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View Poll Results: Do you get tired fixing your family/friends windows computer?
YES 7 18.92%
NO 11 29.73%
SOMETIMES I DO 11 29.73%
I SAY, "I'M NOT FIXING YOUR WINDOWS COMPUTER! GO USE LINUX" 3 8.11%
OTHER 5 13.51%
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:44 PM   #1
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Do you get tired fixing your family/friends windows computer?


I certainly do...

Such a headache of reinstalling, downloading applications and drivers. If people are going to be die hard windows users, why can't they learn to do this themselves.

My vote is YES!!!!!

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Old 09-15-2016, 08:41 PM   #2
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My level of tiredness/annoyance really has to do with the attitude of the person asking for help. Do you feel entitled to it, or are you asking nicely as a favor? Do you actually listen to the advice I give you? Do you make any effort to maintain your computer yourself?
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:02 PM   #3
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I voted no. My family lives on the east coast, and I live in Arizona. I never touch their systems.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:11 PM   #4
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I voted "Sometimes," because I get tired when the problems are caused by stupid. There was one older lady in the community who I've foisted off on (heaven forgive me) Best Buy because she kept getting into the same trouble with malware over and over again once more redundantly.

If it's just help making stuff work, I'm quite happy to provide. I like crossword puzzles, too.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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Shouting polls?

What's windows?
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:30 PM   #6
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My wife never complains or gets tired of cooking my meals every day. Get the idea?
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:38 PM   #7
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Shouting polls?

What's windows?
I hear it is a kit of mouse drivers?

Edit: Joke is lost for those who do not remember mice sold with menu creating software on floppy disk for MS-DOS.

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Old 09-15-2016, 10:42 PM   #8
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Edit: Joke is lost for those who do not remember mouses sold with menu creating software on floppy disk for MS-DOS.
What means this "floppy disk"?

(Sorry, couldn't' resist. I'm old enough to remember DR-DOS.)
 
Old 09-16-2016, 01:10 AM   #9
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"I don't know windows, I haven't used it in years, I just know linux, sorry."

Solved.
 
Old 09-16-2016, 01:20 AM   #10
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No. They're my family and friends. They don't get tired of helping me out in different ways when I need it.

The world is becoming a very selfish place.
 
Old 09-16-2016, 05:00 AM   #11
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"Fixing" their steaming piles of Windoze helps neither them nor you. The special attention might make them feel good, but there are other ways of providing attention in ways that actually helps them and that keeps them as a person in the focus rather than broken old software. Friends and relatives would almost certainly much rather spend time with you rather than letting the Windoze take the lion's share of the attention during your limited time together.

Fiddling with Windoze is also working for free for Bill. If no one did free labor for M$, it would quickly collapse as its home market is pretty much built upon a limitless pool of free labor. At least with FOSS, you're contributing to a commons from which you yourself also derive benefit. Getting them on anything else, anything at all, be it BSD, GNU/Linux, Chrome/Linux, or even OS X will also save a lot of effort on your part and gain capability on their part. Then you are free to spend your time unhindered with your friends and relatives.

Would your grandmother rather listen to you on the phone work through some Windoze-specific problems or chat about other things?

Would your grandfather rather watch you deal with broken software or sit around and talk over a beer?

Would your friends rather have you run their Windoze or the grill?

And so on...

One time, I had to take the initiative and actually buy a new computer for them so they have one without Windoze to use. It cost some money but paid for itself in short order as I could use my calls and visits for normal stuff. Once others saw how much better things were, they dropped Windoze as well. So there was a network effect there. Again, it was well worth it so that calls and visits could be about normal stuff.

So I voted NO, GO USE LINUX.
 
Old 09-16-2016, 05:07 AM   #12
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we all moved to linux (the only exception is the games we can only play on windows), but the reason is a bit different. I do not want to pay for it, so we do not use windows any more (just my son).
 
Old 09-16-2016, 11:28 AM   #13
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What means this "floppy disk"?
is it floppy, or is it hard?

(sorry, couldn't resist. please disregard.)
 
Old 09-16-2016, 11:34 AM   #14
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I hear it is a kit of mouse drivers?

Edit: Joke is lost for those who do not remember mouses sold with menu creating software on floppy disk for MS-DOS.
mouse.drv vs. mouse.sys ?
 
Old 09-16-2016, 12:26 PM   #15
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steaming piles of Windoze[etc]
"Converting" people to another OS is also likely to create work for you and take up your time, especially when it becomes obvious that most of their programmes of choice are no longer available. This also means them having to invest time and learn new things. You will have a hard job there, especially when the old things worked.
 
  


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