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               Friday, September 20 2002 

Computer frustrations - 2

We've been "underwhelmed" by response to this topic so, unless there's more after today's discourse, we'll move on more quickly than I'd expected. Several ideas to perhaps prime the pump.

Think like a computer. At least, dare to dream about what a computer can do for you. When you need help for something like grammar and spelling, formatting a page layout, editing photographs...ask questions like: What would I like the computer to do for me? How could it be possible that it can achieve these goals? If it's feasible, how would the computer go about doing it?

Unless you're an electronics engineer or programmer, your answers will be bush league, to be sure. But you'll be part of the way to mastering the software (also known as the "application"), and possibly you'll start "using it" before you even acquire it.

Did you ever take a high school or college course, maybe even a weekend seminar, that you were actually looking forward to? "At last," you may have thought, "I'm going to get an opportunity to learn how to —, or get credit for doing —, which I've been wanting to do for a long time anyway." It might have been a gym class on a particular skill you wanted to acquire, a how-to class like writing the short story or programming in the C++ computing language, or even a class that could enhance a hobby like studying the Civil War facilitated by taking a mid-19th Century American history class.

The point is, that when a desire and a course come together that way, a good grade is usually in the bag. The same thing applies to using computer applications: when you know what you want to do and spend some dream time on how you're going to do it, and how the right software is going to help you do it, it goes a lot more easily.

Any questions? Suggestions? Topic proposals?

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Men are not so complicated

"I'M GOING FISHING"
Means: "I'm going to drink myself dangerously stupid, and stand by a stream with a stick in my hand, while the fish swim by in complete safety."

"IT'S A GUY THING"
Means: "There's no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical."

"CAN I HELP WITH DINNER?"
Means: "Why isn't it already on the table?"

"I WAS LISTENING TO YOU. IT'S JUST THAT I HAVE THINGS ON MY MIND." Means: "I was wondering if that redhead over there is wearing a bra."

"TAKE A BREAK HONEY, YOU'RE WORKING TOO HARD."
Means: "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

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