My, what an optimistic view of users you have!

It's been a long, hard effort, but this pilot fish's organization has finally managed to get rid of all its Windows XP computers -- almost.

"The final solution for the remaining one-tenth of a percent, scattered all across the country, is to block them from being able to log in," says fish. "The system that does the blocking even reports who gets blocked, almost in real time.

"The assumption is that the user will call in to the help desk once he finds his machine is now a brick.

"But a couple months later, there's still a small handful of machines showing as blocked.

"And when one of the managers sees the list of remaining XP workstations, he blows up and demands action.

"Engineering gives manager two options: We can either disable their LAN ports remotely, thus stopping them from reporting, or we can send someone to go find each one and turn it off.

"Manager's acidic comeback is 'So we're supposed to rip them from the users' hands?'

"Then again, if it's been a brick for two months now, those users will probably be happy to get them out from under their desks."

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