Hey! There’s a show about us!

I found this on TechRepublic.com. Channel 4 in the UK has a sitcom called “The IT Crowd” (pronounced “the ‘it’ crowd”, not “the eye-tee crowd”). It’s the best sitcom I’ve seen showing techies since “Dweebs” came out in the 1990s. I watched all I could see on there, and found it wonderfully witty. It’s about a small I.T. department inside a moderate-sized British company. Think of it as a combination between “Office Space” (the movie) and “The Office” (the TV show). I only wish they would show it here in the U.S. A fun game to play while you’re watching it is to see how many techie posters and stickers you can pick out. They have them plastered all over the “I.T. Dept.” set. British humor is an acquired taste. If you’re used to BBC shows like “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, or “Monty Python,” I think you’ll get it. Give it a look!

Edit 8/7/06: I just had to say this. The funniest scene for me in the series was in the premiere episode. One of the I.T. guys picks up the phone and starts doing help desk duty with a computer user. He says, “Hello. I.T.,” listens, and says, “Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot?” The camera breaks away to the other I.T. guy who is also on the phone troubleshooting with a user. It focuses on him for a bit. Then the camera comes back, and the first I.T. guy says, “You see, the driver hooks a function by patching the system call table. So it’s not safe to unload it unless another thread is about to jump in there and do its stuff. And you don’t want to end up in the middle of invalid memory,” he says chuckling. Then there’s a pause, “…Hello?” Hilarious. 😀

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