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    "Grandma Called Me Over To Fix Her Computerů"


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    That's not a computer, it's an iMac!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    That's not a computer, it's an iMac!
    Just because it is running OS X and is in a fancy box, doesn't make it any less of a computer. What even is a computer today? A Laptop, Netbook, Tablet, Mobile Phone, MP3 Player, Calculator are all devices capable of performing computations, technically making them computers. MAC, or PC; its all a computer.

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    Clearly that went way over your head there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Clearly that went way over your head there.
    Does this picture summarise the situation?


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    I had someone doing exactly that with a cordless mouse.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    That's not a computer, it's an iMac!
    Nope, that's an eMac, not an iMac... I remember those things being put into my secondary school. Replacing the Performa 5200s and 5300s we had. Those were the days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawloms View Post
    I had someone doing exactly that with a cordless mouse.....
    Back in the days when I was a Pharmaceutical Analyst [when Windows 3 was all shiny and new] I was often called upon to help with computer based problems. One occasion I recall is trying to explain to a novice computer user how to use a mouse. She was an Indian lady [and so there was a language barrier] of around 60 [and here there was a lack of confidence with IT]

    I was going about my task of explaining the mouse without looking at her or her computer [I was reading some notes relating to my own experiment elsewhere in the lab]

    Unfortunately I used the phrase "...now move the mouse up..." When she said it wasn't working I looked up and saw that she had lifted the mouse off the desk. I have since seen this scenario described on the web many times happening to others but it still makes me smile to recall it 20 years on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    the Performa 5200s and 5300s we had. Those were the days...
    Wow. Those numbers take me back! Was it just me or were those things insanely heavy for their size?

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    If a screen has been rotated and logged off so you need to log back on to put it back, then rotating the mouse makes it easier to position the cursor.

    I heard a story about a tech support guy being called because the cursor hadn't reached its destination and the mouse was at the edge of the mouse mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OB1 View Post
    Wow. Those numbers take me back! Was it just me or were those things insanely heavy for their size?
    They weighed a *lot* yes. But they were amazing bits of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    If a screen has been rotated and logged off so you need to log back on to put it back, then rotating the mouse makes it easier to position the cursor.

    I heard a story about a tech support guy being called because the cursor hadn't reached its destination and the mouse was at the edge of the mouse mat.
    A friend of mine in the late 80's was asked to train some top level city lawyers in IT. They had to leave the room for a moment and when they came back found the said lawyers arms stretched out with the mice at the end of the desk.

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    arms stretched out with the mice at the end of the desk.
    I've done that when I can't be bothered to lift the mouse.

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