September 10th, 2002

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"I mean, come on. How am I supposed to strike fear into the hearts of the wicked with this thing?"

Damn, but August was one bastard-ass long month. It didn't seem like that fucker was ever going to get over with. And now it's gone, and already September the freaking ninth. I moved in on August first, but it feels like I've been in my apartment forever. Even tho' I still haven't unpacked a bunch of stuff, and I still have at least three boxes of stuff in storage. Actually, I think there's more like five boxes.

You know, it always seems like that. August just fucking drags, but then it's over with and bam, the day start getting shorter, it cools down, and then September just zips on by, and all of a sudden there's only three months left in the year. Hell, it's getting close to time for me to start figuring out what everyone's getting for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas (and I was), I was back in Graphics yesterday looking at a Christmas card catalog, when I noticed something: It didn't have any Christmas cards in it. Everything had "Season's Greetings" or "Holiday Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" or some other such bullshit on it. Has it become un-PC to mention Christmas, because not everyone's a christian? God forbid we even take the chance that someone get offended by something.
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I've been reading Computer Stupidities ( for about the past three hours now, and I've figured something out. The majority of the difficulties that people have when they call tech support stem from one of two problems: They either look upon their computer as this exotic, esoteric thing and assume that NOTHING IN THEIR EXPERIENCE, including their knowledge of the English language, applies to it, or they assume they know more than the person on the tech support line.

Now I can understand someone who's computer illiterate calling tech support, having to get walked through installing software, configuring a modem, stuff like that. That I get. But when a tech support guy tells you that you need to go into a directory tree and look for a file, I don't give a rat's ass how computer illiterate you are, common sense and an eighth-grade handle on English should be enough to clue you in that he's not talking about a frelling tree growing out of your machine.

And assuming that you know more than someone that you have to ask a question... well, that's just plain, flat-out dumb. The really sad part is that I meet people like that all the time, and it's really infuriating. Some people just don't appear to understand that they don't have a monopoly on the ability to accumulate knowledge. Other people know things too, fuckstick, and a good bit of them know more than you do. Otherwise you wouldn't have to be asking them a question or getting them to do something for you, now would you?