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Midnight Kitty

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7215 on: February 28, 2013, 12:52:46 PM »
Twik wrote:

"And the lovely "ABORT, RETRY, FAIL?""

Who is General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my hard drive?

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Phtt! Coffee, meet keyboard!  I forgot about the "any" key.  I remember looking all over for it. >:D

Back in the late 70s, I worked for a large electronics manufacturer in Silicon Valley.  I was not even a tech; Just a "rework girl."  My supervisor assigned me to entering failure data into a program he wrote.  His program writing abilities were only slightly more advanced than my data entry skills.  I made a typographic error while entering data, so I hit "delete."  The delete button didn't do anything, so I typed in "delete."

How was I supposed to know that would delete the program itself and all the data.  My supervisor yelled at me.  A lot.  I was computer-phobic for several years because I didn't know how everything could go *poof* in the blink of an eye.  Elvis-has-left-the-room gone.  No warning message.  Nothing.  Probably because my supervisor thought warning messages were unnecessary and he didn't think about the possibility of the data entry clerk hitting the wrong key.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7216 on: February 28, 2013, 01:00:06 PM »
Ah yes, the days of "any key". I was 9ish when I had to explain the concept to my mom (and I suspect my stepfather, even though he didn't admit it. He was hovering outside the door to the computer room though).

Which let me tell you, was a painful thing for me at that age. But it did help my communication skills. Eventually. ;)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7217 on: February 28, 2013, 01:05:33 PM »
I made my grandson's brain hurt some years back.  He was about...8, maybe. 

"Grandma, what kind of video games did they have when you were my age?"

When I was 8 it was 1963.  That there were no electronic games of any kind was an alien concept to him.  I remember how strange as it seemed to me at that age that my mother grew up with no television.

I have so many fun conversations like this with my own kids.  They keep getting stuck on the fact that we had 4 channels period where they have at least 4 channels dedicated to kids' programming alone.  Does not compute.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7218 on: February 28, 2013, 01:11:29 PM »
And the lovely "ABORT, RETRY, FAIL?"

http://www.ellenbailey.com/poems/ellen_215.htm A copy of the "Abort, Retry, Ignore" parody of The Raven. :-)

That is an hilarious poem and very well done.  Thank you for posting it. 

It brings back memories of the 'Beagle Brothers Peek and Poke charts' for the  Apple 2 computer. We still have one of them around.  We should probably get it framed.    It also reminds us of 'Dr. Dobb's Journal of Calisthenics, Computing  and Orthodontia' or 'Running Light Without Over Byte'.

Ah, the good old, bad old days.

 


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7219 on: February 28, 2013, 01:13:37 PM »
I'm one of those people who decided to give up my landline very early on.  It was really funny watching my kids trying to use a landline phone for the first time at my parents' house when we visited a few years ago.  They couldn't figure out how to work it and had no clue what dial tone was. Now my parents gave up their landline, but it's still an amusing memory.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7220 on: February 28, 2013, 01:54:40 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


Sorry.  Couldn't resist
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7221 on: February 28, 2013, 02:05:33 PM »
I made a friend feel old when I mentioned to her that my iPod was 10 years old and was starting to go out. (The battery's been replaced twice, but now the video is starting to freeze/lag while the audio continues. I can't really find a reason for it online, so I expect it's just age catching up to it.) "They made iPods 10 years ago??" Yes, back when I was in high school (I was actually a late adopter of the iPod and got mine in college. Whoops, just made it worse, sorry...!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7222 on: February 28, 2013, 02:13:45 PM »
I made a friend feel old when I mentioned to her that my iPod was 10 years old and was starting to go out. (The battery's been replaced twice, but now the video is starting to freeze/lag while the audio continues. I can't really find a reason for it online, so I expect it's just age catching up to it.) "They made iPods 10 years ago??" Yes, back when I was in high school (I was actually a late adopter of the iPod and got mine in college. Whoops, just made it worse, sorry...!

I have an iPod Mini, I still use it and see no need for a new one (although this post was written on an iPad 2).


I made some kids brains hurt by telling them we didn't have texting when I was a teen, then mentioning the phone.  One of them said, "so you did have texting then" and I had to explain that we only had simple landlines (we had a rotary phone when I was a child, and getting a "radio phone" was a big deal!)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7223 on: February 28, 2013, 02:25:10 PM »
Starry Diadem, the way I always heard it was:

C:\DOS>

C:\DOS> RUN

Please, God, run...


