Can Mom work all the electronics in the house?

I am always exasperated with my own parents for not being able to work the TV at our house. They have the same Comcast cable with a slightly different remote and they act like they’re splitting atoms to turn our TV off and on. (Don’t even get me started with turning on our cordless phone.)

However, I will have to admit that this summer while staying at a vacation rental house I had to repeatedly call Rose to turn on the TV, work the Netflix and even adjust the volume on the TV.

In my defense, there were 8 remotes total in the house and only three had any real effect on anything. Plus the owner had the sound hooked up through giant speakers but I don’t think the speakers worked with the Netflix so you had to turn off the speaker and turn back on the TV sound. It was very confusing, and I often would just go the bedroom to watch because it only had one remote that I could comprehend.

Earlier this spring, the new comedy “Modern Family” had a whole story line about the dumb daughter being able to learn to use the family’s complicated remote before the smart mother, who is apparently just bad with electronics. The remote on the show was the size of a laptap computer.

So are moms not being able to work the remotes and electronics stereotypical or true? Is it a mom thing? Is this a getting older thing? Or is it just that our vacation house had a ridiculously complicated electronic set up?

Can you honestly work all the TV/cable/Netflix/video game/stereo systems that are set up at your house? Do you need the kids’ help? Can they always fix it?

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some guy

July 30th, 2010
12:45 am

is this a real question? are you a real person, or just a caricature of a clueless, super helicopter mom? i seriously find myself asking these questions after reading your writing. how do you get paid for this?

HB

July 30th, 2010
1:20 am

Wow. Seriously? I mean you frame this as a possible age issue, but only ask if Mom can work electronics. Sounds like you’re buying into the same old women can’t handle tech crap. I’m proud to say yes, I can work everything in my house and have set up a great system on my computer. I watch broadcast HDTV (dropped my cable) and hulu on my awesome resolution 27″ monitor and use my iPod as a remote. All sound runs through my 10-year-old Sony receiver which still sounds great. My CDs have all been transferred over, plus I can listen to Pandora and radio online. It was easy to set up and is easy to use. I can even record shows and export them to my iPod to watch as I commute. I use Vonage and Skype for my phone service — unlimited U.S. for about $15 per month. Take an afternoon to read up on this stuff and I bet you can save a lot of money.

WAE

July 30th, 2010
1:28 am

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Roswell Jeff

July 30th, 2010
6:56 am

Give it a rest people. We are SO impressed that you know everything and are so smug.

deidre_NC

July 30th, 2010
7:15 am

one good thing about computers is that you do not have to read things you think are stupid or beneath you. so why do you people continue to come here and make mean naasty remarks? just stay the heck away!

i hate multiple remotes…i think its stupid to have 5 remotes to watch tv….i use my computer to read news and watch movies….no remote problem here :) when i go to my sisters house i always mess their stuff up-they have a million remotes and they all go to a million different things. i hate it.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
7:29 am

SEE…I can admit when I do not know everything and this is the category where I am deficient.

NO…I do not even know how to work the DVD player and I really do not even care. I never watch movies by myself. I do not own an IPOD so that is not an issue with me. Our internet has been on the fritz all month and if my husband had not been here to reset and reinstall things, I would be toast. He was on the phone for 8 hours one day, with various tech support. He helps our friends with computers and electronics often.
We are getting Uverse today and he will be home to handle it as I do not know nor do I care.

I know, if something happens to him…it will be a problem but there are other areas that I handle and I guess my kids will have to step up to the plate. If something happens to me, he will also have areas of deficiency around here.

There are many other things I handle around here. Electronics are not my forte. I could give up the TV forever and not look back. I cannot work any of the remotes here nor do I care. I do not ever turn the TV on when I am home alone and watch it. I have never recorded anything to watch later. There are too many other things to do, that I enjoy more than TV. I have been in hotels for days without ever having the TV on. Once in a while I do watch it but not much.

For those who are flippant, many of you put a key into your car and drive it each day ( including me) but you do not know how to tear it apart and rework it if you needed to.You typically hire someone to do it. I do not even know how to reset my car clock…my daughter does it for me. My husband can tear most anything apart on our car and fix it.

I think I mentioned that my TOM TOM blitzed out on me while on a trip. I went to Best Buy and everyone there ( who looked at it) said it was absolutely toast…no way to re program it. Just toss it. I bought another one, as this is something I had to have. I also brought it home to show my husband….he spent some time with it and re-programmed it. We used it in my daughter’s car yesterday.

