Category: Geeks Rule


Here We Pokémon Go Again, Part 2

| Brisbane, QLD, Australia | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Technology

(I work in the IT department of a university. Pokémon Go has just been released, and we are discussing the potential it could have for overloading the computer network when semester starts.)

Colleague: “It seems that one of the buildings on campus is a Pokémon Gym. We’re going to have all sorts of congestion.”

Me: “I noticed quite a few Pokéstops around the campus on my way in, too.”

(At this point, I have to explain to Colleague #2 what a Pokéstop is. For those who don’t play Pokémon Go, Pokéstops are locations where you can get items like Pokeballs, potions, etc. to help in the game. As I finish, my manager comes up.)

Manager: “What’s going on here?”

Colleague: “We may be getting some wi-fi traffic from this Pokémon Go game.”

(We explain what we’ve discussed.)

Manager: “Well, what would you recommend?”

Colleague: “If it becomes an issue, we could identify which ports Pokémon Go uses and block them in the firewall.”

(My manager gets a bit of an evil grin.)

Manager: “A different kind of Pokéstop.”

(Turned out, my manager’s son had downloaded it and been playing it over the weekend.)



Here We Pokémon Go Again


Here We Pokémon Go Again

| CT, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule

(My boyfriend and I work in different departments of the same place. On a night we are both closing, I finish my closing tasks before he does, so I go to sit and wait for him. I open up the new Pokémon Go game and see something.)

Me: “Babe! There’s a Squirtle outside! I’m gonna go walk around the building to see if I can find it!”

Boyfriend: “Here, I don’t have one yet. Take my phone, too!”

(Our manager couldn’t stop laughing at us.)


Staff Integration

| Singapore | Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Technology

(I am texting my counterpart . As I couldn’t get some information from the system that we use, my counterpart advised me to ask his colleague. Note: The system has a help desk but mostly we would just email one another for help.)

Me: “So I need to get some information from [System] but it isn’t available.”

Counterpart: “Better ask [Colleague].”

Me: “So can I email or do I need to use [Help Desk]?”

Counterpart: “Use [Help Desk]. [Colleague] is integrated into the system like The Matrix.”

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