THE FEAR OF TECHNOLOGY


10 Jun 2015 | by
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THE FEAR OF TECHNOLOGY

Today I start with a word of ‘condolences’ to all those Nyeri men who have lost their USB memory stick in the most crude of manners. Ladies if you want to finish a man aim for the neck but if you want to kill him run away with the USB memory, enough said. After thousands of hours of interacting with colleagues all around, today I wish to address the technophobes, conservatives and the outright snobs who fear ICT tools to the point of always calling help desk whenever they face the slightest of challenges.....


Today I start with a word of ‘condolences’ to all those Nyeri men who have lost their USB memory stick in the most crude of manners. Ladies if you want to finish a man aim for the neck but if you want to kill him run away with the USB memory, enough said. After thousands of hours of interacting with colleagues all around, today I wish to address the technophobes, conservatives and the outright snobs who fear ICT tools to the point of always calling help desk whenever they face the slightest of challenges. I have had the ludicrous experience of someone actually claiming the mouse has reached the edge of the table while the cursor has not hit its desired point, “what do I do? “ was the million dollar query that someone in this day and age actually asked me. Well let’s outline some common problems and how to sort them without ringing the ever busy ICT help line.

Translators

Most upward mobile people work across continents and when working with some ‘proud’ countries they will always send you emails in their language. Imagine negotiating a deal in Azerbaijani lingo just because they are the dollar paying partners. My guy don’t worry about this, we have so many online translators that can comfortably convert this communiqué into El Moro for you. Try Google translators, Bing and Gengo to mane but three.  

While at this try to learn something about currency convertors so that you don’t keep you don’t keep asking me if 138 Rands is affordable.

 Email too larger

“Hello, I can’t send this email; the system is saying it’s too large to upload”.  Well yes, you damn well can’t send it, why don’t you use parcel service or better still come on board the ICT nerd train. I have said this before like Maina Kageni’s money count but I just have to repeat it. To send larger email above the 10Mb limit use third party utilities such as Drop box, Google drive, one drive et al. these are cloud services that allow you to save your heavy work on a virtual directory. These utilities allow you to send a link to the desired recipient who will go ahead and download the aforesaid file as in it were in there own machine. Cloud drives allow people to share, backup and collaborate on projects of similar interests. Try them and cut down the ‘naomba ICT inisaidie” (ICT help desk please help) time.

 I can’t print

I will use this phrase as a place holder for those callers who request for assistance to push back a loose USB cable. Look here good people; so long as you are working with machines there is always a need to perform what we call first line maintenance. Just like a vehicle requires, tyre pressure, water level, oil and fuel level check from the drive not a mechanic, ICT devices need constant checks. The first thing to check is the power cable, then the data connectors, the status of the switch (just imagine) and other ubiquitous issues such as paper jam. Before you call that intern from 17th floor to come and fix you keyboard why you don’t do a self check. Practice makes perfect, do this simple steps as often and free yourself from the queue. Not that the cables are colour coded or shaped to fit into only the correct interface so mostly there is no danger of wrong fits.

Privacy

Most people are so jittery about anybody sticking their nose into their business official or otherwise. Well, it’s against convention to do so and also outright illegal to read work that doesn’t belong to you especially official memos. Men too have needs; very special needs that require them to password lock their phones, laptops and other devices. Personal computers allow several unique accounts so that people can share the devices without trespassing into each others documents. Activate this facility and have peace of mind. Remember to activate a timer so that when you step out to catch something the screen saver lock protects your work.

 

PDF to Other

“I can’t edit this PDF, I can’t copy anything”. There are some utilities that enable you to convert a PDF document to any other say word or excel and vice versa. If you have a document that you need to summarize and it is in PDF format, you can always convert it to word, work on the target areas and PDF it back for sharing. So long as the document is not copyright protected; then its fair game.  

Next time you pick the help line to ask some ICT hunk or lass to come over and sort you on some issue make sure its real as opposed to a chance to ask “ how about Friday evening?” well Fridays need to be fixed as it were but you don’t need the excuse of a real ICT problem. Transform yourself into a small guru by trying out some of these do it yourself (DIY) tips. Give me a shout @SirGioko or kgioko@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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