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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:32 AM

My grandma is 83, but she still uses her computer. Gotta love her, but she doesn't quite understand how things work. The other day she told my mother that she can't check her email on my mom's computer because her computer is a Dell and my mom's is a HP.

A guy we know asked hubby about fixing his computer. He said, "do I need to bring the teevee with it?"

I'm not trying to pick on them. We all have to start learning somewhere, but some of the questions are funny. What funny tech questions have people asked you?

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:36 AM

Believe it or not, I actually got the classic while working for HP tech support...

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My tea cup holder is broken


Also...
Me: Use the mouse to double click the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop.
Them: [silence] tap, tap...tap, tap... [/silence] it's not working.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:40 AM

My favorite was when my dad, now 65 then 50's, asked me how to turn on the computer. I mean, come on dad, my grandpa knows how to do that, and he was in his LATE 80's.

Of course, my dad admitted to me last night that he was going to send an e-card to my grandpa cause yesterday was his 92nd birthday, and my dad said that since he couldn't figure it out, that he didn't think my grandpa could figure it out.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:44 AM

Where's the internet?


[Referring to the Firefox icon on the desktop]
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 08:04 AM

View PostOliveOyl3471, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 02:32 PM, said:

A guy we know asked hubby about fixing his computer. He said, "do I need to bring the teevee with it?"


The Commodore 64 I had many years ago, I used to connect it to the teevee..

Sorta related but not to computers, When I was returning a DVD today to the place where you rent DVDs, I told the guy in the store I wasn't sure the movie was rewound and at first he was so chocked he didn't know what to say. Then he started stammering so I had to tell him I was only joking.

Try it, it's usually pretty funny. I've done it several times before.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:08 AM

View PostGloin, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

When I was returning a DVD today to the place where you rent DVDs, I told the guy in the store I wasn't sure the movie was rewound


Very funny! :wub:
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:17 AM

Me: "Open your browser."
Them: "What's a browser?"
Me: "Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer."
Them: "Oh, I thought that was the internet.... [long pause]... so if that's my browser, where's my internet?"

Edit: Thought of another one:
... side note: John is my younger brother....
[phone rings]
Me: "Hello?"
Mom: "Hey, John's down here and he's putting his stick in the computer and it's not doing anything."
Me: "What stick?"
Mom: "You know... a stick... thing. He's been playing with it a couple hours now, but no matter where he puts it, it just doesn't work."
Me: "You mean a thumb drive?"
Mom: "No, it's definitely a stick. He's tried putting it in, taking it out, flipping it over... he put it in different holes. The stupid computer isn't doing anything! It just sits there!"
Me: [facepalm] "Just tell John to stop playing with his stick until I get there, ok?"
Mom: "Hold on... [muffled voices in the background] ...ok, I told him, but why is he laughing?"

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:31 AM

My favorite was when I was teaching my Grampa how to check his email.

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"How'd you do that?!"

"what?"

"that! that where the text moved up!"

"what?" (I didn't understand)

"There, right there, you clicked something and the message moved up!"

(realization slowly dawns, and I look in the corner of the screen, where the cursor is still hovering over the scroll button)

"uh... it's called 'scrolling'. you use it where the message is too long to fit on the screen."

"you mean all those e-mails I've been getting aren't just one line?!"

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 12:21 PM

View PostOliveOyl3471, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:08 AM, said:

View PostGloin, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

When I was returning a DVD today to the place where you rent DVDs, I told the guy in the store I wasn't sure the movie was rewound


Very funny! :wub:

the rewinding part or the actually going to a video rental location part?
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 12:25 PM

View Postsupersloth, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 01:21 PM, said:

View PostOliveOyl3471, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:08 AM, said:

View PostGloin, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

When I was returning a DVD today to the place where you rent DVDs, I told the guy in the store I wasn't sure the movie was rewound


Very funny! :wub:

the rewinding part or the actually going to a video rental location part?


The part about returning the DVD. I thought Gloin was a klepto.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 12:41 PM

We was doing a recovery on a SAPS server one day and the one of the commands to get to the parameters we had to use was Alt-R. It took the Technician 10 minutes to realize he would need to hook up the keyboard before we could continue.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:21 PM

View PostOliveOyl3471, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 07:25 PM, said:

View Postsupersloth, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 01:21 PM, said:

View PostOliveOyl3471, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:08 AM, said:

View PostGloin, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

When I was returning a DVD today to the place where you rent DVDs, I told the guy in the store I wasn't sure the movie was rewound


Very funny! :wub:

the rewinding part or the actually going to a video rental location part?


The part about returning the DVD. I thought Gloin was a klepto.



Awwh.. Come on guys, that's a funny joke!!
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:33 PM

a friend of mine who used to work at best buy was apparently asked repeatedly by customers if adding songs to their ipods would make them heavier...
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:44 PM

my boss that i work for now is the same. the question i was ask well they are a lot but the funny one was when he click 84321 time on some row and when you click 2 times on it he is selected and clicking again dis selected so after hitting it like 84321 times he ask me why is not selected. what answer can you give him. how can you work as a program for such a guy.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:50 PM

View PostNoBrain, on 16 Dec, 2009 - 08:44 PM, said:

my boss that i work for now is the same. the question i was ask well they are a lot but the funny one was when he click 84321 time on some row and when you click 2 times on it he is selected and clicking again dis selected so after hitting it like 84321 times he ask me why is not selected. what answer can you give him. how can you work as a program for such a guy.


Ok, but is it possible that he only speaks english and you two just don't understand eachother?!
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