Thursday, March 10, 2005

Click Click Click

Have you ever noticed how when people use computers on TV shows, they are always perfect typists and everything always works on the first try?

TV version

Big Boss: We need that data now! There's no time to lose!

Nerd: [click-click-click] OK, here is the answer.

Real life version:

Big Boss: We need that data now! There's no time to lose!

Nerd: [click-click-click] Error? What, did I spell it wrong? Hold on. [click-click-click] Oh. Was it -d or -D? Wait. OK, maybe it wasn't in this directory. Where was . . . [click-click-click] I don't have permission? But this worked fine yesterday! What's going on? [click-click-click] I don't get it.

Big Boss: Did you try rebooting?

Nerd: [click-click-click] Not yet. OK I'll reboot. [click-click-click]

Big Boss: Have you got the data yet?

Nerd: Still waiting for it to finish rebooting.

Big Boss: Maybe it's hung. You could try powering down.

Nerd: Give it a few minutes. It looks like it's coming back up . . . OK. What was the data we needed again?

Big Boss: Never mind, it's too late, the bad guys escaped.


moe said...

I'll have you know, I'm a near-perfect typist.

In real life.

Maybe all those TV people are that way too?

I posted a link to a typing test a long time ago. That can be the new requirement for actors aspiring to star in those commercials and scenes-that-require-typists.

With this new requirement in place, can you imagine how stock in those types of roles would soar? It would be like requiring Comet ad stars to have PhDs.

95 wpm.

I'm just saying!

Tom said...
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Tom said...

95 is superhero typing. I was over 75 last time I was tested.