Maybe he just can't imagine working without a net

Network switch fails in this school computer lab, knocking out connectivity for a dozen student stations -- as well as for four desks in the lab's office, where this pilot fish works.

"While one of the administrators worked to replace the switch, I set up my personal laptop and external hard drive on my desk," says fish.

A little while later, the network admin comes in to check the office computers and spots fish's laptop.

"That had better disappear unless you use the wireless network," he tells fish.

It's not connected to any network, fish says.

Net admin points to the USB cord coming out of the laptop and neatly wrapped with a twist tie, and snarls triumphantly, "Then what's that?"

That's my external hard drive, fish says, pointing to the huge aluminum box sitting beside the laptop.

Sighs fish, "After he left, I sat down wondering why he would think I would plug into the wired network from a station with no network connection."

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