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You can't mess up a computer--HAHA

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Excellent story for the contest. You do have one small error, the word mystery is spelled with an n instead of m. Otherwise, it is perfect and an interesting read. Best of luck in the contest.


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    Trying hard for the hundred dollar payoff. Thanks.
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Computers are annoying and yet we depend on them for many things. Our system went down at work yesterday so we had to push all the credit cards/gift cards/checks/etc all in manually which takes longer. Talk about a nightmare! I feel ya all the way through this!

departmen, and (you're missing a "t")


 Comment Written 30-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 31-Jan-2018
    Thanks for the catch. We rarely remember the food thongs about technology--if you're in a similar head space as mine--until it doesn't work. Thanks.
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I can relate to this well written account of being thrust into the world of computers. I got my first computer in 1999 and am still trying to understand all the mistakes I make and how to prevent repeating them. Fortunately, I have always had a brilliant computer tech at my beck and call. Even with that, I am still learning and doubt I will ever truly become efficient. Great work with this. I am sure many will relate to your experience with this obnoxious machine.


 Comment Written 30-Jan-2018



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    Yeah, I have a great teacher too--my 12 yr old grandson...LOL. Thanks/
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Hello Spiritual Echo,

I enjoyed your true story for this contest. I felt your pain about being yelled at in the boss' office, but I'd have been a sobbing mess over being sent to head office. I remember my first job back around 1980. Computers were new and it was my job to lug the massive computer output every morning and deliver it to the various departments. When my hubs and I wanted to try to have a baby, I decided to quit my job because of the heavy computer output I had to carry. Now in the modern world, they can make changes so you don't have to risk losing your baby over such things. Now computers have improved.

A few little things I noticed along the way.

- "...didn't understand the (nystery) of computers any more than I did." - mystery?

- "...chaos going on in the computer (departmen)..." - department

- "...it () the most painful period of my career..." It was?

Best wishes in the contest.

Joy xx


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reply by the author on 31-Jan-2018
    What a great eye. Thanks so much for the spag alert.
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Hi Ingrid,

Ah, yes, primitive dinosaurs, the size of houses. lol My dad bought us one and you had to spend days programming for the simplest thing. Not a fan either But had to learn them for work too.

to see the astonished faces of other employee faces - this I think needs a little alteration - perhaps something like 'the astonished looks of the other employees', or, 'the astonished looks on the other employees' faces'.

"It couldn't be that easy," he said. But, John's knowledge about how computers worked - this sentence appears to be unfinished.



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reply by the author on 30-Jan-2018
    Thanks , Garret, I fixed that sentence. Your feedback to any author you honour is always extremely helpful and offered with the credentials of being one of the best.
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I'm a right royal technology dino, and although I'm often ashamed of it, I make no bones about it either. Maybe that's why I often write my story notes by hand and then get to the laptop later. Just in case I hit some malignant - or willfully malicious - button and lose my entire thoughts. We creatives are never in the same mindset all the time and that influences how we write.

When the computer "eats" what I wrote, of course I can write it again - only it won't be quite the same because the mood or whatever state of mind I had then will not repeat itself for me at the touch of a button. Go figure indeed!

Thanks for an excellent and well written piece.


 Comment Written 30-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 30-Jan-2018
    I coined the word techno prat. Prat is an old English word for stupid, therefore, I am a technoprat. Thanks.
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The ending says it all. That's the same boat I ended up in as well. I can't leave my house without my cell phone and life stops if my laptop isn't getting a signal.

Beautifully written in your inimitable style which I sneak by and enjoy often. I recall taking computer programming in college. It consisted of a stack of punch cards two or three feet tall. IF I rendered them perfectly, I could feed them into the computer and a single sheet of paper would be printed. It comes in handy to this day.

I crashed the system at Hewlitt Packard when I worked there for a spell. I'm curious, so I started exploring the system. I knew nothing of course, but that didn't and doesn't stop me. At one point all the printers in the building began printing. I learned a bit later that this occured at several west coast locations, compliments of whatever yours truly did. They where a progressive company and pleased that I found the bug. "It could've been worse, good work", was there response to my shock.

Oh, one thing: "But, John's knowledge about how computers worked" ... I think you left something off that line. I can't believe after all these years, I finally may have helped YOU!

Loved this, mike


 Comment Written 30-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 30-Jan-2018
    Don't kid yourself, I get a lot of edit suggestions, and I am always appreciative. Especially, when people are familiar with my writing, they know when I go off the rails. Thanks so much for the read, and I'm glad I'm not the only one here with computer aversion.
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Excellent witty signature you writing, Ingrid. Haaaaaaaa, I love the line about smoke coming out his ears. This guy sounds like a real piece of work.

Yikes that is a tad intimidating activating all accounts across the entire country.

LOL, wanted dead or alive? So now we have a mugshot of you at the post office.

hahaa, yep what difference does it make which way a slash bends. Crap it's only coding, right?

Excellent story Ingrid. I'm impressed you wrote this so perfectly with Macular Degeneration. You are a fighter. I guess that means you can't drive any more either.

Anyway, LOVED your story and you do realize you're allowed to kickbox a computer when it's being a butt.

Best wishes to you in the contest.

Gloria


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    The typing isn't so hard, reading and editing are a bitch. Parts of words blur and seeing the sentence and paragraph as a whole is difficult. But, you're right. My pity party has ;lasted for a long time and it's time I fought back. Yes, they took my licence, but I still make short jaunts to the store. I can't walk anywhere near my home. Still, today I have an appointment 30 miles away and a friend--found here-- is driving me. Thanks for reading and caring to enquire. Hugs, ingrid
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I think this is an interesting entry for the 'Share Your Story' writing prompt.
You have a couple of issues, like; 'Bit before I was free to leave' - 'But before'
I don't know if you had word constraints, but you could have expanded though out to make the story clearer.
I think you have a good base here. Good luck to you with the competition.
Sharon

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 Comment Written 29-Jan-2018



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    Thanks for the spag alert. After 10 years on the site, I've learned that in these life segment style prompts people lose interest after 1000 words. I've written several novels and have no issue expanding, but in my opinion, this piece doesn't merit a lot more detaiill. Thanks/
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My goodness, I had no idea we are on a site with a would be criminal.LOL The story is one many of us can relate to , we have a hard time living with the computers, but feel lost when they are not working right. Patricia


 Comment Written 29-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 29-Jan-2018
    People my age--67--have experiences a major change with technology growing from basically zero to an explosion. It's been tough. Hell, I don't even test. Thanks.

reply by patcelaw on 29-Jan-2018
    I was scared to death of doing anything on line in 1999 and now I have made my own web pages and have done computer art, many writings on fanstory and I am soon going to be 80.

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    Hot Damn. 89! Well at 67, I guess there's hope for me. Hugs.
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