Message from C, C++ talks
I'm the IT tech at a private university. I got called to an "emergency" in a teaching room. I arrived to find an IT lecturer standing in front of a blank screen, head in hands, dancing around in a blind panic.
"The computer's broken! No picture, no nothing! HELP! My class is waiting!"
So, I took a look inside the console. PC is switched off. I pushed the button, the computer started to boot - and the huge screen of the lecture theatre lit up with the Windows logo. I looked up at the terrified teacher with sweat rolling down his face, then I looked at the class of fifty students watching expectantly and I made a choice.
I reached into the back of the console and pulled the power cable out. The screen went blue. I unlocked the console, pulled out the computer, opened it up, did some useless poking around, disconnected and reconnected a few things, put it back, announced to the class that there had been a hardware problem, and booted it up again.
As I left, I whispered in the teacher's ear "The computer was off. You owe me big time." and walked out. The next day a crate of beer arrived for me at reception.