Shark Tank: All that worry for nothing

New secretary is very anxious about her new computer, reports a pilot fish who's setting it up for her. "She kept urging me to be sure we transferred over all of her webshots, picture files and music files," fish says.

"Our official policy is that users are to take care of non-work-related files themselves, but it's usually quicker just to take care of the transfer myself than to give instructions to the user about where files are stored and the easiest way to move them."

So fish goes to work via remote access, and has almost finished transferring all the files when she runs into a problem: She can't find any music files. They're not in the location they should be for the application the secretary is using, though when fish tries to copy files from that location there's an error.

Maybe the files aren't visible because they're in use, fish thinks, and asks secretary to shut down the program. Still no luck. Fish searches the entire computer for music files. Nothing turns up.

"Finally, I went down to her computer, hoping to trace the specific songs she had in her library to files on her hard drive," says fish. "I opened her music application, only to find an empty library. A moment of panic struck my heart, as I feared that the first error-bound transfer had somehow wiped out her music collection.

"I turned to her and asked her where she usually goes to listen to her music. She pointed me to the application -- and to the online radio stations, built into the application.

"She had no music files. She just listened to the radio station built into iTunes.

"I assured her that I had successfully transferred her music files over to her new computer."

Submit your own true tales of IT life to sharky@computerworld.com. If Sharky uses it, you'll snag a snazzy Shark Tank shirt! You can also add comments by using the form at the bottom of this page.

Copyright © 2006 IDG Communications, Inc.

8 simple ways to clean data with Excel
  
Shop Tech Products at Amazon