We all know this guy. You come upon him in the office or shop, trying to perform some realtively innocuous function, pointing and clicking like mad. He’s probably cursing, also, or at least whining about the way programmers hide functionality in their programs. Opening another winow, randomly clicking something in it, closing it again. Pulling up a menu without reading it, opening a setting dialog box and selecting an item that he doesn’t know or understand, trying it to see if it’s what he needs.
He feels that we can learn our way around complex software simply by stumbling onto the required variable and changing it. (It’s accidental, and therefore impossible to repeat.) But if you’re in doubt you should start clicking on things. You’ll probably find it.
He doesn’t know what the help button is for. He couldn’t find the undo button if it was on fire. He complains that the default settings don’t make any sense, without really understanding what the default settings are for. He can save his work somewhere on his hard drive, but seems unable to locate it once he’s done so. Doesn’t know Ctrl-V, or the difference between cutting and copying. He names files using a kind of stream-of-consciousness naming technique, and seems surprised whenever there are duplicate versions of everything.
He won’t get out of his chair long enough for me to help him. He also won’t go away long enough for me to figure it out, unless it’s already past quitting time.
Yeah, we go way back, he and I.
Current location : Tuscola, IL