Delayed reaction

I had a truly awesome confession today. A double confession in fact.

We were called into a lesson this morning where about half the laptops in the room were not connecting to the wireless network. After about 5 minutes of getting nowhere with the problem, it became apparent the symptoms were not making an awful lot of sense. The teacher was valiantly carrying on with the lesson while Overshare and I scratched our heads a lot, but became slowly aware that the IT content of their lesson was not to be. Towards the end, the teacher came over to commiserate with us.

And then came the confession.

“Yeah… the same thing happened with these machines last Thursday.”

Now, by ‘last Thursday’, what he actually meant was ‘the Thursday before half-term’. Half-term being the sort of time when we have plenty of time in our schedule to diagnose problems like this without disrupting a lesson.

It only got worse from then. After the bell went, and I was leaving the classroom with one of the offending laptops, came the second confession.

“Oh I don’t know if this is related, but…”

I suddenly found myself concentrating on not cringing.

“… there’s no power to any of the equipment in the office next door…”

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.