How Does Technology Influence Our Lives

my best pic copyI love technology but sometimes it drives me nuts! After a long day of teaching, shopping, and picking up a few groceries, I found my car in the huge parking lot and pressed the open-door button, tossed my parcels in the car and headed home, exhausted.

At my front door, arms loaded, key ring in hand, I pushed the open-door button again and stood there waiting. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at my silly mistake. Hey, after all, I push a button on my car radio to hear music, another on my TV remote control to see the news, another on my iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Why not for my front door? No wonder confusion reigns when I have a lot on my mind.

Years ago as a career woman and mother of seven, I’d  needed something to save time. A newsletter would improve communications and cut time on the telephone. So, I got a typewriter and a mimeograph machine. My son loved to crank the handle and spew out copies.

Mimeo-User-1-GuyYears later I was doing training classes and still using the old typewriter to prepare handouts. Never a good typist, I wasted a lot of paper, so I bought a word processor, a big improvement, I could make corrections on the screen. When I was asked to write a weekly newspaper column I needed something more. I bought my first computer in 1989 and taught myself how to use it. 

I designed a 3-fold brochure for my company, Golden Solutions, in 1992, it took me three days to make. Today, with a newer computer, (4 since then) and many new systems and new software, I have spent lots of money and time to learn all the new stuff. It took me years to realize the only way Apple or Microsoft can make enough money is to tempt us with newer technology, which, of course, is more complicated and more expensive and has a longer learning curve. Colleges teach us how to use Microsoft word, for Pete’s sake. Now, I don’t update unless really necessary.

I am re-doing  my Golden Solutions brochure again and so far it has taken me seven days, I think I may soon be finished with it. What happen to all that time I was going to save?

About social networking:

Good News – Because families have scattered many of us don’t live in the town or neighborhood we grew up in, our relatives may be in Ireland, Texas, Australia or the Cayman Islands. We can afford to talk with them frequently, they instantly see the pictures of our family.

Not so good news – Our kids don’t call, or listen to our voice messages – they text.

Good news – We have Skype, FaceTime, video conferencing, and teleseminars for unlimited learning, see a few in my last post. You can even take college courses.

So much is done on the information highway, that hackers abound! One new worry is, voting machines can be hacked, this has sent many states back to using paper ballots. Is this progress?

Check out www. StorageCraft to see the likely life of what we save digitally. A few holes have been poked in my love for technology for saving some precious stuff.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have survived for many centuries, by contrast, today’s digital files are in danger of being lost to us within a matter of decades, or even years. How can a fragile, physical object such as a papyrus scroll be more robust than a modern digital document?

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9 thoughts on “How Does Technology Influence Our Lives

  1. Enjoy your “story”. It is interesting how technology brings such ease and challenges while the old sometimes limited us but lasts for a very long time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jan

      Thanks, Jimmy. Doesn’t it remind you of your “peach” of a computer? We miss your presence in our writing group.

  2. Ralph Mosgrove

    Thanks for reminding us of what technology does and does not do for us. I have been through some of those fruitless brochure writings, and I’m still after months, looking them over, making adjustments.
    Good, news, I do have extra time, retired and by myself, allows me some luxury.

    Thanks,

    Ralph

  3. Suzanne Murphy Supanek

    Sounds great but wouldn’t download on the ship’s crappy wi-fi. Can you email it to me? Thanks! xoxoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Suzanne Murphy Supanek

    Ooops, I got it. 😉

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Jan

      Thanks, Suzanne. I’m enjoying your journey, so many wonderful photos. Jan

  5. Suzanne Supanek

    How true. TERRIFIC and very well said and supported!!!

  6. So true, Jan. I love the pic of the mimeograph machine.

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