My dad asked me if our car's GPS works by following the road's carbon footprints.
My Dad has some music that I put on his computer for him. He brought me a CD and asked me to put it on his computer for him. He asked if it was some band he hadn't heard of. The CD is a 2003 copy of Solitaire Masters 4.
My mother and I were visiting my grandparents in Oregon last year, where my grandfather works from a 15" MacBook Pro. The MacBook itself might as well be a desktop computer now, since when he replaced the LCD screen after dropping it, one of the hinges is permanently broken. There are exposed wires running out of the base and back into the monitor. When my mother asked to use the computer to check her email after he was done, he calmly saved his document ('Save As
' actually, creating yet another copy on the desktop) and began shutting down the computer. When prompted, he explained, "Oh, it's best to shut it off and on again, so you can start fresh."
My grandmother called me over to look at her computer that she said had gotten a virus from a shopping site. She told me that she was shopping online and decided it was too expensive and canceled her order. But she kept being bothered by a pop-up on her screen telling her that she had to check out. I came over to find that she had somehow saved the check out button icon as her desktop background. When I changed the background back to the classic Windows blue, she thanked me for getting rid of the virus.
My Grandpa recently decided to get himself a computer and all kinds of accessories, including a scanner.The first time he wanted to scan something he asked me if he had to print it afterwards. I laughed. He took that to mean, "yes."
Marc Hartmann, University of Augsburg, Germany
My mom just upgraded our Comcast account to the fast speed because she thinks a faster internet connection will make the wheels spin faster on her slot machine games.
Joe Tito, Northern Illinois University
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