You make time for what is important to you…electronics are not in that category for me…just my computer and cell phone ( which I know how to use) and I can plug in a lamp LOL.

some guy

July 30th, 2010
7:40 am

the only problem with your analogy is that teresa isnt drving a car with no knowledge of how to tear it completely apart. shes sitting in the driveway with the key in the CD player screaming for her husband/kids to help her. theres a difference between total complete knowledge of smoething, and a basic understanding of how it works/how to use it. these things aren’t that complicated and it takes all of about 10 minutes to read up and figure it out.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
7:51 am

@ some guy…uh…it took more than 10 minutes to fix our Tom Tom and our computer. The other things, I do not use…so why do I need to know how to work them? If I lived alone, they would not be here.

I do know how to drive a 5 speed, as that was necessary and I have prepared our taxes for the past 27 years without my husband’s input at all.

I also know how to book and get a deal on most travel issues and navigate my way through the airport in all 50 states plus drive out a rental car and get on the interstate to drive to my destination and actually get there. Again, I make time for the things that are important to me. TV is not in that category ( for me). For others it might be and that is fine.

I also TRY to check my spelling on this blog. I absolutely have made both grammar and spelling mistakes too. :P

Roswell Jeff

July 30th, 2010
8:01 am

It’s not that Theresa wouldn’t be able to figure it out, it’s the fact that with the extremely limited personal free time, she doesn’t want to waste it on figuring out how to work electronics that are generally not user friendly.

It’s called priorities and everyone has different ones. If learning about every feature in your one thousand option remote is your bag, then so be it. Some people just don’t have the time or the care to want to figure it out.

some guy

July 30th, 2010
8:04 am

congratulations on your proficiencies in life. a person should be able to competently operate the things which they use in everyday life, which by the sounds of it, includes the tv/dvd for teresa. reprogramming a spazzing gps is not an every day thing and isnt really in the same league as changing channels or volume on the tv.

Photius

July 30th, 2010
8:05 am

Can Mom work all the electronics in the house? Another great reflection of the continued narcissistic American public – you’re serious with this topic??? 2 US Soldiers went missing this week in Afghanistan and were executed…. Over 50 soldiers have died this month in that theatre of operation…. Nobody cares, nobody even wants to think about it because there is no draft. There are no jobs here in the States…. But wait! Can Mom work all the electronics in the house? You’re kidding…. Right???

Cheryl

July 30th, 2010
8:14 am

I have to chime in and say Really? This is a topic for the mom blog? Roswell Jeff has a point about time management and priorities, but since I’m home all day and my husband is at work, it becomes necessary for me to understand the electronics. I used to love your column in the Gwinnett AJC, but some of the topics here lately have just been strange. Totally helicopter mom stuff, plus this weird question. Please get back to topics that relate to raising children.

Geez, Photius...

July 30th, 2010
8:16 am

…your attempt to castigate “moms” due to the ongoing Afghanistan problems is not a real good analogy, so lighten up.

And, deidre, why so “snarky” this morning?

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
8:19 am

@ cheryl…I think T asked for some topic suggestions for the month, since so many bloggers were ranting on her choices. She used mine a few days ago. Perhaps you could suggest one.

HB

July 30th, 2010
8:25 am

I agree with some guy. If you are using something regularly, you should know the basics of how to use it and some basic troubleshooting. That’s not like knowing how to take a car apart — it’s like knowing how to change a flat, check your oil, and use jumper cables. I firmly believe all drivers should know those things. If you are using the internet daily in your home, you should know basically how it’s hooked up (one wire connecting the modem to the wall, one to the computer or wireless router) , where to check settings on your computer, and how to turn everything off and back on as a first step if it’s not working. Same thing with the remotes — no need to know EVERYTHING, but you should have a good enough idea of how your system is set up to know how to troubleshoot some things. If young kids are figuring it out easily, it’s probably not a complex problem, right? Mom should be able to match their skills.

DB

July 30th, 2010
8:33 am

It’s a bit of a silly sterotype in our house, since in our house I am the one that gets called to “fix” anything, from the TV to the internet to the programmable thermostat to resetting digital watches. I’m the one that programs the TiVo — either hands-on or via internet. :-) The only thing that I have trouble with is when my son is home from college — he reworks the wireless network so that it works with his X-Box, so if anything goes wrong with the network, I have to say, “Hey — fix it.” because I have no idea what he’s routed to what.

I’m the only one that can get decent pictures out of the digital camera, and I know how to use my Blackberry inside out.

