<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me
<Cthon98> <AzureDiamond> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.
<brasello> non mi avete ancora mandato nulla btw
<brasello> timed out
<brasello> che cazzo c'è dentro?
<bparodi> timed out perche` devi usare il tunnel
<bparodi> e` un ip interno
I am now describing the internals of the computer to him to help identify the motherboard and riser board, and the user says "Hang on, I don't want to drip wax into the computer."
Me: "I'm sorry, did you say 'wax'?"
Befuddled User: "Yeah. I'm using a candle to light the inside of the case."
Me: "Why are you using a candle?"
Befuddled User: "Because the power is out."
Me: (Face-palm smack) "Did it not occur to you that you would need power to use the computer?"
Befuddled User: "Sure. But it has a battery in it."
And indeed it does. A WATCH BATTERY. a battery just strong enough to help the computer not forget the date and time when turned off and unplugged. And even so, these normally need to be replaced about once a year or the computer forgets what day it is.
I explain this to the user, but he doesn't want any part of it. He wants the computer to work during a power outage off of a small watch battery.