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               Thursday, September 19 2002 

Computer frustrations

A member of the Forum writes:

"How about dealing with the frustrations of people 'our' age who love the new electronic stuff but have such a hard time understanding the lingo. What a business opportunity for someone like you who could make 'House calls' to install for computer dummies like me: printers, scanners, and all the other toys. People would pay to have it done; I know I would. I'm so frustrated with it...I just want the stuff to work.

"I'm not a computer whiz. Pop-ups come on screen to help you to troubleshoot. Yeah, right...that's fine if you understand the terminology they use. I don't understand it. I don't want to. When I push a button that says print, I want the thing to print, etc.; why is it so difficult? I thought the stuff was supposed to be user-friendly?

"A technician at Circuit City, a kid of about 30, said, 'My computer scares me to death.' If his computer scares him, how do you think I and many others like me feel. When my printer jams, I don't know what to do, so I get frustrated and pull the stupid paper out...unplug it, swear at it a few times, plug it in again and the stupid thing will work."

I feel your pain. And I've felt almost from the beginning of this Forum that such problems should be a topic, perhaps even a recurring one. Almost every week I correspond with someone trying to do something on or with the Nanty Glo site and asking for help. Sometimes I can make useful suggestions. But as for printer paper jams, I have to confess I've had to thow out two fairly new printers over the past several years because my "solution" doesn't work. So don't try stopping the misfed paper by yanking it as hard as you can. It's likely to turn a paper jam in the making into a printer good only for the recycle yard.

In general, however, my advice and my practice for most software applications is "just bang on it" until you find out how it works. Most of the programs I've been using for years, like Microsoft Word, Dreamweaver (the best web page program), and Framemaker hold secrets for months and yield them slowly. It's almost a rule of thumb that most of what you will learn will come by trial and error. I'll take up some specifics next time, and meanwhile if anyone has specific questions, send them in. If I can't answer them, maybe someone else can.

And also meanwhile, here's a page that can quickly answer most definition questions concerning software and hardware (that is, programs and the equipment that are run by the programs): Webopedia, http://www.webopedia.com.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Out to dry

John and David were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, John suddenly dived into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there. David promptly jumped in to save him. He swam to the bottom of the pool and pulled John out. The medical director came to know of David's heroic act. He immediately ordered that David be discharged from the mental hospital, as he considered him to be okay. The doctor told him, "We have good news and bad news for you, David! The good news is that we are going to discharge you because you have regained your senses. Since you were able to jump in and save another patient, you must be mentally stable. The bad news is that the patient whom you saved, Mr. John, hung himself in the bathroom and died." David replied, "Doctor, he didn't hang himself. I put him there to dry.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Old age is like a bank account: you withdraw from what you've put in. So, try to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

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