Ooooh FFS Part 2, or please have mercy , shoot me now  

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F
6527 posts
9/23/2005 12:21 am

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Ooooh FFS Part 2, or please have mercy , shoot me now

Never never, ever (at risk of your sanity) try to provide computer support for an elderly family member (who by the way should have a restraining order against even being within 3 meters of a computer, much less own one) by phone.

First, the computer problem won't be solved.

Secondly, they won't even listen (amazing that even the simplest instruction will be turned into a yarn about the weather, health ailments, or other relatives).

And last but not least, you'll never get that 30 minutes (if you're lucky) of your life back (even if you were drinking a nice glass of wine at the time- it will be tainted).

Have a nice weekend all !!

Liefs Helpdesk Coffee

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
9/23/2005 1:36 am

I stopped teaching beginner computer classes when, after the FIFTH CLASS, one of my mature students actually picked the mouse up OFF the desk to make it work and I slapped her hand and the mouse back down onto the desk. I knew that was time to give it up.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

BIG9216213047 36M

9/23/2005 2:28 am

ha ha! nice

yesbelg 55M
118 posts
9/23/2005 3:38 am

Know that with my mother, but with her, its everything thats involving keys and electricity, (remote control, phone, fax, …
Just glad my father is the other way around

Have a great WE coffee without disturbance, and a good wine

Erik_Bloodaxe 56M

9/23/2005 4:00 am

I have a client. She is over 80. She wanted to learn "how to use a computer". We started off with basic "mouse" skills. After 8 hours she was still waving the mouse above her head and wondering why the cursor on the screen as not moving. So, Coffee, I have some sympathy for you

_TeaNoMilk_ 52F

9/23/2005 5:38 am

Mmmmmmmmm I am family...but I am younger than you are. Are you referring to auntie EggplantNoColiflower ?

_TeaNoMilk_ 52F

9/23/2005 5:38 am

*waves and sips some Tea*

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/23/2005 6:00 am

When I was working in IT, I had a simple black T-shirt with a logo in the starkest white: "No, I can't fix your computer".

Not that it ever stopped people asking, mind you

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
9/23/2005 6:15 am

It's not the computer repair that they wanted. It was simply the fact that your presence gave them a chance to interact with you.

ByteChaser2 52M

9/23/2005 7:14 am

Welcome to my world CNC! Prozak helps... As does beating one's head with a brick

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
9/23/2005 11:31 am

Oh dear....this has to be one of those universal experiences. I have spent more than one evening trying to "solve" some amazingly simple computer problem over the phone with my mom......grrrrrrr....

I also help a senior friend every Friday morning with her computer person, though. Amazingly it doesn't help much...I have taught the same lessons about 10 or 12 times now.

As I am getting on in age I am watching for those tell-tale signs....How did you do that again?

AmberSolaire 42M

9/23/2005 12:28 pm

and you havent even mentioned the fallout that happens when they do something wrong, bugger up the computer and then blame you ........

Hows the pup settling in?

CuteAZguy27 39M
1545 posts
9/23/2005 1:21 pm

I have to agree with the second one, did you know this?


rm__AnyGirl_ 51F
246 posts
9/24/2005 1:34 am

Coffee...stop coaching computers ..and coach something else !!!

whiskEynowater 55M
204 posts
9/24/2005 2:05 am

Have some of whiskey

leyndokona2 49F

9/25/2005 11:16 pm

Need an idea for a Christmas present for EggplantNoCauliflower? Online computer lessons?

rm_anngneer 43M

9/28/2005 7:42 am

I can sympathise! Try doing computer support over the phone to someone 800 miles away in another country, running a totally diferent version of software....

_TeaNoMilk_ 52F

9/30/2005 5:05 am

I hope this wasnt me you were talking about...

_TeaNoMilk_ 52F

9/30/2005 5:06 am

Anng.....pls help me I am in another country as well

_TeaNoMilk_ 52F

9/30/2005 5:07 am


whiskEynowater 55M
204 posts
10/3/2005 5:07 am

coffee is tea really poor at puters ?

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