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After two and a half years of doing pretty fine without one I finally bought a printer (printer/scanner actually) yesterday, because there'll be job applications and whatnot in my near future, and I'm tired of always mailing my Russian homework to my sister, or write it by hand, starting all over again every time I make a mistake (that I catch...). I'm not techno-phobic, I'm not especially techno-stupid, I do like my toys, but with every new gadget there's this moment of... apprehension, I guess you could say, distrust, where it's standing around unwrapped for a day or so, and I'm eying it a bit warily - will this work? can this really, really work? - before I finally get it out of its box, and set it up, and of course it does work, but it's the same uncomfortable gut-feeling every time. I can't change it.

Is that my age showing?

Also, I'm teaching myself to correctly type with ten fingers again (learned it once around 14-ish), and now I can't type at all, because I'm not through with all the keys yet, but it already messed up my trusted and quite fast old four fingers system. Gah. *goes back to exercises*


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Mar. 20th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I never have been able to type the "correct" way. I tried to teach myself around 12-13, I guess, but it never felt natural. I type with 3/4 fingers, usually, and notice that my method is very consistent, and, I feel, probably just as fast as if I were typing with 10 fingers -- so I guess I don't really worry about it much anymore. Although some prospective employers would probably look down on it. (But maybe people aren't as picky about that sort of thing anymore?)

My current techno-phobic moment is about Microsoft Excel. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to learn it for my upcoming "nightmare," but I've never managed to do any more with it than open the program, get frustrated, and close the program about five minutes later. I studied English literature and history in school, so I never had to learn it. It looks so confusing. *sigh*
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I guess I'll have to get familiar with Excel, too. The problem is that I'm on a Mac at home, and don't really know Microsoft anything, but generally people expect one to find one's way around Office. I'm actually considering buying a cheap laptop, getting the Office package from my sister and teaching myself, instead of spending hundreds of €s on classes...
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
My desktop computer is a Windows machine, but my laptop is a Mac, and I've got Office on both....
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I've read *horrible* reviews on amazon for Office for Mac 2008 - how is it really?

I think I might need to become bi(computer)lingual again in any case, right now I'm mostly 'why has this mouse two buttons and which one do I click?!'...
Mar. 21st, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Then I don't know if I should even dare to mention Virtual Box. Not that I myself know anything about it, but in case you'll need to be conversant with microsoft's OS...
Mar. 21st, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I actually still have Office 2004 on my laptop, and the laptop itself is about two and a half years old. But Office '04 works well. I haven't had any problems with it, but Office '08 is probably very different. They updated our computers at work to Office 2007 over last summer, and I still haven't gotten used to it (and find it rather clunky and confusing to use, compared to the older versions).
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