So . . . you were saying something about sterotypes?

Having said that — it took me three days to figure out the internet/TV system when we rented an apartment in NYC a couple of years ago. There were no instructions, several remotes, and we finally figured out that if we turned the “ON” switch on a small router box that was tucked under a side table, the system worked with the remote . . . why anyone would turn OFF a router is beyond me. :-) Other people’s systems are often just as idiosyncratic, depending on what they have wired to what. I suspect anyone coming into my family room would be equally confused, between the TV, the TiVO, the DVD player, the X-Box and the internet connections.

@HB: We dropped our land line about a year ago — the only people that were using it were salespeople and my mother. I reprogrammed my mother’s speed-dial to my cell, and dumped the line. Ah, peace! No more telemarketers! The only thing I have to be careful of is to charge my phone on my nightstand, so that I can hear the phone in the middle of the night — “just in case.”

The TV Guy

July 30th, 2010
8:38 am

We have a neat solution for that.

Try http://www.mundu.tv

It’s an application that lets you run TV on your mobile. So you can get rid of the remote and just press play.

PhotoMomof4

July 30th, 2010
8:57 am

OK, I guess it does relate to moms. In my case, I am the one that is the tech support gal at the house. I set up the whole network at home to include all the computers and gaming systems. I’ve just always been the one to do that from college through now. I don’t think its a mom thing, but with all of today’s technology, there is a lot to know. What I have learned is that it is a lot cheaper to figure it out than to call the Geek Squad out!

Photius

July 30th, 2010
8:58 am

With all of the serious problems facing families in this economy, lately the topics on this blog seem devoid of reality. “Can Mom work the remote while on vacation” just smacks of a disconnect with what is really going on with families. Eviction, not being able to provide for your kids, being out of work, fear of losing your job, finding a job at half the pay, having a husband feel worthless for not being able to provide due to the economy, Mom is forced to find a job just so the family can keep the house (in addition to possibly having a child fighting in a War) – these are more of a reflection of the status of today’s American family. Not the troubles of some Mother who can’t seem to figure out the remote control while enjoying a vacation. Many of these topics lately are as if the author is living in a bubble.

JATL

July 30th, 2010
9:02 am

I can work all the electronics and I can even hook them up, but, like killing roaches, mowing the lawn and hauling out the garbage cans -I just let my husband handle that end of things because he REALLY enjoys the electronics (and he’s willing to do the other stuff). When I was single I was good enough at installing stereos and hooking up entertainment systems with their speakers and whatnot that friends would ask me to do theirs. I could also kill palmetto bug roaches when I had to, but since I don’t have to do any of that any more -I don’t. Like most things in life -if you truly have the desire to make something happen, and no one else is there to do it for you, you WILL figure it out yourself.

When it comes to OUR parents and old people -there’s an enormous technology generation gap. Even though most of us didn’t spend our childhoods with piles of electronics and technology -they didn’t spend their adulthoods that way either! We serve as the complete IT department for my father and my MIL. We get calls regularly regarding difficult problems such as: how to send an email or reply to one that you’ve received and how to set up your printer; how to print .pdfs, and how to make the television and satellite dish all work at the same time. Given the fact that these people taught my husband and I far more important things such as how to use a toilet and wipe ourselves; how to brush our teeth, not to hop in stranger’s cars for candy and then sent us to college so we could learn how to use technology -I don’t have a problem with it.

Lori

July 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Seriously???? These things are designed for the mass population. Even if you aren’t sure how to work them, if you look at the remote and press a few buttons you should be able to figure it out. I can’t understand people who are too afraid to try. “Oh, I might mess it up!!” That’s not an excuse, you can’t mess up a dvd player unless you drop it! I mean turning it on and pressing a few buttons isn’t going to kill it, that’s what it was designed for!

La

July 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Photius – either suggest some new topics (not “The War” “The Recession”, which are too general) based on your experiences or news articles, start your own blog on topics that interest you (and that you think others will read), or chill out and stop with the mom-beating.

DB

July 30th, 2010
9:52 am

@JATL: I hear you — I spent last weekend on my visit to my parents sorting out my mom’s computer — my nephews have a tendency to get on it and change her settings, and she doesn’t know enough about it to know where to look to fix anything. Last visit, I installed a sound card when my mom complained that theyu couldn’t figure out how to “turn on the sound.” Decided they needed some more USB ports, and installed those while i was at it.

