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Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)
TITLE: Learning Computerese
By Mildred Sheldon
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True computers made my job easier, and it got done faster then when I used pen and paper. I was told it would get rid of useless paper, because the information would be stored in the computer. That was a laugh. It certainly did not get rid of paper, and as far as I was concerned it did the exact opposite. Reports for this or that and keeping those printers filled with paper; well that’s another matter all together.
I was always downloading new updates for my computer, and when the program didn’t work the programmer was always blamed. Everybody at that time always said the programs were as good as the programmer. I didn’t deal with uploading data to my computer. Programmers did that. If we ran into problems we called the technical support groups and turned in tickets so they could rectify the problems.
I never thought I would have a computer in my home, because they drove me batty. My husband and I retired in 1994 and moved to Texas in 1995. We were offered early retirement and we took advantage of it. My husband was a little more savvy with using computers and he took to them like a duck takes to water. He bought our first PC in 1997. I didn’t really use this electronic marvel until 2004, and I found it can be addictive, and fun to use. I still don’t know all the ins and outs of this ingenious machine, but I know how to navigate from one program to another. I still screw up quite a bit, but that’s all part of my wacky world.
Since this piece of technology has come into my life I’m getting an education in the introduction of new words to my vocabulary. I also found old words such as spam and ram has different meanings. Who would have thought spam (some piece of alien material) would become junk mail for my computer. Spam is also meat in a can. Ram is the male counterpart of female sheep, but RAM is: Random Access Memory for a computer. Time marches on and I keep learning all kinds of useful ways to enjoy my idiot box.
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks apparently lived before the introduction of computers. FYI: That particular idiom was coined in 1534 actually pertaining to teaching old dogs new tricks and has since been equated to older people such as myself. Life is interesting to say the least, and the longer I live I pray I never stop growing, and learning new and marvelous things that God has given man. Man in his own arrogance doesn’t always equate new technology to the creator of the universe, but I do, and I always will.
Today children in grade school know more about using a computer then I ever will, and the language of the computer is second nature to them.
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