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Dalt

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#1 10 years ago

A few years back, people were saying that internet is for nerds and that they can't be on the internet for longer than few minutes. They said that internet is uninteresting to them

Now, all those dumb people are spending more time on the net than i am. They're constantly on YouTube, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. I think all those services are ok, but people really overuse them.

Sure Facebook is ok for connecting with your old friends you don't see that often anymore, but it can also be annoying when idiots use it. First of all, i receive messages to join groups like "Change your facebook color", "Who is looking at your profile" and similar stuff on daily basis. It's interesting how people can fall far the same damn trick all over again.

At least I can block all the apps :)

Another annoying thing, they put regular letters and words as smilies on MSN. I hate it when i get a message like "hey, wh:deal: ip:confused::confused: " - and so on. Makes me have to right click it, and see it's code to know what they meant.

There is also some "offline" stuff that annoys me. For example

Someone: Hey, something is wrong with my PC. The image on the screen is all messed and big (the person just lowered the screen resolution). Me: What did you do? Someone: I was messing around the control pannel, and a message box popped out, but i didn't feel like reading so i just clicked Yes.

Some people would click the yes button even if it meant signing their own death sentence.

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#2 10 years ago

e-drama thats all i need to say.




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#3 10 years ago

I totally agree, especially with WLM where people have unneccessary smilies for single letters which mess things up, and simple dumbassery that occurs like trying to act hard through an IM client (although it's hilarious to frustrate them).

Based on reasons like this alone, I shrunk my contact list down from about 250+ to about 35.

And people seem to think that the only things that run on your computer are legal, and 'safe' things - they also don't seem to realise downloading 'free scans' is what's raping their computer half the time.

However, I seem to see a lot of computer dumbness in even actual computer helping companies, for example 'The Tech Guys' at PC world have made a few mistakes on friends/aquaintances.

My Psychology teacher, upon learning that I was computer literate was telling me how they were going to completely wipe her PC because of a few problems with it. I told her to bring it in and guess what? It needed a virus scan, nothing else. It's not the only case where this has happened, but computer retardedness is spreading even to 'professionals' who don't seem to give a crap.

Of course, I can't talk - I bought a Maxtor Ext. Hard Drive and thought it would work perfectly as my only source of backup, only to have it fail on me :lol:

On the Facebook thing, I agree it's totally getting out of hand. Who the fuck can change their status everyday from 'Chirpy' to 'Cautious' or some balls like that? What's worse is when people join multiple ones - you have one, why get another for the extra two friends you may get?

I only ever joined one of those - Bebo, and it was only because my girlfriend had a banner up saying 'I love him so much' (or something like that) and I wanted to return the favour. After 1 week, I was bored of it.

Still, whatever keeps as many chavs as possible off the streets of Britain is fine by me.




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#4 10 years ago

oh yeah, internet tough guys.




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#5 10 years ago

Considering the subject at hand being a real life 'tough guy' wouldn't exactly aid them any :rolleyes:




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#6 10 years ago

IcePure;4805626I totally agree, especially with WLM where people have unneccessary smilies for single letters which mess things up, and simple dumbassery that occurs like trying to act hard through an IM client (although it's hilarious to frustrate them).

Based on reasons like this alone, I shrunk my contact list down from about 250+ to about 35.

And people seem to think that the only things that run on your computer are legal, and 'safe' things - they also don't seem to realise downloading 'free scans' is what's raping their computer half the time.

However, I seem to see a lot of computer dumbness in even actual computer helping companies, for example 'The Tech Guys' at PC world have made a few mistakes on friends/aquaintances.

My Psychology teacher, upon learning that I was computer literate was telling me how they were going to completely wipe her PC because of a few problems with it. I told her to bring it in and guess what? It needed a virus scan, nothing else. It's not the only case where this has happened, but computer retardedness is spreading even to 'professionals' who don't seem to give a crap.

Of course, I can't talk - I bought a Maxtor Ext. Hard Drive and thought it would work perfectly as my only source of backup, only to have it fail on me :lol:

On the Facebook thing, I agree it's totally getting out of hand. Who the fuck can change their status everyday from 'Chirpy' to 'Cautious' or some balls like that? What's worse is when people join multiple ones - you have one, why get another for the extra two friends you may get?

I only ever joined one of those - Bebo, and it was only because my girlfriend had a banner up saying 'I love him so much' (or something like that) and I wanted to return the favour. After 1 week, I was bored of it.

