Mar 03

I was having trouble with my computer.  So I called Richard, the 11-year-old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

Richard clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, “So, what was wrong?”

He replied, “It was an ID ten T error.”

I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, “An, ID ten T error?  What’s that?  In case I need to fix it again.”

Richard grinned. “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?”

“No,” I replied.

“Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.”

So I wrote it down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like the little bugger.

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Article published on March 3, 2009

27 Responses to “ID Ten T Error”

  1. Topics about Humoristic and Funny stuff » Archive » ID Ten T Error Says:

    […] Different Day, Same Old Sh*t created an interesting post today on ID Ten T ErrorHere’s a short outlineI was having trouble with my computer.  So I called Richard, the 11-year-old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to […]

  2. IC Says:

    I used to work for a Copier Service company, it was around the slow time of the year, so this tech and I went to a site where we were to look at a new copier which we both were just certified on, we got the the site and were escorted to the copier with the problem, the Document Feeder was jamming because a user was “smart” enough to pull the paper backwards on the feed section, thus tearing a piece of paper inside the Doc Feeder and started jamming every single page scanned, I was talking to him in a low voice about another Tech Support term PEBKAC (Problem Exist Between And Chair) I was clearly talking about my previous Tech Support experiences with users calling me on an Oil & Gas company back in Texas, when and I had also made a comment to him about the ID10T error, we finished up and called in to close the ticket, we headed back to the office and by the time we got there our manager was waiting for us very PO, he said that someone from that place called to complain about us that we were talking about them.. Long story short we got written up and we could never go to that account anymore, at which I really didn’t care about the latter since we covered a county that is probably one of the richest and most stuck ups of the country. But We basically got written up because an IDIOT customer was smart enough to hear what we were saying, but DUMB enough to not hear that I was talking about people half a country away, probably smarter than her, looking back. N E how, I work for another company and is a much better job it is a lil less pay, but users are a bit smarter and easier to work with.

    Now, I cannot say the name of the place, though every single bone in my body is burning to say it, but lets say it was a place that handles alot of low self esteem females, not that I think they’re dumb for that, but rather, more….should I say.. touchy…

    NE Who, I’m better now, and I do miss my accounts with the beautiful secretaries that always brigthened my day.

  3. Kevin Kuchta Says:

    ID10T, Pebcak, Layer 8 (see the OSI model), Hacked by, Problem Ticket 7353 (SELF on a phone), and so on. Thank god I’m out of tech support. We had a saying – machines don’t break, users do.

  4. . Says:


  5. dumbasses who say shopped to everything Says:

    dood, come on! its an article to laugh at! i think we all noticed the damn pic was shopped, thanks captain obvious..

  6. anonymouse Says:

    You bit…

  7. TechSupport Says:

    The single most common error in our ticketing system is PEBKAC — Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair — Then we got a new I.T. Manager. The kind that thinks reports=productivity, but doesn’t have any idea what we actually do. Suffice it to say he reported to our upper echelon that this was the biggest problem facing the company AND that they had all been subject to it. The meeting went downhill from there.

  8. TrueColorTech Says:

    all of these are common place in trouble tickets, they actually can be rather descriptive for unruly customers. We had a guy once who called in because he received a spam message that said “I saw your son last night” and he legitimately thought some one was after his son, he then proceeded to tell us that it was a Russian spam king that was trying to get him fired by spoofing his mail headers and sending out VIAGRA emails, (the guy worked for a pharmaceutical company)

  9. Clifford Says:

    This shirt and the one that says, i’m with this noob, is classic

  10. Ballistic Says:

    I was teching for a cellphone company when i was introduced to a very problematic chip contained in almost every electronic on the market it is the fabled DFO chip (Dumb Fucking Operator)

  11. globeadue Says:

    so my mom calls me up when i’m living in GA and she’s in CA, she went and bought one of those multifunction do everything printers fax microwave asking me for help on how to set it up. I’ve never seen the thing no clue how, wasn’t anywhere near a computer to pull down the manual, so told her to call the support number and tell them she spoke to her son, and he said it sounds like theres a id 10 t error going on with installing her new computer….
    while i got an earfull later, i sure would have loved to been at that call center and heard that techs response

  12. Mike Says:

    That is so old when I was active in the Marine Corps as a Heavy Equipment mechanic, we used to say go get an id10t form back in 1981
    so and that was before PC’s so big deal.

  13. OZ Says:

    Definitely shopped

  14. sandie Says:

    I am a network admin, we have a seperate program that tracks out work. I put the results as an ID10T error, without knowing the software sends an e-mail back to the user that had the problem. LOL

  15. GT Says:

    Hey, I ain’t a tech or anything but i think your site is hilarious. I definitely will make references to my site. And if you could be a buddy and maybe exchange blog rolls that would be great

  16. Borellus Says:

    HAHAHA! I am going to use this when friends and family ask me to fix thier computers!

  17. Redtaxi0 Says:

    Can someone explain to me, why it is, that when you gain a small understanding of how PC’s work .Everyone in the world phones for help.
    I have fixed PC’s of family members I didn’t know existed.
    If I had been armed with ID10T a few years ago.I could have got layed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Nessa Says:

    PICNIC error… problem in chair not in computer

  19. Dwayne Charrington Says:


    Just kidding.

  20. Mawg Says:

    My close relative called me from home one day to query me in a very concerned voice about the “illegal operation warning” coming up on the startup screen of our computer. “What have you been doing that I need to know about?” she asked in a very serious tone.

  21. Bob Says:

    I used to work for an outsourcing company that hired some real winneres. We were to use 1D10t for the passwords on the 2500 or so new PCs were were imaging to deploy. The moron that created the image (who claimed to know everything there was to know) had never heard of an id10t error. We lost about 25 manhours the first day of deployment because he had set he password to 1dtent…. Beware your IT office mates…

  22. ID10T Says:

    you guys are bunch of
    ID ten T

  23. KageTora Says:

    How come you know what the bedroom of the 11-year-old boy next door looks like? th4t 1s f4r m0r3 w0rry1ng…. 🙂

  24. gyan Says:

    programming jokes were very humorous

  25. Scooter Says:

    A former S1 Marine got me on this one back in the early 90’s.
    Good jokes like this already have great bait on the hook.

  26. laptop skins Says:

    Old as the internet itself, and only funny after you read it the first time. This would be my 20th, give or take a few.

  27. whacker Says:

    This Shirt Spells “IDIOT”…….. for all you idiots who do not know.

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