|I have no photo of our first home PC but it was an IBM and kind of looked|
like this photo I found on line...
Over the years I have kept up with techy changes computer, smartphone, tablet, laptop and you name it because it was essential in my career and then I never wanted to be left behind in the dust, an anachronism as happens to many people too quickly now. I have an old friend in CA who was such a disaster with computers in the office way back when, all she could do was use them as a word processor and then barely; she was the tech support staff's nightmare, she will know who she is when or if she reads this, but it is doubtful she ever will as she has become left behind for various reasons. Today I tell her it is easier to reach her cross country by smoke signals because all she uses is phone and even then her old obsolete cell phone which she claims to carry around in her pocket at her home where she is confined is always on the charger. Forget texting, she doesn't know how or can't or won't learn. Besides lacking time to really sit and talk with her, I cannot begin to fill her in on day to day issues such as I can post on Facebook, another place she does not access. I advised her oh how many years back when she retired to enroll in adult education or community college courses on computer usage, at least software usage but she never did and has gotten farther and farther behind until there is no catching up for her. In many ways she reminds me of my departed MIL who spent the last 60 years of her life living in the past, she neer kept pace with anything.
|Uncle Carl at 92 tackles technology. The little boy|
wonders, oh will I ever get it back from him?
Most people become old because they lose interest, have no curiosity and moreover stop learning. Some people have no interest in learning ever and are satisfied to remain where they are in time. I have an old school friend in PA, an educated man, an attorney who is helpless with computers, who relies on his adult son to show him what to do and who now suffers the consequences of ignorance at not being able to access Bar communications quickly on line. He's been dragged kicking and screaming and lamenting the whole way. Recently he sent me a Facebook request which prompted my phone call to him, could it be really? Nah, he was trying to read something and clicked onto his son's account and how could he get out of it? I tried to talk him through it over the phone to no avail. Our CA DIL and son are averse and uncurious about Facebook that she will not approach it and discourages others including grand daughter who now avoids it. Some of this I suspect is because of proclivity to hunker and hover and cling to family; she works in a business office and at least has email and can text, but seldom does so. A person who is happy in her own cocoon and sees no need for technology I suppose. Different examples of people who are out of the techy loop and who knows if they are better off for it?.
Now I have another challenge activating webcam and or Skype account because grandson in CA has requested to chat live. I was embarrassed to say I had not used it on any of our devices yet. I know it will not be that difficult but I find myself almost dreading yet, another change another choice another challenge. And then I remember the left behinds and know I will not join them. I will master that too.
Today though I started to write about how technology has really not simplified life, at least from my perspective. Life holds changes in many forms and technology today is a big one. We have a two week cruise planned in October from New Jersey up through and around Maine. Nova Scotia, Halifax, Quebec and return and I have been using the online check in service with Celebrity Cruise lines to enter the necessary data as directed by our travel agent. Holy cow, life was easier in the past when the travel agents handled it, did what they needed to do, paperwork arrived, we packed and off we went. Nope, 3 hours this afternoon of my time and of course I no sooner completed one section than another required other information that was not here by my desktop, but was upstairs, and so it went. I have a lot of financial work to catch up on too as I keep our records on the Quicken system and am a couple months behind because I have not had time to sit at the keyboard. And you know I have not been blogging.
Technology really doesn't make life easier I am convinced but has added a new level of complication and busyness. Today my smartphone creates chaos by anticipating what it thinks I want to text or enter and then does so, I usually do not catch these changes some of which may be hysterically comical though some of which are nonsensical which then necessitates post correction and editing afterwards. Gone are the days of proof readers or particular spellers and all that stuff, here we are with swypos and devices that think they know what we want to say. It's rather annoying but we are into technology.
|October 2014 cruise itinerary|
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