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TECHNO WARS

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One of my father’s favorite sayings was “things are going to Hell in a handbasket!” As a child, I wasn’t sure what exactly a handbasket was or why something going to Hell needed to be in one. I just knew that meant things weren’t going well.
That would apply to my life lately, as it has related to technology. I’m forever saying seriously (and often) that technology is NOT our friend. Ever since I had to
replace my old computer a while back, this belief has just strengthened.  It’s like Murphy’s Law: whatever can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time. In case you aren’t familiar with this, the corollary to Murphy’s Law is: Murphy was
an optimist! And when it comes to technology, that goes double.  Don’t think I’m some old lady who has just gotten into computers. I bought my first one, a Kaypro, in 1980. It was nothing like today’s PC’s and MACs. It had a very
small screen that displayed text in bright green letters. It could do a lot of tasks, but the one I used it for was word processing.  One of the things I loved the most about it was being able to correct typos with just a keystroke. No more Wite
Out blobs on my copy. Even better, I could use “ block move” or “block delete” instead of having to retype an entire page. I thought this was the greatest idea since sliced bread!  As technology advanced, I eventually moved on to a
MAC. That was my son’s idea. He was then, and still is, a devoted MAC user. MAC people are like that. And for the things he uses a computer for, this makes sense. But not for me. After two MACs, I switched to a PC, a better fit for my computer needs. For several years I managed just fine, and when my computer crashed last fall, I just went out and bought the same brand and model. No problems, I thought.  I thought wrong. Somehow the technology has jumped light years ahead. The program I’ve used for ages doesn’t look like anything like my old one. Literally everything is different. It might as well be from outer space. I seem to
be in a computer Twilight Zone.  I’ve had to resort to writing this column on my iPhone, and believe me, it has also been a challenging experience.  Last week I was almost finished writing when I apparently hit the wrong key and lost my column.  Completely. Permanently. Forever.  It was a perfect example of Murphy’s Law, as well as proof that technology is most definitely not our friend. Not
even close.

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