This scenario was a near verbatim transcription of what happened when I came home from work on Friday. I’ll add inks and colors and update the ‘toon this evening. Enjoy!
Update: I’ve colored and inked today’s toon.
I can fully relate with what Bob is dealing with. I am the family IT guy that helps them whenever they need help with no pay. If I charged what other companies do I would have a nice nest egg, but I am too nice to charge family and friends.
Haha nice. I convinced my parents to switch to a Mac and since then I’ve been much less in demand.
I now charge family and friends a price of ‘feed me’ to do any tech support. Lot’s of good free food this way.
What immediatly came to my mind: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/computers
I can so relate to that. I even started telling folks what I charge as maybe a hope they would leave, they end up just kicking in to barter mode and will not relent until I finally just have to go over. Where I used to live it was mainly senior adults around, and saying no to them was almost impossible, made me feel like a heel if I ever did (Grandparent voodoo). This is definitely the perfect scenario in which it plays out too, just when you want some time to yourself. Thus is the curse we IT folks wear upon us.
I relate! I’m a graphic designer and a tech-nerd.. so in addition I get to set up people’s entertainment systems, give demonstrations on how to use a digital camera, design logos and tshirts for random events, and removed red eye from every picture. wee.
Ah, good thing we’re enemies with most of our neighbors here in Pune, so this doesn’t come up, not like it did back when I lived in the U.S. and was the block computer nerd…
Of course, I still have my in-laws’ computer here for a couple of weeks to try and resolve the BSODs and viruses and all that stuff so they can use it again. On the flip side, any time my wife calls her brother to fix things (door handles, toilet flushes, etc.) in our apartment he does it without complaint, so I’d better not complain too much about their computer.
Haha…I’ve had this conversation waaaay too many times, with different verbs interchanged. Being an engineer pretty much means that people can come to you at all times of the day with their tech problems.
The story of my life…