No-one would ever dare say “I don’t know how to use a telephone / DVD player / washing machine” but “I’m useless with computers” is still far too prevalent and indeed acceptable.
It must be the Geek in him.
I get horribly confused by DVD players *, washing machines** and anything other than simply dialling a number on a telephone is beyond me…..as anyone who has ever tried to leave me a voicemail knows.
Why should it be unacceptable to not give a shit about the details of technologies that you don\’t give a shit about? As to computers….look, it\’s a typewriter with a web browser to access the intertubes. And as for this:
An assumption that, because I’m the IT guy, I can solve anything if they ask me…
If you can\’t, what are you doing masquerading as the IT guy? You have heard of the division and specialisation of labour? You go off and learn how to do that and we\’ll do something else?
* No, really, it it\’s anything more than put the disk in and press play I don\’t get it. I\’ve, at times, spent 15 minutes or so with various hand held things pointing them at various boxes and screens and got nowhere, giving up and going off to read a book instead.
**Insert jokes about men etc. Yes, I can turn a washing machine on but so I\’m repeatedly told I don\’t do it in the right way. For some odd reason.