I well remember the first computer we had, an amstrad that was on loan from a friend, I had no idea how it worked and was permanently amazed by the things my family could do with it!
We moved on to a PC, thanks to a grant from the Princes youth trust (frighteningly small and slow bu todays standards!) I still didn’t really get it, but managed the occasional game of solitaire much to the amusement of everyone around me.
Now, we are a real techno household, smart phones, e-reader tablets, laptops, computers, a bread machine (I know it’s not really technical, but it makes me feel like a grown up)
Do I understand them? There are times when I do, I bounced round the house for days when I managed to insert HTML code into my blog a couple of months ago! Still don’t know what HTML means, and not sure I could repeat it without strong drink and a safety net! And then an epic fail, I don’t remember how to find a word document I’ve saved, or l change my passwords and settings and everything looks different, which often leads to temper tantrums, tears and sighing from husband and children.
I wonder if I should just stick to a pen and paper and then someone shows me beautiful machinery, than can do amazing things and the gadget demon in me wakes and suddenly I want it all, a new bigger better tablet, a shiny new sony laptop, a camera that doubles as a coffee machine and a phone that can not only direct me using a sat nav app, but drive the car there as well! And yes I know they don’t exist, but I can dream can’t I ?
Oh well back to the dreams of the tablet, keyboard, flip over, multicoloured, wifi, camera things that I can’t name, but know that I need more than oxygen!
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