I just finished a pretty hectic year at college so I’m looking forward to some more free time, at least a part of which I can donate to blogging more regularly. So I thought I’d open with something fun.
My friend Melissa once described me perfectly. After one of my usual rants about things that most people wouldn’t either: a) Notice, or b) Care about, Melissa just stared at me and said, “You don’t like things, do you?”
I decided to make an effort to condense all of my pet peeves and annoyances into one place. So over the past few weeks I’ve been noting down everything that’s ticked me off in any way, using the trusty Notes app on my iPod. And here it is, the first of what will
probably definitely be something of a series.
People who talk in the library
I can’t get over the sheer ignorance of people who do this. Firstly, it’s a library, so it’s going to be a mostly quiet place. Consequently, any sounds you make are going to be at a much higher volume than anything else in the space around you. So why then do people think they have the right to, not only talk to others, but have full-blown conversations about complete nonsense when everyone else is trying to study in a quiet environment? Worse again is the giggling and laughter generated from these conversations. We live in a time where most people studying in a library spend about 50% of their time on Facebook. Why can’t people just have their conversations there? Why can’t you just type “lol” instead of coming down and literally laughing out loud right next to my desk? Girls are by far the worst for doing this. Guys are by no-means exempt, but it’s the simple fact that girls tend to study in packs that cause them to talk to their friends.
People Who Use Capital Letters Unnecessarily
I admit I used to be capital letter criminal. One of those types of people who’ll call a Facebook photo album, “My Summer Holiday To Spain With The Lads”. It’s “My summer holiday to Spain with the lads”. No extra upper case letters to are required to signify your holiday’s importance along with those who deserve it, like the President, or the Queen, or the Garda Superintendent. Eh…
People who leave their laptops unlocked
See that button on your keyboard between Ctrl and Alt? That’s right, the one with the Windows symbol. The Windows button, correct. Hold that down. Keep it held. Now press ‘L’.
Okay, now you’re mad at me because I’ve made you enter your password again. But that’s a little trick to bear in mind whenever you leave your laptop in a place with other people. If more people knew about the Windows+L key combination, there wouldn’t be nearly as many “frapes”. But also, it prevents your information from being accessed/stolen if you leave your laptop in a public place (such as a library or lecture hall).
If you’re a Linux user, that key combination is usually Ctrl+Alt+L. If you’re a Mac user, that feature is an optional extra.
Misuse of exclamation marks!!
Oh dear, the famed “double exclamation mark”. This has reached some acceptance in recent times, especially in things like print media, posters, leaflets, etc. We got a leaflet in the door from a local supermarket recently. Bear in mind that these people are paying thousands of Euro for advertising and marketing “specialists” and, yet, I still have to read things like, “The lowest prices in Galway guaranteed!!”. I would talk about the triple exclamation mark, but that’s just pulling this piss.
People who are ignorant about data security
Why on earth do some people still not have passwords on their laptops or wireless networks? “It’s so annoying having to type in a password every time I start my computer” – yes, but slightly less annoying than somebody stealing your laptop and consequently having access to all your personal information: photos, Facebook profile, email, passwords, browsing history, possibly even your home address.
“I’m the only one who uses this computer, so there’s no point” – I beg to differ. I’m quite enjoy using this laptop. Nice photos from your Greek holiday by the way. I wish we had kebabs like that over here!
“It’s only us that connect to this wireless router” – not the point of a wireless password (or “WPA key”). A WPA key doesn’t just stop others using your internet service for free, it also encrypts all of the internet activity between your computer and the router so that anyone prying on your connection can’t see what you’re doing. Without a router password I can read your emails, get all of your passwords and read all of your Facebook/MSN chat messages within a few seconds. And no, I’m not a hacker. It’s just very, very easy to snoop on Wi-Fi networks.
Not texting back quick enough
Considering so many people use smartphones with full QWERTY keyboards, taking more than ten minutes to text back is annoying as hell. But not nearly annoying as…
Texting back too quickly
Okay, seriously. Put some ointment on those thumbs. There is no way you could write such a long response to my lazy “ya lolz” text in less than 30 seconds. I’m going to purposely delay texting you back now for another five minutes. For fuc… you did it again!