21
Feb

No Smoke

A guy rings tech support to report that his computer is faulty.



Tech: Whats the problem?



User: There is smoke coming out of the power supply.



Tech: Youll need a new power supply.



User: No, I dont! I just need to change the startup files.



Tech: Sir, the power supply is faulty. Youll need to replace it.



User: No way! Someone told me that I just needed to change the startup files and it will fix the problem! All I need is for you to tell me the command.



Ten minutes later, the User is still adamant that they are right. The tech is frustrated and fed up.



Tech: Sorry, Sir. We dont normally tell our customers this, but there is an undocumented DOS command that will fix the problem.



User: I knew it!



Tech: Just add the line LOAD NOSMOKE.COM at the end of the CONFIG.SYS. Let me know how it goes.



Ten minutes later.



User: It didnt work. The power supply is still smoking.



Tech: Well, what version of DOS are you using?



User: MS-DOS 6.22.



Tech: Thats your problem there. That version of DOS didnt come with NOSMOKE. Contact Microsoft and ask them for a patch that will give you the file. Let me know how it goes.



One hour later.



User: I need a new power supply.



Tech: How did you come to that conclusion?



User: Well, I rang Microsoft and told him about what you said, and he started asking questions about the make of power supply.



Tech: Then what did he say?



User: He told me that my power supply isnt compatible with NOSMOKE.

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