September of '96 and I'm headed off to college. Had my computer about a year, am pretty savy with the software, but have never cracked the case open. My parents end up buying this tech support contract that the school offers, one of the services being they will install your ethernet card so that you can connect to the network from the dorms.
So a couple days later the guy comes over to install my card. Goes fairly smoothly, although he has to ask me how to get the case open (first sign of trouble, it was a Packard Bell BTW). When he's done he tells me he has to give the info to the network guys so they can activate it.
Hour or so later I get a call from the network admins, saying the tech guy gave them the wrong number, and I can either have them come out again or just do it myself. It's real easy they say. Their office is a five minute walk from my room, so I go and get one of their instruction sheets which explains everything extremely well.
Turns out what they need is the NIC's MAC address. Right at the top of the page it says something to the effect of "If you get 44-45-53-54-00-00 this is NOT the right address" (it's for the PPP adapter). Of course, this is exactly what my tech support guy gave them.
Needless to say I never used their tech support again (and my parents' money went wasted :P). On the bright side, it made me think this wasn't all so tough and I proded me to start learning about PCs :)
- Cal Poly CyberHelp
sabbatical 01-21-2003 @ 09:31 AM
If you're so damn smart about it college boy, learn to spell "prodded" the right way.