Have you tried turning it off and on again?

This blog is about IT. What does it stand for?

I know what IT stands for (Information Technology) but I only know this because I’m lucky enough to know some IT guys. No, I don’t really KNOW know them which is why I’m writing this blog.

They’re awesome people, and I say this with zero sarcasm, I truly mean it. My father is an IT guy, for instance. I have friends who are IT guys (or gals) but the topic is just one that eludes me and it’s got to be more simple than I can see.

On the outside, they’re aloof, they’re elusive, with faces of stone-solid composure and impeccable manners. Inside, they are a world of information, scrolling through words of which I’ll understand very little in my lifetime, speaking and thinking in binary and confusing the rest of the world with their latent ability to create things on a computer we didn’t even know a computer could do.

It’s amazing. What fascinates me the most is the fact that as elusive as they are, with that composure and emanating “introvert” and “shyness” they really are no such thing. The right topic just needs to come up. When the topic hits computers, I don’t think I’ve seen a more extrovert person in my entire life. Of course, I don’t understand a damn thing they’re saying, but honestly that doesn’t seem to matter to them.

Introduce an actual computer into the conversation, or allow them access to yours, they will actually… giggle.
The above picture symbolizes the average person’s ability to make their computer do what they want it to do. An IT guy doesn’t need a gun, coercion, or inhuman frustration- they type in a few things and…
Well not always is it magic, there can and sometimes will be a few curse words involved, but eventually the computer just somehow… works.
I often believe that computers were invented to make our lives more frustrating and to increase the suicide rate within our society. But not, and I repeat, NOT if you have an IT guy around. As long as you don’t try having a conversation with them about anything NOT regarding computers, they’re fantastically open people.
Things they may say might include:
<P>
  <ABBR title="World Wide Web">WWW</ABBR>
  <ABBR lang="fr"
        title="Soci&eacute;t&eacute; Nationale des Chemins de Fer">
     SNCF
  </ABBR>
  <ABBR lang="es" title="Do&ntilde;a">Do&ntilde;a</ABBR>
  <ABBR title="Abbreviation">abbr.</ABBR>

So a gentle reminder that you only speak layman's terms may be
necessary in order to continue a conversation, but as long as 
you're catching on to at least 30% of what they say, 
they're ok with it.



See, I can't even figure out how to get my text 
back to normal after copying and pasting the above 
HTML for effect. It's stuck in HTML mode. I need an IT guy.

For those who are IT and reading this, here's kind 
of an idea why your audience tends to blank out 
when you speak:

This is what I hear and what I see, and I am somewhat 
technologically literate. (As this post does NOT prove.)



Or perhaps this:



And the more you talk, 
the more I see you as this:



So don't be offended if I suddenly start looking a 
bit euphoric and find me smiling and nodding. 
I do follow along with some of what you say, 
but I am visually and language minded so it is 
simply that I am attempting to turn what you say into 
pictures and a new language in my mind... 
and it isn't working. 

So in essence, I AM feeling a bit
euphoric because suddenly I'm thrown into 
this world of words that have no meaning to me, 
and I'm fairly certain never will.

And don't be offended if SHOWING us 
laymens what you're talking about
on the computer isn't going to help.

Though if it helps you to know, I will complicate 
matters by admitting when
I haven't followed along enough to 
understand that essential 30%. As
a matter of fact, you know what?

Let's skip the complications.

Just show me what buttons to push.

 

By the way, you IT guys are awesome! 
Keep up the good work
doing things we will never understand to make our lives
function in a way that we'll never quite compute.

10101011000110

Stacey

(So why did the HTML stop after I hit the fake binary 1’s and 0’s??? By the way, I use the term “technologically literate” in a loose way, just so you know.)

IT people are going to scream when they read this blog.

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3 responses to “Have you tried turning it off and on again?

  1. Ha, loved this. My dad is also a computer guy, and although I’m not quite IT myself, I have become a sort of interpreter between the techies and the laypeople (and they need one). I have a friend who works with “Cloud Security”, which sounds like a made-up job if I’ve ever heard one, and have multiple friends who, given the opportunity, go off into long, rambling discussions filled with so many acronyms I’m not sure any real words are used. Great post!

    • Haha, I know exactly how you feel! I was recently the go-between when it came to real-life issues needing translated to tech-life issues and somehow, we all managed to make it through alive and productively, lol, even if I only understand a small amount of what they actually said, I knew just enough to translate. I left the meeting late, but they had a computer to play with so I can only imagine how much longer they were there! I’m glad you liked my post 🙂 Thanks!

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