Saturday, November 8, 2008

Are You Too Dumb to Own a Computer?

This Guy Was!

And you thought that you had troubles...This is supposedly a true story from the WordPerfect help line. Needless to say the help desk employee was fired; however, he/she was said to have sued the WordPerfect organization for "Termination without Cause".

Actual dialog of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee:

"Ridge Hall computer assistant; may I help you?"

"Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect."

"What sort of trouble?"

"Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away."

"Went away?"

"They disappeared."

"Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?"



"It's blank; it won't accept anything when I type."

"Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?"

"How do I tell?"

"Can you see the C: prompt on the screen?"

"What's a sea-prompt?"

"Never mind. Can you move the cursor around on the screen?"

"There isn't any cursor: I told you, it won't accept anything I type."

"Does your monitor have a power indicator?"

"What's a monitor?"

"It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it's on?"

"I don't know."

"Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?"

"Yes, I think so."

"Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's plugged into the wall."

".......Yes, it is."

"When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?"


"Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable."

".......Okay, here it is."

"Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into the back of your computer."

"I can't reach."

"Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is?"


"Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?"

"Oh, it's not because I don't have the right angle, it's because it's dark."


"Yes - the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window."

"Well, turn on the office light then."

"I can't."

"No? Why not?"

"Because there's a power outage."

"A power... A power outage? Aha, Okay, we've got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer came in?"

"Well, yes, I keep them in the closet."

"Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from."

"Really? Is it that bad?"

"Yes, I'm afraid it is."

"Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?"

"Tell them you're too stupid to own a computer.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Why is it that people want the front of the bus,
the back of the church, and the center of attention?

Quote of the Day
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them.
~ Maltbie Babcock

Joke of the Day
On doctor’s orders, Marvin had moved to Arizona. Two weeks later, he was dead. His body was shipped back home, where the undertaker prepared it for the services. Marvin’s brother came in to make sure everything was taken care of.

“Would you like to see the body?” the undertaker asked.

“I might as well take a look at it before the others get here.”

The undertaker led him into the next room and opened the top half of the casket. He stood back and proudly displayed his work.

“He looks good,” the brother said. “Those two weeks in Arizona were just the thing for him.”

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Dad said...

Hello Jim, Enjoyiny your Blog. If you keep on improving you're going to get as good as I am. (LOL)

Marlene said...

Hi Jim, I found your blog by way of Cluckin a Critter Farm. I had a few good chuckles reading it. Good luck on your weight loss. I am dieting too. Down 35 pounds.

Mary S said...

Hi Jim,
I found your blog from your Dad's Tomato garden blog. Between you and your sister I would say your Dad has passed the talent on pretty well. He can be proud of you. Any child who reflects his parent's vision like you two do is a joy to their parent. God bless you. Listening to my veterans day music for choir, and want to say "Thank you to all the vets out there." God bless the U.S.A.