With so many computers in existence today, millions of everyday folk are at the mercy of recalcitrant equipment. Motherboards frying, networks not networking, other niggling problems.
Tech support takes a special discipline and a logical mind, but it also takes a peculiar personality. To see if you're cut out for the job, take the GeekSquad Aptitude Quiz.
First off, let's bypass stuff like whether you like computers and go into the real meaty questions.
Question 1: Which of the following beverages do you prefer?
(A) Wine, (B) Jack Daniels, (C) Beer, (D) Jolt Cola
Question 2: How would you prefer to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon?
(A) Watching the Cooking Channel, (B) Going to the zoo, (C) Playing Trivial Pursuit, (D) Testing batteries.
Question 3: What is your favorite scent?
(A) Yves St Laurent Opium, (B) Oscar de la Renta, (C) Old Spice, (D) Pizza
Question 4: What do you like to wear as casual attire?
(A) Sports coat, open shirt, (B) Slacks, Izod shirt, (C) Jeans, sweater, (D) Anything with a T-shirt
Question 5: What is your favorite food?
(A) Tourneodos Henri IV, (B) Coq au vin, (C) Hamburger, (D) Coffee
Question 6: What is your favorite noncomputer magazine?
(A) New York Review of Books, (B) Time, (C) Playboy, (D) Batman
Question 7: What is your favorite scene in a movie of TV show?
(A) Hamlet's soliloquy, (B) James Cagney's "I'm on top of the world, ma!" scene in White Heat., (C) Scene at the end of Dirty Harry when Clint Eastwood says, "You've got to ask yourself 'Do I feel lucky?' Well . . . do you, punk?", (D) Spock's mind meld with a rock creature called the Horta. "The pain, the pain!"
Question 8: Who is your favorite actor?
(A) John Gielgood, (B) Sean Connery, (C) Bruce Willis, (D) Barney Rubble
Question 9: Who is your favorite actress?
(A) Ingrid Bergman, (B) Meryl Streep, (C) Joan Collins, (D) Pamela Anderson
Question 10: What is your all-time favorite movie?
(A) Ben-Hur, (B) A Passage to India, (C) Star Wars, (D) Fritz the Cat
Question 11: How do you think others perceive you?
(A) As a person of taste and intelligence, (B) As an urban professional, (C) As a potential sex symbol if it weren't for your physique, (D) As God's gift to the world, and rightly so.
Score 10 points for each answer D, 5 points for each C, and no points for any A or B. If you chose A for each question, then you're hopeless if you want to be a technician. You have some potential to hook up a mouse and keyboard if you got 20-60 points. A score of 60-100 means you are headed in the right direction and should seek work at the local BestBuy to help you get your act together. 100 points or more says you have star quality. The sky is the limit.