Welcome to Idiotech, the column where we shame your parents, teachers, and other old people for being dumb about technology. If you think your parents are even stupider than this, submit your story at the bottom of this page.

Did You Download an iPad Yet


My grandma didn't believe that narwhals existed. She thought they were like unicorns. - raibowsatnight 

My grandpa once asked me to help me fix his laptop because a mans face kept appearing when he started it up, bear in mind his laptop is a MacBook, he started it up and everything, nothing appeared so I was all "what man?" And he was all " wait a second" he then opened safari and said "there! Look! Why is he on my laptop?" My response was"grandpa, that's Apples tribute on their website to Steve Jobs...." - Rosie

My dad walks into the livingroom holding his phone and says, "Somebody needs to take this smart texting stuff off my phone! I tryed to write OK and Oklahoma came up and I can't get it off!" He then walks out of the room. - Anonymous

My sister asked for an iPad for Christmas and my mom said, and I quote, "I thought you already had one. Didn't you download one on your phone already?" - Anonymous

Mum told me the other day to get off someone else's facebook page in case they were trying to use it themselves. - Anonymous


I'm working as the IT for a terribly inept school in Beijing this year, and I'm constantly being asked to figure out why the unplugged printer isn't working, or how to get an audio CD to play, and stuff like that. 5 minutes ago my colleague called me into his office to ask for help with uploading something to the school newsletter. As soon as he started his sentence, I knew it was going to be another long day: "Now, I don't know how familiar you are with WordArt..." - Anonymous 

I was doing an internship at a local fire department and my Captain was using Excel to document their payroll. He would enter each person's name, followed by the amount of hours they worked. He then used the calculator he had sitting on the desk to figure out the total amount they'd earned. He gave me an "Excellent" on my evaluation because I showed him how to use functions. - Anonymous

Until recently my mum didn't know that there was a clock in the bottom right hand corner of the computer screen, despite it being the first ever Microsoft Windows! - Anonymous 

My mom got a new monitor for her old desktop. She wanted to give the old one away to my aunt. She told me to erase all the files on the old monitor so it'll be empty when she gives it away. - Anonymous 

My mom still pays for and uses AOL / the AOL web browser. - Anonymous 

My mom just asked me, "How do you do the Facebooking? Can you make me one?" She was insulted when I explained to her that it may be a tad too complicated for her. - Anonymous