I tripped and fell head first into technology. Nobody would ever label me a geek, but I would willingly label myself curious. In fact, that is one of my traits I value highly. It all began at Ball State. Stretch’s (significant other) daughter was in freshman year and called in a panic because she had to turn something in on a computer in a lab somewhere on campus. The year is 1986. I look to my former IBM salesman husband and, as is typical of an IBM salesman, he said he knew how to sell them not how to work them. So guess who drove to Muncie and helped out. Gene wrote using the no fail technology of pencil and paper and I typed away on a terminal. After many trips back and forth to a little glassed in room to find out how to center, double space and other formatting tricks, we were finished. On the way home I decided we had to get a computer. We needed to know how to use these darn contraptions.
Buying a computer in ’86 was crazy. Once again, the sales people wanted to sell them without showing you how they worked. After much study and frustration I bought an AT&T 6300 with dual 5.25 floppy drives, an RGB monitor and no hard drive. And the printer was a state of the art Epson dot matrix printer. I won’t even tell you the price… ugh! It was a very scary piece of equipment. It sat on our dining room table for at least 45 days before I gathered the courage to use it. If it hadn’t cost so much it might still be sitting there. Anyway, from then to now and the phone I carry in my pocket is more powerful than that monstrosity on my dining room table. (My husband still doesn’t quite get how computers work, but he loves his i Pad which I keep updated and loaded with all the apps he will love the most.)
You will find I have very mixed feelings on technology, but one thing I love about technology are the book sites. I belong to two sites. Shelfari and Goodreads. I have recently switched to Goodreads and have to admit to preferring it over Shelfari. It is very possible I like it better because I know more people on Goodreads, but I also find it easier to find out about genres of books I enjoy and the reviewing and record keeping is not as long and convoluted as that of Shelfari. And with that I will end this piece with a book recommendation for the child in all of us –
David Wiesner’s FLOTSAM. If you follow the link you will find the author’s site. I saw him present how he conceived and created this book. I know there is a video on YouTube. It is wonderful.