My biggest problems come from friends who try to troubleshoot their own computer problems (using Chief Crunch’s analogy, this is like laymen trying to tell a mechanic what’s wrong with their car when they bring it into the shop). I had one friend who was absolutely convinced that he needed more RAM. Every time he’d get a glitch, his first reaction was “I need to go buy more RAM.” It turned out that he needed to update his video card drivers, deactivate the onboard sound, or (this was my favorite) get a PCI cooling fan (his video card kept overheating when he was playing games).
Sure, he could stand to use a bit more RAM (he’s only got 256), but for some reason he was convinced that more RAM was the magical solution to all of society’s ills.
-People who don’t know the difference between a network card and a modem, even after repeated explanations.
-The difference between a CD-ROM drive and a DVD-ROM drive… “They look exactly the same! What’s the problem?” On the same vein are people who don’t know the difference between CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, etc.
My preferred analogy has been one of an office. The hard drive is like the filing cabinets, filled with all sorts of information sitting around waiting to be used… the RAM is like the desk, where the larger the desk is, the more information can be placed on it to be worked on… and the processor is like the guy sitting behind the desk, and the faster the proc is, the better and quicker the guy works on the information.
Try that tactic… it may open your dad’s eyes a little.