Welcome to Idiotech, the column where we shame your parents, teachers, and other old people for being dumb about technology. If you think your parents are even stupider than this, submit your story at the bottom of this page.
My mother asked me what website she need to go to create a new email address. I told her to type in hotmail.com in the address bar. She typed in hotmale.com and got an embarassing result.- A Ali
My grandfather recently came to visit me and my family. Our house is at the top of a hill, and it is nearly impossible to get there unless you have a map or know your way around the area. Finding our house wasn't a problem for my grandpa, because he has an iPad and a GPS system. Before he drove over to our house, he found the route to our house using the map on his iPad. He then took a piece of tracing paper, put it on the screen, and drew the map onto the paper. He made it over to our house, and we had a fun day with him. This day included me using our MacBook to teach him how to look up pictures of trees on Google, then him saying he couldn't use Google on his computer because it was a PC.- Katie H
I was sitting in my grandparents' living room while watching TV with my mom, and I had my laptop in my lap. He looked at me confused, wondering why I had my laptop. He thought I was trying to sync the laptop and TV. Apparently he didn't understand how a laptop is portable enough to do two completely unrelated things at once.- Ryan H
Text from my mom: "Dad says he will cum in 20 min". Thanks for the mental image, Mom.- Max M
My aunt, bless her heart, is somewhat proficient on the computer. However, she still has a few things to figure out. The other day, I found a video short on YouTube I thought she might enjoy. After sending her a message containing the link, I get this reply: "ok will try and get into tube and take a look".- Alice R
I got a phone call from my mom asking if I wanted her to get me an iTunes because apparently now it has the Beatles on it.- Kalinka B
My dad phones me and says "Hi kiddo, can you text your brother and have him send me (part for vehicle) on the bus? He does carry that little text typing machine with him, doesn't he?" At least he got the "texting" part right I suppose.- Tye T
I was telling a coworker about these daily deals leading up to Christmas of a certain store. You had to sign up and then enter a code for their FB fan site. No problem. Then next day she wants to check it again and ask for help. I go over tell her to bring up the confirmation email and click the link, easiest way I though. To get on the internet she clicks on the windows orb and then explorer. Thing is the explore icon is right next to the orb on the bar. Then to go to her internet providers email she searches for it, after I convinced her she could check her "home" email from work. Her email only shows new emails from today, she has no idea how to get past emails. She is currently resigning up for the daily deals. The thing is she is in charge of all weekly software updates and testing for it for our department which require getting information for various website.- O.G.