RANT!! People that CANNOT cope with change ?!

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hubby
RANT!! People that CANNOT cope with change ?!

I have dealt with people like this before, but never to this magnitude and never from my own gene pool!

I have a family member that has been using Windows/computers for over 10 years. The only thing she ever does is surf the web (daily..a lot!), use email (daily), and write the occasional word document. So far so good.. A few years ago, she began to get angry every time she went to the internet because her home page (MSN.COM) was DIFFERENT every time she used it. We tried to point out that the MSN portal was dynamic and showed different news stories, etc, each day but she would have none of it.. We (read, I) had to set her home page to something less flashy (google.com)

She has been using the same Laptop for about the last 6 years and in addition to getting crippled by viruses and spyware about every 30 days, recently the hardware has been showing signs of failing. Getting tired of cleaning the spyware and seeing that the laptop will not survive much longer, the family pitched in and got her a Mac Mini for Christmas.. NOW she will be able to surf the web and get her email on a faster machine and not have to deal with the weekly malware infestations.. yay!

About A week ago I got a call from her that something was wrong with her old laptop. I asked why she wasn't using her new Mac. She explained that her husband used it every day and loved it but it was rooted to the desk in the other room, and she preferred to 'couch surf' with the laptop. Ok.. makes sense to me.. It was on that call that we realized that the hardware was dying and that she should start using the Mac. She resisted and explained that she was "too old" to learn anything new. I told her that all she had to do was double-click the little picture-thingy for the Internet, and it was just like using Windows. The internet is not different, there was virtually nothing to learn. "OK", she said.

Today I get a call that the laptop has finally died.. Won't turn on. No problem I say, just go over and double-click the internet icon on your Mac, type in www.hotmail.com at the top, and get your email, etc - JUST LIKE ON YOUR WINDOWS LAPTOP.. She says "I can't".. I say, "sure you can!" - walk over (4 feet), point the mouse at the little icon that says "Safari" (I explain that in the Mac world, Internet Explorer=Safari), then, other than different shades of color, it's the same. "I can't learn new things, I can't do it" - WTF?! I say again - there is nothing to learn, it's the same thing you've been doing - don't worry, Windows zelots will tell you that Mac's are made for idiots and 7 year old's.. you can do it! IF ALL YOU ARE DOING IS SURFING THE WEB THERE IS NOTHING TO LEARN - IT'S THE SAME!

After much discussion and hair pulling, the call pretty much ended with her preferring to never get her email or surf the web again instead of walking over to the Mac and double clicking the icon with the different name - because "she just can't understand these computers" and "I am not as technical as you are". This from a person that in all other respects is smart, has a decent job, and would appear normal in all other respects.

I don't get it!!

I would get the family to pitch in and by a new Windows laptop - but, Windows 7 and IE 9 would be DIFFERENT from Windows XP and IE 6.. phug it, she's on her own..

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mobilepioneer
Re: RANT!! People that CANNOT cope with change ?!

Wow... that is like saying that I can not drive a car made by Ford because it is not a Chevy. >:O

hubby
Re: RANT!! People that CANNOT cope with change ?!

Wholly Sh!!t that is exactly one of the ways I tried to explain it to her, except with Chevy and Ford reversed! But, yah. And not even "I can't drive it" but "I will not even try", I mean.. Dang..

mobilepioneer
Re: RANT!! People that CANNOT cope with change ?!

Time to start up my pyschic network? LOL!

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