I was offline all these days because I was a) studying; b) my Net connection was down for the past few days because of the incessant rains in Delhi courtesy mckennasallweatherhaulage.com.
I saw a funny thing in yesterday’s Hindustan Times – they’ve started some new series on ‘women stories’ or something, and this particular bit in the side column had me ROFL. They’d given a few ‘sites for women’, and below that, they wrote this (titled as ‘Tip of the Week’):
Never logged on to the Internet? Still wondering what the Web is all about? Come on, it’s really easy. On your computer, look out for the blue ‘e’ icon. Click in the space next to the word ‘address’. Here, type www.yahoo.com or www.google.com – you get it, right?
And below that, inviting entries to some supposed ‘quiz question’:
What is a search engine?
People accuse me of cackling like a hyena throughout the day ‘without any reason’ – but stuff like the ones above always provide me solid rebuttals to that (starts ROFL). I just don’t get what’s their point is with the astonishing ‘tip of the week’ – girls are dumb and can’t even start a browser? I certainly don’t think so. So maybe it was a simple pointer for n00bs. If it was, then these were a pathetic set of instructions. “Look for the blue ‘e'”. Oh please, gimme a break. And if our woman subject in question has never launched a browser, ‘looking out for its icon’ certainly won’t start the browser.
The ‘quiz question’ is even more funnier. HT expects that women around Delhi would be eagerly waiting for next week’s issue for the answer. Really, HT should stop trying to insult their readers’ intelligence. I must admit that I haven’t come across many (any?) girl geeks, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to use technology in their daily life.