My son told me something interesitng the other day: At college, with the high cost of ink cartridges and toner, some kids with inexpensive color jet printers will just dump the old printer and buy a new printer — with new cartridges — when the old printer runs out of ink. At $30-$35 dollars, it’s almost cheaper than a black cartridge and a color cartridge . . .I was shocked, coming from a tradition of $2,000 laser printers. But even those aren’t $2K anymore :-) So I guess it makes a certain kind of sense . . . still offends my recycling soul, though!

Cammi317

July 30th, 2010
10:00 am

Yep, I can operate and hook up all of the electronics in my home. As the office manager in our office, I also am the first person someone calls to help figure out what is going on since we do not have an in house IT person. 75% of the time I can work it out without calling in an IT person. When visiting other people’s homes it may take a me a moment or two to get familiar with their set up, but I have never found electronics difficult to operate. My daughter is pretty much the same way so I do not expect her to have any difficulty when she is older.

abc

July 30th, 2010
10:06 am

It’s not that anyone has a genetic or age-related predisposition to not understand or comprehend something new; it’s just a side effect of refusing to do what’s required to learn a new thing, such as skim through the manual. Like the old Dilbert cartoon — next time you get confused, neatly pile up all the materials into a nice pile on your desk, stand on your chair, and loudly say “does anyone here know how to read a manual?”

TechMom

July 30th, 2010
10:10 am

I’m the resident Techie in my family and for all of our friends. I can fix any computer issue, set up a network and crack an iPhone. I’ve also been known to take apart electronic devices and fix them myself. The one thing that drives me insane is trying to “program” one remote control to work with all the devices (TV, DVD, Surround Sound, etc.) The interfaces for those are counter-intuitive for the most part so I do understand why people just resort to multiple remotes. That being said, if you do spend some time figuring it out, you won’t have to deal with 6 remotes on a daily basis.

I think a lot of not wanting to figure out electronics is time and fear. People are afraid they’re going to mess something up or they don’t want to sit down for a couple of hours and figure things out (or heck, Google it! You’d be amazed at the tutorials and videos out there for working/fixing electronic devices).

JATL

July 30th, 2010
10:57 am

@DB -that offends my recycling soul as well -unless they’re all having them recycled (and I doubt it). OH the landfills! However, economically -it’s crazy that it makes sense, but it does!

HB

July 30th, 2010
11:18 am

That’s terrible! Ink cartridges are such a rip-off. I rarely need to print anything for personal use, so I’ve quit keeping my printer ready and just go to Kinko’s on the rare occasion something has to be printed out. What I print most often is photos, and I have a little Canon that makes “real” 4×6 photo prints.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
11:33 am

@ DB, Clark Howard has been mentioning the topic of buying a new printer vs. a new cartridge for quite some time now. Seems weird but it is true.

@ abc:
Like the old Dilbert cartoon — next time you get confused, neatly pile up all the materials into a nice pile on your desk, stand on your chair, and loudly say “does anyone here know how to read a manual?”

This is kinda like my husband standing in front of the fridge and saying, “where is the ketchup?”
If the fridge were shaking, it would be one of the first things to fall out. Easier to just as me.

@ HB, see I do not use the TV or DVD, nor do I care to do so…thus I do not even attempt to learn. Now the computer, that is another story. i just learned to text, as my daughter has informed me that I had better learn before she leaves for UGA!

I do know how to do all the auto things too but they are not something I do, I have AAA for that.

I can also castrate a bull calf, drive a tractor and bale hay for the steers that we will eventually eat our beef from. i do know how to bid on cattle at the auction house. I know how to do lots of things around here that the rest my crew does not know how to do. We all bring different things to the table.

YES, I am the stereotypic ( is that a word) non techno Mom. I simply devote my brain cells to things I need to know.

Photius…I have been on this blog for years and do not ever remember a trend where we rountinely discuss deep topics and ways to solve the problems of our universe. How is this any different than the rag magazines at the grocery store that tell who has had lypo, breast implants or gotten his/her third divorce? Not something I personally read but obviously there are millions of others out there who do pay for that information. Maybe others here are more interested in deeper topics and will let us know today what these topics should be. We will see!

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
11:38 am

See HB, we are all different.

I print things every day and would spend more gas and time making trips to Kinko’s than my printer or cartridge would cost me. I have contracts, reservations, directions etc. While I would prefer to just rely on the technology, mine has failed me more that once…en route and thus it is handy to just have a paper map. I have ATT for cell service and contrary to the commercials…they do not have coverage in many of the places I go…even right in front of Discover Mills,next to I85…I always drop.

