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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7230 on: February 28, 2013, 10:17:41 AM »
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7231 on: February 28, 2013, 10:29:16 AM »
mbbored wrote:

"CM: You should really study shorthand."

I find the problem here is that she asked a full question first and switched to shorthand for the reply.  That would have thrown me, along with the fact that not many people study shorthand any more.  Who transcribes dication by hand outside a courtroom any more?

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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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7232 on: February 28, 2013, 10:43:07 AM »
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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He invented the 'any' key.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7233 on: February 28, 2013, 12:07:59 PM »
My kids's brains are still broken after I explained to them that there the internet existed before there was a world wide web, and just like pre-windows computers, you had to remember where things were and type commands.  Of course, I never used the internet for much except for a few MUDs and some usenet groups.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7234 on: February 28, 2013, 01:05:54 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. :-)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7235 on: February 28, 2013, 01:10:41 PM »
mmswm wrote:

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My kids's brains are still broken after I explained to them that there the internet existed before there was a world wide web, and just like pre-windows computers, you had to remember where things were and type commands.  Of course, I never used the internet for much except for a few MUDs and some usenet groups."

And email, I presume?  I've had that same discussion, but the part that breaks my brain is that I had to have it with some of my younger coworkers, who should know better.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7236 on: February 28, 2013, 01:52:46 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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He invented the 'any' key.
Phtt! Coffee, meet keyboard!  I forgot about the "any" key.  I remember looking all over for it. >:D

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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 #7237 on: February 28, 2013, 02:00:06 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 #7238 on: February 28, 2013, 02:05:33 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 #7239 on: February 28, 2013, 02:11:29 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 #7240 on: February 28, 2013, 02:13:37 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 #7241 on: February 28, 2013, 02:54:40 PM »
C:\Dos

C:\Dos Run

Run, Dos. Run


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7242 on: February 28, 2013, 03:05:33 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 #7243 on: February 28, 2013, 03:13:45 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 #7244 on: February 28, 2013, 03:25:10 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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