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.
"Someone has taken it over!"
My boss is very computer illiterate and tech-resistant, to the extent that she prints out company emails she wants me to read and brings them to my desk, even though we get them on every computer in the office, including mine. A few months ago, some certificate related to our email account expired, causing an error message to appear when applemail was opened. She called me urgently to her desk, and said, "The email won't work! I keep getting a weird message!" When I asked her what it said, she replied frantically, "It said someone's taken it over! Someone's taken over the email!" After a few more questions, I asked her if it hadn't just said a certificate had expired. She replied calmly, "Oh, yes. That's the one. That's what it said." I said, "So...no one has taken over the email. It didn't actually say anything about that. Because if it did, that's kind of important to know." "No," she said, "that was it." I still have no idea how she came to the conclusion that someone had taken control of our applemail.
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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