Scary Stuff – Technology and Me

IMG_0095It started in the 1950’s with learning to use the sewing machine and graduated to the computer in 2000. Humm, that’s a span of 50 years.  In between there was the comptometer (a type of adding machine), manual typewriter, old copy machines that required to manually turn the crank. Remember those old DOS computers?  Electronic calculator >  They’ve gone digital!

Then there were software programs. Software programs that could do all sorts of things like:

  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Highlighting
  • Calculating
  • Spell checking
  • Inserting
  • Word processing
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Complex calculations
  • Translation

Communication: type a letter, send an email, leave a voice message, play telephone tag, have a meeting by Skype, or just meet face to face.  Postmen are only used to deliver junk mail now.

Phones too have undergone a transformation.  They now fit in your pocket. The office can contact you anywhere they want.  You’re scared to take a bio in case the phone rings while you’re in there.  The new multi-line phone system (I think these really are going to be obsolete) that has all the lines flashing at once.  Voice Mail is a wonderful invention and Email is even better.  Automated answering systems seem to be the norm for large companies.  What a waste of time they are.  Mind you they have managed to sort some of them out.  Nothing worse than being in an automated message loop that goes no where.

What’s really, really scary, you can now see the other person you are talking to.  Talk about the future slapping you in the face.  This was only a cartoon when I was a kid.  If we can imagine it, we can create it.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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Comptometer and Gestetner Copy Machine

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13 thoughts on “Scary Stuff – Technology and Me

  1. I am not “that old”, yet my kids cannot believe that we did not have computers when I was in school…not even high school! Your photo of the Gestetner Machine brought back some memories for me. My Mom was a teacher and I can often recall waiting for her after school, the teachers taking turns in the “workroom” cranking the Gestetner, making those purple inked, smelly copies of tests etc. I actually liked the smell of that ink (I think it was alcohol based) and the rhythm of the cranking and the machine shooting out the copies. Always amazes me how one word can trigger so many memories!

    I am a brand-new blogger, just started this week! Check me out if you get a chance.I am enjoying your posts.

    Suzanne

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  2. Usted sabe que hay mucha gente por ahí que sólo mantienen sus conocimientos por sí mismos. Me alegro de que hayas decidido compartir el tuyo. Habrá comentaristas amny que simplemente criticar, pero usted no tiene que preocuparse aprox ellos. Hemos de tener en el intercambio.

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  3. ive been working with windows based computers for 17 years, since i was 5 (played duke nukem 3d and i was all in lmao) and am recently trying to learn linux for various reasons. in college i am a Computer Information Systems major, and im going from there to do stuff with networking, already taken a Cisco training class a few years ago, and i plan to get pretty deep into that.

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  4. Gewoon een snelle hallo en ook u bedanken voor het bespreken van uw ideeën op deze pagina. Ik geliquideerd in uw blog direct na het onderzoeken van de fysieke fitheid verbonden vraagstukken op Yahoo … denk dat ik uit het oog verloren wat ik had presteren! Maar goed, ik kom terug zo weer zo snel binnen in de lange termijn na te gaan van uw blogposts op de weg. Bedankt!

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