Handy Things My Computer Does That My General Life Doesn’t

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1) Gives me an “Are you sure?” prompt before I make any big changes.

2) Lets me know very quickly if I’ve made an error, often even suggesting ways to correct it.

3) Allows me to delete things and start again.

4) Warns me when my memory is running low so that I can make alternative arrangements for storing information.

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5) Allows me to replace parts or upgrade when things wear out or need updating.

6) Gives me a status bar so that I can see how much longer there is to go until something is finished.

7) Offers “Help” at the touch of a button.

8) Allows me to recover things that I thought were lost forever.

9) Auto corrects me as I go along.

10) Allows me to be in several places at once.

11) Warns me when there might be a virus around.

And best of all…

12) Lets me know when it’s necessary to shut down for a bit.

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Can you think of anything else your computer, or any other technology, does that you wish your life did? 
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52 responses to “Handy Things My Computer Does That My General Life Doesn’t

  1. Mine has more memory than I do.

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  2. Most of the time I spend shouting at my computer – it is such a smartass and thinks it knows better than me about all sorts of things; drives me crazy! Now I am in China it has really become arrogant – spellcheck gives me Chinese characters when I am writing – WTF?
    But your post reminds me of a joke I heard a year or so ago:

    A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
    The word “House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa”.
    The Word “Pencil”, however, is masculine: “el lapiz”.
    A student asked, “What gender is the word ‘computer’?”
    Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
    The men’s group decided that “computer” should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:
    1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
    2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
    3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;
    and…
    4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

    The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (‘el computador’), because:
    1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
    2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
    3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem;
    and…
    4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

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  3. Ha ha ha. Spewing coffee on my laptop ticked it off. Yes, off as in OFF. Black screen. Stupid piece of plastic.
    I get ticked when spell check tries to tell me that Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. are the end of a sentence and underlines with stubborn assuredness I’m in the wrong. So, to win the battle, must I drop the period? Ha ha ha.

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  4. I’m afraid that neither my computer nor my brain can think of something perceptive and witty. Dang.

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  5. Another wonderful post, Vanessa! Your creativity never ceases to impress me. :)

    “10) Allows me to be in several places at once.”—I loved this one. This is both a blessing and a curse!

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    • Thanks Carrie, you’re like my biggest fan! The pressure’s on now for my next post to see if I can keep up with your expectations ;)

      Yes, many modern day things are both a blessing and a curse aren’t they!

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  6. It translates for me… some thing much needed when I’m writing too fast and don’t know what language I’m penning… it tells me… ever heard of “Bullderdash” if not, it is a language I write in some times…

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  7. I have many conversations with my computer. This helps us keep a healthy relationship, which is good for it to continue being a helpful writing partner.

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    • Yes, I find that most electronic gadgets tend to work much better if you speak to them. I talk to my phone a lot – I don’t mean when I’m talking to someone on the phone, just talking TO the phone when it won’t do what I want.

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  8. What a clever list, Vanessa! I can’t think of anything else. I wish I could replace my parts. I need a new back, please. :)

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  9. That really made me smile!
    Great post.

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  10. Ha ha. Loved all your reasons. I can’t think of anymore positives…mostly negatives that the computer does that makes me want to scream sometimes.

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  11. It can refresh by pushing a button. I wish I could that! :) Where do you come up with these ideas for posts? They are brilliant!

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    • Refresh by pushing a button! Brilliant addition there Lorna. The idea for this post started coming to me ages ago when I wrote a post that was a wish list to WordPress, and one of the things was wishing they would give us an “Are you sure?” prompt before publishing. I think one of the commenters said something about wishing they were given an “Are you sure?” prompt with other other things to and that gave me the idea for the post!

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  12. Fabulous post! I like the replacing of parts best. My computer doesn’t talk back to me no matter how many of its buttons I push.

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  13. This is so funny, and so true!

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  14. Very funny, Vanessa. :D All of the things on your list ring true. But I can name something that my life can do that my computer can’t: run for more than four hours without a recharge.

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  15. I’m a bit behind in my reading, but had to come check out your post. Such a clever girl you are! I loved it. What I love about computers is that I can turn the darn thing off whenever I want and then come back and it still is ok with me, as it says ‘hello Jackie’, like it’s glad to see me! LOL

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  16. I love this. 1, 2 & 3 definitely at the top of my list!

    I’d also add – allows me to put people / things on Mute when I don’t want to hear them! And Block, if necessary… We all need a Block button in real life, don’t we?

    But if my life had a shutdown button as effective as the sleep that dog is having, I’d be happy :)))

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  17. I love this post! I wish some of this happened in real life.

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  18. What a great list! I never thought about all the wonderful things the computer can do. I tend to focus on the things it CAN’T do that real life can: like answer when I ask, “why the heck did you DO that?” or give me chocolate chip cookies.

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  19. If only No. 5 could be easily and painlessly applied to our physical parts. ;) I wouldn’t mind an upgrade to a cranky knee and hip….

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  20. Hmm. My computers and devices are very handy for most things in my life. I still don’t appreciate them as much as I do my husband, though. Until they make a computer or device that will mow our lawn, that is. ;)

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  21. I want my computer to prioritize my life, just a little. Am I better off goofing off for a few hours or going grocery shopping.

    Maybe I just need a magic 8 ball.

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  22. I guess that having near-instant access to information is the best thing it can do. Long gone are the days of having to go to the public library to look things up. For this, I can forgive all the “computery things” which sometimes drive me completely mad.

    On a less useful note, my computer accumulates dust and grit in its little crevices – something which I don’t do (yet).

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    • I keep finding comments at the bottom of posts that I haven’t replied to, so every so often I do a check back, and look, here’s one from you! Yes, the instant access is amazing, you have a question about something and within seconds, or at the most minutes, the answer can be found!

      I guess ipads offer the solution to dust and grit in crevices!

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