How to become a "Computer Expert"?

How does become en un "Expert en Computers"?

If you are reading this, you most likely belong to the group of those who constantly ask us for help with the slightest doubt, problem or difficulty with a computer, mobile phone, remote control or any device that works with electricity and / or have buttons or keys. These requests also come from family, friends, acquaintances or even from anyone who sees us at that time using our mobile or PC; no matter the time or the moment. These requests for help almost always end with the familiar phrase: «... is that I do not know about computers (or mobile phones, or whatever device it is) and since you are an expert in that, it does not cost you anything ...«

The worst thing about this is not the inconvenience that solving the problem can cause us at certain times (which usually involves squeezing our brains for a long time), but that, although we insist on giving them a fool-proof explanation for that they learn to do for themselves what they wanted, it is certain that the next time that happens to them, they will call us again with the same problem, making us their universal and free technical service, for him and all those to whom he tells about our "skills".

Obviously, all these people assume that some of us were born with an extra gene, one that gives us the necessary knowledge to use all existing programs or applications and to create, as well as to program any device invented or to be invented, in short, that we are a kind of a walking universal encyclopedia and that the only meaning of our existence is to dedicate our time to solving problems for the rest of humanity.

When in reality, that gene DOES NOT EXISTDespite what some may think, here is the solution for them to respond to those requests for help once and for all and show the rest of the mortals that "everyone can become an expert, if they really know it. they propose ».

This solution is not a little-known trick, much less a “Universal Manual” for the use of programs and equipment, but only a description of the process that we normally follow every time we have a problem for the first time or something falls into our hands. new and unknown device.

As you may have noticed, the first step is always the well-known RFM, that is; "Read the Fucking Manual", Which in the freest of translations into our language would be"Read the fucking manual”. Unfortunately, despite what the manufacturers and developers assume, for the majority of humanity the manual is only that little book or piece of paper that came in the box and that they threw away along with the nylon packaging because “... I didn't know it was necessary for something".

If you have coworkers who habitually pester you with their "doubts", it is always a good idea to print the above diagram for them and stick it on the wall, well in sight and near your computer, along with a diploma that certifies from now on that they have ALREADY become "Computer Experts" as long as they are able to follow the steps in the diagram.

I hope that if this does not manage to eliminate 100% of the interruptions and repetitive queries, at least it allows them to filter a good part of them and have a little more peace of mind in their lives.

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There the article ends 🙂

Article written by my father yesterday, I hope you find it interesting ... I have found it funny and I find it quite useful, because there are not few occasions in which I know who brings me any device, any, so that I can explain how it works ... Damn, if I IN MY LIFE I have had an iPhone 3G (for example), how the hell do you want me to teach you how to use it ... ¬_¬

Anyway, greetings 😀


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  1.   left handed said

    I had already seen the original diagram on the xkcd page, without the part of reading the manual, and the final comment is unmissable

    1.    left handed said

      I put the link but it did not show it, let's see how it works

      xkcd.com/627/

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Actually the diagram was made by my old man, I don't know if he already knew the one you mention or not 🙂
      Thanks for the link 😉

  2.   taregon said

    But if the challenge is taken, the experience remains, even if you don't have an iPhone 3G, you'll already know how to turn it on 😛 and that's something I don't know. When I started using a laptop for the first time, I had the audacity to put the usb memory in the network connector (where the RJ45 connector fits) the funny thing is that it fit and I did not suspect that it was wrong until I entered 'My PC 'and I didn't see the device in question, a second look and… hahaha.

    1.    Perseus said

      XD, I don't believe you XD, XD, I'm not making fun of it, I'm just amused, ok? 😉

      1.    taregon said

        Ah, don't worry, I know it's funny 😀

    2.    Ozzar said

      Exactly the same thing happened to me, but being in the dark, not to "conscience" ... xDDDD

    3.    Zironid said

      The same thing happened to me XD

  3.   Maxwell said

    What I do when they want to abuse my kindness is to say the now mythical "Read the manual", not to mention the face they make. Of course, if they continue to insist, of course I help them, but I charge them and the matter is settled.

    The bad thing about being the smart guy from the neighborhood, greetings.

    offtopic: Have you heard? Emacs is finally a complete operating system, it will finally have its own package manager thanks to package.el xD

    1.    rogertux said

      I hope they make an article talking about it and explaining what it is, because I do not understand the power of this text editor.

  4.   anubis_linux said

    Very good article about your father @ KZKG ^ Gaara, I already have the diagram printed to put it in the entrance of the NODE 🙂 so that they don't screw me anymore with the silly questions lol ... and if the whole problem starts when they give cane to the manual and they don't read it hehe, well as @Maxwell says The downside of being the smart neighborhood

  5.   Ozzar said

    Your father's article is very good, although the biggest problem is that the real options are basically two, (i) read the manual or (ii) google; both involve reading, understanding and following a few steps, even for the most elementary, and as we know, this is a practice on the way to extinction. So what? Even with that diagram, the burden of being the "electronic mentor" on duty can hardly be evaded. Ultimately, the best thing is to play dumb and not stand out too much ... at least that's how I handle myself ... xD

    Greetings.

  6.   Courage said

    The worst thing about this is not the inconvenience that solving the problem can cause us at certain times (which usually involves squeezing our brains for a long time), but that, although we insist on giving them a fool-proof explanation for that they learn to do for themselves what they wanted, it is certain that the next time that happens to them, they will call us again with the same problem, making us their universal and free technical service, for him and all those to whom he tells about our "skills".

    Uff ... Let them tell me, fed up with my father's gossip asking me how they do nonsense on his MacBook Pro ...

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      HAHAHA come on, he's the one who feeds you ... so don't complain 😀

      1.    Courage said

        I don't care if he feeds me or not, it is his obligation to feed me

  7.   mdrvro said

    Hahaha this @Courage and his answers….

  8.   Arturo Molina said

    I understand Courage, my dad bought a tablet with android 2.1 and he talks to me every so often, either to install a game or send an email.

  9.   Lithos523 said

    This has three drawbacks.

    1) Read. What is that? If you tell a schoolboy that you are reading any book, they ask you why you do not see the movie.

    2) Understand. Many people know that the p with the a pa, but from there to understand what the letters that "join" say

    3) Translation. Google Translate looks like an expert linguist next to some manual translations. I have had to read more than one manual in English despite having Spanish.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-omQU38aNvU0/TeRAx0j85GI/AAAAAAAABAQ/oaCbWb-cBMU/s1600/hierro-chulo-723141.jpg

    Come on, we're screwed yes or yes.

    1.    anubis_linux said

      hahaha +1 to the photo hahahaha, the one who gives him to guide himself fucks up hehehej ,,,, I take the photo pal G + hehe

    2.    Hugo said

      I have laughed like a fool with the kits of that translation, hehehe.

  10.   eder said

    Not what they teach us because even if one can learn to handle computers easier

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