10 Reasons It Doesn’t Pay To Be “The Computer Guy”

I’ve lived through so many of these things. <sigh>

The 11th reason is that if you’re sitting at the front desk doing something to the computer, anyone who walks in the door assumes you are the receptionist.

It’s funny, when I was CIO at a 550 person company and then Director of Technology at a Fortune 500 company, these things were just as true as they are today, when I’m "President and Chief Bottle Washer" at our tiny consultancy.

Just this morning I got an email from a friend asking what kind of laptop they should buy.  I dunno, how about one that works?  Would you like to purchase a CRM system to go with that laptop?

Of course, this is the nature of technology.  I’m sure mechanics of the early 20th century got a lot of the same thing regarding cars, and before then, a stableman probably got asked a lot about the best type of horse the questioner should get, but instead of hoping to be paid, they probably just hoped that the asker wasn’t going to stick them with something pointy if they didn’t give them the "right" answer…

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