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COMPUTER 👨‍💻 FRUSTRATIONS? HOW DO YOU HANDLE EXPLORING AND SEARCHING FOR POSTCARDS AND COVERS ON THE INTERNET?

HELLO COLLECTORS,


COMPUTER 👨‍💻 FRUSTRATIONS? HOW DO YOU HANDLE EXPLORING AND SEARCHING FOR POSTCARDS AND COVERS ON THE INTERNET?

First Of All! Do you even own a computer or a device that enables you to search/explore the internet? If not - how are you reading this! 😂

If so, are you skilled at it?🤔

I have one of those device,s but in most cases I find the experience totally frustrating. I’m not very “savvy” at searches, and thus I struggle. My exploring usually results in more questions than answers. I grapple in every direction but I persevere on this, (one of my last) steep learning curves.

Years ago I took a quick basic introductory course on “Searching The Internet”. Only five in the class, individual instruction was ongoing to all. However, this person next to me did absolutely nothing throughout the full session, but to glare perpetually at the object on the desk (his tablet).

My immediate perception of his behaviour, was that the “item” was “a big piece of plastic junk”.

After class, the instructor approached him in a very friendly manner and asked how he could help. My classmate’s response included a lot of trembling and then with a nervous voice he sobbed,“this thing in front of me absolutely petrifies me.” 😭

Perception in many cases turns out to be reality. Yep it’s true!

This is the truth for many of us who grew up with white chalk, a blackboard and the alphabet nicely printed over the top.

Further anxiety and stress are added if you get a phone call ☎ from a person (identifying themselves as a Microsoft or Google representative?), and indicating they have detected suspicious activity on your computer?

Such happened to me. Common sense suspected a SCAM ARTIST who would attempt to gain access to my computer, all my passwords and all my financial information.

Some people would say, “Just hang up. Don’t get hooked!”

Not me. I listened to these sharpies ramble on to a point where I began to question my limited computer knowledge. I challenged the caller, “Is this happening to our computer? Are we being hacked?”

“Yes” is the usual reply, and then, “I’ll fix the problem.” I was hooked...! And — backtrack I did, before she could “hack me”.

A different shyster assured me, that if I did not follow his advice, he would issue me a $5,000 fine (by law) and ban my “computer usage” for life. THAT DUDE infuriated me.😡  Enough was enough!

I would turn the tables on them…

So now I listen to their ramblings only to assert at the end, “You guys must be REALLY, REALLY GOOD at what you do! We DO NOT even own a computer!” 🤣

Hang up! End of conversation. I would hope I infuriated them…? Nevertheless, I was gratified.

From now on, I’m well prepared for the “COMPUTER FRUSTRATIONS”! I gear up with a 12 lb. blue head sledge hammer 🔨 , a green hard hat , safety glasses 🥽 , steel toed boots 🥾 and an illuminated safety vest 🦺 .

So when the computer screen 🖥 lights up with messages like:

• ERROR FILE
• ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO RESUBMIT
• INCORRECT PASSWORD
• INCORRECT EMAIL
• I’M SORRY YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE
• OR URL SOMETHING
• OR SKU SOMETHING
• OR BYTES SOMETHING
• OR DO YOU NEED....HELP? 

HELP is no HELP! ACTION IS NEEDED!

I readjust my safety goggles. 🥽

Steady my green hard hat.

First, a swift kick in the pixels with my steel toed boots. 🥾

Then, if the hard drive isn’t hard anymore, I take out the 12 lb. blue sledge hammer 🔨, and with a “Babe Ruth home run swing” I smash the tower. It grunts, like it’s digesting something... SOMETHING

Next, I smash the screen because there isn’t a “screen saver” 🖥, so what’s going to stop my sledge. Right?

SHRAPNEL WILL BE FLYING EVERYWHERE! 💥💥💥💥

No problem. I’ve donned my safety vest.

I’m identifiable as a FIRST RESPONDER ⛑, and also a WITNESS to one hell of a mess!

Go figure that?

How Do You Handle the Computer Frustration?



Take care,
John Bucci

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