Techy Fun: Cat on mouse

August 10th, 2007 by Richy B. Leave a reply »

As I’m in the process of slowing shutting down other sites I’ve worked on (due to time constraints), I’m reposting them here. Here’s an article from “Behind The Frontline” which was going to be a cross between I Work With Fools, Worse Than Failure and Dilbert.

Category: Uncategorized. Author: Dohpaz.

I am a trainer in a course in web development (Adults).

Prerequisites: General level of computer knowledge. ICDL/ ECDL level or above. Knowledge of web preferable.

Day one: Introduction to web, file structuring and languages quiet class taking a bit of time to warm up, that’s ok usually a little daunted then i end the lesson in some examples from previous students, class now exited.
Day Two: Good mood exited people.. one hour into lesson, after two days of repeatedly asking for questions having question time and fielding many questions simple to complicated, I get this pushy woman (whom i have been asking specifically if she has any questions, as she seems to be a little.. wide eyed looking) blasts out at me
Lady – My thing is broken
Me – Ok Which thing?
Lady – This [holding up the mouse]
I go over and check the mouse thinking perhaps the roller ball is dirty (it is a college) no seems fine.
Me – What seems to be the problem with it
Lady – It wont do the things you are telling us to do
Me – Could you show me what you mean? [cusping that zone of pleasant verbal tennis]
Lady – There is no double click button on this [slapping the mouse with her hand]
Me – !!!!!!
So explain to her calmly (calling on the power of strength from Saint IT) what double click is etc.

At the break in the class I discreetly get chatting with this lady and point out that it may be difficult to complete the course successfully without having basic computer skills, and ask did she see the prerequisites for the course ..ECDL/ ICDL and basic computer usage etc. to which she replies
Lady – I do have all that, sure, im the one who takes the money out of the hole in the wall thingy even for my husband.
Me – !!!! ….. And the ICDL/ ECDL ????
Lady – I didn’t really know what THAT one meant!

So i suppose I don’t know what the moral of this one…. it just make me think.

(where’s the double click … that’s a new one for me)

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