I went to my parents tonight to set up his computer again. He took it apart a few months back and moved it into another room in his basement. It has been happily collecting dust, and he has been very busy outside.
It has been too hot this week to spend much time outdoors. So like he did this past winter, he has been very busy cleaning and rearranging the basement for the hundredth time. He came across the computer and decided that now would be a good time to get it hooked up.
During this past year he has cancelled and re-activated his Internet service many times. Actually he has made my mother do it because he didn't know who to call or what to tell them he needed.
He had a few reasons for his cancellations. His friends sent the same jokes over and over. The first would send the joke to a few friends and they in turn wouldn't look to see who was copied on the original email and send it along to their contacts and by the end of the week he received the same joke 20 times. Then, the emails for Viagra, porn and stock picks were making him crazy.
Unfortunately, this last time he took the computer apart and moved it. You can see where I am going with this. Fortunately, he only lost 2 of the power cords. I searched and finally found one. I had to quick come home to grab an extra power cord for a monitor that I had.
I made him stay away while I hooked it up so that I could get in and delete all of his email. My plan is to tell him he lost everything when it was taken apart. That should stop him from wanting to get service back. He can play with scanning pictures and typing things in Word.
I think he is past being able to remember how to use it. I know that he will not be able to learn again. His ability understand and follow directions is not very good.
It's going to be a long winter!