This is a series of recollections from the late 1980s when I was actively involved in training new computer users. Some of the people in the class were required to take it for their jobs, some were in for retraining and/or learning new skills, and some were just curious and wanted to learn about "these new PCs." Every once in a while, the experiences were so entertaining that I (almost) felt bad about taking payment for teaching.
Forcing the disk issue
We were doing a basic training session on Apple Macintosh computers. I was leading the session of about 30 people. My teaching style is to show students what I want done, then have them practice it while I circulate around the room answering questions and making sure everyone understands the lesson.
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These were Macs with the 3.5-inch removable hard-cased floppy diskettes everyone became so familiar with. To demonstrate the proper installation process, I started by showing and describing how the diskette should be oriented: drive hole down, shutter forward, and how to insert it into the drive. Then I instructed everyone to insert their diskette.
Throughout the room I could hear the chunk, chunk, chunk of disks loading -- then a conspicuous crunch and a raised hand. The student asked, "Will the disks go in any other way?"
I responded no, they would only load if properly oriented; otherwise they wouldn't go in.
Looking down at his computer, he responded, "Yes they will," and I learned where the crunch had come from.
This was in the days when diskette drives were $400+ each.