July 13, 2024
Flashback Fridays
Flashback Fridays Chapter 31. Weekly posts on Fridays called "Flashback Fridays" take a look back at the first 20 years of my blogging adventure.
Flashback Fridays Chapter 31
Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31
Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Here is Flashback Fridays Chapter 31, a weekly series of entertaining flashbacks of blog posts I’ve written over the past 20 years of blogging. It’s surreal to consider that I’ve been blogging for 20 years.

Using the Wayback Machine to select a few old posts that we believe would be interesting and humorous and post them each week in this Flashback Fridays series. So, let’s look at what was going through my mind all those years ago.

When I was younger, I was such a nerd. Please use your discretion when reading these posts because I used profanity a lot.

Let’s get to Flashback Fridays Chapter 31!

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

WP Theme Testing – Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

September 25th, 2005 by MacBros

I’ve created a WordPress Theme testing ground to test the future themes that I will be creating. Right now I’ve been studying the themes I selected from different authors, and right now my eyeballs are about to fall out from staring at the CSS files.

Once I get enough themes of my own I may buy some space on a host to place the themes on it to share. I’ve been trying to get this little project off the ground for quite a while now and I’m just starting to get the ball rolling.

It’s hard to find the time to do this, especially now that I’ll be glued to the TV with all these new great Sy-Fy TV shows coming on this season. Maybe my brother Paul would be willing to take over the HTML Tip site? He’s always glued to the computer.

Well, I’m going to call it a night, I’m a bit bug-eyed right now because I almost fracked up my main database, but thankfully it didn’t take long to go into it and find the error. When I installed WP on the other server, I forgot to change the DB Name and it went to my main WP DB and reset the ID Index. YIKES! :O

All is well….


This is basically how I learned all about CSS coding. I am all self-taught in that field. I would study other WP developers’s THemes and learn how they implemented the CSS Code in their templates. It was easier to do back then than it is to do these days.

I had big plans to create a bunch of WordPress Themes and share them with other users for free and maybe a few Premium ones to help fund the website. It didn’t happen. Life seems to get in the way of such dreams.

I believe I was still running my blog off my own server. I can remember making that same Database mistake a few times. I think I actually lost a lot of posts due to forgetting to rename DB Names. Live and let learn right?

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Mmmmmm Subway – Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

September 26th, 2005 by MacBros

It’s been a while since I had a Subway Sandwich. I headed over to the one across the road from work after I got off from work because I was too burnt out to bother to cook anything. I had the Steak and Cheese one with southwest sauce and WOW! Damn!

It was so good I wish I had picked up two of them. Just talking about it makes me wanna throw on my shoes and walk over to the place to pick up another one. But that would be in a world where I could afford to treat myself like that, and besides Surface is coming on in less than ten minutes.

Just thought I would tell the world about my dinner since I’m all out of interesting things to talk about right now.

Well, I had better get all comfy on the futon and get ready to watch Surface…


Hahaha, oh boy, let me tell you a little anecdote about my younger self. Back in the year 2005, I was blissfully unaware of the culinary calamities that awaited me in the future. You see, I had this innocent habit of ordering food for delivery, thinking it was a convenient and affordable option.

Little did I know that fast food prices would skyrocket and soon enough, a greasy burger and fries would cost me an arm and a leg! It’s like the fast food joints had some secret pact with the universe to drain my bank account, one French fry at a time.

So here I am, reminiscing about those good old days when you could feast like a king without having to sell your soul to the burger overlords. Life is full of surprises, my friend, and expensive takeout surely ranks high on that list!

The TV Show Surface was a good show and it was disappointing to see it get cancelled before it had a chance.

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Tech Support – Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

September 28th, 2005 by MacBros

Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Female customer: A white one…


Customer: Hi, this is Celine. I can’t get my diskette out.
Tech support: Have you tried pushing the button?
Customer: Yes, sure, it’s really stuck.
Tech support: That doesn’t sound good; I’ll make a note.
Customer: No .. wait a minute… I hadn’t inserted it yet… it’s still on my desk… sorry….


Tech support: Click on the ‘my computer’ icon on the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?


Tech support: Good day. How may I help you?
Male customer: Hello… I can’t print.
Tech support: Would you click on “start” for me and…
Customer: Listen pal; don’t start getting technical on me! I’m not Bill Gates, dammit!


Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can’t print. Every time I try, it says ‘Can’t find printer’. I’ve even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can’t find it…


Customer: I have problems printing in red…
Tech support: Do you have a colour printer?
Customer: Aaaah………………..thank you.


Tech support: What’s on your monitor now, ma’am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.


Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer: OK
Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes
Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in. Is there another keyboard?
Customer: Yes, there’s another one here. Ah…that one does work…


Tech support: Your password is the small letter A as in apple, a capital letter V as in Victor, the number 7.
Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?


