Is The Technology That Ushered In The Data Age Getting to be Baffled By It?

Is The Technology That Ushered In The Data Age Getting to be Baffled By It?

Okay, this issue is for the Little one Boomers out there – and be honest !

Who is aware far more about personal computer components, application, gaming, running a blog, chat rooms, ‘My Space’, ‘Your Space’, ‘Our Space’, ‘Their Space’, – ‘Your Dog’s Space’, Your cats, hamsters and gold fishes room… Aruggggh !!
Perfectly you get the drift.
But truthfully – is it you or your young children?

Do not imagine so? Perfectly enable me see a present of hands. Can you down load people ‘golden oldies’ rock’ and disco tunes from your personal computer to your IPod or do you have to get a person of your young ones to assistance you?
I do!
Yeah, and unless of course you signed up for the ‘Future Personal computer Geeks and Star Trek Aficionados of America’, 30 or forty several years in the past it is really no contest is it?

For occasion, when you get the new cell telephone with about a zillion options that you hardly ever knew existed enable by yourself even suspected you desired, are you lessened to whining for assistance to a single of your scornful youngsters who appear at you like you’re the drooling, village fool of cyberspace. And then as though to validate your lowly status as a Luddite of the information and facts age, they nonchalantly scroll as a result of and method all of the capabilities that you know you may in no way bear in mind how to use allow alone at any time be equipped to accessibility yet again.

But hold out – wait weren’t we the era who gave the entire world the to start with ‘home’ computer, the Apple, the Mac, the Personal computer ????!

Why we ‘Boomers’ practically invented the freaking world-wide-web, thank you pretty substantially !
And although I will acknowledge that we may have had some aid from individuals major mainframe desktops that the armed service has got stashed underneath every hollow mountain in the Rockies, it was the Boomer era that arrived up with all of the hardware like printers and modems and disk drives/storage devices and the program to make them all get the job done. Yeah Boomers, when it arrived to technology we rocked!
Failed to we? Utilized to rock? I suggest – ah, past tense. Yeah… Hummm.

So what happened? Accurately when did we turn into the ‘Grandpa Fudd’ and ‘Grandma Moses’ of on-line cyber daily life?

“We’re not!” I hear someone screaming. “Why I use the computer to fork out all my charges and even do that on-line travel factor!” (even if it is with about as a great deal finesse as the ‘roaming gnome’).

Okay… but how several ‘chat rooms’ do you belong to? How many ‘buddy’ groups are you a part of? How numerous blogs do you do a 7 days… a day … an hour ?!

Ah-ha, I considered so.

You see even though we Boomers were being experimenting with getting much more of all those interesting very little binary 1’s and zero’s onto smaller sized and smaller sized chips of silicone and reworking vacant a lot outside the house of San Jose into the multi-billion greenback semiconductor sector of Silicon Valley, we by no means definitely gave all that a lot considered as to what people were being essentially likely to do with the small gizmo’s.

I keep in mind attending a electronics trade clearly show again in the early 80’s where I observed a nifty little keyboard that was currently being touted as a computer system gadget that was essentially aimed at the… gasp – client. The techie demonstrating it claimed they were likely to phone it a “House Laptop or computer”. He showed me that by punching a prolonged string of keys, you could really make the strains on the display improve unique colors! Why how awesome is that? I went suitable out and acquired 1.
“It truly is for the little ones honey,” I explained to my wife when she questioned in bewilderment, what the heck had been we going to do with a … keyboard in our dwelling?
“Why you just hook it up to the Tv in the kitchen and sometime, you will be equipped to store all of your recipes sweetheart.”
“Yeah, when pigs fly,” I read her mutter as she walked away. “But I definitely bought it for the young children,” I yelled just after her.

I then used the upcoming three weekends hoping to educate a four and a six- calendar year-old how to enter prolonged streams of code into the essential board so that the screen would adjust colour. It was not a satisfied experience. The only thing that kept me from wearing the official family dunce cap of ‘classic bone head blunders’, was the advent of Pong. Indeed! I was saved.
Now the young ones could shell out mindless hours in front of the Tv set, electronically swatting a cyber ball back again and forth.
“It will enable build their personal computer expertise,” one particular of my engineer mates loftily told me. (I imagine I answered back anything associated with pigs flying.)

But you know what? He was correct. Not only did the ensuing generations of movie games, world-wide-web chat rooms and ‘Their space’ convert the adorable small ‘rug rats’ into computer experts and programming genius’s, but it improve the environment in which we live, do the job and enjoy unalterably and without end.

So the bottom line is, do not feel too lousy the future time that you have to hang your old grey head and beg one particular of your young children or some youthful laptop or computer expert to support you convert off that blasted ring tone on your cell cellular phone that plays ‘Old MacDonald Experienced a Farm” each time the darned detail rings. Just after all, we had been the types that began the info age stumbling in the direction of the upcoming.
And who is aware, it’s possible sometime with a large amount of aid and a little luck, we could even be capable to use all the things we invented.

As my spouse claims… “When pigs fly.”