Still, whatever keeps as many chavs as possible off the streets of Britain is fine by me.

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Although, the title of this thread is slightly misleading.

I would have to say that what the OP said about the people saying that the internet is dumb and whatnot is sorely johnny-come-lately. You could have said that the internet was all of that back in the late 80s or early 90s before the web browser was invented. That was when the internet was a pain in the but to deal with (even though I had never used it at that time). I only say this because I'm in a web development class and we had a little test on the history of the internet and the world wide web in the first couple weeks of class.

Not that that matters. Zip up to 2009 and they are all into the internet eh? I guess that would make them hypocrites or something, I suppose.

As for viruses, ugh. Don't get me started on that. I'll agree that little stuff is easy to deal with but when something that copies itself over and over and eventually freezes your whole computer screen so you can't do anything comes along; it's not pretty. Such has happened to me a little while ago. I tried everything I could think of to get rid of it. Eventually I wiped my hard drive and reinstalled my OS. Only then, I finally got rid of that virus.

At least I know where the virus came from. Won't be making that mistake again.




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#7 10 years ago
IcePure;4805626 However, I seem to see a lot of computer dumbness in even actual computer helping companies, for example 'The Tech Guys' at PC world have made a few mistakes on friends/aquaintances.

the tech guys dont no anything there. my parents took there computer into there because it kept blue screening and i wasnt around at the time, and within 5 mins they were like you need a new machine. luckily my parents decided to wait for me to take a look at it a few days later when all it needed was to boot it up via onboard graphics and install the latest graphics drivers. even these so called "tech guys" have a lot of dumb moments. but then the application process doesnt make it that hard most of the questions were "how do you feel about selling products to customers that dont require them?".




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#8 10 years ago

Redington™;4806062 As for viruses, ugh. Don't get me started on that. I'll agree that little stuff is easy to deal with but when something that copies itself over and over and eventually freezes your whole computer screen so you can't do anything comes along; it's not pretty. Such has happened to me a little while ago. I tried everything I could think of to get rid of it. Eventually I wiped my hard drive and reinstalled my OS. Only then, I finally got rid of that virus.[/quote]

Oh yeah, don't get me wrong - I know sometimes the wiping method is the only option - but it's a last resort, those guys didn't even try anything else.

[quote=rookiebombtech;4806089]the tech guys dont no anything there. my parents took there computer into there because it kept blue screening and i wasnt around at the time, and within 5 mins they were like you need a new machine. luckily my parents decided to wait for me to take a look at it a few days later when all it needed was to boot it up via onboard graphics and install the latest graphics drivers. even these so called "tech guys" have a lot of dumb moments. but then the application process doesnt make it that hard most of the questions were "how do you feel about selling products to customers that dont require them?".

Ha, seriousely? It wouldn't surprise me, I looked at some of the prices for the stuff that they do when I was buying something at PCWorld - £15/20 for data transfer? Come on. When I was doing work experience at a real computer repair shop (i.e know what the fuck they're doing), they charged the woman that I served £5 :Puzzled:.

They're very money-orientated, but having said that I don't know many companies that are customer-orientated anyway; it just a shame that people not only will pay these prices due to lack of experience, but also that they're paying to lose their data, and to have a half-assed job done.

Still, back on the subject of computer 'dumbness', half the time people just don't want to 'risk' learning. I am mostly self taught with computers, granted I used the web with some of the more advanced tasks I needed to do; but to some people, even the Command Prompt is scary shit - which is understandable I guess. However, computers are dumb - fact. Most errors are because a computer system relies almost entirely on user input (not counting background processes and other automatic stuff, obviousely :p) - and when that goes wrong, so does the computer.

It's a real shame that for most people 'once bitten, twice shy' is how they learn with computers (or at least, in my own personal observations with friends), as in if you mess up something, you're not gonna go that 'deep' again - I had a friend who called me round to their house because their computer restarted on its own - only to find out he'd installed too much anti-virus software, and one week after removing one of the programs - he got a virus because he'd uninstalled them all so it didn't happen again :lol:.

Besides, if about 40% of the world* can't manage text messaging, how do we expect them to manage computer maintenance? =p

*may not be accurate




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#9 10 years ago

To many people addicted to Youtube. Period.




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#10 10 years ago

The level of noobs on the internet now is insane. I was surfing the web and doing my thing so long ago, and then all the Facebook and MySpace shit came along and now everyone and there brother is like, "OMFG DO U INTERNUT TOO LULZ ME 2"