BabyMama, your friend isn't that far off.  The first iPods were sold in late 2001, so that's only 11.5 years.  Also, did you take your iPod to your nearest Apple store?  From what you said, you're probably right, but you might ask them if they can wipe and reinstall the firmware, just in case the problem is simply a corrupted OS.  It won't cost you anything to ask, and you might be able to save the device.

RingTailedLemur wrote:

"One of them said, "so you did have texting then" and I had to explain that we only had simple landlines"

Remember way back when, when you'd use a phone for voice communications?  Those sure were the good old days....

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7224 on: February 28, 2013, 02:50:20 PM »
Starry Diadem, the way I always heard it was:

C:\DOS>

C:\DOS> RUN

Please, God, run...


Well yes, but that's not quite as much fun as the old wingadingdingy and Jane learn-to-read book!
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Midnight Kitty

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7225 on: February 28, 2013, 02:57:47 PM »
I make lots of people's brains hurt with my stupid cell phone.  I got one for me and one for DH because he's blind in one eye and wanted a "simple cell phone with big numbers."  I won't mention the name of the company, but it is similar to Charleston Cricket.  My brain hurt when we signed up because there is an extra charge for voice mail.  It isn't much, but I couldn't wrap my brain around the idea of a cell phone that doesn't take messages.  We both pay the surcharge to have voice mail, but it doesn't always tell you when you missed a call or someone left a voice message.  It seldom tells you right away, usually it is a day or two later, and sometimes it never delivers the message.  Several people have told me, "Didn't you hear my voice mail message?"  I have to reply, "No, it didn't save it for me."

The phone doesn't have a camera/scanner and we did not choose the text option (costs a lot extra).  It doesn't tell people who send it a text that it doesn't do text messages and it charges me 10 cents per text message even though I never see the text message.  I really hate these phones, but the monthly charges are dirt cheap.  I guess you get what you pay for.

When people talk about their smart phones and ask about my phone, I say, "Mine's a stupid phone: It can't even remember my voice mail messages."

I'm looking forward to upgrading in the next month or so.  Any of you out there who love your smart phone/portable device, please PM me with your suggestions.  I hate going on line and reading the promotional literature or going to the outlet and having some high pressure salesperson chat me up.  I would rather hear customer comments.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 02:59:19 PM by Midnight Kitty »
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7226 on: February 28, 2013, 04:27:28 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


Sorry.  Couldn't resist

LOL!! Love it! : )

I played around one day with my cell phone's speaker feature (as in it allows you to dictate what you want it to do. Not an iPhone so it's not Siri but similar.

I tried to have it call DH.   

"Call DH'sname"
"Calling Karen."
"Cancel.  Call Dhsname"
"I do not see an entry for candle. Who do you want me to call?"
"Call Dhsname"
"Do you want me to open Kindle?"

I gave up.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7227 on: February 28, 2013, 04:46:43 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


Sorry.  Couldn't resist

That's especially funny for those ofus who remember both DOS and 'wingadingdingy and Jane'.

My, we are getting old, aren't we?

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7228 on: February 28, 2013, 04:57:39 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


Sorry.  Couldn't resist

LOL!! Love it! : )

I played around one day with my cell phone's speaker feature (as in it allows you to dictate what you want it to do. Not an iPhone so it's not Siri but similar.

I tried to have it call DH.   

"Call DH'sname"
"Calling Karen."
"Cancel.  Call Dhsname"
"I do not see an entry for candle. Who do you want me to call?"
"Call Dhsname"
"Do you want me to open Kindle?"

I gave up.

Me and Siri no longer speak for this very reason.  She pops up every now and then trying to talk to me, but I just ignore her

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7229 on: February 28, 2013, 05:11:40 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


Sorry.  Couldn't resist

That's especially funny for those ofus who remember both DOS and 'wingadingdingy and Jane'.

My, we are getting old, aren't we?

Yes, the problems of getting old.

It took me a while to figure out who wingadingdingy was and what the heck that meant?

Ah, my tired old brain kicked in . . . I get it now! ;D

(gotta love those filters!)


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