The only thing worse than people who line up to buy the latest-n-greatest are the clueless folks who insist on having their tech savvy friends show them how to use it. Thoughts?
April 1st and a apple fan is talking about sheep who line up to buy the latest useless gadget. Comedy gold.
ANY gadget fan will buy the Latest’n’Greatest with sufficient impetus, Mac or PC. We’re all geeks and nerds of whatever creed; The point here is that people that CAN’T WRANGLE their beasts come to us for help. All the time. Every day. Sometimes repeatedly within an hour.
Gravy, I had to spend an hour today explaining USB drives, touchpads, logical vs. physical drives, and I think email (I was going comatose by that point) to someone that couldn’t use a PC or a Mac equally. Let’s stop the OS bashing and focus on the real problem, ie. bad education.
I’ll say this much- I’d rather clueless people ask me to show them how to use something than ask me to fix it after they’ve broken it through clueless misuse.
The first step to knowledge is to admit ignorance :)
Personally, I think it’s good for a number of reasons;
1. We get to play with stuff that we couldn’t otherwise afford ourselves!
2. We get to play with it BEFORE anything critical goes onto it – often, the first thing I check for is how to reset to factory settings as at this point there’s nothing on there the user REALLY needs to hold onto, whether it’s a PC, laptop, new mobile phone…
3. You get to act all mystical when you say you’ve never seen it before, or anything like it, yet in front of the user’s eyes you can normally figure it out in moments – Gandalf? Pah! We’re the REAL wizards in many peoples’ eyes!! ;-)