Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


November 21, 2013

Facing my technological ignorance on the path to the future

Supposedly, advances in technology lead us on an adventurous path into the future.

Maybe so, but from what I’ve experienced, I think I’ll saddle my mule and go in another direction. That is, if I can figure out how to program the mule. Compared to, say, 20 years ago we now live in a world controlled by continually changing and advancing forms of technology, especially in the field of electronics. Those who have grown up with these “advancements” are capable of adapting to their constantly evolving environment and actually welcoming the fact that yesterday’s wonder invention is today’s stone axe.

The term “technical evolution” to us older generation(s) people meant changing from diapers to grown up underwear. We had to drive our cars instead of today’s automobiles that drive us. Sure, everyone is tired of hearing the same old thing from the “older” generation that always starts with, “Now, back when I was kid----“, followed by an explanation of dialing a phone with your finger in a round thing full of holes or actually writing a letter.

When I was finally faced with making the transition from paper and pencil to computers in my profession I balked, using the excuse of “I’ve been doing it this way for 30 years and I’m not changing now.” But since I wasn’t from the “Dagnabbit” and “Dadgummit” generation, and if I planned to continue making a living, I had no choice. I laid down the pencil and picked up the mouse (I call it the rat).

Now I was faced with understanding such terms as DOS, RAM, CD-ROM, and HTML. Working with a brain already overloaded with years of worthless junk, I applied my own definitions to these acronyms.

DOS: Actual definition - Disc Operating System.

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