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 Post subject: What I'm feeling when my mom is using the computer.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:43 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What I'm feeling when my mom is using the computer.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:13 am 
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My mum is actually pretty decent with computers. She has a (slightly outdated) degree in information technology, so she could, if she wanted to, code a very 1997 looking web page.

My housemate, on the other hand, is still using IE6. On a tiny netbook screen. With a useless security toolbar taking up even more of the already scarce screen space. Every time I have to fix the little things that go wrong with it, I have to suppress the little voice in my head that says "OH MY GOD INSTALL CHROME NOW DOIT DOIT DOIT"


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:01 am 
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Ha! My mum is pretty good too, I have her on a MacBook for simplicity. I have the same one so when she calls in a panic I can draw up the software on my screen and talk her though things. She's convinced if she presses enter at the wrong moment the whole world will blow up, it's funny, bless her.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:11 am 
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Hilarious! Me too! Mine is pretty computer savvy (compared to some) but oh goodness, "there are shortcuts! You could do what you're doing this way and it would be so much faster!" is what I'm thinking as she is using the computer.

Sometimes I just take over. I think she's ok with that.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:48 am 
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I hate to say it, but both my parents are far more computer literate than I am.

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My mom is pretty good with her computer. She uses email a lot and does a ton of online shopping and uses Blackboard for her classes. What confused me is when she joined facebook. After my sister's wedding I posted hte pics I took on facebook and my mom wanted to seethem so she joined, then she flipped out and asked me how to unjoin, so i told her, then the next thing I know,s hes's addeda picture and is friending other people. Last week she invited me to some political rally.

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ha! it does go something like that when my mom asks me to help her do something on the computer. it takes her approximately 30 seconds to stop listening to what i'm telling her to do, click on something she shouldn't, and then blame me even though she didn't even do what i told her to in the first place.

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My mom googles websites instead of just typing them in. I tell her a link, she types in google.nl, then googles the link, then opens it. I try not to watch her.

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My dad would not even make it to the stages depicted in this cartoon. If you are looking for a prime example of someone who exists in the 21st century and has a computer in his own home and literally doesn't even know how to turn it on, he is it. Could be because he never gets to use it, my mom is on it all the time forwarding me emails of puppies and Baby Boomer jokes.

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oh my god. I hate when my mom puts urls in a google search. and just use the freaking scroll wheel!


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My mother is much the same way. Makes me wonder how we will all be in 50 years with the new technology, will the young whippersnappers be aggravated when we try to use it? Or will we adapt better.

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My mother is a perfectly competent woman who probably uses the internet more than I do - BUT SHE DOES IT ALL WRONG. And, unfortunately for us, I don't have a poker face.

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You know what's worse? Having someone like that (aka my boss) sit behind a person with an above average amount of computer and internet knowledge (aka me) sit behind you and tell you how to find things, on the internet or the computer itself. Instead of, "Print the project manual for job 2010-057, please.", I get: "Okay, go to start. Computer. Project server. 2010. Okay now we're looking for the Taco Bell job...it's 50 something?"

I also had to teach him how to search for a file on his computer.

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 Post subject: Re: What I'm feeling when my mom is using the computer.
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I love people who can't use computers. Well, I love/hate, because I do get frustrated like in that comic panel, but when I think about at times like this that I am not subject to it I think it really cute. My mom is very much like this. Ever since she got her iPhone she calls all my emails texts. Even after I correct her and say 'email' she'll say "Right, email, heheh. Well, I've gotta go, Text me later, bye!"

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I put it on my mom's wall.

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My mom is probably more computer literate than I am. She worked for a dot-com startup for several years and, although she was sort of winging it at first, she learned a LOT there. My boss, on the other hand, lacks the most rudimentary windows navigation skills and is so afraid of ruining something that he can't poke around and figure things out. Someone once told him to right click in order to do something. Once they walked him through what they meant by right clicking, that became his go-to. If he can't do what he needs to do by right clicking, it's not getting done without my help.

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I do the same thing when my dad borrows my computer, but I also get paranoid he will find my stash of scantily clad ladies so I'm always close enough that I can hit F11 or pull the plug if he even opens my Finder.

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HAhahaha... hilarious. My mom is competent when it comes to computers, but that comic sums up my dad's computer knowledge nicely. He only uses his computer to check email and look at pictures of tractors and RV's. =[

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This reminds me when chatting online was out, like, 15 years ago... And you'd have that person trying to respond by one-finger typing, and then seeing a mistake and backspacing and it taking 5 minutes to type one sentence, and all I could think is just "LET ME DO IT! GET OUT OF MY WAY AND LET ME TYPE IT!!!!". I'm not the most patient person...


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This is totally my dad.

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My mom doesn't even use the computer, despite the fact that it's the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to contact me (on another continent).

The comic, however, seems to fit about half the people I work with. What is it with people who insist on moving their hands off the keyboard to the mouse, finding the cursor, moving the mouse to the button, and clicking on "start" or "find" or "go" or whatever instead of just HITTING ENTER?! And it probably took me less time to type that than it would've taken them to do that.

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That is exactly what I felt anytime I'd watch my dad use the internet. He still has dial-up AOL (and pays more than if he just got a high-speed connection), so everything takes forever, and as a result it's even more frustrating to try to teach him how to do a basic google search or something.

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