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Fax Machine - IT?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by fsimeta, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. fsimeta

    fsimeta Nibble Poster

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    I know this has been done for franking machines :)

    But why do people think we know how to fix the phone network as well as "the" network?

    And where do Fax Machines fit into this?

    "Ere, can you fix this lightbulb?"

    "No, I'm an IT Professional"

    "What? You can't fix it??" (add whine)

    Are those things really IT issues? :)
     
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  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    I see where you're coming from mate. Every day in my job I get asked to fix random stuff. Some of this randomness is actually quite interesting though and gives you more strings to your bow, so to speak.

    For instance I often get asked to change lightbulbs (wtf?!) and although that's crappy... learning about how the phone system works is very interesting to me.

    Similar logic is required for both computers and phone systems.

    It shouldn't hurt you to find out some of these things - knowledge is power etc etc (just think if a future employer had such a system which you knew how to administer. That would make you far more attractive to them)

    My two cents.

    Qs
     
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  3. fsimeta

    fsimeta Nibble Poster

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    Good points, I think I did mean it semi-humorous/serious. But it just makes me laugh when we get called up to do these tasks.

    "Hang on, I've got my hands tied with 5 Cat6 cables and a wobbly server, I'll get right on it!"

    :biggrin
     
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  4. TimoftheC

    TimoftheC Kilobyte Poster

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    Yep, fax machine is an IT issue as are lightbulbs, after all, they all have electricity flowing through them and we all know that PCs use the same electricity :biggrin

    I currently have an order for a fluorescent tube outstanding as I was recently asked to look at that. I have also fixed carpet rods, even though they don't have electricity running through them (normally) and showed the boss how to use his mobile phone we he got a new one :dry

    I see it as a compliment personally - people come and ask me to sort out problems because they trust me to do it right the first time. On top of that, my normal job bores the living crap out of me so ANY distraction is welcome :)
     
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  5. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Hello and welcome to Cert Forums!! :) :p
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Hey we get ask to check out power trips, organise installation/move of power sockets, etc which would come under estates, same thing goes for fax machines, franking machines and the list goes on... Welcome to the IT world...

    But at our place the telephone system does come under IT - thanks to my predecessor... :dry

    -ken
     
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  7. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Hmmm :dry phone system is IT here as is anything with a plug on it.
     
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  8. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Phone system is 'sort of IT', and even more so when/if you move to VoIP. As Qs said, I reckon you get involved, learn about it, and that way it's another string to your bow.
     
  9. BrizoH

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    Anywhere I've worked phones, faxes and copiers have came under IT - although I draw the line at sorting out paper jams and replacing toner cartridges
     
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  10. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Heh, some of us don't have that luxury. Toner is a real pain - it seems to go everywhere.
     
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  11. demarrer

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    These things make me smile thats all.

    I agree with Q's, that the phone system is really important to know about. But faxes and franking machines the only on tip I can think of if you dont what to handle them is to ask your admin department to look after these things!

    p.s

    the best one I have had is, "the lift is not working, do you know anything about it or able do something to fix it?"
     
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  12. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Haha, I've had that happen to me too! *sigh* lol :):)

    Funnily enough we've managed to push our franking machine on our admin department too.
     
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  13. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    WD40 was the last thing we were asked for the other day :ohmy

    What was the fax issue by the way? (have fixed a few in-terms of the DSL filters and patch-panels etc recently).
     
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  14. UKDarkstar
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    Having had another fruitless session at the local Jobcentre today I was aghast to see under the IT jobs they were listing one for a kitchen fitter !

    Anyone got that on their job description ?!
     
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  15. wizard

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    I had to look after our phone system as well. As soon as the phones stopped working, they would be coming round to my desk asking me what was wrong, sometimes that was when I'd only just got in and still had my coat on :D
     
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  16. Bluerinse
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    A group 3 fax machine is a basic scanner, CPU, memory and a modem. It transmits data over the telephone system. If that isn't IT (Information Technology), i'd like to know what is. :rolleyes:
     
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