Category: Technology


Here We Pokémon Go Again, Part 3

| Seattle, WA, USA | Coworkers, Technology, Time

(This is soon after Pokémon Go comes out and a lot of my coworkers are into playing it. There’s a Pokéstop that can be accessed from inside the building. I’m off work; my coworker is not. We’re both by the Pokéstop catching Pokémon.)

Coworker: “Ha! I caught it! Now time to take my break.”

Me: “Didn’t you just take your break?”

Coworker: “Shh!”

Here We Pokémon Go Again
Here We Pokémon Go Again, Part 2


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


Doesn’t Have The Power To Break Script

| NJ, USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive, Technology

(I am on a chat window with my cable provider because my parrots chewed through the power cable on my cable box, so my cable box has no power. I am asking if I can replace it with them, or where to purchase a new one.)

Me: *gives serial number for cable box* “Can I purchase a new AC cable for this model? Mine is cut in half from my birds so my cable box won’t turn on.”

Customer Service: “I see the problem; does your cable box have a power button on the front?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer Service: “Try pushing the power button on the front of the box. Has this solved your problem?”

Me: “No…”

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