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Saturday, August 24, 2013

WHAT IS THAT MESSAGE ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN AND WHO PUT IT THERE?

Technology is a mystery to me. How in the world did some guy go from static electricity to a power grid?  I'm always amazed when I read about our ancient ancestors looking up at the sky and discovering the vernal equinox or whatever.  Left up to me, we would still be living in caves hiding from a solar eclipse.

I'm probably a secret Luddite. You know, they were the ones who pitched a fit when the industrial revolution changed the slow paced world forever.

Don't get me wrong, I love my TV, Kindle Fire, car and a/c.  I don't love my computer or cell phone. Well, I love them when they work properly. A glitch, power outage or mystery error reports make me want to take a hammer and beat them into tiny little pieces.

My friends will tell you that I'm usually the last one to upgrade any tech gadget.  I also believe any person born after 1990 is graced with a technology gene. Hand them any tablet or Iphone and you have an instant expert. They also understand Tech gibberish.

When answering machines came out, my family gave me one for Christmas since I was the last person in America without one. As for the new cell phones, my friends roll their eyes when they see my pitiful little phone.  Hey, it makes and receives calls! That works for me.

My cell phone is an old fashioned, simple Nokia. I think it has texting capabilities.  If it does, I've never used it.  It's so small, my thumbs wouldn't fit anyway.

Messages pop up on my computer all the time.  I have no idea what they mean.  Internet Explorer and I have an on-going feud. Who is behind all these mystery notices anyway? Why do they hate me?

Am I the only one stuck in tech limbo?

7 comments:

  1. I remember my reluctance to learn email, yet now I would be lost without the quick contact capability it gives. I'm trying to stay current, but I'm always a step behind. We'll get there, Brenda, but others will be pushing us along.

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  2. Oh, Brenda, I feel your pain. When my devices go haywire, I take it as a personal affront (which, knowing my devices, is exactly what the little demons intend). With all the computerization in household appliances these days, even the fridge, dishwasher, washer and dryer, and microwave smirk at me in open rebellion. The less said about the car, the better. I'm convinced it's the ringleader. :-\

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  3. LOL, Brenda, I feel your pain but I'm determined not to let the little buggars get to me, most times at my peril(or theirs depending on what the message says) I fiddle with this or that. Sometimes I figure it out. My DH says even a blind hog finds an acorn! I'm afraid, since I was born a year or two before 1990, technology will forever be an albatross. At least we're in a large group with many friends!

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  4. I feel your pain! Today, for the very FIRST time I posted a picture on FB. I did a little "happy dance" for accomplishing that! As for my phone - well that is another story (from long ago and far away).

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  5. Glad to know I am not alone. My niece tells me to just punch a couple of keys and presto, the problem or whatever is fixed. She lies! All it does is ask questions I don't understand in the first place. I especially hate the ones that slyly ask if I'm "sure" I want to delete something. Heck, how would I know?

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  6. Brenda, I know the technology, but I'm tired of being a slave to it. I made the decision this year to unplug on the weekends. It's hard to do. Plus, that puts me a day behind on all the emails, social media notices etc. which is a bad way to start the week. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know we all need to learn how to take the weekend off.

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  7. I figure that's why God invented grandkids--to keep up with these things. I have a problem, I holler for them. Of course, another advantage I have is marrying a geek. Geeks rule! Lucky choice, that. :)

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