I have been in the middle of Arkansas with no cell service, no GPS and have no idea where I am.
A paper print out or map from AAA is quite useful, unless one wants to stop at a farm to ask about directions!

FCM

July 30th, 2010
11:45 am

Single Mom here (yeah I know you all know that)—I can (and have) set up all the ecectronics in our house–surround sound, PC, TV, DVD, etc. I work all the remotes. I did have the CS major I know set up the Wireless (it is currently acting up so I will fix it)…the installation guys of course wired the Dish.

I think that Children are more flexible and adaptable. More teachable too. Thus they “pick up” how things work faster than adults. Adults can learn it but it takes longer.

PLUS kids have less to unlearn….We adults get complacent about the things we do daily (your parents and their tv) and thus the familiarity becomes routine. We don’t really like it when we move out of our comfort zone. I strongly suggest you go outside your comfort zone more often…you would be surprised that if you actually practice it in other areas (like letting the kids or Michael do things without your telling them how) how it will lend itself to things like this.

MJG–I gave my eldest an instruction in the car yesterday –when you get home I want you to straighten the living room up. I did not tell her the 15 things that included etc. I gave her a huge hug when she did it with no reminders and did a great job. Sure I still had to sweep UNDER the furniture later :) That fits your topic earlier this week though

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 30th, 2010
11:48 am

Boy, I think a lot of folks are hot and grumpy. If you don’t like the topics please please send me topics. I am happy to use them. I used three from readers last week. I have no problem sharing your topics. Email me at ajcmomania@gmail.com

I can easily work a GPS (on multiple cars), printer, scanner, computers of all sort, you can drop me into software online and almost always I can figure it out, I can even set my car’s clock but I am telling your this guy’s particular TV set up was F’ed up and for some reason Rose understood how to do it. sometimes you were on one channel with one audio feed but if you used the DVR or the X-Box or Netflix you had to be on a completely different video and audio channel — his set up did not make any sense. And I think if a national TV channel on a very popular TV show runs a story arc about a mom not being able to work the electronics, the stereotype is at least there and worth asking.

There’s another topic posting a 2 — a more serious mom topic so come on back and judge the next topic.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 30th, 2010
11:52 am

A friend actually started a company to help teach women all about their electronics. they hire Agnes Scott techie girls and others to come to women’s houses to help them set up everything in their lives like their cell phones, computer, AV system — they’re whole business model is about helping WOMEN with electronics. http://www.sheswired.com/

FCM

July 30th, 2010
12:00 pm

Photoius—your wrong! Pleanty of us do care. We also wonder what the WikiLeak has done to put more of our soliders at risk. Some of us have family serving overseas…others are raising the children of those currently serving.

Trust me, I care every dang day.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

@ T but can you PLEASE send my e-mail to catlady or send hers to me? We are still waiting :)

Love the business model, as I cannot stand it when my husband tries to zip through things with me on the computer. He is BRILLIANT with it but cannot teach me…perhaps it is my mind that has the problem. I am a visual learner and thus need to see things in print and not just hear how to do it.

FCM…good for your daughter.

I just sent my daughter to the chiro alone, per the advice of someone on the independent blog topic. She has been to this Doctor before but just called me as she is filling out the forms and they need to be updated. She was asking me a few questions. We will see how it goes.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 30th, 2010
12:06 pm

Photius — I am not supposed to talk politics so I can’t get into the Afghanistan and Iraq on this blog (mostly because I am a journalist by profession and you’re not supposed to share your political views and also because my husband works for the AP and sharing my views could affect him.) But as the daughter-in-law of a retired ARmy officer who served for more than 30 years multiple times overseas and with friends serving in Iraq and Afghanistan believe me I do care. I can’t get into my personal feelings on the topic, but we have talked before about sons and daughters serving and spouses serving before. We’ve also talked about would you encourage your child to enlist at any point. We have discussed these things.

Let me also add that you guys complain about not having serious topics but would you like to know when I get literally 10,000 page views — when we talk about Jon and Kate or talk about the Mad Men mom –literally 10,000 — You guys never tune in for “serious” topics in those numbers — so that is a frustration for me.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

sorry mjg — will do right now!!

