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Tefl
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I just saw this on MSNBC and about split a gut laughing. Forgive me.

Britons aren’t so tech-savvy

One in four users attacked their machines


By Wendy McAuliffe
ZDNet (UK)


June 1--An online survey into embarrassing computer-related experiences has revealed that Britons are not as tech-savvy as they may have hoped.

PC MANUFACTURER Novatech asked its customers to share their most cringeworthy computer moments, and was inundated with 4,200 replies.
The survey that looked into people’s relationships with their computers discovered that 25 percent of users had physically attacked their machines. As computers become more and more a part of our daily lives, we obviously share more experiences with them, said David Furby, managing director.
But judging by some of the responses, it is clear that a lot of these experiences are unpleasant, due to a general lack of technical knowledge amongst British PC users.
Confessions included those of a new employee, who on her first day snapped at IT support for not responding to her calls for help. Well I pressed the F1 button marked ‘help’ ages ago but nobody came, she protested.

One new computer user revealed that she had tried to operate the mouse with her foot, thinking that it worked in the same way as a pedal on an electric sewing machine.
Another computer novice admitted paying an IT engineer a £56 ($79) call-out fee and £25 ($35) for the first hour to fix a faulty monitor, which in fact wasn’t plugged in.
One lady logged onto a chatroom entitled the whipped cream room, thinking that it was a room for cookery fans, only to discover a roomful of sexual deviants into 101 ways of using whipped cream.
One of the most surprising and pleasant results was just how much humor and social interaction they cause. Although in many cases, it’s probably not the sort of social interaction people were expecting, commented Furby.
http://www.msnbc.com/news/581448.asp?0nm=B12K

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yeah I laughed at that too We are not all that bad, just the ones that buy their computers with Windows running on them really, after all why would you kick a machine with Linux on it.

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Spooky, when I posted that I knew you'd be the first to respond.

Windows isn't so bad. Everyone needs something in their life that gives them grief. It keeps you on your toes.

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hehehehhehehehehehheheheh!!!!!!

trust me im sure we have plenty in the USA also

but that F1 thing was funny as hell

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There HAS to be a website somewhere dedicated to chronicling stupid computer users and the dumb shit that they do. I know that every tech support dweed on the planet has dozens of really great stories of moronic users, and I want to laugh at their ignorance dammit!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find me that website.

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http://www.techtales.com

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quote:
Originally posted by aminal:
http://www.techtales.com




Rock!!

*tries to dog ear the computer screen*

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quote:
Originally posted by aminal:
http://www.techtales.com




Okay, the joke I just made that nobody on earth is going to get notwithstanding, these CAN'T be real stories. Please for the love of Christ tell me these are works of fiction.

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quote:
Originally posted by Paint CHiPs:
Okay, the joke I just made that nobody on earth is going to get notwithstanding, these CAN'T be real stories. Please for the love of Christ tell me these are works of fiction.




actually Paint, I got it

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Originally posted by Joeycat:
actually Paint, I got it




Yay.




*ISP is a cable isp, so customers should be connected all the time*
Tech: Thank you for calling joeisp, how may I help you?

Caller: These darn robots keep breaking my connection every night!

Tech: Robots?

Caller: Yes! I leave my computer on everynight, and while I am asleep, the robots come out and disconnect me from the internet! Then, right before I wake up, they reconnect me!

Tech: Sir, I don't think this is a supported issue....

Caller: Do you think I should call Microsoft??

Tech: Yes, exactly, call Microsoft and they will help you!!!

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