In the past, I've been pretty hard on end-users in some of my articles
and I'm not sure all of them deserve to be bunched in together. This is why in my infinite wisdom I have taken it upon myself to create end-user categories. Starting with some of the smarter ones and working our way down to...well, lets just say those that are little computer challenged.
End-users come in many different shapes, colors and problem solving
abilities. The only thing that they do have in common is they
complain that their computer is broken, but when you get there you find
nothing is wrong. Below are some End-user categories.
Joke Mailers: are those users that
are constantly e-mailing jokes to all of their friends, and searching the
Internet for endearing stories that warm the heart. These people typically
have pictures of their cats and children around their monitors. Hackers and
malicious virus makers depend heavily on these people spreading their cat
stories and viruses warnings. Late one evening I once had an opportunity to
flag one with my car in the parking lot, but hesitated and lost the opportunity.
users. Laptop users are those individuals that always
complain that something is wrong with their laptop, but when you suggest
leaving it with you to repair, they panic and say, it's probably nothing. I'm reasonably sure that laptops are
where the world's supply of porn is being archived and these users are
sworn to protect it.
Decorators: This user fancies him or herself as a monitor
decorator. They ornament their monitor with so many small bits of debris that there is an actual gravitational shift to the left, and the monitor has
to be periodically degaussed. And of course there are rare occasions that
these users are sometimes lost to the presents of a quantum singularity. (of mini black holes) Abandon any attempt to recycle this monitor for another user. The gooey
sticky residue left on the monitor after these items are removed, makes the
monitor a better rodent trap than computer monitor. Monitor Decorators and
Joke Mailers sometimes interact in same sex partnering.
Paranoid Users: this end-user is
extremely paranoid, to the extent that they think you can see them through
their monitor. There's no convincing this user that you're not somehow
electronically spying on them as they work. You'll have more fun feeding
their paranoia by: whenever these people walk past, immediately stop what
you're doing and suspiciously follow them with your eyes. Force them to
change their password every seven days. Run a defrag program on their system
every time they walk away from it. Paranoid users also seem to have a
cat or two, although they are too paranoid to display its pictures.
Novice: are those that can perform
higher task such as, changing the desktop, browsing the network for open
shares and knowing how to clear their Internet History. Novice are the most
dangerous of the end-users a company can have, they are constantly screwing
up their settings, deleting system files to make room for more song files
and are always blaming their latest disaster on Microsoft. Novice user are
always reporting the reason that their working isn't done is because the IS
department is always on their computer. It is important to identify
the Novice early so that can install a more restrictive operating system on
their computer until you can get them fired.
Users: Nervous End-users are those that think that they are going
to be blamed for everything. Whatever goes wrong on their computer has the
potential of being their fault. They are so afraid of the computer that they
must be catered to like helpless children. It is difficult to not be quickly
aggravated with this type of user. As a network administrator or help desk
technician it is your responsibility--no--it is your duty as a computer
professional to help these individual seek employment elsewhere. Sometimes
looks towards Paranoid User for cat advice. Nervous socializes with
Novice, relies on Joke Mailer for advice on personal matters.
Font and Pointer Changers: These
users just piss me off.