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  • steven crawford,

    Being a man means thinking you don't have to read the manual. Gets me every time.

    And I thought it was the only one that thought that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    No love for the Three Kings exchange? Boohoo :( I telecommute for an overseas company! I bring in foreign earnings! Knowledge economy! Where are my faster bits? They said there would be faster bits! Ahem...

    As for my mother, she's the tech support for about half the Kenepuru. And yes, I am her tech support.

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    Oh dear...and if a chap does read the instructions ?

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 723 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I've stopped talking to my Grandma about technology altogether. I sense that it upsets her. The moment that clinched it was when I was talking about Wikipedia, and I could tell she wasn't getting it (since she didn't really get what the internet is), so I showed her on my PDA. I pointed out that her glorious Encyclopedia Brittanica set from 1985 contained much less data, which was much more out of date, and then I popped out the SD card on which it was stored and put it next to the letter E on the cover of the first volume just to bring the point home. When I also said that the same card also had a few hundred photos (and showed her) and about 5 hours of music (I played it), I noticed her eyes had gone watery and she was looking down and trembling slightly.

    I think opposition to technology is deeply personal for a lot of people because it reminds them of when they were young and deeply into their new gadgets, whatever they were, and now they don't even get what the current ones do. It just tells people how old and out of touch they are, and that hurts.

    That's why men won't read manuals. It's like going right back to the beginning, but without the bonus of also being young.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8439 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    I noticed her eyes had gone watery and she was looking down and trembling slightly

    Well yes -- I'd imagine it was quite traumatic for her, realising her beloved grandson was in fact Beelzebub.
    Begone with your black sorcery!

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    As for my mother, she's the tech support for about half the Kenepuru. And yes, I am her tech support.

    I need to put my dad onto her. He still hasn't got the Internet connected. Being one of the very last telephone's with a party line in New Zealand wouldn't have helped.

    I assume you meant Kenepuru sounds... Now I'm starting to think about the Simpson's depictions of Dad...

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Woops, typo alert!!!

    And I thought it was the only one that thought that.

    How about, I didn't think the manual was all that easy to understand.

    And,

    I need to put my dad onto her.

    yikes no, I meant mention that there is a teck suport person in the Kenepuru sounds. The Simpson's visuals are still allowed to apply.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    BenWilson sed (on pg 5)

    International Observer

    The thing is, in the current IPV4 world, addresses are a scarce resource and cost money to provide. Should the majority (who don't need one) subsidise the majority who do?

    eh? I've only just joined this thread. Must've been someone else who said that ...?

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    RTFM and make a Tech Writer happy. As for online Help, press F1 and see another world open up to you. As for embedded software...you are on your own.
    Free usually means no Help and...everybody needs Help.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    OK here is the real man stuff, It's worth waiting for the full download.
    Oh and its technical.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    This is Ellen MacArthur, real women stuff.
    Oh and it technical.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I need to put my dad onto her. He still hasn't got the Internet connected. Being one of the very last telephone's with a party line in New Zealand wouldn't have helped.

    There's an interesting concept. If you could use the internet on a party line, and one person downloaded something, would everyone get it?

    "Hey, I see you were downloading porn last night. Looked pretty good stuff to me! I read an email from your girlfriend... sheez, that was hot too!"

    Since Nov 2006 • 6162 posts Report Reply

  • mike.riversdale,

    Why not my dad?

    Ok - but I'm not sure it's fair on your Dad that I constantly use him - "Hey, anyone can use it, including Jo's Dad!"

    Or is it? :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    It all means much the same thing, yes. Although I suspect I'll still use my own mum , mentally, as a benchmark

    never, ever use your mum as a benchmark. there's some kind of psychology in there that always makes people look at you over their glasses.

    in a freudian way.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Bob Munro,

    This is Ellen MacArthur, real women stuff.
    Oh and it technical.

    Ellen MacArthur kicks arse on land too.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 418 posts Report Reply

  • mike.riversdale,

    he'll be clearly indicated in my next talk to public servants about "how to make social media work for your business".

    Not taking anything away from either party or your praise Che & Jo but, um, aren't they both just, well, talking to customers.

    Did we really need "social media" to (re-learn how to) talk with customers?

    I seem to recall my newsagent in Wales doing that a lot. Oh, and the guy at the pub. And the lady in the fish and chip shop (my great aunt), she was always nattering to "the customer" ...

    Just a thought

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    never, ever use your mum as a benchmark. there's some kind of psychology in there that always makes people look at you over their glasses.
    in a freudian way.

    I am so over you varsity types ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18815 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Being a man means thinking you don't have to read the manual.

    I always regard manuals as opinion pieces.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    On a completely different note, I'm really liking that both Vodafone and Orcon are representing themselves in this discussion.

    I'd like to see more of it. There's no reason that professional communicators and decision-makers (Jim Anderton dropped in with a useful post in the research fund thread today too) shouldn't speak directly to a civilised audience.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18815 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Oh, and can someone write me a script to replace all instances of "your mum" with "a mainstream consumer"?

    Well, I had a go, but after it disastrously ruined my database of "your mum" jokes in testing, I decided to scrap it :(

    "__A mainstream consumer__ is so fat, when I told her to haul arse, she had to make two trips."

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1855 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    but, um, aren't they both just, well, talking to customers.

    what is this "customer" of which you speak?

    I am so over you varsity types ...

    chuckle.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I was just talking to a sixty year old friend on the phone about some of what we are talking about here. I'v been asked to send some it in the snail mail. Looks like I'm going to be firing up my color laser printer, doing some screen shots, to send the Internet back in time, to Waiheke.

    I sometimes forget how many people have never seen what we do with the Internet.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2665 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I sometimes forget how many people have never seen what we do with the Internet.

    My mum has become more interested -- a couple of her friends are connected and they book tickets and stuff. She sometimes sees my blog. But she really doesn't want a computer -- I've tried to give her one and she decided she didn't want it.

    But I am buying her a Freeview DTT decoder, just as soon as they're available.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18815 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    steven crawford:

    I need to put my dad onto her. He still hasn't got the Internet connected. Being one of the very last telephone's with a party line in New Zealand wouldn't have helped.

    A fair chunk of the Kenepuru is being connected up with a community wifi project. Soon he may have better internet than you.

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    International Observer, my apologies for the misquote. It was Rich of Observationz I was quoting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8439 posts Report Reply

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