My dad, who has a degree in education and works as a career counselor at a local college, will not properly use bold, italics, or underlining when writing email messages. Instead, he INSISTS on CAPITALIZING certain words for EMPHASIS throughout his WHOLE MESSAGE.
Parents, teachers, bosses, and the general old people population are terrible with technology.
"Don't forget to put Internet Explorer back on!"
One of my jobs is to tutor mature aged students at a local Uni. Instead of using a data projector, it is a regular practice of mine to borrow a screen from one of the unused PCs in the resource room and plug it into my laptop, thereby cloning my desktop and allowing my student to follow what I'm doing from the opposite side of the table. After seeing me do this for many weeks, the head of the Unit I work for asked me if I wasn't concerned that people would see my private files on the resource room PC when I left (ie: after I plugged the borrowed screen back into it). It took me ten minutes to explain that the computer monitor wasn't actually a computer, and that it only temporarily displayed the contents of my laptop - not forever, and especially not after I unplug it from my laptop. I then had to address her concerns about the "changes that I was making when I used the screen", and to ensure that I "put Internet Explorer back on..." when I reconnected the screen to it's PC. I use Mozilla on my laptop and have a minimalist BG image as well. She was stressed that I was "...making too many changes..." to the display and config. of the Uni's computers as she had never seen me "put it back to the way it was" before I plugged it back into the PC. I'm sure she still worries about it too...
Anton Read |
My girlfriend was creating a report and created a different word document for each section. When she realized that she needed to include page numbers, instead of combining them into one document she proceeded to print out 96 pages with only the page numbers on them. Then, insert the pages back into the printer and print each document on top of them.
I work at a furniture store, and sometimes I'm asked to ride shotgun on one of the delivery trucks. The driver is in his 50's and a bit eccentric. Each truck has a flip-open cell phone to communicate with the store, and this driver is often worried he's missed a call. But instead of looking for the little envelope icon to indicate a missed message, he insists on opening the... Read More » phone and starting to dial a number just so he can listen for the "message waiting" beep. Or better yet, often he will call the store to see if they called us, just in case.
My dad has had an iPhone for quite some time now. No matter how many times that I tell him otherwise, he thinks he can only use safari on it if he turns his personal hotspot on. He also thinks that turning it on will somehow boost his signal. He even has my stepmom log into his hotspot to use the Internet even though she too has an iPhone and hey have a shared data plan.
Ian Ostby |
So I'm teaching my mom how to use email on her computer. So she's sitting in the desk chair and I'm standing over her shoulder. I say, "Ok, so turn on the computer". She goes, "Hold on." She then stands up, goes to get pencil and paper and proceeds to write down "Turn computer on". I say, "You did not just write that, did you?"
Logan D |
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