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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Technological loathing and gratitude

GRATITUDE - warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; very thankful. [Gratitude week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

I was not in a writing mood yesterday. I had some thought that I should push myself through it and write anyway but ultimately, given that this isn't actually a job AND I do it for my personal enjoyment I opted for other activities which included surfing around and visiting other people's blogs. Wow, there is so much good stuff out there! It is really hard to believe that most of what is out there has only been around for 10 years or less. I can't even begin to imagine what kinds of things my daughter is going to see in her lifetime.  

When I was a little girl I used to think about how my Grandmother saw her first car when she was a little girl and my Dad was a teenager before he saw a television and I always wondered what things would be my big firsts... maybe that microwave my mom got when I was in high school, or the fact that calculators decreased in size every year from eighth grade through my college graduation. Digital watches were pretty hot in their day as was the electronic typewriter my college roommate had. As I was graduating from college the computer was just starting get sized down for personal use but it would still be a decade or so before any type of an internet would be born.

Generally speaking I am an early adopter, if finances permit. I used way back before there were profile pictures and you would have to wait for wail of the modem anytime you wanted to check for new messages. Professionally, I went into teleconferencing which at the time was unheard of and certainly not a free feature on your phone. I prided myself with being ahead of the curve.  I had a car phone, the actual gigantic thing you see in 80's movies and a Palm 7 -- another big beast of a device that boasted the first wireless internet. 

Since becoming a stay at home mom however I've become worried that technology I routinely interact with has advanced beyond my personal recognition. I started this blog and I already feel I am way behind the curve. I am just barely figuring out how to post with pictures and links and I read that all the hot sites have a video blog component to them. Are you kidding? Do I really want to be hosting the Kathy Sprinkle show from my living room? Apparently I should be optimizing for Search Engines and Readers and to date I have no idea how to pick keywords that are even useful to me!  

My mom can't even use a DVD player without messing up her TV.  My husband has ours set up with so many bells and whistles I am certain to ward off Alzheimers by practicing the mental agility required to mange the 15 remotes. Even so Jessie can already change our passwords and freeze the system with the push a button so I guess my technological ineptitude is likely to rise in direct proportion to her aging.

I do have and enjoy my Kindle but other technology is getting a bit daunting. I currently own a motorola flip phone. I've been due to upgrade for a couple of years but I just can't decide. Iphone, Droid, Blackberry...what? Now there are tablets and all sorts of netbooks vying for my geek dollar. I am a bit of a Facebook fanatic, with over 500 friends. I love being in contact with so many people so easily, although I do not understand the fascination for Farms, Mafia Wars and all the other games to which I routinely say no thank you. 

Twitter confounds me. I just can't get in the groove of it. I signed up for my Twitter account just because I'm nosy and I don't want to be too far out of the technological loop. I bring this up in the context of sharing all my posts directly with my Twitter account. I'm finding that I am holding back a bit.  I barely have any followers and I worry that even so I will be bothering the masses with my updates. I certainly don't want to be one of those people who tweet their every move all day but what exactly should I be doing? 

Wow what a little ramble I am on... bottom line I am fascinated with all of it and I always want more even if I don't know what I will do with it. Have I seen my "car" or "television" yet? Maybe. The wireless laptop I am typing this on may in fact be it. I am excited and grateful to live in a time that offers such interesting stuff and I am jealous of the wonders my daughter will get to see after I am gone. 

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1 comment:

  1. LOL! First of all...don't worry about bothering people on Twitter. I mean...don't post it 25 times a day or anything, but putting it out there once or twice is a great way to get people looking at your blog! That...and twitter is made for the everyday stuff, too! You can totally post anything! I'm glad you like your kindle. My husband got the Nook and it has been nothing but a headache (you may have read his post on my blog.) We are big tech fans in our's a little scary because we can't live without it! LOL! Oh...and dh loves his iPhone, but the Palm Prie looks pretty amazing, too!


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  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
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