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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:41 AM
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Wouldn't want the poor dears confusing "IT guy" with "it girl" would we? One is reputed to be "unattractive, and antisocial, but blessed with a brain the size of a planet" the other " a blonde socialite with a brain the size of a pea and a funny name cursed upon her by her billionaire baby boomer parents"...
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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:49 AM
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I don't like to call myself an "IT guy" because I am in denial about being a geek. That and I actually have no idea about how computers, printers, routers etc work. No clue at all.

I tell people "I work with reporting systems, typically used by finance departments of various companies". Don't know why, but it seems to stimulate further conversation much more than "I'm in IT".



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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:52 AM
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It is true about sticks and stones etc etc. However I have always found that the title "IT guy" is somehow used to diminish the status and importance of the support people by those who "just use" computers and associated software.
I never allow anyone to label me the IT guy (call it pride, call it conceit or call it career protection) - but I always take time to defend and support the "IT guys" that I work with from the connotations applied by this label - even the painfully nerdy ones lacking the most rudimentary social skills
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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:58 AM
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yes definitely not IT guy
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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:27 AM
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Who cares, just as long as you enjoy what you do and the paycheck arrives.
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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:10 AM
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I agree that it is a grammatical problem. You can’t “be” an IT or a cable like you can "be" a doctor or lawyer, but you can be a person who works with IT or with cable. So you are the cable or IT person (guy).

And the IT industry comes with many specialized areas as does medicine (podiatrist, internist, gastroenterologist, cardiologist, etc.) and law (divorce law, corporate law, patent law, criminal law, etc.). We generalize people in those professions as doctors and lawyers even though a person in one specialty may not have the slightest clue how to go about doing what another specialist does.

If you aren’t actually involved in the industry, the technical nuances that may be defined by titles can be meaningless.

When I was in 1st grade in the very early 70’s, my class did a project where we assembled a notebook of our father’s jobs. Each of us received a mimeograph sheet (do you remember these old purple smelly things?) to write where our dad worked, what he did, and to draw a related picture. I had done my due diligence and asked my dad the night before what he did for work. He told me he was a “Systems Analyst”, and he worked for a company that made special tools for the automotive industry. What meaning and interest is that going to have to a 1st grader in the early 70’s?

When it came time to write / draw our stuff, I couldn’t even remember what my dad had said, so I looked for something interesting but not obvious (that could obviously be proven wrong). I wrote, “My dad works at […]. He makes balloons.”

Even a 1st grader can understand what that means!
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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:45 AM


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Todd: dude that cracks me up :D

I once did confuse "IT girl" with "it girl", damn I was naive, when I was younger, but thats a whole other story NSFW. ;)

IT trouble shooter tends to be the work I do, I tend not tell people my profession at first an then tell them I fix websites - this usually changes the conversation to something more mundane as those not in the industry fear such things. :P

Major B: you are always so funny - you and Phil Factor should do stand up together at the next DB conference/Pass Summit. :D




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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:51 AM


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Um, thanks, Shaun

I'll admit I try to keep my posts as lighthearted as possible, but I never really thought of them as funny as such. Pleased to have added a smile or two to your day.


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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:58 AM


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majorbloodnock (6/26/2008)
Um, thanks, Shaun

I'll admit I try to keep my posts as lighthearted as possible, but I never really thought of them as funny as such. Pleased to have added a smile or two to your day.


I was not intending to play down what you say, its always good advice with a dry humour slant to it.

I personally find it amusing in an ironic way.

Its like Dilbert (Scott Adams) - people its not comedy, its tragedy - because its all true happening somewhere in the world today and you have to laugh or else you'd cry. :D


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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:05 AM


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Shaun McGuile (6/26/2008)
[quote]I was not intending to play down what you say.....

I didn't even see your comment could be taken that way, so no worries.


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