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25 April 2006 @ 02:36 pm
The most basic things are the hardest things to explain to people. For instance, I'm having a hell of a time hammering home the concept to this one woman that instant messages have nothing to do with email. I tried the walkie-talkie vs. snail mail analogy, but I'm failing my saving throw vs. DENSE big time.

Same woman who doesn't get the Recycle Bin or how you store files in C:\.
ex_radric52 on April 25th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
The most basic things are the hardest things to explain to people.

That sounds rather Taoist to me. **chuckles**

My condolences to you for having to endure having to try to teach that woman. How is she relating IMs to eMail?
Miusherimiusheri on April 25th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
lol! I'm not even totally sure myself. The moment I mentioned the concept, she asked if it was anything like email. And even though I said no, I guess the notion got reinforced in her addled mind when we had to use an email address to sign up for Windows Messenger.

BTW, this is the woman who drove me nuts in PowerPoint a couple of weeks ago- the one who literally made me start crying when I thought I'd have to endure her presence in Excel. ^_^* That was mostly my medication's fault, but still!
Ellie: Chairellie on April 25th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
You should fail her. Be all like "Ma'am, I fail you at life."
Miusheri: gotevil?miusheri on April 25th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
I need to rig trap doors under every chair in the classroom, and have switches for each at my desk, to send the especially stupid an especially permanent message. The trap doors would drop into a vast, dark pit filled with cold water and hungry crocodiles. While the victim/moron ponders what key they pressed that sent them there, their arm is being chewed off. Ah, sweet sweet revenge.
Ellie: justiceellie on April 25th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Crocks are so 1950's James Bond. I recommend sharks with lasers.
Miusherimiusheri on April 25th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Normally I'd agree, but lasers are too merciful. Besides, Steve Irwin could totally help me get set up, and I will not pass up a chance to meet Steve Irwin!

Roight! Now ova 'ere, we 'av this beauty! One boite from 'er, and it's ool ova!
ex_radric52 on April 25th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Seems that some people need to be removed from the gene pool by throwing them into the alcohol-lemon-juice-and-razor-blades pool.
Miusheri: gotevil?miusheri on April 25th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
I am convinced. My vast, dark underground will be filled with that lovely imagery as opposed to water. As long as the crocodiles can be made immune to it.
Purrsia Kat: duhpurrsia on April 25th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Wow. And I thought of myself as computer illiterate. Next to her, I am a super-genius :lol:

Good luck with that :-p
ex_radric52 on April 25th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Compared to a lot of people, you're a super-genius, Purrsia.

Well, at least 12 people. **chuckles**
Miusherimiusheri on April 25th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh god, you are YEARS ahead of this woman. Your websites alone are proof of this. She also wants me to tell her what files/emails are okay for her to delete. That's not something I can tell anybody- that's personal judgment, you know? Are you going to use that file/email again? Yes? No? ::smacks forehead::