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Old 12-16-08, 08:35 PM   #1
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Jeez, can't they just yell?

My dad just called me on the cellphone from the next room to ask me if I had vicks vaporub. Ok, he has a cold, but can't he yell or send one of my siblings over instead? His voice seemed perfectly fine over the phone. And my mom...she IMs me from the next room too.
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anyone who's been in a college dorm room knows they are about the size of a glorified walk-in closet. My roommate and I would IM each other in the same room....
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Wow, they're not old school. Parental units that embrace technology—you should be thankful. Try having a mother who can't conceptually separate the browser application, the operating system, the internet, etc. It's just "the internet is not working!" I can't troubleshoot over the phone, I have to go there to figure out the problem.
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Hate to see what your family dinners are like. Does everyone bring their laptops to the dinner table???
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Wow, they're not old school. Parental units that embrace technology—you should be thankful. Try having a mother who can't conceptually separate the browser application, the operating system, the internet, etc. It's just "the internet is not working!" I can't troubleshoot over the phone, I have to go there to figure out the problem.
logmein.com could become YOUR best friend! My grandma is pretty tech savvy, but needs the occasional helping hand.
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anyone who's been in a college dorm room knows they are about the size of a glorified walk-in closet. My roommate and I would IM each other in the same room....


But then again, I did know people who texted each other from the ends of a dining table.
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See now, I'd love to teach my mom some tech tricks. The cell phone has been a curse/godsend for me and mom -- I heard a beeping from my jacket and it was my cell with 30 hang ups from my mom. Turned out the cat was playing with it and managed to call me.

But IM? This could take some time and lots of Advil (for me).

Still, it could be fun.
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Hey, my mom yells into the cell phone while in the next room. Consider yourself lucky.
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Hate to see what your family dinners are like. Does everyone bring their laptops to the dinner table???
We, um...don't have dinners together, usually. Dad has night shift, so he sleeps through dinner time, and mum is not quite home from work yet, so we just eat when hungry. But we're not *that* bad...yet.
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The funny thing is that my sis and I actually go to each others rooms or yell to talk to each other, but my parents are the ones that call/IM us.

Oh, my dad sent my little sister over to get the vicks. Why couldn't he have just told her to ask me instead, if he was gonna send her over anyway? Waste of cellphone life, that.

I dunno...I have given up trying to figure out my parents. They can be too tech-y sometimes.
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I've talked with someone on IRC with whom I was physically in the same room.

But, for the most part, if someone in the same house called me, there's no way I'd answer it.
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Wow, they're not old school. Parental units that embrace technology—you should be thankful. Try having a mother who can't conceptually separate the browser application, the operating system, the internet, etc. It's just "the internet is not working!" I can't troubleshoot over the phone, I have to go there to figure out the problem.
Why would you pay for some proprietary crappy software when you can use an open source, tested, reliable VNC clent/server, which happens to be free (in philosophy and cost)?
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I dunno...I have given up trying to figure out my parents. They can be too tech-y sometimes.


This would be a bad time to remind you that you're their favourite android, huh?
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Why would you pay for some proprietary crappy software when you can use an open source, tested, reliable VNC clent/server, which happens to be free (in philosophy and cost)?
Oh geez, I'm an idiot! I've used VNC, Remote Desktop, etc. before at work, but it never occurred to me to use it on my mom's computer! Dang, sometimes you just don't make the connection. Thanks for that!
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No, I think the youngest is their favorite. I, however, am the most accomplished so far
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I've talked with someone on IRC with whom I was physically in the same room.

But, for the most part, if someone in the same house called me, there's no way I'd answer it.
See if we're in a chat room, it makes sense...my aunts from the Philippines do a conference IM once in a while, and all of us join in, so even if we're in the same room, we talk by IM. But calling us to dinner by cellphone (yes, my dad does this occasionally) is just ridiculous.
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Wow, they're not old school. Parental units that embrace technology—you should be thankful. Try having a mother who can't conceptually separate the browser application, the operating system, the internet, etc. It's just "the internet is not working!" I can't troubleshoot over the phone, I have to go there to figure out the problem.
I just remote access the parental units computer. My stepdad screws up the computer regualarily, trying to "optimize" it with plugins, etc, that I have a remote access PW set up to fix what he breaks and even keep a regularly archived backup of their data and OS for them.

It's a 1500 mile drive or flight to fix it onsite, so we just go with the remote option.
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I just remote access the parental units computer. My stepdad screws up the computer regualarily, trying to "optimize" it with plugins, etc, that I have a remote access PW set up to fix what he breaks and even keep a regularly archived backup of their data and OS for them.

It's a 1500 mile drive or flight to fix it onsite, so we just go with the remote option.
Thanks, see Post #14. I've done this before for work but it never occurred to me to do it on my mom's computer.

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to artifice's defense:

1) logmein is free for non-commercial use for a single PC.
2) it works behind NAT's with no configuration, port forwarding, and having to deal with dynamic IP's. While one could set up port forwarding at their grandma's house, set up a dynamic DNS client to keep a DNS name pointing at that machine, and make sure the internal machine always gets the same IP so that the forward works, it's simply easier when it's all handled for you.

Now, I'm a linux user and an open source fan but logmein is still a cool product due to the tunneling they provide to do NAT traversal. I personally use Fog Creek Copilot even though it's not free, but it makes it really easy to support someone's machine by having them run a small application they don't have to install, and having it connect to me through any combination of firewalling setups one-time, without leaving a an open port in their router or having to figure out their public IP. The 5c/minute is worthwhile to me for that saved hassle.

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to artifice's defense:

1) logmein is free for non-commercial use for a single PC.
2) it works behind NAT's with no configuration, port forwarding, and having to deal with dynamic IP's. While one could set up port forwarding at their grandma's house, set up a dynamic DNS client to keep a DNS name pointing at that machine, and make sure the internal machine always gets the same IP so that the forward works, it's simply easier when it's all handled for you.
Ah, thanks for the explanation. Yeah I've dealt with these issues with certain applications and setting up my Slingbox. I'm fine doing it at my place, but yeah it would be a pain to set up and maintain crap like that at someone else's house. Artifice ftw!

Wow, this thread is becoming very informative.

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Wow, they're not old school. Parental units that embrace technology—you should be thankful. Try having a mother who can't conceptually separate the browser application, the operating system, the internet, etc. It's just "the internet is not working!" I can't troubleshoot over the phone, I have to go there to figure out the problem.
+1

My dad still has a Western Electric 500 (pictured below) as his primary (and only) telecommunication device. Plus let not even mention how bad it was to be the local compu-nerd @ high school during the 80's... you don't wanna know.

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My dad still has a Western Electric 500 (pictured below)[...]
Why fix what ain't broke? Those are great phones. I have one or two around somewhere.
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My dad just called me on the cellphone from the next room to ask me if I had vicks vaporub. Ok, he has a cold, but can't he yell or send one of my siblings over instead? His voice seemed perfectly fine over the phone. And my mom...she IMs me from the next room too.
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