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What It's Like Watching a Computer Illiterate

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 63 comments

Been there.

You know how to use computers, but not everyone else does. The majority of those people sitting in front of the keyboard today don't really know how to use a search engine properly with keywords and operators; but the fact is that computer and internet use are now beyond mainstream.

Still, I'm sure that many of you have seen yourself in this very position:

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This video was originally featured on Reddit, and was based off of a comic strip. The comic strip features a slightly different ending too.

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    ssddx , January 24, 2011 10:25 AM
    while it may be true that quite a bit of the population may not be as computer saavy as tom's readers the very same people might look at us techies in the same way. the older generations often times are more saavy when it comes to the basics.

    how many of the tech's can honestly say you are as fluent in mechanical skills as either someone born in the 60's or the auto mechanic down the street? We all have our own little areas of expertise. of course some people just dont seem to get anything at all.

    Just something to think on.
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    therabiddeer , January 24, 2011 6:47 AM
    Its true! Its all true! This and people that type 10 words per minute frustrate me to no end!
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    pclee , January 24, 2011 7:13 AM
    I was surprised to find out that fresh college graduates can't use Excel. They know a lot about PowerPoint though.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 24, 2011 7:27 AM
    People know how to post on Facebook via cell phone but they couldn't use a computer to save their life.
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    jsc , January 24, 2011 8:06 AM
    Well, look at the people in the forums who ask a question that a few minutes with google or any other search engine could answer easily.
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    squanto , January 24, 2011 8:17 AM
    ZOMG so true, I do IT for a living and it is the same thing every time, click to enter user name... grab mouse to click the password box, grab the mouse again to click enter.
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    damasvara , January 24, 2011 9:10 AM
    TheCapuletThat girl in the pic has some serious man hands.

    :lol: 

    Now that you've mentioned it...
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    ssddx , January 24, 2011 10:25 AM
    while it may be true that quite a bit of the population may not be as computer saavy as tom's readers the very same people might look at us techies in the same way. the older generations often times are more saavy when it comes to the basics.

    how many of the tech's can honestly say you are as fluent in mechanical skills as either someone born in the 60's or the auto mechanic down the street? We all have our own little areas of expertise. of course some people just dont seem to get anything at all.

    Just something to think on.
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    guardianangel42 , January 24, 2011 10:34 AM
    ssddxwhile it may be true that quite a bit of the population may not be as computer saavy as tom's readers the very same people might look at us techies in the same way. the older generations often times are more saavy when it comes to the basics.how many of the tech's can honestly say you are as fluent in mechanical skills as either someone born in the 60's or the auto mechanic down the street? We all have our own little areas of expertise. of course some people just dont seem to get anything at all.Just something to think on.


    Very very true, which is why I am taking multiple Auto Shop and Metal shop classes on top of my engineering classes.

    I would much rather be a jack of all trades and master of none than a specialist in a field that is extremely narrow in scope.

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    brisingamen , January 24, 2011 10:37 AM
    her hand looks un porportionally large because its much closer to the camera than her head. its also possible a small wide angle lense was used to take this photo further accentuating the fore ground.

    lastly image stabalization in some cameras can sometimes slightly increase the size of moving objects in an attempt to keep the image solid and clear.

    if you look at her right hand, albeit partially covered by her hair, its normal sized.
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    sparky2010 , January 24, 2011 10:45 AM
    what saddens me is that alot of people like that actually work in IT depts.
    the other day, my manager wanted to know how to password protect some excel file, so she called in some IT dude.. at first i didn't know what exactly she wanted, i found out only later what she wanted, and by then it was too late for me to show them how (2 IT dudes + my manager).. and it was exactly like in that video, me putting on my best poker face, and trying not to lol or kill them.. in the end, after a full microsoft office help + google combo, they got it down..
    meh.. sometimes i wonder why am i even on this planet...
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    hardcore_gamer , January 24, 2011 10:59 AM
    TheCapuletThat girl in the pic has some serious man hands.

    and man legs too :lol: 
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    tsnorquist , January 24, 2011 11:05 AM
    If that's how an IT literate person feels trying to assist someone who is not, maybe they are in the wrong profession.

    Regardless of how "good" the IT person may be, I'm sure there are things he/she are illiterate at as well.
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    rhino13 , January 24, 2011 11:31 AM
    This is less and less common, thankfully.
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    millerm84 , January 24, 2011 11:32 AM
    tsnorquistIf that's how an IT literate person feels trying to assist someone who is not, maybe they are in the wrong profession.Regardless of how "good" the IT person may be, I'm sure there are things he/she are illiterate at as well.



    Having worked with users in a wide variety of environments I can tell you from personal experience most all if not all IT workers feel this way. Most of us hide a burning need to scream at incompetence behind a friendly facade of helpfulness. Unlike mechanics and appliance service members that can bury themselves in the machine they are working with, IT staff usually have to work right with users, many of whom feel they should be using the mouse and typing while you direct them. Its nice that users wish to help (many wish to "learn"), but time is money and when it takes someone 10 mins to type in e-mail sever information it drives me crazy that I can't just snatch the keyboard from them and have the e-mail setup 30 seconds later. That being said I've never yelled at or belittled a user; I've really wanted to but like many others in my field I wait patently as users hunt and peck their way through.
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    damasvara , January 24, 2011 11:39 AM
    guardianangel42jack of all trades and master of none
    I always love that term... Better than the term "all-rounder", since I'm not round at all... :lol: 

    Ummm.. Did I just made a bad joke? :p 
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    dib , January 24, 2011 12:02 PM
    I get paid too much to waste my time doing this for people now a day. Besides I am not an IT person.
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    cookoy , January 24, 2011 12:11 PM
    Asked the programmer to restart the server. He did so by pressing the reset button on the server.
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    loomis86 , January 24, 2011 12:28 PM
    dibI get paid too much to waste my time doing this for people now a day. Besides I am not an IT person.


    Apparently you don't get paid too much to post comments on TH.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2011 12:36 PM
    Most IT or any one in an office setting for the matter - can not even change the oil in their cars. So, I could see were their mechanic would have similar comments. Along with more work than could possibly be done in a day.
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    Aionism , January 24, 2011 12:50 PM
    loomis86Apparently you don't get paid too much to post comments on TH.

    Yeah, what a fool! I get paid 24/7 as long as I'm doing my job! I lost $1.43 by taking the time to post this comment.
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