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Some People Just Don't Get It



February 3rd, 2010 20:59 pm | by Ed |

... No matter what "it" is. Take my neighbor the n00b (please take him... Far away!) for example. Not long ago he came to me offering to "help" with a laptop problem I've got. He'd heard me talking to someone about the problems it's having and how one of the things I needed to do was test the memory by replacing what's in there with known good chips and seeing if that made a difference. He also "overheard" how I didn't have any to use for testing.

So he waltzes into my office the next day and presents me with some RAM chips that he said I could use for my testing. It took me half an hour to explain to him that they were the wrong type. I couldn't possibly use 72pin SIMMS in a a slot made for the small laptop sized DDR chips.

Well. I eventually at least convinced him that they weren't going to work and after a while he left. I knew then that he'd be back because he had this "thoughtful" look on his face. He came back alright. This time he had an SD card. He presented it to me saying that surely this was small enough to fit and that now I could do my test.

After another, longer, conversation which this time included several demonstrations about how there are different types and sizes of memory. And that while I'm sure that it would be possible to build a computer that uses SD cards for memory, I don't believe that anyone has done so to date.

I think he finally accepted my explanation and won't be offering me any more memory chips without at least asking what kind I need. However I could tell by the glazed look in his eyes, reminiscent of a deer caught in the headlights, that he understood almost none of what I said.

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