I go to a gym that is populated with very interesting older women. I always learn something. Most of the time it is of no value but it can be amusing!
This morning the gym was empty. There was another person and me. I went early to avoid bad travel roads. It had just started snowing.
This other person is someone I know in passing. Normally she is leaving when I am arriving so other than “hi” and “bye” I don’t know her. She seems nice enough.
This morning’s encounter answered the question of “whose coat smells like pub grease.” I have been trying to solve that for a while but it’s hard to sniff coats with everyone about. Don’t want anyone to think I’m any stranger than they already think I am.
Pub grease is not the topic for today. Computers are.
This woman is having computer woes and is looking for someone to fix it. Someone who is cheap, like really cheap, like in double digits cheap.
Always the helper, I asked her a few questions. Most of these ladies are not technically savvy and this was an opportunity to demonstrate my vast (smirk) knowledge. (No eye rolls please! Especially from those of you who know me personally!)
She is having trouble with her browser. She can’t open internet explorer. I suggested things like reinstalling it or trying another browser. Not sure she got the concept of browser.
She explained that she has that other one from long ago. I was stymied. IE has been around for ages. There was one that was older? She finally said that she got her emails there for the last 15 years. Ahhh! AOL. I didn’t know it still existed.
She ran her antivirus software and found 35 viruses. The product quarantined half and fixed half. She didn’t understand the concept of quarantine. My explanations didn’t help her. (Not necessarily her fault as my explanations may be faulty. I know that’s hard for me to believe too.)
I didn’t know how she got that many viruses. I haven’t had one in years. (My mind started to wonder what she was downloading…)
After a lively conversation I gave up any idea of making suggestions. She wasn’t getting my terminology and I wasn’t sure she had any.
She did not want to contact help at Microsoft or pay someone much more than $20. My final suggestion was to find a techy high school kid who could fix it in a nanosecond.
I learned a few things.
I know whose coat stinks and that AOL is still around. You always learn something even when it appears that nothing is making any sense.