Some people just don't get the most basic things sometimes. Admit it, we've all been in this situation before.

  • Me: "What's your email address?"
  • Friend: "It's [name] and then the A thing with a circle around it..."
  • Me: "At?"
  • Friend: "No, you know, the A thing, then ''"
  • Me: "So it's"
  • Friend: "NO, it's A, but with a sort of circle around it... you know, the thing in an email address."
  • Me: "Yes, I know. That's the 'at' symbol."

I was helping a friend over the phone recover his Vista bootloader after he had deleted his Linux partition.

  • Me: "Now, type 'bootrec.exe /fixmbr'".
  • Him: "Huh?"
  • Me: "Boot R-E-C dot E-X-E space slash fix M-B-R"

After many complaints of it not working, I asked him to read off what he had typed, letter by letter.

  • Him: "B-O-O-T-R-E-C-dot-E-X-E-space-S-L-A-S-H-F-I-X-M-B-R"
  • Me: "You need to type a slash, and not S-L-A-S-H".
  • Him: "Slash? How do I type that?"

(He's a computer-literate person.)

  • Me: "You know, the slash key. Right above the enter key."
  • Him: "Oh... the slash key... I see now! Man, I feel stupid."

My friend had given his older computer (with an OEM motherboard that did not support overclocking) to one of his friends.

  • Friend: "If I take my friend's 3800, put it in my computer, overclock it, and put it back in their computer, will it work? I mean, I know it will probably get a BSOD"
  • Me: "Are you serious?"

(After some thinking)

  • Friend: "Oh, I see now!"

"What does IDK mean in computer language? I see it often, but I don't know what it means!"

I asked my teacher for some files, and since they were fairly big, she asked me to bring a blank DVD to put them on. After a few weeks, I still hadn't gotten the files, so I asked her.

  • Me: "Did you burn those files onto the DVD?"
  • Her: "No. When I tried burning them on, it told me that they were in the wrong format. in order for me to be able to burn them, I will need to convert them, and I don't have time for that."
  • Me: "You can burn any format onto a DVD if you burn it as data. Do you use Nero or Roxio to burn CDs and DVDs?"
  • Her: "I use Nero."
  • Me: "Then, click 'Data Disc' and just drag the files onto it!"
  • Her: "I told you! It doesn't work!"

The next day...

  • Her: "One other thing. I found out that the computer doesn't have a DVD burner."

Comments (3)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM
Its even more humorous when when you can point out which story is about you.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM
Ha! Ha! Ha! LMAO! Very good.
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David Staneslow
Friday, June 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM
well, i would like to add a tale of my own. i walk into best buy, and go up to the tech center counter. at that point, i encounter a mid-30s guy, who seconds later reveals himself to be nothing but a glamourous image with no depth. i ask "do you guys carry any RAM sticks, DDR3, for my desktop, ya know?
to which this "genius" replies "RAM? like those portable memory sticks to like move information or something?"
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