Since we’re on the run up to Christmas I thought we’d take a lighthearted break this week from learning about Firewalls, Anti-Virus programs and LCD Monitors and instead I’ve decided to publish the following e-mail which landed in my inbox this week. Finding any computer related jokes that’s slightly funny is an arduous task but this one put a little smile across my face. With the business that seems to come associated with Christmas, publishing this e-mail will also save me the smallest amount of time that can be used to allow me to give one final push in order to get my customers machines finished and PC problems resolved in time for the big day.

A language instructor was explaining to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.
"House," in French, is feminine-"la mansion."
"Pencil," in French, is masculine - "le crayon."

One puzzled student asked, "...What gender is computer?..."
The teacher did not know, and the word wasn't in her French dictionary.
So for fun she split the class into two groups appropriately enough, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or feminine noun. Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that computers should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer"), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay check on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("le computer"), because:
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but they are still clueless;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you'd waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

So all that’s left for me to do now is to wish all of you a very happy Christmas wherever and however you decide to spend it and I’ll see you next week for one final article before the new year is upon us. For those of you who are lucky enough to get new computer equipment at this festive time of the year, don’t forget that help from Click is always just an e-mail away.

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