Tell Us Your Funny Technology Stories

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As many of you know, our company has been running a real estate ready help desk we call TECH HOTLINE since 1999. Currently we're taking about 15,000-20,000 calls a month from REALTORS all across the world. Some companies contract directly with us to provide their agents and brokers with fast, friendly service on their corporate products and intranets; others (and lots of REALTOR Associations) provide our broad-topic service to their members as part of their dues. From Windows to WinForms, Blackberries to Microsoft Office, we pretty much handle it all at the TECH HOTLINE. You can learn more about it at our website for company/Association support and individuals can call Pay-Per-Call any time, too.

In the last decade, you can imagine that we've heard a LOT of funny tech situations. The fellow who couldn't press "OK" because he didn't know where to click. The lady who put her SD Media card in her floppy drive and couldn't get it out (wanted to use a hangar). And so on. Fun stuff, to be sure!

Now, we're compiling these stories and thinking of making a funny "from the trenches" compilation. We thought we'd put in some screenshots of the most bizarre agent websites we've seen, plus some of the "most lovely" photos agents use of themselves. Should make for a scream, don't you think?

That's why we're looking to you, here on ActiveRain, to provide us with perhaps some "last minute" funny stories. What have you experienced over the years with using technology? Have you seen dumb messages or had to do silly things to get your technology to work? We'd love to know. Of course, if you put it here, please be aware we might contact you for permission to put it into our compilation - wouldn't that be cool?

Please write us your stories and funny situations here. 

  • Are you annoyed by something technology does?
  • Have you encountered a bizarre message or screen?
  • What kinds of silly buttons, menus or features have you seen in technology?
  • Any cool stories about technical support are always fun, too!

I think, at the least, we'll also create a pretty hilarious blog thread for everyone on A/R to read, too.


- Matthew

Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

A few years ago, when our mls was going through a major conversion, all agents had to attend mls training I went...I was running late, and took one of the last seats, next to another woman who was already comfortably seated in front of a computer, that we would now share.  She had control to start, but could not keep up with the instructor, was always lost, I was getting really irritated...she was getting more and more upset, as she kept trying to work the keyboard, when she finally said "Why isn't this in alphabetical order?"  All I could think was OMG!!!!  How had she gotten that far in life and in business without using a keyboard?


Jan 09, 2009 02:15 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Welcome back to Active Rain. You have been missed. Here is something funny. The time is now 11:43 PM on 2/27/09 Your post was  written at 7:42 AM on 2/28/09. How is it possible for two of us to have made comments before you posted?


Feb 27, 2009 02:46 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Oops here is something even funnier. Your post was written on 10/28/09 not 2/09. Me thinks it is time to go to bed!!

WOW I like this post and would have thought that a ton of people would have picked up on this one! You just never know.


Feb 27, 2009 02:52 PM