Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Windows L

If you have an extremely good memory you might remember this post[^] about hosting a chat room or two on IRC.

It can get pretty boring watching a steady stream of lols and roflmaos and even roflmaopimps flying by and we used to take advantage of the naivety (or ignorance) of the less computer literate. Sometimes they'd be complaining about slow internet connections or drop outs (we used to call it moofing and I can't, for the life of me, remember what the acronym stood for). And so, sometimes, we'd advise the complainant to 'press the Alt F4 key'. Which, as you'll remember, closes the window! The trick worked more often than not and we'd all get a good laugh out of it.

A few weeks ago I called to Andrew. 'Hey Andrew? See the key with the Windows symbol on it?'. He peered and admitted he could. 'Well, hold it down and press the L key' I said. He's learning to be suspicious where I'm concerned so he demurred. 'Oh, go on, don't be a wuss' I responded and he entered that key combination. Which, as you all know, locks your computer and you have to enter your password to unlock it. I'd certainly picked my time, for he was in the middle of a World of Warcraft session (then again, when isn't he?) and loud were the wails as he realised he'd been 'had'.

A couple of weeks later I tried the same trick on him and it worked. He's a slow learner at times.

It didn't work the third time!


SpudKing said...

Dammit, you just got me.

Anonymous said...

You must try that on Robin :)

oz said...

hey Mando, had a lunch the other day and was told I'd find you here. Wondered where you'd got to.
How does one communicate with you apart from this blog?