Customer: I can’t get on the Internet.
Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer: Yes, I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer: Five stars.


Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use?
Customer: Netscape.
Tech support: That’s not an anti-virus program.
Customer: Oh, sorry…Internet Explorer.


Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.


Tech support: How may I help you?
Customer: I’m writing my first e-mail.
Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter ‘a’ in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?


A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Tech support: Are you running it under Windows?
Customer: “No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.”


And last but not least…

Tech support: “Okay Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter “P” to bring up the Program Manager.”
Customer: I don’t have a P.
Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: What do you mean?
Tech support: “P”….on your keyboard, Bob.


I’m sure, or I should say that I hope that these are not real IT stories. Still funny though right?

Do you have any funny IT stories to tell? Post them in the comments below.

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Bend Over And Take Another, You Peon! – Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

September 28th, 2005 by MacBros

Today I’ve experienced the dark side of my employer. I was told,” Bend over and take it again, you peon.”

There was an incident last Friday that meant I went home sick from a severe allergy attack because of somebody’s strong-scented body cream. Well that gave me a sick incident and I stated that it wasn’t fair, but they feel it’s my fault I have allergies and not theirs for not enforcing the call center policy on scented products.

Wow “The Labour Camp” sure pulled the wool over my eyes, the wolf has come out of its sheep costume. I went back through all my posts and removed the company name so they don’t feel they can f**c me over again because I said something to tarnish their image.

Things have been going downhill there lately and I feel bad that I thought this place was going to be different, no … disappointed actually. The scheduling and management have gone to crap, wish we could turn back time a few months and stop what made things go south from happening again.

To top that off, the systems are going to crap too. I can’t even do my job well because the freaking programs crash or the server is lagged to the point that sending a letter through the post office would be quicker.

If things don’t start to improve there soon I think I’ll leave and work elsewhere, or maybe they’ll read this and let me go saying I’m badmouthing the company. (Kinda hard to do that since there is no mention of names), besides I already voiced my opinion to the head guy and was basically told the same thing as the title of this post..

I’m going to give them one more quarter (3 months), and if things don’t pick up. I’m leaving. I hate to have to look for another job because this one is so close to work and the money is ok, not great, but okay.

Ugh, I am so depressed right now. Should’ve picked up a box of beer to drown this anxiety.

Anybody wanna hire a Male Gigolo? :P

I believe it was at this time at that job that my eyes were finally opened.

That employer/labour camp had a no-scent policy and since they didn’t enforce it. People thought that showering in perfume and cologne instead of water in a shower was better.

I have a sensitivity to strong perfumes. When I breathe in that sh*t my asthma and allergies kick in and I start to sneeze, it gets difficult to breathe, and my eyes swell up.

This sh*tty excuse of an employer made me a bad employee because I had to go home sick without pay. Because THEY didn’t enforce their policy and the person with all that sh*tty perfume on got to stay and work the shift and not lose out on their pay.

This happened a lot and got to the point where I had to go out on stress leave because I was being reprimanded for losing time for having health issues from people coming into work smelling like they showered in perfume.

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

Wiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrr…. – Flashback Fridays Chapter 31

September 29th, 2005 by MacBros

The title of this post is actually the sound coming from my windows. Holy cow! Wind gusts between 80-85 Kph out right now. I know it’s not Hurricane Katrina, but this just came outta nowhere. I was almost blown into traffic walking home from the labour camp from the gusts of wind. Now I’m home and my windows are making that erie-creepy noise you hear in scary movies.

The lights flickered away at work too. The stupid part is when everybody got all, wippie when they went out completely. Corey and I were, “Umm, the phones still work and the generator is keeping the computers on, so what’s so fracking exciting about this?” Yeah, I work with a bunch of empty helmets, I’m not so proud to say, because I’m the S-M-R-T one there. Yup, I R so Smrt! :P

Anyway, I better get something to eat before the power goes out here.

I absolutely despise that blustery weather! It’s like the mischievous wind is on a wild rampage, wreaking havoc wherever it goes. It’s the ultimate troublemaker, knocking down everything in its path and leaving chaos in its wake. I mean, seriously, can’t the wind just take a chill pill and calm down for once? It’s time for Mother Nature to give that unruly wind a well-deserved timeout!

Flashback Fridays Chapter 31 Conclusion…

Conclusion - Flashback Fridays Chapter 27

Well, this concludes Flashback Fridays Chapter 31. Let me know in the comments if you like this whole idea of Flashback Fridays being posted every week. Or don’t. I don’t have a lot of commenters here anyway, just a lot of readers and lookie-loos.

If you enjoyed this Flashback Fridays Chapter 31 post, be sure to come back next week for Flashback Fridays Chapter 32.

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