Friday, April 24, 2015

Trying to figure out these new fangled gadgets

It's happening and there is nothing I can do to stop it.
Time is leaving me in the dust. Well, more accurately modern times are leaving me in the dust and I find myself turning into one of those “grumpy old people” who complain about kids these days and start many a sentence with, “When I was your age...” or something similar.
The biggest area of struggle to keep up with is technology.
While I am hardly a computer genius, I can use the infernal contraptions with some level of poficiency.
Hey, a low level is still a level.
I have a smart phone, FaceBook account, Twitter account and a blog, but my techo-prowess pales in comparison to anything my kids are doing.
“Can I borrow your phone for a minute. I want to go on Snapchat,” said teen daughter the other day.
Appearantly, Snapchat is an online photo sharing thingy where you can post a pic or video to a select group of people.
The picture then disappears after a short period of time.
OK, the thrill eludes me, but I am not a teen – not by a long shot.
There are all sorts of new gizmos, techo-gadgets and devices coming out faster than I can possibly keep track of.
Watches with more computer power than the original moon landing craft are commonplace and I can only imagine what the electro-techno world will birth over the coming years.
The leaps and bounds in technology and how it is benefitting (and hurting) mankind have been nothing short of astounding.
When I was a youngster (see, there it is) there was no such thing as the Internet, but my kids have never known life without it.
They never had to skim through an encyclopedia to get the information they were looking for. Instead they searched for it online.
Just type in a phrase or word and what you are looking for magically appears on your screen.
Sometimes the search turns up milions of options – which is kind of like saying we found what you are looking for, it's on planet Earth – but you can refine your search and narrow it down to the information you are looking for.
I must admit, the whole online thing is way faster and provides a lot more information than those funny-smelling books that weighed seven pounds each and were out of date months after they arrived at the library.
Today, you don't even need a computer to search for something on the World Wide Web. You can do it from your phone, your iPad, and yes, even from a watch.
I may not be at the top of the tech game, but I sure find all the different things you can do nowadays impressive.
When I was a kid (see, there I go again) I was amazed when I saw my first wireless remote for the TV.
What kind of sorcery was this? You don't have to get up to change the channel? To increase the volume? Not even to turn the idiot box off?
I am convinced those days marked the beginning of the Fat Ages, when having to get up and walk seven feet to your TV was too much effort.
I try to keep up on the latest Interweb trends, but some of this stuff is beyond me.
And a lot of the stuff out there doesn't interest me.
But it is highly unlikely any of this technology is going to go away any time soon, so I do what little I can (and believe me, it is little) to try and stay abreast of the latest and greatest crazes and trends.
I try, but I know I do not succeed. Things are just changing too fast for a 50-year-old geezer like me to stay on top of.
But I will do my best to maintain some sort of techno-prowess, even if I don't know what the hell is going on half the time.

Copyright 2015, Darren Handschuh

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