Fw: Who's on First?

Subject: Fw: Who's on First?
From: Marni Barilone <mbarilone -at- PRIORITYCALL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 08:34:38 -0400

I think this qualifies as Tech Writer humor:

> Or, Abott and Costello enter the Computer Age.
> Costello:  Hey, Abott!
> Abbot:     Yes, Lou?
> Costello:  I just got my first computer.
> Abbot:     That's great Lou. What did you get?
> Costello:  A Pentium II-266, with 40 Megs of RAM, a 2.1 Gig hard drive, and a 24X CD-ROM.
> Abbot:     That's terrific, Lou.
> Costello:  But I don't know what any of it means!!
> Abbot:     You will in time.
> Costello:  That's exactly why I am here to see you.
> Abbot:     Oh?
> Costello:  I heard that you are a real computer expert.
> Abbot:     Well, I don't know-
> Costello:  Yes-sir-ee. You know your stuff. And you're going to train me.
> Abbot:     Really?
> Costello:  Uh huh. And I'm here for my first lesson.
> Abbot:     O.K. Lou. What do want to know?
> Costello:  I am having no problem turning it on, but I
> heard that you should be very careful how you turn it off.
> Abbot:     That's true.
> Costello:  So, here I am working on my new computer and I want to turn it off. What do I do?
> Abbot:     Well, first you press the Start button, and then-
> Costello:  No, I told you, I want to turn it off.
> Abbot:     I know, you press the Start button-
> Costello:  Wait a second. I want to turn it Off.  I know how to start it. So tell me what to do.
> Abbot:     I did.
> Costello:  When?
> Abbot:     When I told you to press the Start button.
> Costello:  Why should I press the Start button?
> Abbot:     To shut off the computer.
> Costello:  I press Start to stop?!
> Abbot:     Well Start doesn't actually stop the computer.
> Costello:  I knew it! So what do I press?
> Abbot:     Start.
> Costello:  Start what?
> Abbot:     Start button.
> Costello:  Start button to do what?
> Abbot:     Shut down.
> Costello:  You don't have to get rude!
> Abbot:     No, no, no! That's not what I meant!
> Costello:  Then say what you mean!
> Abbot:     To shut down the computer, press-
> Costello:  Don't say, "Start!"
> Abbot:     Then what do you want me to say?
> Costello:  Look, if I want to turn off the computer, I'm willing to press the Stop button, the End button and the Cease and Desist button; but no one in their right mind presses the Start button to Stop!
> Abbot:     But that's what you do!
> Costello:  And you probably Go at Stop signs, and Stop at green lights.
> Abbot:     Don't be ridiculous.
> Costello:  *I'M* being ridiculous?! Well. I think it's about time we started this conversation.
> Abbot:     What are you talking about?
> Costello:  I am starting this conversation right now. Good-bye!

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