Ever sent and email that never arrived? I did that just the other day and it wasn’t the first time. I had asked for someone’s email address and they gave it to me. I did a simple ‘copy and paste’ of the email, attached a document and sent it. The person waited and waited, finally I was told it never arrived. So, I went and checked in my ‘sent’ folder and sure enough, in my copy and paste procedure I missed the final ‘m’ of the dot com part of the email. Not the first time this has happened to me. At least I know the first place to investigate when this happens. I’m sure it was all my fault for not paying attention, but, sometimes I wonder if the copy paste gremlins didn’t just eat the ‘m’ to play jokes on me.
When I’m writing a blog post or some other document there are times that I just don’t like the order of things so I proceed to rearrange the words and phrases to my liking. Often with tragic results. Add in the problem of the mindless auto correct and the text becomes indecipherable. Start over, reboot, forgot what I was going to say, lost the perfect sentence, just can’t get it right and unable to get my point across. Frustration level increases and I have to step away. Otherwise the electronic device may suffer mortal injury, irreparable damage. The copy paste gremlins have won this round.
Often on social media people will post these inane things that instruct a person to copy paste the post, do not share, with promises of good things when you do and devastating bad luck if you don’t. What do these people think of me? Do they assume I’m a moron? These are people I have added as friends, though only because of like interests. I’m not sure I want friends who threaten me like that if I don’t follow the same moronic copy paste protocols they have superstitiously followed. Do these people live in fear with unrealistic hopes of fabulous wealth or perfect health because of a copy paste edict?
There is also the social media phenomena of putting some esoteric “if you can read this” copy paste to your timeline. Why? For goodness sake everyone who can read will figure it out. Just stop feeding the copy paste gremlins!
Just today as I was writing a message to someone I accidentally pasted an entire section from something that was a conversation with someone else. I have no idea how that happened either. It must have been a ‘copy paste’ gremlin, seeking a feast of extraneous words, because I don’t remember ever copying that particular conversation and have no idea what I did to paste it in the current message. Totally took me off guard! I just had to scrap that message and start over.
Then there are those times I just want to copy a small section to paste elsewhere and for some reason the entire document wants to be copied. Select, copy, paste and suddenly there are paragraphs that I didn’t intend to copy. How it is that highlighting a few words ends up being the entire document eludes me. When did I look away and highlight whole thing? I missed it obviously, after all the computer is only as good as the user, right? No it’s those copy paste gremlins at it again.
I do not profess to be an expert when it comes to technology, but, I never had so many problems in my professional report writing using desktops and MS Office-whatever version. Now I’m using tiny tech often and the problems are myriad with my copy paste finger calisthenics. Touching just the right place to the select the part I want to copy can be tricky. Line above, line below, can’t get in there to take out the extra word, can’t figure out how to copy a short phrase. The copy paste gremlin must be having a field day. I’d have to copy one word at a time, tedious at best. Imagine the copy paste gremlins evil laughter. I just have to retype the whole thing. That in itself is quite an exercise too. Now an even more delighted copy paste gremlin.
It’s a little better on the laptop, but, mice rule the world and sometimes my mouse plays little tricks on me. Does a mouse reincarnate as a copy paste gremlin, or would it be the other way around? The only way for me to avoid the pitfalls of copy paste is to just delete it and start over, now how did I say that? Uh-oh maybe I should have tried to copy it after all.
Have a wonderful week and don’t get caught in the perilous trap of the copy paste gremlin in your technology.