Question of the day from SKL

What is your pet peeve about your computer?

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17 Responses to Question of the day from SKL

  1. Joy says:

    What really irks me the most is that I have to enter a password to get it going. I’m not sure why that bothers me but it does. It means I have to sit there and wait for it to get to that point and it’s half way. I wish I could turn it on and it would just go but it’s always been this way. I also can’t stand those slow days when it takes forever to do things.

    • Sue says:

      When I took my computer in last, they fixed that so I don’t have to enter a password anymore. Not sure how they did, but I’m glad!

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  2. Ellen says:

    That it sometimes stops doing the things I want it to do. Like you click on an attachment and it does not open…that makes me pretty irritated.

    BTW Laura, do you like the Eat,Pray and Love book from Elizabeth Gilbert? I read it years ago in Holland, and it was a real hype there. But, to be honest, I thought it was sometimes a bit boring.

  3. SKL says:

    Obviously something was going on with my computer when I wrote this . . . now what was it? Should I just check myself into the Alzheimer’s wing and get it over with?

    Thing is, I have so many peeves about my computer.

    One that is a real pain is that I can’t open Excel files by just double clicking on them. I have to go into Excel and open them from there. So if someone emails me a spreadsheet to look at “real quick,” I have to save it to the disk, then open excel and then open the file. My computer is slow, too, so this is really frustrating. I’ve tried a few quick fixes but they didn’t work. Surely there is a solution, but I have to find time to look for it or get a professional to fix it.

    That reminds me of another peeve – the difficulty of finding a simple answer to a computer problem that can’t be that rare. You go online and you get all these forums with geeks arguing back and forth over the philosophical underpinnings of whatever the hell it is that isn’t working for you. You get all kinds of people asking the same question as you, and only a few answers – and all of the answers are completely different, hence they are probably all wrong. After an hour or so, you might find the right answer, e.g.: yeah, that’s a bug you got when you “upgraded,” and there is no fix for it “yet.” Tough luck!

    The other thing Excel does is sometimes it won’t let you switch to another screen unless you “minimize” your Excel file. Which is a pain in the butt, because I work with multiple files at the same time (I don’t print stuff much).

    Another thing I don’t like is that I’ll be working along at 2am, on something that has to be done by morning, and the computer decides it’s time for a reboot. It doesn’t ask “would this be a convenient time?” It just does it. It closes all your files as you are in the middle of working on them. Then it reopens only some of them. Isn’t that nice? The first time that happened, it really freaked me out!

    Word is another pet peeve – or series of peeves. You have a file open and you’re working along, and suddenly the computer decides there isn’t enough disk space to save what you have just typed. You try everything. You even try copying it into a new document. No luck! Sometimes if you open a Word file it says it’s going to have to do some kind if installation / setup etc. You don’t want to do that, so you abort it. But finally you get sick of it and decide to let the darn thing install / setup. You patiently wait it out, thinking you will then be done with that crap. Wrong! Obviously the installation didn’t take, or it’s another bug, because it still keeps doing the same thing years later. And when I close Word, it always thinks I didn’t mean to close it and tries to re-open.

    Who has time for all that?

    I am sure I could list a dozens of other “little irritations” that conspire to stressify my job.

  4. Laura says:

    The snarky answer is “it’s always there, distracting me from everything else I need to do.”

    But the answer that you’re probably looking for is not so much the computer, but the programs… namely Microsoft, and their forever “upgrading for the sake of upgrading” policy.

    MS Word was an awesome program. Yeah, maybe it had a bug or two, but then fix the bug, don’t completely change the format of the entire program – so much so that previous programs can’t even open the new documents! Who thought THAT was a good idea? And as soon as you figure out how to use a new version, it’s old and they’ve upgraded *again*, and I have to spend a ridiculous amount of time learning the new program rather than just getting on with whatever it is that I have to do.

  5. starlaschat says:

    I really like my computer for the most part. Trying to figure out how to have it set up so it’s not hard on my body seems to be my challenge. Some times I get frustrated but that operator problem. I don’t like filling things out I always seem to get it wrong and after 3 or 4 times I get frustrated and just x it out and go on the something else. Slow days when the hamster not running fast enough that bothers me too.

  6. kweenmama says:

    Does fingerprints from all of the kids count as a pet peeve? I am constantly cleaning fingerprints off of my laptop.

    And Joy, yes, feel free to use the picture of the white chair. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Life right now is busy!

  7. Nikki says:

    Oh I’d say the only thing that irritates me is it sometimes freezes. It only really makes me mad if I am writing a comment and I hit the submit and it freezes then, or when I am uploading pictures. I have to say though, considering we payed nothing for our computer, it’s very nice. And I shouldn’t even complain about that! It’d be my luck for it to now….I shouldn’t even say it! lol

    • SKL says:

      Oh yes, the “freezes.” You know, because you had the audiacity to ask it to “page down” when it was still “thinking!” And the more busy and strapped-for-time you are, the more often the “freezes” happen and the longer they last. And of course you don’t have time to clean up the computer and reboot because, duh, you’re busy!!!!! Argh!

      I must remind myself how slow computers were 25 years ago. There are times when my computer is only slightly faster, but at least I don’t have to remember programming language to make anything happen.

  8. Sue says:

    That, for no reason at all, you get the blue screen of death. Known to the geek squad as BSOD and they will label it such when you bring your computer in to be fixed. Last time that happened (Just about a month ago) it turned out the be a software issue from those ‘critical updates’ MS says you need. Thanks a lot MS! You should have foot the bill for my fix!

    • SKL says:

      I have to say I just love the idea of the Geek Squad. I love their cars. I’ve never used them, but I probably would give them a try just to see what they are like. My brother has been a computer geek since he was a teenager (back when Reagan was president) so I guess I have a soft corner for them.

  9. lucy says:

    Its gets sooooooo hot after using it for a while!!

  10. Right now it’s that WP is running so slowly or kicks me off! 😛

    • Joy says:

      I’ve had problems with WP the last few weeks too. It puts things I post in in the wrong places and I have to “stick” them to the front page and I hate that blue background from that.

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