So, I try not to laugh when people say or do foolish things about or with computers, since there is certainly plenty I don’t know and I wouldn’t want to be laughed at but today two small things cracked me up:
1) I get such a huge laugh out of people who still ask “Are any of the letters capitalized” in regards to an email address or a URL. Ha! Folks. . .it doesn’t matter. (If you didn’t know this, feel free to consider this a Public Service Announcement). Poor gal who asked me; you sounded so surprised when I told you that it was fine either way. Emails to FAKEADDRESS@gmail.com and fAkEaddrESS@gmail.com and FakeAddress@gmail.com will all go to the same in-box. It’s almost like a miracle.
2) I called someone today asking them to email me something. A few minutes later, this nice lady called me back telling me that the website didn’t work and she kept getting an error message. “That was an email address I gave you.” Here is my excellent and handy rule of thumb regarding email addresses v. URL: If there is a “@,” it’s an email address. Ah, yes, this rule has served me well. It should do the same for you. You might want to write that on a little post-it note and put it on your computer screen, right next to your list of user names and passwords so that someone who breaks into your house can hack all your accounts before they take your flat panel TV. I’m just sayin’.