Magazine article Information Today

Computer Humor. (Personal Computing)

Magazine article Information Today

Computer Humor. (Personal Computing)

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When we laugh, there's always some truth lurking behind humor--insights that can be illuminating. That's why the best humor is self-deprecating. By poking fun at ourselves, we reveal our humanity. Other jokes poke fun at those who we collectively deem deserve it. If they don't, it's just not funny.

Computer users have long made fun of themselves, and they've generously shared these jokes with others. Telling a joke around the water cooler, or on the Internet around the virtual water cooler, is a tradition.

If you share jokes via e-mail, though, it's always best to make sure those on the other end are receptive. Too many emailed jokes begin to look like spam--unwelcome in-box intrusions.

The following jokes circulate widely. You may know some of them. Do you see yourself?

* Three of Murphy's Laws of Information Technology: 1) When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen; 2) When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete; 3) To err is human--to really screw things up royally requires a computer.

* Signs that technology has taken over your life: Off the top of your head, you can think of 19 keystroke symbols that are far more clever than :-). You back up your data every day.

* Among the 12 commandments of online flaming: Make things up about your opponent (it's important to make your lies sound true). Preface your argument with the word "clearly." Tell' em how smart you are (why use intelligent arguments to convince them you're smart when all you have to do is tell them?). When in doubt, insult.

* A woman in a computer store said to the sales assistant, "I want a game capable of holding the interest of my 6-year-old, but it's got to be simple enough for his father to play, too."

* Question: There are two shift keys. Which should I use? Answer: Avoid unnecessary wear on either shift key by alternating between the two. Keep track of your usage of each key so that you press them in equal amounts. Your keyboard may be equipped with a small notepad; you should use this to make little tally marks in two columns for each time you shift. Remember, it's better to go to a little trouble than wind up with a broken shift key.

* Signs that you're a Net addict: You kiss your girlfriend's home page. …

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