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2 weeks into the new semester here at WMU, we are deluged with new students. Many of them have arrived with computers that are either so virus-laden that they barely function or new computers and absolutely no idea of basic functions.

I have met students (people in their late teens/early twenties) who have never installed nor removed a program. Some have no idea what anti-virus software even is.

I've come across mac users with no idea how to clear their cache in safari.

Frankly, I'm astonished at the level of noobishness among young people.

Even my sixteen year old son is agile enough to do all these things and more. (yeah, he's got an IT dad, but seriously...)

These kids appear helpless and hopeless.


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Sep. 18th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
I get the same problems here as well. The kids seem incapable of understanding simple instructions about searching databases. However, the proportion of IT savvy kids here is also pretty high, I guess because Singaporeans tend to be early adopters of tech products.
Sep. 21st, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
they don't even consider googling there way out of whatever issue they are having. fucking mysterious. At least we don't have to worry about the new generation competing for jobs. They are totally not competition.
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