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Guru
28th March 2001, 12:20
http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">The following is a large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer users. It's a baffling phenomenon that in today's society an individual, who might in other circumstances be considered smart and wise, can sit down in front of a computer screen and instantly lose every last shred of common sense he ever possessed. Complicate this phenomenon with a case of "computerphobia," and you end up with tech support personnel having phone conversations that are funny in retrospect but seem like perfectly valid motives for wild machine gun shooting sprees at the time. You will read stories in this file that will convince you that among the human race are human-shaped artichokes futilely attempting to break the highly regarded social convention that vegetables should not operate electronic equipment. And yet, amidst the vast, surging quantities of stupidity are perfectly excusable technological mishaps -- but that are amusing nonetheless. After all, even the best of us engages in a little brainless folly every once in a while.

Most of these stories are true. Some happened to me personally. Some happened to friends of mine. Some are considered urban legends, but even most of these are more likely to have happened in some form or another than not. Skeptics look at such stories and doubt their truth. But reason, common sense, and experience tell me that if you sit someone who isn't computer literate (even a smart someone) down in front of a computer, you're bound to accrue anecdotes no less outrageous than these. You'd be surprised.</font>



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Kaj
28th March 2001, 12:29
Cool site eh? One of my favourite bookmarks. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Guru
29th March 2001, 10:29
In my opinion one of the funnyest links posted here for quite some time but still only one view!

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According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless..

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az
29th March 2001, 12:35
i don't know if i should find it funny or scary.. how can people survive when they "think" about everything as about computers.. they won't know where their current comes from, or why their cars worc... scary..

AZ

EchoWars
30th March 2001, 12:34
Great stuff..now bookmarked...Thks!!!!

alessandro
2nd April 2001, 23:19
"I was in the local Circuit City store, when I saw a demo Sony Playstation game unit, and I went over to try it out. The controller would not work -- it had apparently been disconnected to the game unit. I told this to a passing salesman, and he said, "Oh no sir, it doesn't work because the controller has a virus."

I asked him how he thought the controller contracted the virus. He said it was because the display used to be near the computer section of the store, and they had moved it away from the computers "to see if it would get better."
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Wulfman
3rd April 2001, 03:53
my favorite:

Tech Support: "Now click the 'connect' button."
Customer: (modem dialing noises) "Hold on, I have another call." (pause) "Hmmm. No one there. Ok, I'll try this again." (modem dialing noises) "Hold on, I got another call." (pause)

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Kaj
3rd April 2001, 10:25
Well, this one really takes the cake:
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">I had a very irate user call me:


Customer: "I need someone to fix this $&%^* computer. It keeps going off, and when I push the silver power button in the back to turn it on, it shocks the ^#@&%* out of me. It does this to me four or five times a day!"
I told him I would come down and look at it. When I examined the terminal, I found that the fuse holder in the back had worked loose, and the cap had fallen off and gotten lost. The fuse would slowly slide out from the vibrations on the desk, and the terminal would shut down. The user would reach around the terminal and push on the bare fuse with his finger.

You'd think one or two of those shocks would have been enough.</font> http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif