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    Jobs you avoid

    What job do you hate or avoid at all costs?

    Mine - Physically realigning fixed projectors when they've been knocked out of place, however easily they move when you don't want them to, ours are so stiff trying to move them back into line I'm convinced that I'm going to pull the pole out of the ceiling. tend to be a wus now and get the caretaker to move them back with some suitable excuse of not being tall enough

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    ANything to do with our video conferencing system. Ive never read a manual in my life, never had a problem working things out, was using BASIC at age 2, can manage CISCO routers blah blah, but i cant for the life of me work out , even after reading the 1 page manual, how to even connect to someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    What job do you hate or avoid at all costs?

    Mine - Physically realigning fixed projectors when they've been knocked out of place, however easily they move when you don't want them to, ours are so stiff trying to move them back into line I'm convinced that I'm going to pull the pole out of the ceiling. tend to be a wus now and get the caretaker to move them back with some suitable excuse of not being tall enough
    does it have to be work related?


    I'll do anything to avoid the ironing... in fact on I'm on here to avoid it now

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    I really dislike walking round the school at the end term switching off all the bits of kit that are left on such as DVD Players, Amplifiers, Projectors etc because everyone else is in too big a hurry to go home.

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    Fax machines, our almost, but not quite entirely unlike dos lighting desk and government websites.

    Specifically cobbled together "just while we sort it out" $government_websites for sending in data. Thankfully the deputy heads have to wrestle* with those, rather than me.

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    A work-related one...


    PHOTOCOPIERS


    You can't touch them without ending up with a set of custom-pleated fans or looking like you've been down a coal mine.

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    Actually, I can unjam my own copying, but I make sure nobody else sees I know how!

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    Cleaning mice and opening up computers to clean them out with compressed air. There is no way at all to remain clean and dust free!

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    I have a fairly health hatred of printers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    I have a fairly health hatred of printers!
    Same but with lusers!

    Just come back from fitting a new projector and spent half an hour trying to align the damn thing!!
    One little milimetre too far and the picture is about a foot off the IWB!!
    Move it back the same way and its off in all directions


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    I have a fairly health hatred of printers!

    Especially the printers that work ok for me but not for staff!

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    As silly as it sounds I dread picking up the phone if it is reception calling. 99.9% of the time it is spam, and we have too much on to spend time telling random salespeople that we don't have any money for their junk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friez View Post
    As silly as it sounds I dread picking up the phone if it is reception calling. 99.9% of the time it is spam, and we have too much on to spend time telling random salespeople that we don't have any money for their junk
    I as a rule never pick up the reception phone unless its an internal call

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    Anything to do with the audio system in our main hall or music studio. Too may wires, too many people poking around where they shouldn't.

    Also, we only get called when it has all gone pear shaped, the room is full of people, and they sit there expecting you to work 'miracles' & fix it in a microsecond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friez View Post
    As silly as it sounds I dread picking up the phone if it is reception calling. 99.9% of the time it is spam, and we have too much on to spend time telling random salespeople that we don't have any money for their junk
    I wish we had that option. Our phone doesnt show us who is calling. I also wish our reception staff had a bit of common sense and realise that we really dont need or want 25 different IWB suppliers phoning us

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    When I worked not in education, It was picking up the phone and telling them "NO WERE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR I.T. SERVICES!"

    At the moment its, "my mouse doesn't work." - Have you tried plugging it in?

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