The Gutenberg OS

While I’m catching up on a weekend’s worth of e-mail and other stuff, here’s something to amuse you folks who both read and use computers (which, almost by definition, includes nearly everyone who visits here). Enjoy.

Thanks to my pal Deven for passing this on.

32 thoughts on “The Gutenberg OS

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    That is truly funny.
    I even shared it with my Austrian roommate and now we are deep in discussion about the history and orgin of European languages.
    A fine topic for a Monday evening.

  2. HA! Even funnier when you’ve actually had discussion about user experiences and how they interface with data and referenced how everybody knows how to use a book, but how many people know some silly website design interface. Ha!

  3. What I really want to know about, is that minority of people who visit the Whatever, yet are neither owners or users of personal computers?

    That film reminds me painfully, of trying to explain computers to some of my relatives.

  4. I work in a call center, helping people who have problems with their cordless phones among other things. I find this scarily realistic.

  5. According to the person calling? Very big sometimes!

    I think that you’re seriously underestimating human stupidity and how far it can go, John. I used to do that too, before this job.

    Fair enough, if it’s an elder person whom it’s all new to, I can understand, but some customer never cease to surprise me.

    Besides – most people have more than one phone today.

  6. In the real world of IT call centers, the technician would simply tell him to close the book and open it back up again, and see if that fixed the problem. If it did not, the tech guy would be at as much of a loss as the user.

    Wait, am I letting on about my AOL background again? Damn, I just can’t seem to keep that under wraps.

  7. Let’s at least hand it to the guy in the clip that he actually listens to the guy helping him and follows the instructions he’s given.

    In that regard, I’d count him as a good customer.

  8. “No putting on the shelf for the padre, the text may fall out. The book will only sit on the desktop.”

    It’s running in kiosk-mode.

  9. Oooh man. I’m glad I don’t have that job anymore. A year and a half was enough.
    “Log off.”
    “Ok.”
    “Did you log off?”
    “I restarted the computer…is that ok?”
    All day, just banging my head against a wall.

  10. HAHAHA this reminds me of trying to explain computer usage to my mother… and I was like 16, my father was a computer programmer, my younger brother was going to go into CS and I was an art major with a pretty high tech background thanks to my dad. Trying to explain how to just turn on the computer was like trying to tell her which wire to cut to defuse the bomb.

  11. That’s yet another NORWEGIAN PIECE of goodness. All hail Scalzi for giving our country much needed PR!

  12. I work in a call center, so this is one I can appreciate on a professional as well as a personal level. :)

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