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.
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My favorite of all time is my parents. Who decided that because neither of them has ever touched a computer let alone a laptop they should get one, now that all the kids have moved out of the house. (This rational isn’t unusual, as us kids have destroyed our fair share of their property over the years we lived there.) Anyways, as I am the one who works with computers, and taken computer classes throughout school, I apparently am their tech support cause they believe that if they phone their provider’s tech support those a**holes will put viruses into their laptop. (Yeah, cause that’s what their paid to do right?) So at the time I lived a thousand miles away and I get a phone call from them asking me to help them set up this new laptop they got a screaming deal on through their provider. (The same screaming deal they are still paying for three years and another new laptop, later) I’m shocked they even bought a laptop in the first place so I go through the whole turn it on, plug the router into the laptop ‘Yup, in the hole that the plug fits in, yup that’s right’ And so and so forth, five hours later I ended up having to phone the provider to ask them to call my parents and walk them through the set up as I can’t do it from a thousand miles away. I really don’t know how long the tech had to talk them through it, but in the end they ended up sending someone out to hook it all up for them. A year later I’m finally able to make it back to their place for a visit, and I ask them how they like their new laptop, why haven’t they emailed me yet, blah, blah, blah. They both look at me like ‘WTF?’ So I get on the laptop and start searching their history trying to see if maybe they forgot they have email or what not. And they have one website in their history MSN, so I open it up, and my Mom goes “Oh yeah that guy who came and set up the internet for us took us to this place, yeah no, we didn’t want to read all that information, so we just play solitaire” Really guys, thanks for wasting mine and the tech’s time, and effort…
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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