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Computing & Technology > It is All Chuck's Fault!

It is All Chuck's Fault!

(I tried to post the picture of MY diplomas but doesn't work!) A little over 20 years ago I was leading a nice, quiet, uneventful life, sometimes working, going to a movie once a week, eating out, reading a couple of magazines a week, the paper every day, watchingTV in the evening and reading 2-3 books a week and then, one day, a package arrived--a computer tower, but at that time I didn't know you called it a tower! There were wires, a keyboard, a thing called a mouse and me! Okay, most people I knew then didn't know what a computer was--oh sure some of the restaurants I worked in were starting to do everything with computers but they were all set up when we came into work. After unwrapping everything I put this big metal thing on the table, looked at it and just shook my head back and forth. What do you do when you are looking at a big metal 'thing' and there is nothing that says this turns it on? There is nothing written and no obvious buttons or controls. I had no idea how to turn on this 'computer'! Being the smart guy I am--hush, Chuck!--as long as it isn't technical I grabbed a phone book (Hey, you all remember phonebooks?) made some calls and the next thing I knew I was attending 2-night classes. I learned how to turn the computer on, how to use the mouse by playing Solitaire and how to send emails. Now 20 years later I don't read newspapers, I have magazines piled up on my table and I haven't finished a book I started in February 2016--okay, it is a boring book but still..... Now I have cable, Internet, a cell phone and technology is driving me CRAZY! I spend 2 hours 11 AM-1 PM every day on the computer--I spend every evening 5 PM to 11:30 PM on the computer and then I play Heart Deluxe on the computer for about an hour before I go to sleep and my day is gone! It's all Chuck's fault!!! Well, not all--Gene steered me to a blogging site!)

posted on Feb 12, 2019 7:31 PM ()


This is a good thing to point out -- that the very newest technology seems to pride itself on having unrecognizable parts. Someone in 1960 gets handed an iphone, and he looks at it for a half hour, wondering if it's a tiny remote control for a spaceship.
comment by drmaus on Feb 13, 2019 9:12 AM ()
All I know is with the newest technology I think I got a raw deal--I always say my brother got the brains and the money gene--I got the good looks!! (Of course he thinks he got that also!!)
reply by greatmartin on Feb 13, 2019 12:35 PM ()
I worked as a bookkeeper at a computerized restaurant every weekend for a year - had another full-time job at the time - because I figured that would be a good way to learn about computers. It helped with certain aspects of learning that subject area.
comment by traveltales on Feb 12, 2019 10:25 PM ()
Restaurant computers were my introduction to that world before I go a computer!
reply by greatmartin on Feb 13, 2019 12:34 PM ()

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