Amazed at Work

dukebound85

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At how many engineers openly admit they have no idea how to set up electronic equipment, be it computers, stereos, tvs, networks, whatever

They are geniuses in what we work in but seriously I was kinda sorta amazed at how they say they call someone to do it

Is this a common thing?
 

Tomorrow

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At how many engineers openly admit they have no idea how to set up electronic equipment, be it computers, stereos, tvs, networks, whatever

They are geniuses in what we work in but seriously I was kinda sorta amazed at how they say they call someone to do it

Is this a common thing?
Yes, especially with the older (40+) crowd. Remember, we didn't grow up with computers, home theater systems, etc. And once computers started to become more prevalent in businesses (particularly tech businesses like engineering), it was the younger engineers who used them; the older ones were pretty much the ones telling them what to do with the computer, and the real dinosaur-ish ones still resist using them as much as they can.

You also have to remember that there is likely someone else in the office whose job it is to set things up, for the sake of uniformity. Also, that person knows all the little idiosyncracies of how your office's equipment works and should be set up. And likely makes less money than a senior engineer, meaning it's cheaper for him to do it than the senior guy.
 

scottness

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Yea, I once worked with a 65 year-old guy who programmed databases based on Paradox. It was a difficult working environment, to say the least. Nice guy, but didn't have a clue about a lot of things mentioned above.
 
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