HB

July 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

MJG, I get that we’re all different, but I still think we should all have a good working knowledge of the things we as individuals use daily and shouldn’t just learn the bare minimum necessary to get by. If you don’t use a TV and DVD player, fine, don’t bother learning to use their remotes (I never said otherwise). You really should have a little knowledge of your internet connection, though, since you obviously use that regularly. And given your business, I really do think you should at least consider learning a little about use and sale of audio downloads. CDs are quickly falling by the wayside, and it might boost your sales to have downloads available in online stores (and ePub versions of your books for that matter). As for printers and cell phones, I said I don’t use them as regularly as other devices, but I do know how to use both and consider those important basic skills.

I guess where we differ is I don’t make a point to devote my brain cells for strictly what I now think I need to know. I assume I won’t know how much good I can get out of new knowledge until I go and explore the new thing a bit and broaden my horizons. Keeps my learning/adaptability skills sharp too.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

Thanks T…I got it and sent her an e-mail.

It is hard for anyone to know what will appeal to the masses. This is why I rarely complain about the topic…I may complain, just not about the topic.
There is NO way to know what will bring in comments or even those who just take a peak and never join us.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

@ HB…I assume your brain cells are not 50 plus and rapidly diminishing . Mine are and I need to use them for things that I still have to be accountable for. As I get older, I find that I cannot remember what I once could….anyone else?

I was at my recording studio this week and the owner ( whom I have worked with for over 10 years) keeps me up to speed on what I need to know for my business. I trust his expertise far more than I would trust my own or others who are arm chair quarterbacks. I run into folks all the time who try to tell me how to do things. I am always open to all new ideas but many times, these are simply ideas that are not from folks who do what I do on a day in and day out aspect.

I trust my husband to handle the techo stuff around here. That is just me. He is an expert in that field. I am not.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

ooops techno

shaggy

July 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

Woo Hoo, and a Yeah Baby!!
Theresa, you delivered a great beat down to your snarky critics, and I applaud you. GOOD JOB!

JJ

July 30th, 2010
12:39 pm

I have to know how everything works. It’s just me. But as a single parent, I NEED to know how everything works.

Now that doesn’t stop me from calling a guy friend when something goes on the fritz. Like my dryer, totally out of the blue it stopped working. I dried a load, took stuff out of the washer, and no dryer….. I have NO clue about stuff like that but my guy friends do and they come and help me.

Roswell Jeff

July 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

Just a note on the Ink cartridges for the printers… we buy the ink, black and color on line and put it into the cartridges ourselves. We $AVE so much money on this. They tell you that you can’t reuse the cartridge, but that is BS. We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and it works great.

FCM

July 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

TWG–a blog by definition is an opinion piece…not real journalism stinit where objectivity is important. I can believe your desire not to go into on here is that your afraid it will reflect on Michael.

How many of the 10K hits results in talk? I can go view a site and never interact beyond what I read. In fact I do it often on this site myself, if I want to see what others say and yet do not want to respond.

It seems the point of a blog is to get response or to state an opinion. Thus comment total should take presidence over number of hits you get.

HB

July 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

I’ve heard that’s a good option, Jeff. Another is going online and finding someone selling recently expired cartridges cheap. I did that a lot a few years ago (I think through ebay, but it’s been a while), and they always worked just fine. They were around 75-80% less than the usual cost. I’ve just hit a point where I print so rarely (seriously, it’s so long between prints that the cartridge in my printer gets clogged) that Kinko’s is more cost effective.

FCM, amount of talk is probably a secondary concern for the powers that be. Ad views and clicks are likely the main goal. All these free online newspaper sites are great, but they’re really struggling to figure out how to replace the revenue that used to come from print subscriptions. 10,000 ad views may be worth more from a business standpoint than 100 comments.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

@ JJ…our dryer broke last summer. My husband took the entire thing apart, including taking the drum out. He could not get inside to see the model number, so I crawled in there and wrote it down. i almost could net get out, as my knee was all twisted up. I went on line and found the part…it matched our dryer brand. I told my husband and he says,
“are you certain you wrote down the correct number?”

HELLO…do you want to crawl in there? It is not like the part number popped on on screen with a Christmas tree stand. The part was $125 and our dryer was 12 years old, so we just bought a new one. Our neighbor used the old parts in her Physics class!

War Eagle

July 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Cartridge World is great for refills…but I agree with the college kids view on just buying another printer…just got a Epson All in One last week at Target (when my other died) and it was only $30!

Also, if you’re the techie in the family like I am logmein.com is a wonderful tool. I made my Mom’s computer accessible to me so I can fix things, show her things and run spyware/adaware scans for her. She was always calling needing to know how to do things and explaining did no good so now I can either just fix it for her or hijack her computer and show her.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

ooops…I almost could not get out….