The Tech Support Ham’s Here

…so you say it makes a pockety-pockety sound, followed by a schlunka-schlunka-schlonk noise, and then just goes whirrrrrrr? Well, let’s crawl in and take a look…

Photo by Zixii



  1. jez…ees dee french hammie translating zee 501 french verbs….

  2. cellarmouse says:

    looks like a ham jam to me


  4. 260Oakley says:

    Man, I hate clearing paper hams in my printer.

  5. Ummm; just hope Misture Hammy-Tech can crawl back out as well…….! 🙄

  6. squeee! it’s a ham hock… I mean tock!

  7. tracylee says:

    PC load letter?!
    why do you say paper ham when there ees no paper ham!?
    oh, wait, there he is. my bad.

  8. GingerBean says:

    Ham jam! Paper ham! LOL
    I love this site, it’s full of people who think like me! lol

  9. StormCat42 says:

    Oh my gosh, the hover-text just made me donkey laugh out loud!!! (I’m SO glad I work alone!!!) Looook at the leetle toses!!! Um, I KNOW I need to have something fixed on my computer!

  10. Oh good heavens! I hadn’t realize that he’s ON the paper tray. His widdle feet are completely off the tablecloth.

    On the other hand, I didn’t know that snow balls came with feet.

  11. He’s a lot cuter than the Geek Squad guy who fixed my computer a few months ago.

  12. N. Fritz says:

    Anyone else hope his name is Walter Mitty? “Ta-pock-e-ta, ta-pock-e-ta, ta-pock-e-ta…” (starts at 2:35 or so)

  13. I’m in ur printerz…fixin’ ur paper jam!

  14. Elisha B. says:

    Hovertext……just keeled me!!! On the floor laughing……if only our tech guys would troubleshoot like this….then again, they’re not nearly as cute!

  15. Wut, wut? HAMSTER BUTT

  16. O NO He/she/it DI-unt!!! says:

    Car Talk on NPR stations, FM radio (as well as a Car Talk Website complete with things like references to duct tape jokes; as well as many songs devoted to cars and also songs that reference SPECIFIC car names “little GTO” & etc)

    is structured as a call-in radio show. (Here in N. Fla where I live, it airs at 10 am Sat and 10 am Sunday mornings)

    Listeners call with questions related to motor vehicle maintenance and repair. Most of the advice sought is diagnostic, with callers describing symptoms and demonstrating sounds of an ailing vehicle while the Magliozzis make an attempt at identifying the malfunction. While the hosts pepper their call-in sessions with jokes directed at both the caller and at themselves, the depth and breadth of their knowledge of automobiles is extensive,taking their names from the clickety-clack sound made by aging autos

    THE COOLEST PART OF ALL? WHILE THEY ACT LIKE TOTAL WACKOS who are just “messin’ around with some car nonsense show”….THEY BOTH GOT THEIR COLLEGE AT ….. Massachussetts Institute/ Technology (MIT for those of you who prefer acronym-speak) !!!!! SO they actually are extremely self-effacing about their knowledge depth.

  17. Bookmonstercats says:

    I’m getting around to thinking that 260Oakley should have a Webby Award category all to him (or is it her?) self. For some reason, I think it must be a she, prolly because of associating “Oakley” with “Annie” (geddit?).

    Great hover-text NOMTOM.

    Anyhoos, I need a white fluffball with feets to clean the crumbs out of my keyboard. Good pay and conditions for the right high-tech ham.

  18. O NO He/she/it DI-unt!!! says:

    ps yes of COURSE I LOVE THE cuteness of the hammie & his/her posterior and his fuzziness and his dedication to his/ her job & etc.

    sorry if anyone feels bummed by my immediate veering slightly off-course, but ya gotta admit that the photo, caption et al are pretty darn close to “Click & Clack” as names; the program INCLUDES diagnosing by the sounds the equipment/ vehicle is making, etc.

    Carry on.

  19. omg!! his feets! his bum!! eeep!!!!

  20. O NO He/she/it DI-unt!!! says:

    @ Bookmonstercats: if ennyone (other than me) can figure out how to NOM-inate
    (he.he.) 260Oakley for a Webbie award as a single post/ commenter-human thinggie, I’ll sign up on the application or petition…

  21. domanato says:

    haha the Tech Support Ham looks very professional…here’s a bunch of Rap Artist Hams touting the virtues of the Kia Soul:–black-sheep-kia-hamsters-video

  22. Awww…all fixed mam

  23. 260Oakley says:

    @Bookmonstercats and O NO
    It’s an honor just to be nominated, but I don’t think I deserve a Webbie. I’d be happy with a mug that says “You’re Number Pun!”

  24. @ 260Oakley just tell me where to send it!!!!

  25. marthava says:

    This is excruciatingly adorabuhls. Such tiny widdle ‘ter tocks. awwwwwwwwww. 🙂

  26. awwwww!! perfect blobular shape!

  27. Once A Fish says:

    No, no, no, you guys have got it all wrong. You see, Hammie was walking along, and he spied the book Le Kabyle… and he found that it was a self-help book, all about how hamsters can self-empower themselves and do not have to rely on humans for food. He is now attempting to reach Enlightenment by looking for the Mystical Le Kabyle in this dark hole. And if he is really truly lucky, he will find a land of delicious treats in a variety of international flavors– not just Le Kabyles, but also the German der Kihbels, Mexican La Keebles, and so on.

