So Easy

I am not a computer expert, but my friends will come to me with their little computer issues, for example virus issues, attachment problem etc. I am flattered with the vote of confidence, but I have to say their confidence is rather misplaced. I think the misunderstanding comes from the fact that I like to do online search for solutions and follow the protocols I find to solve what I can solve. The next thing I know I’ve gained certain reputation.

A while ago, a friend told me that she has an old pad–I can’t remember it’s an iPad or a Samsung pad–and it’s infected with virus so bad that she had to put it away. So I dig around a bit and found that she only needs to push several buttons to restore it to the manufacturer’s settings and everything would be wiped out clean. I told her right away. Hahaha, I feel clever as if I’ve made some major discovery; I feel I help people as if…

Now another friend of mine said that he wants to buy a new printer for his home office. With the current economic situation, in the midst of pandemic and other signs of slowdowns, I don’t think it is very wise to buy a new one if the old one is still usable. However I can’t just say directly that he shouldn’t buy things. The better way of doing this will be asking him what he uses his printer at home for. Since he does a lot of work in the office, his home printer is only serving a secondary purpose and no need to be really fancy or robust. He replied that he only uses it when he works from home and to print out files in order to sign them. I immediately jumped in and said he can sign files electronically now and there’s no need for a printout. When I searched online, the signature functionality of the Microsoft Word came out. It looks so easy to do.

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