How To Set Up An Airport Extreme Base Station (Like A Total Doofus) [Humor]

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What’s wrong with this setup? (Hint: track the blue cable from end to end.)

Our fearless commander-in-chief Leander Kahney is a strange cuckoo. He is, of course, a dashing and famous technology journalist par example, while his family is inexplicably a bunch of Luddites.

So check out what happened when Leander tried to coach someone in his family how to set up an extra Airport Extreme base station over the phone. No matter how many times he explained how to do it, it wouldn’t work… so Leander drove over to see what the problem was. This is what he saw.

What’s the most ridiculous tech support problem you’ve had to solve for a family member? Let us know in the comments.

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  • chriswtburke

    Honestly.. There isn’t enough space., so I’ll just tell you the most recent.. Over the phone.. Trying to help dad hook up an external monitor to his MacBook using a USB video card (as a fly got into his dvi adapter and fried it on the motherboard, so it wasnt working.. Once he finally got the updated drivers.. He Plugged it In and said “we’ll the screen flickered, but I don’t see anything” to which I reply.. “Dad., its an extended desktop, you have to drag stuff over there, it’s not a mirror image, you wanted this so you could watch slingbox on the monitir while mum plays her games.. So open a window, and drag it over., meanwhile in the background, my mum, who knows nothing about computers says “Wayne, it clearly works, you just need to put stuff there..” So she drags a window over for him.. Then he says “oh yea, I vaguely remember seeing you drag stuff from screen to screen on your computer”.. #parents

  • Dave Hicks

    Several years ago, while living at home but at a friends house, I was helping my Mom over the phone. I asked her to double click on “My Desktop” and she says “Ok, hold on.” A few seconds later she comes back and says “Ok, I’m at your computer” :P

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