of information technology
people alike, the Friend Who Knows A Lot About Computers--usually a power user
with an exaggerated sense of self-importance
--will undermine any attempt you make to get a user
on board with the technical solution
s you're offering.
The Friend tends to either be a dabbler lacking depth of knowledge in any field, or a specialist in one thing who filters all questions through his own narrow area of expertise. Once the user is out of your sight he or she will seek out this friend for a second opinion. Depending on the situation, he may either advise the user to strip away everything useful from the proposed system in order to save money, or to add on all sorts of ludicrously expensive equipment in order to perform high-end functions the user doesn't need (like daily tape backups of their "cool screensavers" folder).