Originally created 10/29/99

Technology often tests creativity



Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.

-- Mark Lowry

A decade or so ago, it was common for folks to say they were so technologically challenged they couldn't even "program a VCR."

That was funny the first dozen times we all heard it, but gradually the challenge became the home computer.

Today, I think, most of us have gotten over this hump, but there are still some who have a problem. The Wall Street Journal recently pointed this out with these examples:

Compaq is considering changing the instruction "Press Any Key" to " Press Return Key" because of the flood of calls asking where the "Any" key is.

AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packed in.

A confused caller to IBM was having trouble printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it, "Couldn't find the printer."

The user had also turned the computer screen to face the printer but said that his computer still couldn't see it.

An exasperated caller to Dell Computer tech support couldn't get her new computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in she responded, "I pushed and pushed on this foot pedal and nothing happens."

The foot pedal turned out to be the computer's mouse.

A Novell System technician said one caller wanted to get his "cup holder" fixed.

After much discussion, it turned out the caller had been talking about the load drawer of the CD-ROM.

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COURT REPORT: The judge said to the defendant. "I thought I told you I never wanted to see you in here again."

"Your Honor," the guy answered, "that's what I tried to tell the police, but they wouldn't listen."

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MAIL BAG: Jimmy Buffet fans Ed, Susan, Karen and Dave send a post card from Key West. They write: "Greetings from the Meetings of the Minds. The weather is beautiful."

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TODAY'S JOKE: Comes from Ruth Tewes.

A man phones home from his office and says to his wife: "I have the chance to go fishing for a week. It's the opportunity of a lifetime. I have to leave right away. Please pack my clothes, my fishing equipment, and especially my blue silk pajamas. I'll be home in an hour to pick them up."

The man rushes home to grab everything. He hugs his wife, apologizes for the short notice, and then hurries off.

A week later, the man returns and his wife asks, "Did you have a good trip, dear?"

The man replies, "Yep, the fishing was great ... but you forgot to pack my blue silk pajamas."

His wife smiles and says, "Oh, no I didn't ... I put them in your tackle box!"

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, EXT. 107.