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Old 01-14-2019, 09:59 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by scasey
“Why do you ask?”
Normally because someone wants help with a computer problem.
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Originally Posted by jamison20000e
Depends on who... only a handful get, yes.
Good point.
I agree with both. If it's some knuckle-dragger who has to be walked through clicking a button marked "OK", then I will probably say no, unless I can bill them. If they have to ask me, they obviously don't know.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 10:01 AM   #17
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i say "i use linux". there are 3 kind of responses.
  • 1# blank stare : to these ppl i say "i code a bit and play pc games"
  • 2# says something like "isnt it finnish 'code(r)'" : to these ppl i try to tell who linus is and i tell them that : linux is 'free' and there are big bunch of coders from around globe making(coding) it.
  • 3# linux user : we compare our e-penises, "i win when i say : i use also OpenBSD"

to any kind of request for help i try to end with comment "i dont understand windows, i use just linux" but there are situations where i try to help if needed.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 11:35 AM   #18
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I usually say something like, "most of the time", but I really should just say "yes". I underrate my technical and reading abilities (read: web searching), but seems like magic to people who just want their computer to work.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 12:28 PM   #19
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"Whatever you are going to ask I will google it, so, you can do the same"

Whoever asks that question is not asking about anything related to linux, sysadmin or programming, or any other thing that would really require a "knowledge" in computers.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 02:02 AM   #20
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i say "i use linux". there are 3 kind of responses.
  • 1# blank stare : to these ppl i say "i code a bit and play pc games"
  • 2# says something like "isnt it finnish 'code(r)'" : to these ppl i try to tell who linus is and i tell them that : linux is 'free' and there are big bunch of coders from around globe making(coding) it.
  • 3# linux user : we compare our e-penises, "i win when i say : i use also OpenBSD"
there's also
  • 4# shocked: "Isn't that illegal, like pirated or something???" (no joke, this has happened to me)

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reading abilities (read: web searching), but seems like magic to people
the other day a co-worker said "I hate my phone!" - they then showed me a google search page, where a search for something personal would constantly suggest work-related topics.
I said: "That's Google, not your phone, and congrats, you just realised what a filter bubble is"

knowing the difference between entering an URL in the urlbar or entering a search query into google, is like magic to some. weird hacker sh!t.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 02:56 AM   #21
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there's also
  • 4# shocked: "Isn't that illegal, like pirated or something???" (no joke, this has happened to me)
actually one coworker asked me that am i hacker, i tried telling her that hackers are like bill gates (not the best example, but at least she knew who that "guy" is.) and that i code a bit, small programs etc.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 07:38 AM   #22
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there's also
  • 4# shocked: "Isn't that illegal, like pirated or something???" (no joke, this has happened to me)
[sees terminal]

"Are you on the dark web or something? You could go to jail."
 
Old 01-15-2019, 12:07 PM   #23
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As previously stated, I don't know anybody who uses anything but Windows. It's highly unlikely most could follow my beginners tutorial on how to set up a FreeBSD desktop and if I died today not one person I know could run any of my 8 laptops.

With the possible exception my favorite niece. She grew up with computers (and Napster) is a black belt in Taekwondo and street smart. She knows PS4 runs FreeBSD and asked how to stop someone from knocking a friend offline with a DoS when we were having pizza. (Typical table talk for our family.) My sister works at a computer all day and her hubby was a board operator at a large chemical plant where they make herbicide. Both said it's too much for them and didn't mind saying so. They have skills I don't so it's all good.


My cable company needed to send a tech to replace my cable box. I had 4 laptops running at the time and he asked what I did with them all. I said anything I want and showed him what a FreeBSD desktop looked like. That I actually had 8 laptops, which was 1 more than I could have online at once. He asked "If you could have them all online at once, would you?" I said I had ran 7 at once with a Netgear switch connected to my router but that was the limit my equipment allowed and space was at a premium so I don't usually run that many.

He just stood there looking at me and didn't say a word... I finally had to point him towards the door and usher him out.

I had another cable problem about a year later and they sent the same guy. He remembered me so I showed him my website and my Personality Forge chat bot, Demonica. He had no comment on either and I doubt he understood about Demonica.

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Old 01-15-2019, 04:31 PM   #24
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Yes, but I don't do Windows.
I would leave out the yes part and just answer I don't do windows

to a lot of people the question
"are you good with computers ?"
assumes a knowledge of windows so much so that the real question is
"are you good with windows ?"
I even know some people who think linux is only a server O/S
and desktop linux is nothing but a toy

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Old 01-15-2019, 04:35 PM   #25
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"Why do you ask?"

or if you want to spook them out: "Ah, I am also a Nigerian prince, did you receive my email?"

That might have ethical problems though....

This works too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFUlAQZB9Ng

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Old 01-15-2019, 08:59 PM   #26
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"No"
 
Old 01-16-2019, 03:16 AM   #27
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Apologies for the clickbait title, but I couldn't resist.
I can't resist looking.

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If someone says to you, "are you any good with computers?" how do you/would you respond?
...
It depends. In what way?

Can you turn one on? Yes, otherwise, how would I be posting in the first place?

Can I install an OS? Depends on the OS. But, for the very most part (if not the whole part or almost) at the very least, yes, I can. Done it many times over, with many OS's.

Can I build one? Yes, I built the one I'm posting from myself.

It's funny, because I was watching someone type at breakneck speed the other day, and remember thinking that, "you must think you're a king because you can type so fast". But I'll bet London to a brick if I asked you to install an OS, even just Windows, let alone configure it, let alone if it was Linux, or one of the BSD's, you'd be screwed...

So it really depends on what exactly what context "good with computers" means.

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Old 01-16-2019, 05:46 AM   #28
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"No"
Probably the best answer.
 
Old 01-16-2019, 09:18 AM   #29
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Given the question of whether or not I'm good with computers, the answer is "Yes".

Whatever happens beyond that point, was not the question.
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If someone says to you, "are you any good with computers?" how do you/would you respond?
Not meant to be an attack or insult, but "Why do YOU ask US how we'd answer?" I feel it is entirely non-relevant how anyone else would answer the question.
 
Old 01-16-2019, 09:25 AM   #30
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Whatever happens beyond that point, was not the question.Not meant to be an attack or insult, but "Why do YOU ask US how we'd answer?" I feel it is entirely non-relevant how anyone else would answer the question.
It was just a bit of fun, that's why I posted it on the General board.
 
  


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