QotD: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

As posted @ Vox on Mar 28, 2007 at 10:35 AM

“What’s the infamous story people tell about you?”
Submitted by Cherney.

My spouse and geek friends are still chucking over this one…and I think you probably have to be a geek to appreciate it.

I had just taken my first Unix system administration job and I wasn’t real familiar with Solaris having not had much experience with it in the past (I had been a network tech and linux/windows admin previously). I was at my in-laws house and they decided to play Trivial Pursuit. I am NOT a trivia game fan. I am not good at holding all these little factoids in my brain to pull them out on demand for a game like this, so I was pretty miserable. It got down to the final question for my husband and I to win the game – we only needed this one pie piece and I could finally quit playing. The question was for technology. I was ecstatic! Question: “Who put the dot in dot com? – Which company uses that slogan?” I was dumbfounded. I could not for the life of me pull that little bit of info out of my brain. It was right there….but I had nothing. The answer, everyone together now: Sun Microsystems. My husband looked at me and said, what systems do you support at your new job? I told him “Sun” He laughed, I slapped myself in the head and the rest is history. Years later, everyone keeps bringing it up.