I am well aware that a considerable portion of my fury is properly directed to the authors of the script and not those who are paid to read from it. I didn’t rant much as the entry-level techs, did get a bit confrontational with the supervisors because they would not escalate yet apparently could not act on their own to do what needed doing.
Where are they at fault, you ask?
a) One complete walk-thru of verifying, changing, rechanging, resetting, and setting up from scratch the right network preferences (despite my claims that same computer with same modem works just fine at girlfriend’s apartment)? Fine. Do it all again next call? Oh OK but then you’re sending a tech, right? Third call? C’mon, read the goddam notes. It’s an open case. We’ve established that the problem is not in my fucking settings. Let’s move on. My settings were working fine until Thursday. I didn’t change them. They’re still working fine elsewhere.
b) You still think it’s the freaking modem? Even though the modem works fine elsewhere? OK, fine, send a replacement, we’ll hook it up and when that fails to solve the problem we can rule that out. OK, hi, yep got the modem, nope didn’t help, so are we now clear on the problem lying with your signal to my apartment and not my comp setting and not my DSL modem? Oh, of course not. You want to do another 40-step sequence of trying to modify my settings in hopes of coaxing the new modem to somehow fly into action. Plus powering off the modem. Powering up the modem. Unplugging it for 5 minutes. Flipping the ethernet cable so the end going into the computer is going into the modem and vice versa. (Wouldn’t it be more useful & practical to have me swap out the ethernet cable altogether? And the phone line from the wall to the DSL modem? I did those things on my own. And unnplugged the phone-line splitter and tried it with ONLY the DSL modem attached to my phone service. It ain’t the local wires either).
c) Stupid assumptions / grossly irresponsible instructions: “OK, so in network settings, ‘Location’ should read ‘Automatic’…” No, I actually USE locations, I have something like 19 of them. ‘Automatic’ is what it reads if you don’t set up different locations. I said I was on a laptop, I said I had tried my own account as well as my girlfriend’s account from her apartment (where they worked fine) and from mine (where they don’t), doesn’t that indicate that I have multiple Locations set up? “Oh, well in that case please delete them all except for a new one that we will call ‘Automatic’”. Like hell. Are you fucking crazy? I’ve got static IP settings for one office I work in, DHCP for various others, dialup for this area, dialup for visiting my folks, DSL for my girlfriend’s account, AirPort only for wireless, crossover for hooking up to my older computer for file transfer, and so you thought it would make sense at this point to ‘just delete them’? How about instead I move the Network Prefs file to the Desktop, or better yet create a new OSX account which you can have me muck with to your heart’s content without screwing up any of my actual settings? Idiot! Fuckwad! I can’t believe you suggested that. How many folks’ settings have you destroyed as a consequence of them actually following your directions, not realizing the changes you were having them make would be permanent?
If a moderator were to move this to the Pit, I think that would be appropriate at this point.