’s a main IT department that gives advice to the people with IT duties in each department.  This is pretty hilarious because I am our office’s IT person.

What’s hilarious about this, you might ask?

Yesterday, I “solved” a co-worker’s computer problem by installing Vista.

I keep asking the main IT folks if I can’t relinquish my IT status, but the answer is always no.  Apparently, once you’re in, you’re in for life, regardless of how little you actually know.

13 thoughts on “Whew, I am in Over My Head

  1. Getting out of it is simple: Aggressively screw something up. Don’t just kind of mess things up a little – think along the lines of infecting the entire campus with a worm that replaces your desktop with Barney videos. My husband took this tactic in regards to laundry. Trust me. It works.

  2. Steph did this at the paper when I was there. (I resolved to never help anyone out because people were asking her to help them open their email. accounts. She did. Me, not so much.)

    You are in for life.

  3. I keep asking the main IT folks if I can’t relinquish my IT status, but the answer is always no. Apparently, once you’re in, you’re in for life, regardless of how little you actually know.

    yep. it’s the social and technological equivalent of leprosy; once the scarlet letter is on, it’s never coming off. welcome to the siblinghood, and have you offered blood sacrifice to the gods of the machines lately?

    (it’s well known that many brands of computer equipment are ruled by bloodthirsty deities. such equipment will never work right until you’ve opened the case up and rooted around in there long enough to cut yourself on some jagged edge and bleed into the works. at that point you can pretty much slap the cover back on and plug it in, confident that it will commence working again, bloodthirst sated.

    in fairness, a lot of more modern brands seem to have less primitive deities ruling over them, and laptops in particular almost never ask for blood sacrifice. which is a good thing, because if you take one of those apart, you’re not getting it back together again without having bits mysteriously left over.)

  4. Yep. You’re in it for life. I’ve been the de facto IT person at every job I’ve ever had.

    It’s annoying as hell because you’re who they come to for every little problem. The only way to get out of it is to not help people who need help and to not fix the things that need fixing.

    This is something impossible for well-bred Midwestern women of Potluck Country. Which I think is why so many of us end up in such an awful quandary.

  5. Well, someone has to do it and I certainly don’t mind. I just find it funny, since, compared to a real IT person, I don’t know anything.

    One of our other machines is infected today and the guy’s all like “I’m going to blah blah blah at the sub something something.” and I’m all just like “Should I go unplug it from the internet?”

    And he literally could not understand what I was saying, it was so ridiculous, apparently.

  6. I’ve been the de facto IT person at every job I’ve ever had.

    My job is the only place I’m NOT the de facto IT person (probably because my office is primarily home to graphic/web designers and computer programmers). Outside of work though, I end up being (unpaid) IT guy for family, friends, and even the occasional stranger I just met.

  7. I learned while staffing a student computer lab that a sad number of people are impressed by one’s ability to “fix anything” by restarting the machine. I was like a god, even though I had no admin privileges.

  8. Here’s win-win: start installing Linux (I suggest Ubuntu) on every computer that exhibits trouble. This will likely get you out of being the IT person in record time. If it doesn’t, at least you won’t have any more viruses, malware, non-hardware-caused-crashes, users messing-up system files, etc. Caveat: I’m half-joking.

  9. Inform your departmental supervisor that you will, from here on out, be paid $75 per hour for each hour that you spend doing IT instead of the job you were hired to do.

    Thus sayeth the former de facto IT person for every job since college (30 years now!) who had to rebuild a network four times at a secretarial temp job because the boss kept opening infected attachments until I literally walked over and slapped his hands.

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