Smile Post: Dispatch from the Dark Ages
Certification Magazine — Aug. 22
Welcome to the latest installment of Smile Post, where we occasionally take a stab at making you laugh. According to legend, pioneering computer scientist Nathaniel Borenstein once told a roomful of software engineering students that they could expect to play a special role in the future of humankind. Borenstein said, “The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That’s where we come in. We’re computer professionals. We cause accidents.”
If you can’t laugh about what you do, then stop being such a puritanical stick in the mud, right? Variety is the spice of life, but humor is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.
“So, is the power light on?”
It’s a vital, often thankless role: Be the guy who helps everyone else fathom the mysteries of technology. Everything from “Is it bad when my computer screen goes blue?” to “How come Outlook is still replying to e-mails with my out-of-office message? I’ve been back for three days now.”
From the “If You Haven’t Seen It Then It’s New To You” file, we present Norwegian humorist Øystein Bache in a lighthearted, um, historical reenactment from his TV comedy show Øystein og meg on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). It’s a relatably goofy bit which reminds us that tech support has always been an important profession.
You can also watch on YouTube.