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September 23, 2005

Tech dummies

Here's news: Your co-workers are dumb as a post when it comes to computers. You never would have figured that out, would you?

Most office workers find computer jargon as difficult to understand as a foreign language, a survey suggests.

Three quarters of workers waste more than an hour a week deciphering what a technical term means, the poll found.

"RTFM? What do you mean when you say 'read'?" And here's the best:
More than one in four people are not sure what a firewall does, tempting them to turn it off.

Turning off firewall - software to protect computers against hackers - is the worst course of action to take, according to IT experts.
This is why tech people have a term for a large class of computer problems: "user error."