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[#] Tue Dec 04 2018 10:43:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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This past weekend my mom and dad were lamenting that their cable was costing too much and they want to switch to Verizon FiOS, but Dad has his email account on and doesn't want to go through all of the hassle of changing it everywhere it's being used. There were some entertaining bits of conversation and some rather frustrating ones.

Dad: "How can I get a list of all the places where I used that email?"
Me: "You can't."

or this one...

Mom: "[all these other people] have, can't you just use that?"
Me: "No. People will start sending me all of his email because artc***** is me." (We have the same name. Their fault, not mine.)
Dad: "Well are you still using that for anything?"

Sure, Dad, let me unload my YouTube, all of my Android devices, and everything else just so you can have an email address that makes it ambiguous which one of us they're actually reaching.

But this one takes the cake...

Mom: "But which one are you using?"
Me: "I run my own. I've always run my own. You know that."
Mom: [confused] "How can you even do that?"
Me: [incredulous pause] "Do you even know who I am?"

Apparently they haven't been paying attention for the last 30 years. What did they think I was doing with the computer when I was a teenager?

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 06:22:07 EST from fleeb

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I wonder how many non-techno adults are afraid their children are hacking major corporations because they don't understand what they're doing.

(Or, for that matter, how many children are actually hacking from their parent's home, to the parent's ignorance?)

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 08:03:35 EST from wizard of aahz

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I don't think we should discuss anything we did before the age of 18.

And I think changing email might be even more painful than changing physical address. Though, I'm thinking it's a great way to get rid of junk. Just like changing physical address as well.

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 14:39:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I dropped my address (after years of using as the primary) my spam/junk mail level went waaaaaaaaay down. Also my sister couldn't reach me, which was an added bonus.

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 15:05:42 EST from Haven

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Any time my parents ask me what I do, I tell them to watch the movie Hackers. When they ask which one I am, I respond with yes.  

[#] Tue Dec 18 2018 01:40:08 EST from triLcat

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um, you can make him an address for gmail that isn't the same as yours. like ArthurDent (instead of ArtDent) or MrArtDent, or ArtDentSr.

Mine is TrilMiddlename rather than TrilLastname. 

Yes, I just changed your last name to Dent. 
The question is whether your version of L, TU, & E says kneebiter or asshole? 

[#] Tue Dec 18 2018 10:36:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Understood. However, some experience from having the same email domain in the past (when he ran a company and I worked there), shows that people are generally not smart enough to know the difference, and they *will* send email to the wrong account.

Even though my dad is *not* using gmail at all, I occasionally get messages to my gmail address that were intended for him. People just guess.

The truth is, even though my gmail has an autoresponder that shouts back at you "I DID NOT AND WILL NOT READ YOUR MESSAGE" it does go to a separate "gmail" folder on my Citadel account. But most of what comes in is just noise.