How can you argue with that



  • My father and I frequently argue and sometimes computer terms don’t help me.  Our most recent argument was about whether or not he had a notebook computer.  

    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p>His only computer is a beautiful new 17 inch HP notebook but he was convinced it is a desktop computer.  I tried to explain the physical differences by pointing out the fact that his last computer had a separate tower, keyboard and monitor, but he finally told me I had no idea what I was talking about, “just shut up”.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>His proof was that when he turned it on, a screen popped up that had written right on it, ‘DESKTOP”.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>I finally shut up and helped him move his task manager bar back to the bottom of the screen.  According to him it had suddenly jumped up to the right side of the screen, all by itself, again; and there’s no point in me trying to explain how that really happens.<o:p></o:p>

     



  • Last year, my mom got a Dell laptop running Vista Home.  This was her first time seeing Vista, and was having trouble finding the "Start" menu.  Eventually, she said, "That's why I don't like Dells.  They mess things up on the screen.  Now I can't find the Start Menu.".  



  • @Ana Mouse said:

     I tried to explain the physical differences by pointing out the fact that his last computer had a separate tower, keyboard and monitor
     

    If these were the only way you know to show the difference, you're not much more qualified than he is, I'm afraid.

    Did you think to try putting his new notebook [b]in his lap[/b] in a different room and turning it on to show it worked [b]as a laptop[/b], and then asking him how he'd accomplish that with his old system? Might have been more effective.



  • I tried a few other arguments including telling him that Notebook computers were named that becasue they resembled notebooks, and even tried to get him to go look at the ads in the paper.  I did not include all my arugments because they have little to do with what I though was funny.  Besides as I was trying to point out, when my dad has made up his mind he doesn't want to be confused with facts, and trying to force them on him does not help me solve his real problems.  Ana, the Amature, (I guess).



  • @KenW said:

    Did you think to try putting his new notebook in his lap in a different room and turning it on to show it worked as a laptop, and then asking him how he'd accomplish that with his old system? Might have been more effective.

     

    Literally plopping a steel-cased desktop computer in his lap-- including 21" CRT -- and breaking both femurs would have had a truly lasting impression.


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