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.
"The paper is still here."
So finially got my folks a 3 in 1, printer ,scanner, and fax. I hate faxes, i mean come one who uses them? but it was a good deal and i mistakingly thought they were ready. My mom is a California girl and pretty sharp ,( except when she put .50 cents in the empty USA Today newspaper machine and patiently waited for the news broadcast to start! But thats not why i'm here. She married my step dad, I guess you could call him a hillbilly. Even though the only hill was a pile of coal tailings, which may have something to do with this. So they got the surprise and mom was happily scanning in old photos, and printing out her favorite recipies. My dad first copyed and printed a $1 dollar bill. No surprise, not much of a big idea guy. So onto the fax, he called me one day to ask how to fax something to his Dr.s office. I walked him through it and we got off the phone. 3 minutes later he calls back and says its not working. I'm looking at my machine and we go over the wire hookup and setttings. Everything seems to be hooked up correctly, so I tell him to make sure the number is right and try again. About 6 minutes later (i think he tried twice) he calls again. "I dont know whats wrong" he says, "I put the paper in , i hear the funny noises and it says its sending, but"... wait for it... " the paper is still here!" Dad its not a teleportation machine!
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?"
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