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My parents are currently playing 20 questions; my dad has a ‘three wise men’ card stuck to his head and is going ‘I know there’s three of them and I know they’re men. What else is there to know? Are they sportspeople?’

Dad update: he’s very very into Linux Ubuntu but doesn’t know how to turn the WiFi on

@deerful To be fair, I try to avoid ubuntu. Would not recommend Slackware for a newbie, though. :)

@garpu I do not know what any of this means but he’s very insistent he’s never switching again! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

also: he’s not a coffee snob but most coffee is ‘just quite poor’ because ‘it’s an exquisitely sensitive vegetable’ (my dad is good)

@deerful my mom's 80 year old cousin loves Ubuntu because it's something he can tinker with (which I think is great)

@darius my dad likes it just because it’s relatively virus free (totally virus free, ‘as if it has magical properties’ in his words, which I have cautioned him on) - I thought he was using Mint but apparently not. turns out the WiFi broke while he was running updates and he does NOT want to tinker with it and wants me to fix it so errrrrr

@deerful throw the computer in the trash and buy a new one (wifi is notoriously one of the biggest pain in the ass things on Ubuntu)

@darius DARIUS DO NOT BE THE FEDIVERSE GUY WHO SAYS THROW THE COMPUTER IN THE TRASH

@darius (he’s apparently quite happy using an Ethernet cable but I’m gonna take a shot at it just for fun in the next few days, I figure I’m unlikely to make it actually worse!)

@darius I wish he would just buy a damn chromebook tbh

@darius @deerful my grandma was saved from a 'microsoft tech support' scam because her computer ran Ubuntu and the scammer's instructions didn't work. She diligently wrote them down and later asked my dad to help her with them!

@wjt @darius this is wholesome and basically where my dad is at also, I think!

@deerful my dad is at the 3rd level of expanding brain, namely “flashes Chromebooks with custom BIOSes so he can run standard Ubuntu on them”; if occasionally helping him with that is the price I pay for my grandma not having been scammed (he set up her computer) then it was all worth it.

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