There are some things as an adult you should just know. 1) Your social security number, it’s used for almost anything to do with money you get, you owe etc. And while many may list a lot of things as number 2 like, your bank account balance or your spouse’s cell phone number (by heart because who wants to be in that situation where you don’t have or lose your cell phone and can’t call anyone to come help you in an emergency). But, those are all tertiary compared to my secondary must know. 2) Know your operating system. We live in a world where we use so many computer devices we have to use two hands to count them. There is always going to be a time, even for the most experienced of us, that we don’t know something or how to do something and we have to ask for help. Help comes much easier if you know some basic things about your pc, tablet or phone. If you’re not very computer literate when you buy any one of these ask the salesperson or check the item’s description and memorize this.
If you have an iPhone, you most often can get away with saying “it’s an iPhone” or iPad, iPod, iPod Touch or such, because chances are you are always running the latest version of iOS.
If you have any other smart phone chances are you can get away with saying you are running the Android operating system. Yes, yes, there is a Windows based mobile phone OS, but anyone using a Windows Phone is going to know enough to communicate this. (Mostly because if they are using a Windows phone they are probably an employee of Microsoft or a subsidiary or related company because really why else would you use a Windows phone?)
If you own a computer, and who doesn’t, it gets a little harder. There are several versions (or I think they call them flavors) of Apple operating systems. Most of them are named for felines (Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard..etc.) Just ask when you buy the computer or buy an upgrade and remember that one kitty-cat word.
If you’re using a PC (and you’ve bought it in the last 8 years) chances are you are running one of the following: Windows 7, Windows Vista (I hope no one is still running this!) or Windows XP. Heck forget the “Windows” and just remember 7, Vista or XP. Not that hard, really I promise.
Ok, before someone says there are also Unix based machines, really again if you’re using a computer with Unix you know what version of Unix you’re using. Unix people are the people you’re always calling to help you with your non Unix machines, the ones that always say ‘You should run Unix’ but know that if you can’t manage a windows or apple OS device there is no way in heck you’d do well with Unix.
So after all this, why is this so important? Because chances are any well intentioned geeky friend or family member willing to answer your computer questions will need to know this information to help you help yourself and the least you can do is remember what operating system you are running because we have a lot of people who rely on our geekinees but we’re not willing to go to the lengths of making a database or Excel file listing everyone we know and their computer specs (no matter how good an idea that is!)
For my non-techie note this time, I just want to say that if your vacuum cleaner or anything else in your house has an unpleasant smell, use coffee grinds. My vacuum smells like dark roast now but vacuuming up about ¼ cup of coffee grinds got rid of the smell of cat puke.