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