An ode to the family IT guy

An ode to the family IT guy

Summary: Familiar with fixing technology for family members over the holiday? You're not alone. McSweeney's presents an epic, narrative ode to you: the tech-conquering hero.


ZDNet readers know what it's like to be the family IT guy.

The holidays are only a month behind us, but chances are someone recently asked you how to transfer a file between devices, "hook" something "up," or otherwise troubleshoot a gadget gone haywire. As the consumerization -- and connection -- of technology progresses ever forward, there are more things each year that you, dear tech-savvy family member, must fix.

Enjoy the slice of pumpkin pie; that's all you're getting, pal.

The humor magazine McSweeney's recently published an ode -- nay, an epic -- to the family IT guy. And it is funny.

An excerpt:

The warrior darted out back over the mountains of National Geographic magazines and made haste to the Compaq Presario. He woke up Windows XP from sleep mode and deftly defeated twelve notifications to update Norton AntiVirus. With a resounding click he opened Internet Explorer 6 and gazed deep into its depths, past the Yahoo toolbar, the MSN toolbar, the toolbar, and the AOL toolbar. And then did he see, at long last, that The Google did load.

You can read the full piece here. It's a good way to start the work week.

Topic: CXO

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: An ode to the family IT guy

    thanks for sharing that made my day
  • funny

    Funny I just tell family I own Apple and they never ask for help... no one owns macs! and Macs just work :)
    • Doesn't work for everyone

      My area of expertise has been UNIX for nearly 17 years but I'm still asked to solve Windows problems (a high percentage of them are malware). Once you have "guru" stamped on your forehead, it tends to follow you whereever you go.

      Then again, maybe I'm just too nice.

      BTW: I've always found Mac problems (when they occur) to be the most mystifying of all....then when you figure them out, you feel stupid.
      John L. Ries
    • Really? I am asked to fix everything

      from TV hookups, to cable boxes; hickuping XP machines and crashing Macs.
      For something "that just works" why do I spend time fixing Apple products?
      William Farrel
  • That was cute

  • RE: An ode to the family IT guy

    Just yesterday fixed a DSL modem/wireless router/get-netflix-streamed-to-the-new-tv for our neighbor. The funny thing is the guy from the local "landline" phone company had just set this up. It could never have worked the way it was configured. He got money (salary). I got some homemade soup and a hug.
    • RE: An ode to the family IT guy


      You got paid better. Fixing the neighbor's stuff got you a lot more than just the hug and soup. Good, caring neighbors are priceless.