Google TiSP – Toilet ISP?

Is this one of the few April fools day jokes devised by Google?

The idea is great if feasible, innovation at it’s max.

Only problem link to the list of utility companies lead to a page that looks like a typical google 404 error page, that beats around the bush until they finally get to the real jucy truth, that Google TiSP is a April Fool’s joke.

Thumbs up Google for a neat April fools joke. Question is how many people fell for it.

Part in the FAQ that lead to the 404 page explaining it all.

Does my water company support TiSP?
TiSP was developed with the support and assistance of a large number of major metropolitan water companies. A full list of companies that support TiSP is available here. If yours isn’t listed, please contact them to verify their ongoing and unstinting support before you even think about signing up for TiSP service.

Here is the 404 page quoted:

Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server. There are so many reasons that this might have happened we can scarcely bring ourselves to type them all out. You might have typed the URL incorrectly, for instance. Or (less likely but certainly plausible) we might have coded the URL incorrectly. Or (far less plausible, but theoretically possible, depending on which ill-defined Grand Unifying Theory of physics one subscribes to), some random fluctuation in the space-time continuum might have produced a shatteringly brief but nonetheless real electromagnetic discombobulation which caused this error page to appear. Or (and truth be told, this is by far the most likely scenario) you might have reached a page that we meant to create but didn’t get around to it, since this year’s April Fool’s joke got hacked together at the last minute, more or less the same way this one did. And this one. And this one, and this one, and this one

PEBKAC nightmare for tech support geeks

If ever you did tech support as a part of your job, was on some forum trying to help it’s members who have problems, or one of your friends who are not so technically inclined, you are bound to have come accross at least one case of PEBKAC.

They are the worst nightmare any tech support. It’s pain staking to resolve. You feel like you are trying to explain to a brick wall, you never took up tech support. You must be wondering what’s PEBKAC it is so frustrating to handle. It’s because the problem lies in the person you are trying to help.

PEBKAC = Problem exist betweek keyboard and chair.

Must… resist… urge… to… kill…. luser….

Only way to resolve a PEBKAC case successfuly.