scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: computer switches
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Fri Jun 16 2000 - 09:29:57 CDT
Who says there isn't a time machine. Just read some of the postings
About 15-16 years ago a company came out with a pretty good all-in-one
computer complete with printer. So being an all-in-one system, guess
where the on/off switch was? On the printer, of course, the one part of
the system most likely to fail.
So when your printer failed, and some were bad right out of the box,
you couldn't use your computer until the printer came back from the
When I was a computer lab assistant for a very small college, who used
computers bought one-at-a-time, so there was very little similarity, I
developed a "massage the box technique" for finding the on/off switch.
Starting at the rear of the computer box I quickly ran my hands around
both sides from back to front, feeling for what might be a power
switch. This worked for all but the one that had the switch flush
mounted under the front panel.
Cheryl, you work with Scouters, you have to be gutsy! <VBG>
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> Too too true. I remember being hired for one job solely because I had
> 17 years of experience with computers. First day on the job, supervisor
> out of town, left a stack of things to be input into dBase -- took me
> all morning to find the ON switch on a NorthStar. This was a single-unit
> device, and the ON switch was in the rear, under the protrusion for the
> back of the monitor. Took me most of the afternoon to work up the nerve
> to press "CTL-X" to close a dbase record (g).
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