Saturday, February 01, 2014

Dinosaur

(I am over this unfinished post. Time for some clearing out)

 In spite of getting our first computer in about 1995 and connecting to the internet, I am not very good with computers. I know some bits about them and I have often been called on to help people but my knowledge is quite limited. I really don't know much about the working bits. I used to pull things apart when I was younger, to find out how they work. I have now lost confidence in doing such things.

I think it was also about '96 when I bought my first mobile phone. Just a year or two later I was sending text messages. I'm not cross but I just wonder how I, who was almost on the cutting edge of technology, have fallen so far behind. People not born when I sent my first text message can write a message on their phone four times faster than I can. Their nimble thumbs flash across the phone pad, while I stab, or drag, away with my forefinger. Ok, I don't make too many typos and I do  use caps and I do punctuate, but even so, the kiddies are miles ahead of me.

Apparently my camera can wirelessly send my photos to my computer. I tried and it did not work.  Here is a critical point. If I really cared a lot about wirelessly sending photos from my camera to the computer, I would work it out. Google helps, and there are always kind people out there who will help. But it wasn't something I really cared about that much. I just thought I would have a try.

At times I feel quite overwhelmed by technology but there is no real reason why I should. I pick and choose the bits of tech that I feel I want or need. 

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  1. I feel overwhelmed myself sometimes, usually dependent on what it is I'm trying to do. Most of the time I'm happy enough with my level of expertise. I have a cord to connect my phone to my laptop to download any photos, but I haven't bothered to work it out. I don't often take photos with my phone, I have cameras for that. I'd love to know how to equalise the volumes of all songs in my i-tunes library though. Years ago, my old laptop Windows XP, had an equaliser setting on the Windows Media player, click on that, choose equalise volume and bingo, all songs at the same volume. The new laptop Windows 7, doesn't have that option. Phooey!!

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    1. River, isn't it so annoying when something is taken away that you used to use often. Have you tried googling about it?

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  2. Mr. G. was an Computer programmer and analyst, we also had a computer from 1995 on, but I hated that thing ! I only learned to use it in 2005 ! I use my mobile for calling, I hate texting, that's too slow, I never find the letters !

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    1. Gattina, Mr G must be very useful to have around and be able to say, fix it please. I prefer to type quickly on a computer keyboard than anything else.

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  3. I have had my computer since 1998 and the Internet connection, too. In that time I wasn't so skillful as now. But I can't say I am innterested in computers programmes very much. However, I can do a lot of on my computer what I need for my work at school. I believe my students are much better than me but I am not ICT specialist. I am satisfied with my level. I have a smart phone too so I love texting. In my opinion you are not a "dinosuar" but You are very good at your level of expertise. Good luck with your software.

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    1. Gosia, I suppose it is like that for many people. You learn what you need to learn. I should think most students would be smarter than their teachers with computers. They grow up with them now. In your country, is Apple more popular than Windows?

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  4. You are talking (?) to the queen of the technophobes Andrew. I've been having a heck of a time this last two weeks with my computer doing things I haven't a hope in hell of understanding and never even want to.. I just yell .. P! very loudly :)
    p.s. when I said that in the show we went to see there were more testicles than I have ever seen in one night before I can't tell you how true that was, you might have quite enjoyed it.. we did :)))))

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    1. Grace, I thought you may have been having issues. I look forward to the next installment of photos from the show.

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  5. I'm not much different from you. My career(s) revolved around technology of all different kinds. I managed to know just enough to do what I needed or talk semi-intelligently, and only became skilled in what interested me. Wish I knew more now... Then again, like you, I do just fine picking and choosing.

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    1. Mitchell, I have never wanted to know about coding, but sometimes I think being able to confidently remove a motherboard might be helpful.

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  6. I had my first computer back in 1983, an XT PC and loved it so much. I don't know why but all things electronic make me happy. I would rather text than talk on the phone and rather email than talk in person. Talk about anti-social.

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    1. Me too! Face to face sees my mind go completely blank.

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    2. Wow Rubye. You are an old hand at IT. I am not a great talker either. I guess that is one reason why we like our internet and blogs.

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  7. I know that I don't take full advantage of what is possible with the available technology. However when I think back to my first exposure to a computer in the workplace (around 1985) I would have been amazed then if I could foresee what I routinely manage now.

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    1. Victor, about 1990 a friend bought a second hand computer. I was there when he first turned it on. A black screen with green writing appeared. I asked, so what does it do? The question was never answered. Who would want a computer if it wasn't for the internet. We may not be young, but we did it tough in earlier days when just downloading a short fuzzy video clip was a significant achievement.

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  8. I could have written this post about myself, exactly :(

    But while you sound fairly equanimous about the situation ("at times I feel quite overwhelmed by technology but there is no real reason why I should"), I feel defeated by technology. If one of the grandchildren teaches me how to use the mobile phone as a camera, for example, I feel technologically exhausted for the year.

    I don't understand how a fine, educated brain that can learn three languages and analyse medieval architecture... can be so stupid when it comes to computers.

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    1. I am occasionally frustrated Hels, but not overwhelmed. As I said a post or so ago, your brain is already full and it refuses to make room for this techno madness.

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