18 September, 2010

When we teach our parents, "How to handle a computer"

We experience a lot of funny moments while teaching computers to our
parents or any elderly person. Our parents have experienced a
technological burst, they have seen a lot of changes in their lives.
Some could cope up with technology but some couldn't. Teaching
computers to them seems very difficult. I've been teaching my dad
since the past 1 and half years but got no success till date. They
forgot everything we tell them in a short span of time. But there is
always fun teaching them.

Below are a few instructions I gave to dad and got some very funny responses.

1) Me: Okay, now move the mouse pointer upwards
Instead of moving the mouse, lifted it and said, "Arrey, move hi toh
nahi ho raha"

2) Shut down the PC
The PC is powered off directly without even shutting down windows.

3) Close this window
"Kaise karu" replies dad. I said, "Dad I've told you so many times, x
button for closing windows". And I see dad pressing the X button on
the keyboard.

4) Me: Open Firefox, we are going to create a new email-address for you.
Dad: Arey beta, first let me learn how to turn on and turn off the computer.

5) Dad wants to check his mails, but he opens the browser without
turning on the modem. Then he calls me and I've to turn on the modem
every time. This happens always.

6) Inspite of telling them the whole procedure a number of times, they
still ask, "What next" or "ab kya karna hai"

7) Once dad saw me transferring a song from the computer to my mobile
phone via bluetooth. Soon he started admiring the technology. "Kya
technology hai", "no need of wires!, kya baat hai" were few of his

Somehow, I taught my dad how to operate a mobile phone. "Dad! when
will you start operating a computer". But still, he has learnt a lot
of things, it is just a matter of time to learn it completely.

Do let me know in the comments, if you share a similar experience.

03 September, 2010

Scanning your computer

I have seen people who daily scan their computer for viruses. In my opinion there is no use of scanning the PC every time you start it. It is just a wastage of time and processing power.

Okay, let us put it this way,
When do you go to a doctor for a checkup?
Only when you feel ill.

Similarly, scan your computer only when you feel that something is wrong with it. If you scan your PC daily, it is like going to a doctor for a checkup everyday even when you are healthy. Its common sense, isn't it?

01 September, 2010

Pic: Overflowing

The famous Ambazari lake in Nagpur city is still overflowing due to incessant rainfall.