Saturday, August 22, 2009

Learning All The Time

As regular readers will recall, I managed to land my dream job a couple of months ago - Editing! Work from home! Set my own hours! - a job I was determined not to look too stupid at.

So, that first week, when my supervisor and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't seeing what she was seeing on her computer screen....we e-mailed back and forth a bit and then she e-mailed, "Here's a screenshot - is your left column the same as mine?"

Hmmm....no, it wasn't. Not wanting to be wordy, I decided to send a screenshot back. So I took a few pictures of my screen with my camera, downloaded them to my computer, pasted the best one into a Word doc, and zapped it over to her. I spent the rest of the day preening myself on my technological savviness. Yo, 21st-century! I'm all over ya!

When my husband came home, I proudly recounted what I had done.

"You didn't," he said.
"Yes! I did! I figured it out all by myself!"
"You didn't," he said.
"What? It wasn't so hard. Except for that flashbulb glare obscuring the top right corner..."
"You didn't," he said, and led me over to the computer, where he showed me the button that said Prt Scrn. As in, Print Screen...
"Oh," I said.
"Yeah," he said.

I guess that explains why my supervisor didn't have any flashbulb glare on her picture...

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30 comments:

  1. LOL!!! That's a good one :)

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  2. THAT is hysterical!

    Oh well. Now you know! :)

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  3. ha ha...this is too funny ! did you really take a screenshot with your camera?

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  4. oh my GAWD...TOO FUNNY...I wonder what your supv thought! LOL

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  5. Sounds like me learning my way around the excel spreadsheet after 10 years off the job.

    U-gly.

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  6. You are not alone!
    That so would have been me.
    How are we supposed to look for these things or know about them; it wouldn't even occur to me.

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  7. Snort, Laugh, Giggle... So there with you! Sounds like a job I could do as well. Let me know if their hiring.

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  8. I've always wondered how people do that! Now I know, thanks. :)

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  9. I say you DID figure it out! Not everyone has an employee motivated enough to really make the request work, no matter what. I salute you! :)

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  10. I STILL don't know how to do that. Honest. I looked through everything. IF that button is on my keyboard, it's hiding from me. I have a Mac, though. Is it one of the function buttons at the top?

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  11. That sounds like somethig I would do.
    I recently needed to send some actual photos to a client, but i couldn't figure out how to get the pictures into the computer. My 13 year old was at scout camp, so my 9 year figured it out for me.
    What can I say, apparently my talents lie elsewhere.

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  12. Hahahaha!!! That's hilarious!

    By the way, for the mac users, there is a grab function that works the same. :)

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  13. On the brighter side: at least it wasn't a Polaroid right? ;)

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  14. Oh, that's too funny!

    Julie in PA

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  15. bwahahahaha!

    sorry. not *at* you. *with* you.

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  16. LOL!!! This reminds me of the time my mom asked me how to print something from internet explorer. I said, "Push print!" So, she touched the print button on the top of the browser window.... WITH HER FINGER!!

    I nearly died!!

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  17. I've had to be shown that button 3 different times now. I keep forgetting it exists. I hope Larry is as patient with you as SuperDad is with me.

    I salute your dogged determination and resourcefulness!

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  18. Can I just say "No you DIDN'T" hahaha Sorry, but I must laugh along with your husband on this one.

    ps - love the profile photo of Rob & Laura, I'm a huge fan of that show!

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  19. Hilarious! But understandable...

    @ Chris with the Mac: Hold down Shift, the Apple key and the number 3 at the same time. You should hear a sound like you do when you take a picture with a camera (shutter clicking). The “photo” you just took should end up on your desktop, usually named “Picture 1.png”

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  20. [laughing] Oh my, but that is funny!

    ~Luke

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  21. ha,ha! I am now back in the land of blogs.. I have my other computer (the one with all my blogs saved).. Now I need a vacation so I can catch up! CONGRATULATIONS (I know a few months late) on the great new job...

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  22. They say moms who return to the work force bring a little something extra with them. I say we might have left it in the veggie drawer. But we can go dig it out. Just give us a minute.

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  23. HAHAHA. I just explained the screenshot to a blogger about an hour ago. Hey, I get it! You don't know what you don't know, until somebody is ass enough to point it out! :)

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  24. Thanks for telling me, I didn't know! I have no idea how to actually use it though.

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  25. And if you hold down the ALT and Print Screen buttons at the same time, you get only the active window (if you have several open). Very handy trick, I use it a lot for writing instructions. (Take a screen shot, paste it into Paint, put a big red circle around whatever I'm referring to, copy it into a Word document, write instruction text, repeat for the next step).

    Bonnie- the way it works, you hit the 'print screen' and it takes a picture of what's on your monitor and sends it to the Clipboard (the bit that remembers the last thing you copied or cut). From there, you can paste it into another program. If you just wanted to save a picture, you could paste it into Paint and save it. Only in Windows, though- Mac does the same thing but the commands are different.

    I highly recommend this NY Times article that talks about basic computer tricks that not everyone knows: http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/tech-tips-for-the-basic-computer-user/

    Even though I've been using computers more-or-less continuously since the early 80s, I still learned some useful tricks.

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  26. That's pretty funny -- but I have done similar things, so I can't really laugh!

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  27. That's pretty funny, but I have done similar things, so I can't laugh!

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