Friday, November 16, 2012

Cellular Technology Amidst Cellular Degeneration

As a part of my first blog ever, December 2009, I wrote that eventually "technological advances will surpass my ability to comprehend them". Despite having had another birthday, I am not yet ready to succumb.

The 70's were the days of LCD watches, laser printers, the walkman and of course, early computers. I took classes in the use of the Commodore PET. The instructor told us everything except how to turn the contraption on. After each session, I lugged home giant computer parts and reassembled them in an attempt to figure out this new technology. It included a cassette tape player of some description, and lots of games. The games were fun. The rest was not. This for me, was the beginning of years of bigger albeit simpler challenges.

At the very end of that same decade came something new, something revolutionary...the mobile phone. At first, it was the size of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone and the cost was somewhat prohibitive. Later, this type of device became smaller, and gadgets were added. The 90's, were rife with technology and cell phones were commonplace.
I always tried to keep up with the latest. That didn't mean I had to own everything. It meant, I knew how to use computers, I had a digital camera, a nintendo gaming console and, I owned a cell phone. Above all, I knew how to send text messages. At the time, my children's friends were amazed and impressed.
  This, the latest of several phone blogs will start with a confession. I've become lazy. By that I mean I have a cell phone that's a dinosaur. I have seen the hype and the annual lineups for games, for iphones and other newer, more state of the art pretigious electronic devices and somehow, I haven't paid attention. I have now, fallen behind.
 Let's see if I can catch up.
Whereas I would have been perfectly happy not to replace my current model of phone, I felt I needed to do so. This week, I bought myself a gift. The instruction manual is miniature and in a font size that I haven't been able to read for the last ten years. Good thing I have a magnifying glass. I hope that by the time I learn to use this, neither of us will be obsolete.

1 comment:

  1. I feel your pain with the ever smaller print in paper manuals. Now I just down load a PDF from the manufacturer so I can enlarge what I want to read and discard the paper copy.

    Most of what we now use paper for is senseless and expensive in time and money.