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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 8:55 a.m. PST

Disclaimer: You know the drill….

Simple story: Today is the first time in all of my 19 odd years in the IT industry that I have ever EVER had to train a person in "How to turn a computer off".


Submitted respectfully;


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 9:13 a.m. PST

I'm glad I'm not paying that person's electricity bills.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 10:49 a.m. PST

Step one: procure HUGE pair of wire-cutters…

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 11:46 a.m. PST

In there defense it is not like turning it on. The days of flipping the switch the other way are long gone now.

Bismarck19 Aug 2015 12:10 p.m. PST


surely you are making this one up! <;-0
i am probably the second or third worst IT challenged person in the world, but at least knew it would be the opposite of turning it on!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Aug 2015 12:10 p.m. PST

I blame Windows.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 1:46 p.m. PST

I just made it to Windows 98.
Am I missing anything?

Crow Bait19 Aug 2015 1:52 p.m. PST

I'll be glad when this computer machine fad goes away.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 2:06 p.m. PST

Napthymed, IDK about anyone else, but my 1 year old laptop
turns off in precisely that fashion – flip the switch
t'other way – actually, press it the other way since it's
a toggle switch.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 4:22 p.m. PST

Ed, are you sure what you are doing is turning off the computer rather than putting it in sleep mode? Does it go through the shut-down process? Mine will clear the screen and turn the screen off when I do it, but pressing the on/off again brings back the screen with the Windows log in screen to go through again.

Does anyone remember how "revolutionary" Win95 was supposed to be? With the Rolling Stones singing "Start Me Up" to celebrate the start button? Last year I was clearing out old files and I saw the following, which I had forgotten about:


Of course I took a picture and sent it to all my friends.

Personal logo nvdoyle Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 7:23 p.m. PST

Windows 95? The OS that, if installed on a factory-fresh machine, locked in a sealed room, and provided with Marine guards, would self-immolate within days?

TNE230019 Aug 2015 7:28 p.m. PST

I used to have a customer who's IT director
would restart her AS400 by


napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2015 9:33 p.m. PST

Ed I don't know what machine your using, but all mine are turned off via the start menu's turn off the computer feature. This includes the laptop.

The last one I had that was not done this way was my Amiga 500

tkdguy20 Aug 2015 12:02 a.m. PST

A friend once told me that a coworker couldn't find the "any" key.

TNE230020 Aug 2015 5:04 a.m. PST

where's the any key:
YouTube link

a word processor for the Commodore PET
came with a sticker that said 'any key'
to be put on the keyboard to avoid this problem

haywire Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2015 7:31 a.m. PST

I have seen/heard a lot as an IT tech.

person using cd holder as a cup holder
person putting cd in 5 1/2" floppy drive
person putting 5 1/2" in a cd drive
person dying of a heart attack because their computer would crash. His last known words were "Its this thing or me". I guess the computer won.
person thinking turning off the monitor turned off the computer
person not able to tell the difference between sleep and power down
person thinking its an OAK button and not Oh-Kay
person not knowing what a manual was (granted english was not his main language)
person not knowing the any key (which is always why I say hit the space bar)

The older I get(and as I try to get my parents into the 21st century), the more I notice that its easy to not catch up with technology and that there are less and less classes helping you keep up.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Aug 2015 8:08 a.m. PST


I wish I were.

This person is a lab technician.

In here spare time she investigates haunted houses….

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Aug 2015 8:21 a.m. PST

We actually had a help ticket with this problem:

the phone stops ringing when I pick it up

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 9:56 a.m. PST

Napthyme, it's a Toshiba Satellite P55W.

If I press the toggle switch lightly, it does go into
'sleep' mode.

Pressing it firmly initiates the shut-down process and
powers the machine off. To restart, I have to press the
toggle firmly again which initiates the start-up process
ending in power-on.

But I know what you mean. The last Toshiba LT I owned
(three years ago) in order to get a complete shut-own,
I had to unplug the power cord AND remove the battery !

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 11:54 a.m. PST

Interesting, I have to admit to never using a toshiba, so this is news to me. I have mostly stuck with HP and Compaq as they last the longest for me.

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