Sunday, August 23, 2015

It has been a very long time!

It has been literally ages since I last commented on the worth of internet forums. Perhaps that's because its universally accepted that the users of internet forums are generally not to be leant any credence.

Today, on a digital camera forum, somebody asked a question and got ripped to shreds over spelling mistakes and typing errors. The messenger was shot rather than the message being read. It's very reminiscent of high school playgrounds.

Needless to say, the poster responded to abuse about their typing and spelling prowess with an explanation that their laptop keyboard was broken. That elicited get more abuse with users calling the fellow yet more names because they didn't buy another keyboard. As anybody who has ever changed a laptop keyboard can tell you, it's not that easy. I've changed laptop keyboards and it can take an hour easily and that's when you know what you're doing!

By the end, I'm sure the poster's blood pressure was through the roof. They never truly got their question answered but there was a lot of mockery. This kind of think is not restricted to photography forums either.

As many of my regular readers will know, I'm building a motorhome from an old school bus. The forums for that have the same level of idiocy. As with photography forums, there are people that make a good pretence of owning a converted bus but when they offer technical advice, its usually laughably wrong.

The latest laughable advice was to get 4 golf cart batteries to power a microwave. Now my microwave is a 700w model so its not powerful. It still uses 1040 watts of power. I can guarantee that 4 golf cart batteries would become so warm that they could enter a thermal runaway reaction and catch fire.

It all reminds me of what a former workmate once said: internet forums create the most noise, carry minimal technical information and waste the most time. Camera forums are generally good to let off steam and to look for entertainingly ludicrous discussions. For technical accuracy, its better to read what is said about cameras on the back of a packet of breakfast cereal.

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