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Old 07-31-2020, 05:21 AM
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Honestly, I love my older generation family members. Dad was having trouble with his answering machine (yes... Answering machine). After walking him through all sorts of alternative options, I finally gave up and found a 2-pack of Maxell cassette tapes on FB Market place and mailed them to him. He gratefully called me last night now that he is back up and running. So he asked if I can call my god-mother (his sister) because she can't log in to her computer. Long story short, we needed to invoke the system repair tools and boot into the system repair menu. I was having her press the "F2" button on boot-up, but it was not working.... Until she said "Press both of them right?" Ahhhh. No Auntie. The "F2" at the top... Not "F AND 2." Got her up and running too.

I'm in the technology business, and I am working on technology now that we won't see in public for another 3-5 years.... But I still wonder if events like these will be repeated by my son and me some day.....
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Mrs Barefoot is the IT support for her 92 year old aunt. Fortunately the problems she has are usually very easy to fix.
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How old is your Dad?



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My father couldn’t get his inkjet printer to work. It would run normally like it was printing but no ink would hit the paper. After 5 min of screwing around I popped the cartridges out. Yep still had the tape on the bottom covering the release points.

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Dude just embrace it. When you get older your tolerance and willingness to do things differently will also diminish. Just keep doing what you're doing I am sure they appreciate you very much for it.

I am only in my 40's, but I am already finding myself throwing stuff at my 18 yo, because I just don't want to deal with it. My sonos is a great example. I have a lot of their stuff. Crap stopped working, troubleshooted it for about 5 minutes, new apps to download, unplugging / re-plugging (not easy to do where these are at), something out of synch...blah blah blah. The shit worked yesterday just as I wanted, why do they have to F with it. Sounds like a payback for changing his massively shitty diapers for year. His problem now! (BTW, I work in tech)
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
How old is your Dad?
Just turned 80. He also just recovered from Covid. Rides his motorcycle in the rain. We've all said he's too mean and stubborn to die.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
(BTW, I work in tech)
It's funny you say that; I work in tech as well and I find that after working with (troubleshooting/repairing) the technology all day long at work, I have very little interest/patience in dealing with it outside of work.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post

I am only in my 40's, but I am already finding myself throwing stuff at my 18 yo, because I just don't want to deal with it. My sonos is a great example. I have a lot of their stuff. Crap stopped working, troubleshooted it for about 5 minutes, new apps to download, unplugging / re-plugging (not easy to do where these are at), something out of synch...blah blah blah. The shit worked yesterday just as I wanted, why do they have to F with it. Sounds like a payback for changing his massively shitty diapers for year. His problem now! (BTW, I work in tech)
Lol same here. I'm in my early 40s and my 15 yo has become tech support in my house. I work in engineering and after staring at a screen or troubleshooting problems all day I'm just not interested in fixing anything that I don't have to.
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My former MIL had a bad habit of hitting the source/input button on her TV remote and would end up with a screen full of snow. After many primetime visits to correct the problem I got smart and took a picture of her remote, printed it, and left it near our old land line. From then on any one of us could tell her which button to push to fix the problem. Some times I think she did it just to have someone come over.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
Just turned 80. He also just recovered from Covid. Rides his motorcycle in the rain. We've all said he's too mean and stubborn to die.
Not to get too picky, but he's not a "boomer". The "boomer" generation refers to the baby boom that happened when soldiers returned from WWII in 1945..... there was a large increase in deliveries starting in 1946. I believe that the "boomers" are considered those born between 1946 and 1960 when the US economy recovered following the war.
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Originally Posted by Center Crusher View Post
Not to get too picky, but he's not a "boomer". The "boomer" generation refers to the baby boom that happened when soldiers returned from WWII in 1945..... there was a large increase in deliveries starting in 1946. I believe that the "boomers" are considered those born between 1946 and 1960 when the US economy recovered following the war.
I would tend to agree with you. I believe his generation is the "Lost" generation. I've mentioned it to him, but he says he's a boomer. You are welcome to try and convince him, but at 50 years old, I'm still afraid of catching the back of his hand.
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When my son gets snotty about helping me with tech, I just remind him he came out of the end of my "Richard".
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Originally Posted by BiloxiGuy View Post
It's funny you say that; I work in tech as well and I find that after working with (troubleshooting/repairing) the technology all day long at work, I have very little interest/patience in dealing with it outside of work.
I totally hear you on that.... But when your family asks, you deliver. Honestly, I was surprised because they are both so stubborn it must have been a big deal to ask.

My 10 yo son is getting good. He goes to Code Ninjas and is really learning a lot. He likes to "MOD" a lot of his games, so I virtualized his computer and taught him the concept of "Development" and "Production". So now he can play around and not brick his primary computer.

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Heads up. In 50 years a younger generation will be making fun of your sorry, pathetic ass too!
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To fix old school things, you need an old school guy, aka Dad, can rebuild a carb better than anyone I know, can hang doors by eye with millimetric precicion, still works in fractions of inches, can adjust valve lash like no other and can tune things by ear, heīs not interested in technology except when it is useful to him, we bought him a TV box connected to the internet for streaming, wasīnt sure it would be much use until he realised he could select movies and tv by genre, he found westerns and has never been more content. We also bought matching caps with lights in them, donīt knock it till you have one! I donīt really have to field tech things from him as he has nothing technical that requires my assistance. I deal with calls and fixing stuff all day so Iīm quite happy, if anything itīs the other way round, I call him for advice, heīs more than happy to help, I think it makes him feel useful.
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Boomers. The worst generation.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
My former MIL had a bad habit of hitting the source/input button on her TV remote and would end up with a screen full of snow. After many primetime visits to correct the problem I got smart and took a picture of her remote, printed it, and left it near our old land line. From then on any one of us could tell her which button to push to fix the problem. Some times I think she did it just to have someone come over.
Thats a great idea. Gonna have to do it for my 89 YO mother who manages to do the very same thing. Couldn't agree more that it's more than likely her way to have me swing by for a visit... Don't get me wrong I love to do it and break her chops as she still a spry less than 5 foot tall 89 years young but some days.... !
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My granddad was a suborn old guy. Very smart, but not so in touch with technology. My dad and aunts/uncles got him an ipad back in 2013 so he could play cards online, look at sports scores, etc. Wouldn't let any of them, or his grandkids show him how to use it. Instead, he went down the road to the smartest guy around...the local surgeon, who's not all that great with tech either. Here is the result. Funniest part was we didn't discover this video or several others he accidentally made of himself until after he passed in 2015. My sister captured the audio of him saying "what the hell" and strategically breaks it out on occasion.

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I recently changed cable companies and this time I bought my own modem to lighten the monthly bill. I had my nephew spec one for me. It didn't have wifi and I thought I could live without it until I recently signed up to NetFlix. I contact my nephew and mentioned the problem and he tells me I have to get with the times. I reminded him who spec'd the modem. He 2 day ships me a router on his dime. I've always been very generous to him and he says now it's payback time.
I get the router and I have problems getting online. I have to go facetime with him to get things up and running.

I worked 40 years in the military aircraft field in areas that was very technical and the last 20 required extensive use of computers. But I never had an interest in computers with the exception of using them when they are working correctly.

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