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EPIC FAIL! Aug. 21st, 2008 03:56 pm
Just had one of the IT guys up to "fix" my broken monitor.

Which he did, by turning it on.

(Which, in my defence, is done by touching a specific part of the bezel for a specific period of time, but yeah, well, I fail at hardware; and yes, there's a tiny universal power symbol there.)

From: valkyriekaren
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 03:13 pm (Link)
"Oh, there's an on switch on the monitor?!


I hope you were suitably embarrassed.
From: wechsler
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 03:27 pm (Link)
Self-amused, at least.

To be fair there's a big rocker power switch on the back which I had worked out; it was the field-effect invisible one on the front that I'd missed.
From: souldier_blue
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 03:35 pm (Link)
So, I am eminently qualified to work at your place...
From: souldier_blue
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 03:35 pm (Link)
As in a large component of my job involves switching on monitors and making the user not feel stupid.
From: wechsler
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 04:38 pm (Link)
I thought you'd appreciate this one.
From: silenttex
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 04:15 pm (Link)
Is it one of the Apple displays? I got caught out with one of those. That switch is just where I happened to put my hand to pick the monitor up to move it. Cue user squealing about losing work, me checking for loose cables, puzzling over how it worked 'here' but not if I moved it to 'there', etc.
From: wechsler
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 04:41 pm (Link)
From: oilrig
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 05:05 pm (Link)
Ah, we're cunning like that.... ;)
From: drdoug
Date: August 21st, 2008 - 07:46 pm (Link)
Ah - I got caught out with a monster too-clever-by-half big-screen monitor that way recently too.

In my defence,

a) it was in a fraught and complex situation (it's not a good start to a high-stakes meeting to have to swiftly discern that the custom connectors attaching all the power sockets in the vicinity to the main underfloor trunking have been removed),

b) the accursed thing sported not only a standard on/off rocker on the back, but a touch-sensitive bezel - with trendy totally-smooth black glass - which you had to touch-and-hold in a special secret place before it'd deign to wake up, and

c) I did think to RTFM before bothering anyone else and sussed it. At least I only totally flustered myself and made us look like a bunch of incompetent fools in front of non-techies.