Tech Talk Roundtable 04-25 | Unsolved Mysteries: The Secret Powers of Tech People

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Have you ever had a frustrating technology problem?  Then the tech person at your school comes in and fixes it by just looking at it or laying hands on your computer?  What is this magical power?  Today on the Concordia EdTech Roundtable we dig in and explore this arcane and esoteric mystery to see if we can’t explain this “unexplainable” phenomena.

Lessons Learned

Denniswww.mysimpleshow.com

Chris Carter – Google it!

Fun Fact

There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

The Shannon number, named after Claude Shannon, is a conservative lower bound (not an estimate) of the game-tree complexity of chess of 10120, based on an average of about 103 possibilities for a pair of moves consisting of a move for White followed by one for Black, and a typical game lasting about 40 such pairs of moves.

Atoms in the known universe? They are estimated to be between 4×1079 and 4×1081.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-interesting-and-weird-facts-2015-5/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_number

 

Notes & Links

The Scene:

Your computer has frozen.  You are at your wits end.  You have spent the last hour exhausting your own resources for troubleshooting so you finally cave and call for help.  When the tech person arrives, the computer seems to magically unfreeze itself and everything is back to normal.  HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?  WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL POWER?

 

To find the definitive answer to this question we dug in and spent hours and hours doing extensive research…oh wait…no we didn’t.  But we did do the next best thing.  We asked Facebook.

 

We have documented cases where this has happened and we have a plethora of theories as to where this power comes from and why it works…

 

  1. Waiting for the tech person allows time for computer processes (updates, time-outs, software or OS tasks) to complete.
  2. Frustration causes missed steps in troubleshooting
  3. Cables – check all connections
  4. Computers fear us and obey

 

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