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"You're good with computers aren't you?.. You know them." ...

By OldER Mycroft ·
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I can't remember the number of times I've had that said to me, mostly in an imploring voice suggesting that because I'm familiar with the technology I won't mind 'having a look' for free, maybe even 'just give it a quick fix' - AGAIN FOR FREE.

Now, don't get me wrong. Despite my gruff TR appearance, as Sonja has already said I'm a bit of a softy. As I may be. And I know that this topic has already been fully explored within the hallowed hall of TechRepublic with various and nefarious points of view thereafter offered into the fray that ensued.

BUT - here's a slightly askance view.

Have you, upon hearing then usual comment, ever thought to yourself that you don't actually KNOW computers at all. That's because you don't - you LIVE computers.

I was just considering this when I woke up this morning, having spent a good few hours off and on yesterday reviving (nay, exorcising) a "friend's" laptop - it's odd how you discover all these friends that you have, friends you never really knew existed, but as soon as their computer falters...

So - and this is an important concept. How many of you just happen to work with computers ~and~ how many of you actually live with computers?

How many of you so-called computer people actually own any of the following:

A domestic TV.
A domestic DVD.
A domestic Hi-Fi (including Cassette, Turntable, Tuner).
A domestic (old fashioned?) VHS unit.
A domestic telephone.
A domestic telephone answering machine.
A domestic FAX machine (yes - they do exist).

For me? - None of the above. Everything is services by my 3 computer network.

I HAD to get the domestic telephone so that Sonja could call me for the Spotlight, but I don't get any incoming calls apart from double-glazing and fitted-kitchen sales people (how DO they get your # ?)

Obviously folks with families don't actually qualify for this survey, so this query goes out to all you simple single folk, like me.

The sad loners in life's great path of struggle.

The one's that were born to be vile! :^0 :^0 :^0

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Know when and how to say "No"

by jdclyde In reply to "You're good with compute ...

I am VERY selective about who I consider a friend, and someone I only see when they need something from me is NOT any friend of mine and I have no problem saying so. I do not and will not doing things out of misplaced guilt or obligation.

I tell them my going rate, IF I have free time to do the job. If I am booked or have plans, they are SOL. They don't want to pay me, they are SOL.

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Do you mean to say

by santeewelding In reply to Know when and how to say ...

That I have been running up a friggen bill for all the times you have paid attention to me?

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by jdclyde In reply to Do you mean to say

Ah, you don't walk into the party empty handed.

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I think you should be asking if they use them, not own them

by Deadly Ernest In reply to "You're good with compute ...

I have all of the above except the fax - never had a fax. But I rarely use them now.

Nothing worth watching on the free to air TV at all, most spam is better than most free to air tv now.

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I keep wishing I was better at saying 'No'

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to "You're good with compute ...

... unfortunately, I often end up spending hours trying to clean up someone's mess.

Many times the result isn't good enough in the eye's of the inexperienced owner to the point I feel my efforts go unappreciated. The result is me feeling a deep regret I didn't just say 'No' to begin with.

I'm getting better at it, but still fall into the trap of pleading friends.


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Re-evaluation time on friends

by jdclyde In reply to I keep wishing I was bett ...

What do these friends do for you?

How do they thank you for your efforts?

As Bill Murray said in Scooged, "scrape off".

Real friends don't just take, they bring something to the table.

Real friends are thankful for things you do for them, regardless of the outcome, but based upon the efforts and intentions.

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by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Re-evaluation time on fri ...

'True' friends are thankful regardless.

I guess I was referring to those people and relatives I often, all too generously, refer to as 'friends.' ... those that would more aptly fall into the category of '@sshole mendicants.'

How's dat for a new term?

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De-value of friends in modern life

by jdclyde In reply to Agreed.

to think of people like that as a friend is a dis-service to real friends.

My friends are people I KNOW I could call at 3 am for bail money, provided they aren't sitting next to me waiting to use the pay phone....

The rest are acquaintances, and get treated accordingly. Friendly and pleasant, but not going to knock myself out to please them.

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You are ALL missing the point !!! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to "You're good with compute ...

How many of you can honestly STATE that your entire domestic entertainment system is NOT driven by one (or more) computer system(s) ??
:::THAT is the question ??

The concept is simple - if we went back to before the CHIP would we survive as Computer Geek Party Animals.

I deffo woudn't but I'm just too old !!

How many of what you hold clear and dear to you is STILL competitive yet NOT PC ??

You can decide.

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Not me.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to You are ALL missing the p ...

I have a stereo, without cassette. I have a TV that I don't much watch (pima is the TV fruit). I have a DVD player that I do use sometimes. And, I have a tiller!

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