Me and Technology

I have tried to live with technology and have failed miserably. My wife has a rule that I not try to change things on the computer because, whether it is Apple or Microsoft, I am totally confused. I get wonderful messages from total strangers complimenting me on my website for this blog, but my wife designed it, so the compliments should go to her. I live within her limitations on the computer. I try to Google, but the dearth of usable answers totally confuses me.

I have not always been so unforgiving of myself. Years ago, I spent years at Wang and Jordan Marsh working audits on computers. I learned programming in Cobol, Basic, and other languages. I even taught BASIC at a school to students who knew more than I did, probably. So what is the problem? The new prompts are the problem, they totally confuse me. I have yet to Twitter even once. I finally came to grips with Facebook, and now enjoy using it. I email my siblings and constantly say something the wrong way, which comes back to haunt me.

I am a film camera buff. I have a darkroom and enjoy black and white photography. I got into the digital age late and have cameras from that age that had limited Pixel counts.

I even bought the wrong items at the store. I bought an ADAM Computer, which was programmed in BASIC. I could handle that, but if I had waited I would have purchased an Apple, or something from Bill Gates. Instead, I wasted hundreds of dollars on a computer that had a short shelf life. I put alot of my money into VHS players and I even bought a BETAMAX. All of those became obsolete months after I spent all of my money on them. I invested thousands in Wang stock, and received worthless stock certificates when they closed their doors. I always thought the technology would take off, and I did not see the broader picture. A publisher had to tell me what a PDF file was, and I had to trouble friends with my questions.

I invested in technology that was doomed to extinction, like the dinosaurs. I have more DVD’s then you can count. I refuse to get rid of them on the theory that they will become worth something as antiques someday. I have three printers that work off of cables, a laptop computer that required thirty-nine diskettes to make it operable then it became obsolete within months, not years. I championed Wang and Digital and Apollo. All failed.

I find myself this week in my attic, taking down the least useful items, which is basically everything except the new printer Santa Claus is giving me, and the laptop I now use, which is dated.

So, for Christmas, Santa, bring me an Apple Computer. I just may learn to turn it on if I practice a bit.

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