I found this in my email archives. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.
One of my friends (he was one of my most pleasant customers at Sydney Uni) many years ago wrote me an email asking me a tech question. It was February 2008 and we were both upset by the New England Patriot’s loss in Super Bowl LXII that ruined a perfect season.
Alan provides a perfect example of how to ask a mate for tech support. Football is much more important than mere computer problems.
Subject: Sadness reigns
I don’t know if you feel as I do, riven still with grief over the catastrophic end to the season.
It still pisses me off.
An evil destiny intervened to tear victory from us!
At any rate, I hope you are going well.
Tony, I need advice from you, as usual.
Something just started happening and I don’t know why.
And I don’t like it and want it to stop now!
When I’m working in a Word document, if I go into the middle of a line, of a sentence, and type an additional letter, the new letter erases the letter just to the right of it.
So with each new letter the one to the right is erased!
So what I want to keep to the right of the insert is being erased!
This is almost as frustrating as watching Asante Samuel drop what would have been the game-winning interception!
Or the Patriots defenders lose their grip on Manning and let him make that desperation throw!
Or Tyree what’s his name make that catch!
Or Ellis Hobbs forget to cover Plaxico Burress in the corner of the end zone!
Can you help me, please?
Subject: Re: Sadness reigns
I am totally distraught, one might even say tormented by the way the season ended. I was working and deliberately avoided all newspaper web sites and turned off the car radio so I could go home and watch without knowing the result. All I can say is that I think Bill was out coached – when the opening drive took so long I knew we were in trouble, the Pats had been winning fast games and getting into trouble in low scoring, slow games. I even had a brand new Pats hoodie my brother had sent me to wear during the game and that didn’t carry us through – DAMN!!
BTW – Nothing is as frustrating as watching Samuel drop that interception, not even watching Brady get sacked three plays in a row.
Oh, in case you actually wanted that Word problem fixed – you’re in overtype mode. Widen the window until you see a green dot with “OVR” next to it and click on “OVR”, the dot will go empty and your problem will be fixed. There’s probably some strange key combination to toggle it that you accidentally hit. (Why in the name of God such a mode exists I leave to stronger minds than mine.)
Subject: Re: Sadness reigns
Yes, that Asante Samuel drop is absolutely gut-ripping.
And also the much-touted three-fifths All Pro offensive line, where did it go??!!
They should be ashamed of themselves!
I thought we were going to have a field day.
I looked at the Patriots home page today and Belichick says if only one thing more had gone our way in the game, just one thing more!
Like Asante catching the f…… ball!
I could have caught it, Tony!
I had been invited to watch the game with friends but at the last minute they had to cancel.
Thank god, because I was screaming at the TV.
And at the evil demon who was robbing me of the ecstacy I was expecting, replacing it with utter agony!
I have tinnitus, and it suddenly was not only activated but up at a level it hadn’t been in years!
I still feel the torment too, Tony.
By the way, your suggestion re OVR was as ever spot on!
Coming to Sydney any time soon?
It’s always a joy to talk to Alan and it comes across when he asks even a simple question.