Do you compete with family members to use the computer?

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
January 10, 2009 11:14am CST
Yes! Currently! My son is pestering me to get in here and use the computer! Do you have a schedule that you use for your family? Does it work well? Are you able to enforce it? Is it fair to everyone? Does a particular person HOG it all day long?
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
10 Jan 09
My hubby solved this problem. He has a laptop. I have a desktop. And our daughter, nieces, nephews and other guests use our older still functioning computer that is in the living area downstairs. Since I work from home this system works well for us. Hubby takes laptop with him to work. My desktop was an anniversary/Christmas present.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
12 Jan 09
I have a competitor in my house.My daughter.When she asks for the computer how can I say no to her? I just give in.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Ahhh......You are a "softie"!
@balasri (26554)
• India
12 Jan 09
Well I like me that way.
@crigal (105)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I have no problem whatsover using the computer. Because I have my own and my kids have theirs. This solve the problem real easy.
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@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
He he Yes my son and I compete for the computer cause his won't run some stuff that mine will! Also his is NOT on the iNet and for a reason. At least this way I can monitor his iNet activities more than I could if his computer has iNet access. Right now I bought him a game for the Wii so that should keep him busy for maybe 4 days before he finishes it. We try to have a schedule but it does not always work.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I do not have this problem until the weekend. I live along so I have use of my computer freely all the time. However I have a set of twin grand boys that like to come over and spend the weekend with me, they are 13 years of age and they hogg my computer the whole weekend. I don't mind they certainly are a lot of company to me.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
10 Jan 09
I use to have that problem when I lived with my sister and her six children. But now I have my computer all to myself, thank God.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
10 Jan 09
Hello! Well I used to have this problem a while ago when there was only 1 PC in thee house... when I think about it now, I do not even know how I coped! I was always given lowest priority, as being one of the youngest members in my household, older siblings always had 'more important' stuff to do! But now I have my own personal PC to work on, and I don't think I could ever go back to sharing one with several people...
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Hubby has his hobbies and TV, VCR DVD and all the things I don't like. The computer is mine and he has no use for it. When he needs something done on the computer he just asks me to do it but I have the computer to myself. I love that!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I have an extra computer in the other room that the rest of them use. There is not very often that anyone is on mine.
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@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
10 Jan 09
The only person I compete with is my husband, he uses it when he gets home in the evenings, so I have to be done with it by the time he gets home, if I'm not, he'll stand here and watch what I'm doing till I get off of it..lol. He tells me I have all day to play with the computer while I'm home. So thats our schedule, I use it during the day while I'm home and he uses it in the evenings.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
10 Jan 09
Hi there Rocket. I don't compete anymore as i now have 2 computers (1 desktop and 1 laptop) and my brother moved out as now only me and my mother use a computer but i remember the times when i used to verbally fight with my brother as he staid at home and we had only one computer - we had to take turns to it and it was bad especially on vacations.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Since it is just my husband and myself, normally I am on the computer and he takes the TV.. We do clash occasionally over the computer but I give in because he is very seldom on here anyway..
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
10 Jan 09
yes, i hog it but the dog hasn't learned how to use it so there's no problem here. lol
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• United States
10 Jan 09
Yes, I have 3 kids who also want to use the computer. I want them to use our old computer but everyone just wants to use mine since it has faster connection. I use it most of the time but when I leave the computer they asked me if they can use it for a while. I do let them use it from time to time.;-)
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
10 Jan 09
rocketj1, Well, that is when the house only had one computer set and the access was a simple 56k dial up. Much have improved since, the house has got 2 PCs and the rest of the members have got their laptops or notebooks. There is a wireless router to accommodate up to 16 computers to go online all at the same time. So I can safely say that we no longer have to fight for the computers or online access at home. Cheers.
• France
12 Jan 09
We have three computers so we can usually work it out, although one is a dinosaur and almost useless, not hooked to the internet, the desktop is an older Macintosh so that limits some use of software, and the internet is pretty old, too. So we do have some scheduling difficulties but nothing that's not easily solved. Now, though, my wife will need to use a computer more often so we'll see how that impacts the sharing time.
• France
12 Jan 09
I meant the laptop is pretty old too, not the internet is pretty old too.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
Sometimes but, not that much. Sometimes, someone needs the computer and its more important, the current one using the computer would finish and let the one in need us it. Then, if both users are just going to browse or surf the net, update profiles and stuff like that, no one would easily let go that easily. Here at home, if you can use it, use it and if your done, let others use it. Simple enough. (^_^ )
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Tell me about it. Yes, if I'm not quick enough or I don't place dibs on the computer, my husband grabs it to play computer card games. He has another computer for that, but he likes mine best because of my comfortable chair and the type of games found on mine. His is a Mac and mine's not.
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
3 Feb 09
now in my house me and my husband is only there. but there will be no competion between us,because he sees net in office also and he will see net once or twice in evening . i will only see net more here in my house. he will be tired after he comes from office ,so he will see more. i have more chance to see net.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
12 Jan 09
Not really we don’t as there is only my partner and I now as all our children have grown up and moved away from the district, let alone home. We have 2 computers which we use and generally she uses the desktop because it also as all of our business stuff on it as well. I have a slow old laptop and that suits me too as I do not type all that fast whereas it annoys my partner as she can type much faster. Even if the children were still at home there is no way they would even look at my computer let alone want to use when the laptop is more modern, has a greater capacity and therefore much faster. The other advantage of me having the laptop is that I can take it with me when I goa way in the truck. The email notifications of new topics started and comments made to responses etc are saved into word by either my partner or myself. Then when I am away, I can type out the responses I want to make when I am having a rest break or waiting for the truck to be loaded. Then when I can get online I can just do a cut and paste and submit my response without waiting till I get home again when I might be busy. It also means that I do get to my friends discussions much sooner than I otherwise would, although there are times when I have heaps of responses ready to roll. I cannot always get online when I am away from home although sometimes it is possible if I am at one of the company’s depot and it is after hours. That means that I am not stopping anyone from working or slowing them down in any way.