"Oh, that's easy"

I was having a conversation – which is to say a face-to-face conversation, in person, not online – with someone recently. Something in the flow of the conversation led to me recalling a time at a job when I needed help finding information. Invariably, she would say, “Oh, that’s easy.” This would usually irritate me, on two levels: 1) it wasn’t necessarily easy for me, and 2) she was giving short shrift to her own skills.

The conversation proceeded and my friend told a story. When it was over, I said, “Now THAT’S a blog post. You need to write it. And if you do, I’ll link it to MY blog.” And so now I have.

I’m reminded constantly that there are things I know that I figure “everybody” knows, but of course, they don’t. URL shorteners, such as bit.ly or tinyurl, are especially useful when the URL is so long it cuts off in the e-mail. Searching Google at top-level domains (for instance, .edu, .gov) by typing site:.edu or site:.edu. It also works with .pdf, BTW. BOTH of these tips I shared with two different people who had no idea.

Still, I’m a bit surprised when I ‘m watching JEOPARDY! on TV, the topic is the Internet, and NONE of the contestants, who are clearly younger than I, get the question right, but I do. “The animal for which this computer program is named is actually a red panda.”

The answer is Firefox.

9 thoughts on “"Oh, that's easy"”

  1. Thanks, Rog. It can be colossally annoying too. I remember being confused getting around a new office and this guys says, “it’s not complicated.” I replied, “To you. You know it already. If I let you loose in my house I’ll bet you might have trouble telling room from closet too.” Let’s not be jerks, right?

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  2. That’s a phrase that I use far too much. I tend to use it when I mean “I feel this is easy – you can do it, too!”

    I should probably substitute “you’ll get the hang of it” for “it’s easy!”

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  3. Roger, I went over, read that piece, and commented in part that it takes a person of strong character to be able to tell that story about his/herself. The embarrassing moments can prove to be the best lessons. THANKS. Amy

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  4. There are people who distrust URL shorteners, simply because they don’t give you any clue about where the link is actually going.

    Twitter is a hotbed of shortened URLs; TweetDeck, before Twitter bought it, was savvy enough to decode a shortened URL before you clicked on it, by putting the real URL in a bubble. This feature has been killed off. Then again, Twitter now pushes its own shortener: t.co. I use bit.ly myself.

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