Oct 202012

Darlene: Thanks for agreeing to take a look at my computer. It’s been acting up lately.

Chris: Sure, I don’t mind. Is this it?

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Darlene: Yeah.

Chris: How long have you had this computer? It looks like it belongs in the ice age.

Darlene: I admit it’s a little dated. I must be one of the last holdouts in switching to a newer model.

Chris: What are you waiting for? It seems to me that all of your computer problems would be solved if you spring for a new one.

Darlene: I have a lot of old programs on this computer that aren’t compatible with the newer models. I’m kind of attached to them.

Chris: They probably aren’t compatible because there are now better, more efficient programs that have overtaken the ones you currently use. Your programs are probably obsolete. Which programs are they? Maybe I can show you how to use the newer versions.

Darlene: Well, there’s one particular program…

Chris: Yes?

Darlene: It’s a game I like to play.

Chris: You’re refusing to buy a newer, better computer just because you’d have to give up a game?

Darlene: It’s a really fun game and I’m keeping this computer until they make a version for the newer computers.

Chris: Okay, but you know what they say: live by the sword, die by the sword.

Darlene: So you won’t help me fix my computer?

Chris: I’ll try, but I’m telling you now. It’s a lost cause.

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