  28. I totally had 501 French Verbs. :3

  29. MamaLana says:

    Oakley, I vote for you and your funny punnies! Anytime!

  30. You know, this little hammy would do a better job getting into that slot if he were boneless. You know…a boneless hamster. And…oh, sorry. It was a joke, people. A JOKE.

  31. Holy shnikey! I want to take my forefinger and thumb and just squish that little hamster booty!!!!
    And the leetle barely there feet are just killing me. OMG I’m going to die if I can’t stuff that morsel in to my mouf!

  32. Hammy tocks! Hammy tocks! They have such cute squashy little bottoms, and they’re adorable when they go exploring.

  33. Hon Glad says:

    I had an Ant crawl out of my computer, but I don’t notice any improvement in it’s download speed.

  34. BStrange says:

    Oakley puns. They slay.

    And Hon Glad: Hmm… Your Hex sounds like it’s having trouble keeping its ants on. Are you also getting Out Of Cheese Errors?

    To me, Mr. Tech Support Ham strongly resembles a furry white potato starting to sprout at one end. In the cutest possible way, of course.

  35. Elisha B. says:

    @Once a fish….*snerk*, hammie enlightenment….too much……

  36. Hon Glad, that was simply a computer bug that was removed by your malware program.

    And Decca, so you’re talking about boneless ham in the printer? Should I bring the bread and mustard? 😉

  37. mobiustrip says:

    this is the hamster version of plumber’s crack. (much better than the human one.)

  38. Pockety-pockety is the most delightfully onompatopoetic thing I’ve ever read/heard.

  39. I love to read Car Talk – we call them Click and Clack at the local Hippo paper. The car guys really know their stuff, but the way they write is a hoot. As for the hammy, just too precious. Back in the late ’70s and early 80’s before copiers got so complicated, I would fix the copier at my mom’s office. Never mind the fact I wasn’t even 13 years old yet. I loved anything mechanical that works.

  40. That’s not the Geek Squad – it’s the SQUEEK SQUAD!

  41. I had a hamster just like that one!

  42. Curious says:

    Why does everyone speak of violent acts when describing what the cute picture inspires within them? Squishing? Smashing? Eating? Biting? I don’t get this.

  43. HAHA HA ha ha. We were doing some remodeling at my office and the work in the walls must have disturbed some mice. I noticed a little movement off to one side, and hey, there’s a little mouse on my desk! I tried to sit very still but it saw me, got scared and ran riiiiight in the front opening on my computer! I picked up the printer to take it outside to let him go, but he must have escaped out the vent opening in the back because mousie was gone by the time I got it outside. I thought for a split second to push the paper feed button to see if I’d get a printout of a flat mouse! (Of course I would not actually do that!)

  44. (front opening of the PRINTER, not the computer. Argh, brain freeze.)

  45. Bookmonstercats says:

    @Curious, I understand what you mean. I don’t know the answer, but I suspect it’s because CO allows the predominantly highly intelligent people who visit the site to escape from the pressures of work and, in some cases, illness, bereavement and permanent disability, to a simpler world, where we can make silly noises (Sqeeee), pretend to fall over and die (*Thud* *Ded from the Qte*), make up silly almost rude names (‘tocks) and indulge in pretend childish exploration which, in babies, involves handling and biting etc. We all know that nobody who runs or visits this site would dream of dealing with an animal with harm or disrespect in mind. Ergo, we are jointly and severally silly while we are here.

    This is my best shot. I would now take off my geeky thick spectacles and remove my geek’s frizzy fright wig but, unfortunately, I am very short sighted and have thick frizzy hair anyway, so they’ll have to stay put.

    Ham ‘tocks and feets off the table….

  46. Bookmonstercats says:

    Hon Glad and Bstrange – just realised, “Hogfather” references. I keep reading the book and watching the film again and again just for the computer

  47. Curious says:

    @Bookmonstercats — Thank you!

  48. that hammie’s all, “le printair and le papair, they do not ….how you say… each othair, no?”

  49. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:




    sorry fer tha threadjack folks I DO LIKE THA HAMMIE AND THE PRINTER THINGGIE AND wish I had more time to (runs off at top speed, calling the Hud Office representative and waving paper application…)

  50. hi O NO….(is your new first name yoko?)

    i have emailed you some but not at length….i’m sorry to not have written you a good juicy tome in awhile. thanks for the new word “threadjack”!!

    congrats on le move to le apartment new!

  51. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:

    @ Aqua…ir re new apt: wheeeeeeeeeeeeee


    fwiw I actually *DONT” remember gettin’ but maybe one email from you recently,
    of just 3 lines or so?

    wuz there any more-substantial email recently which I might have missed ? or can I look forward to a New Contemporary parallel to War and Peace in my emailbox before June is out?

    peace love and y’know all that nerdy hippie stuff

  52. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:


    not the Geek Squad THE SQUEAK SQUAD

    THREE CHEERS FOR SHELLI!! Hip, hip (etc.)

    (i’m doin’ more than a bit of shoutin lately…..on the run and waaaaaaaaay too many sharp pointy things to juggle in a short period of time…I’ll be sane again someday (maybe)

  53. Bookmonstercats says:

    *Tips hat to @Curious*

  54. BStrange says:

    @Curious: I’m guessing it has its roots in the expression “you’re so cute/sweet I could just eat you up!”.

    No cuddly-adorable critters were harmed in the nomming of this qte. We swear. 🙂

  55. parachute pants and tip toes

  56. Ha! A pockety pockety sound.