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Who is "the IT guy?"


Who is "the IT guy?"

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Ben Leighton
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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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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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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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yes definitely not IT guy
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Who cares, just as long as you enjoy what you do and the paycheck arrives.
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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!
Shaun McGuile
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Todd: dude that cracks me up BigGrin

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

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. Tongue

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

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Um, thanks, Shaun Blush

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

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. Cool

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. BigGrin

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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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