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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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Vickie

Great post- as usual!
I love technology but I have older sisters who absolutely refuse to even consider getting a computer- in fact they get angry when someone suggests it. Of course they are around 80 but I can't imagine myself at that age without a computer!

Chris S

You've given me something to ponder more. The next big question is how to get everyone in the family to unplug at the same time.

One of my favorite memories of my grandma was having a conversation with her while she was in her 90s and she told me how stressed she was over the fact that she had never sent an email :)

Zyzmog

We learn a lot of stuff in life just so we'll be able to draw on that knowledge in the (rare) occasions when we need to use it: things like stopping arterial bleeding, doing CPR, driving a stick shift, patching a hole in the wall, hemming a skirt, and making floral arrangements. Some of this knowledge is commonplace to person A, but esoteric and rarely useful to person B, and yet it's all useful knowledge at one time or another.

I think that's how it is with computers and everything computer-related. Computer stuff is commonplace to some people (which is why you're reading Amy's blog right now, and why most of you have blogs of your own) and not-so-commonplace to others, but there's simply no excuse, in the 21st century, for stubbornly refusing to learn how to use a computer or some computer-related gadget and then expecting the world to make allowances for one's willful ignorance.

The handwriting was on the wall back in the 1980s or 1990s, when somebody like the CEO of Intel (maybe?) said, "It took 80 years for GE to get ten electric motors in every home. In less than ten years, we're going to get ten microprocessors in every home."

Zyzmog

p.s. I'm sure I mangled the quote, but Google is not being very helpful this morning.

Wendy

I'm not technologically illiterate (I have a blog and I can get information, etc.), but my oldest son does, indeed, call me "technologically disabled." I'm wishing some of the technological habits came easier to me. At the moment, Trevor is wanting to get a "mod" for the Mindcraft game. My response? "What?" How in the world would I figure all this stuff out without my sixteen year old to guide me. Even my husband gets frustrated with me because if a message pops up on my lap-top, I freeze. I don't want to click the wrong thing and invite a virus or something. I don't know how to answer the questions they are asking. I feel like an 80 year old computer illiterate, yet I'm only 47.

I find my annual ten days at camp to be refreshing because I unplug almost entirely (well, I do check my e-mail and Facebook about twice in that time). I think these things come easier to some and harder to others. I may just be in the harder group. Still haven't figured out how to format my manuscript to make it ready to send to agents. I cannot figure out in Word how to single space my address and then double space the rest of the manuscript. If it were WordPerfect, I'd be fine, but then, that is passe and I don't even have it anymore on our newer computers.

Sorry for rambling. You must have hit a nerve.

Kristin

Great post!! I have been meaning to take the time to comment for a few days. Better late than never. I am puzzled by people who refuse to get on board with technology. I loved your comment to Karl and plan to use it myself. I have an aunt and uncle who consider their lack of knowledge and non-use of technology a bizarre badge of honor. They love to say things like "I don't DO the internet" and "I refuse to have an email address" or "I am anti-facebook/blogs/whatever" and they honestly feel mighty superior about it. I just have to shake my head.

On another note...I enjoyed reading about your introduction to computers. My very first experience with computers was at Sage Creek. It was one of our "mini-courses" remember those? I think it was taught by Mr. Jacobsen (the principal) cassette tapes were used. Did you take that one? Unfortunately I was bored out of my mind...David Lee got sick of helping me...and I moved on to ceramics (I painted a mouse asleep in a walnut) and latch-hooking rugs which I thoroughly enjoyed. :) But I still remember so clearly sitting in front of the first computers at Sage Creek with my little white cassette tape in my hand trying to figure it all out. :)

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