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Initial post: Aug 17, 2013 2:11:52 AM PDT
On soapbox.

I'm just tired of people claiming they are too old to do anything technical. I am older than dirt and know that old people can too do technical things and I wonder why so many people use it as a crutch for not trying--all the while trying to find an answer that will relieve them of any ownership of whatever problem they're having.

Off soapbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 2:18:32 AM PDT
Hear, hear!

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 2:34:46 AM PDT
Cluny says:
Bravo! You are exactlyly right.....old doesn't mesn stupid.
What irks me is that many people(of all ages) who say " I can't cook" as if this were an accomplishment to brag about! Learn the basics at least by taking a class or learn from a friend.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 3:56:34 AM PDT
It's laziness; they use it as a manipulative tool to make people do stuff for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 4:09:40 AM PDT
There are a lot of those who find their way here but, to be fair, the number of kids, who aren't even encouraged to try, also seems to be on the rise.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 5:00:04 AM PDT
Arieswoman says:
I am a senior citizen and have been using computer for 30+ years. I love them and I agree that too many seniors tell me they can't learn. I tell them when you quit learning then you are probably 6 feet under. I have had some expect me to do everything for them. Our district library offers many computer classes and they are free!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 5:35:55 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
well, the AARP considers me ripe for membership, but I refuse (don't like their politics) to join

and I'm still learning

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 5:36:15 AM PDT
Excellent point! I delight in learning new things at the youngish age of 52. My stepmom delights in taking on new classes, is a computer whiz but took a han gliding class at 75, a smart phone class at 78 and went sky diving for her 80th birthday. She is fierce.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 5:39:39 AM PDT
My son complains that he's the only one of his group whose parent knows more about computers than he does (and he's pretty good). I've always liked figuring out the latest gadget.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 5:44:07 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 5:47:13 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If someone doesn't want to learn something, they need to just be honest and say "I'm not interested. Not worthy my time and effort." Don't pull the "I'm too old card."

My mother is 78 and still learning new things. She has said she has no interest in a smart phone or tablet. Fine, no problem. We understand. But she knows not to say "I'm too old to learn that" because her children would laugh at her. We all know she can learn anything she puts her mind to. It may take a little longer than my 22 year old but she will do it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:00:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2013 6:04:29 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Oh come on....Have you ever been over 30 and walked into a Best Buy and treated like dirt because of your age?

Last spring I went into a Staples and started looking at a Fire. Some pimply-faced 18-year old come up and started treating me like I was deaf and had never touched anything electronic before. After four sentences of his nonsensical rambling, I broke in and said, "Listen....I know more than you do about this object." He LAUGHED at me and said that would be impossible. He was boy genius. I wanted to get the insipid creature away from me so I walked off after he received a verbal tongue lashing from me.

So I can SEE why many people use the "age card" because we are treated with such disdain if we go into these places with questions.

What Best Buy and Staples don't seem to get is that we are the ones with money! We pay the bills! We pay their salary!

When the iPad minis came out, I went into Best Buy. (Yeah, I know! First mistake!) I was looking at the minis, when a salesman came up to "inform" me about Apple products. He talked to me like I was in the third grade. I whipped around and started explaining to HIM about the specs on both the mini and full size and why didn't he leave me alone?

Never mess with a grandma.

Edited to say. I have never been treated like that in the Apple store. There was a little old lady next to me while I was waiting for hubby's phone to be repaired who was almost to the point of stumping the guy at the Genius Bar. I looked around and the over 40 crowd was larger than the under. Apple knows who has the money. There was a gray-haired couple looking at iMacs. The clerk was patiently explaining information. There were the kids playing on the iPods, but mostly the crowd was the "empty nesters." And I do mean crowd.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:07:32 AM PDT
Sarida says:
My 78-year old mom is more techie than my boss - the Media Director at school who has a master's degree.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:07:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2013 6:08:39 AM PDT
They don't realize most of us were there when home computers became popular.
Maybe they think we all stopped after the 386.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 6:12:24 AM PDT
My mother has no interest in a cell phone.
My step father loves his.

Now that my youngest sister is out of the house, she won't get the computer fixed because she has no interest and can never remember her password.
The woman can remember the orders for a table of 8 without writing it down, but can't remember a password to save her life. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:18:46 AM PDT
Sarida says:
LOL! I remember when my brother said, "What are you getting a 20MB hard drive for? You will NEVER need that much storage!"

And that was on my 286 :)

I remember taking a vo-tech class on a Tandy! Remember what great care we took with those 5 1/4 floppies?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:39:15 AM PDT
My first was a 386 with a 40mb hard drive.
I think it was a Seagate.
I bought a 540mb when they first came out and my roommate thought I was nuts.

Always make sure the slip cover was on.
Never touch it or put it near a magnet.
Don't bend it!
Flat in a drawer and don't put anything on top of it.
Don't put it there!
I was so happy when 3 1/2 came out.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 6:49:55 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
"I can't do that because I've never done it before"

I know people (mainly women) who are that way about driving to a destination they have never been before. "Oh, I can't drive to that town because I've never been there before." I'm not talking about driving to LA or New York City. Just "I can't drive more than 30 minutes from home" type excuses.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 8:09:06 AM PDT
You and I were discussing camping the other day; we have Cub Parents who use, "I don't know how," as an excuse not to bring boys camping.

"I didn't know how until I DID it. I was taught, and I'll teach you. If 8-yr-olds can pitch a tent, so can you." But the reality is the idea is distasteful to them. Which is fine, but be honest about it.

Don't try the, "...can't because I haven't..." excuse with me!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 9:39:17 AM PDT
Sarida says:
There is a lot of truth in that. I feel that way about math :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 9:42:42 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Well, speaking for myself, it's hard to be embarrassed in front of other adults. And you never want to be embarrassed in front of your kid.

Or sleep with cooties and 40 unbathed boys.

ANYWAY, I always thought about what was best for my kid, not myself. Weirdo that I am.

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