Old Guys and Technology

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by samarshll, Dec 31, 2017.


  1. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    Excellent analogy, but I would suggest perhaps even more so.

    If we consider the impact on our country should the internet go away, I think it would be hard to fathom and would be farther reaching than losing phone service.
     
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    I used to tell students: "you can't Wiki your way through life . . . you gotta know some of this sh*t"
     
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    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    Reminds me of a good story. About 8 years ago I was sitting in with a friend's trio and a bunch of rowdy local college ladies were in the house. Between tunes he announces the name of the band and "you can check us out on MySpace". One of the cuties immediately yells back "MySpace!? That's sooooo 2007!".

    You had to be there

    /rick
     
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    I know one guy who is 50 and does not know how to text on his phone, so he calls. He had friends make short cuts on his computer for sports news and porn because he cannot use a search engine. His computer stays off for months, as he catches nasty viruses from porn.
     
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    Oh. OK.....i probably was not really paying attention.
    When my Yahoo Page opens, it frequently has headlines about some guy that is "Tweeting". Probably says Twitting and i need my reading glasses.
    Thanks :)
     
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    Yes, Apple has forced me to join the Borg collective. Resistance was futile. But seriously, why would anyone be impressed that someone is taking an interest in the world around them? It's what humans are designed to do. On the contrary, I think it's more noteworthy, and less admirable, when a person decides to remain ignorant and let the world pass them by as if they were a bump on a log, and deny a human's innate curiosity. I think you're arguing for argument's sake.
     
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    some would say smart phones do the exact opposite.

    Look at all those yahoos outside with their phones. Does it look like they are taking any interest in the world around them? How about all those morons using their phones in the line ahead of you at the red light?
     
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    I love the ones that walk into traffic oblivious to surroundings then give you the stink-eye when you give then a warning hoot...:rolleyes:
     
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    About ten years ago I was asked to give a lecture at the college about the sociological impact of podcasting. I tried to contrast it to the days when our campus radio station had only ten watts and barely reached across campus.

    Most of the kids were astounded when the began to comprehend the power to communicate-worldwide. But one young lady, well not so much.

    She stood up holding one of the first iPhones. Here head bouncing from side to side as if her earings were magically alternatively increasing and decreasing in specific gravity. She said "So Mr. D. You're saying your generation did not grow up with personal computers, the internet and cell phones-how sad!"

    To which I replied "No, my generation did not grow up with personal computers, the internet and cell phones. That is why we invented them."

    She sat down and was quiet for the rest of the class.

    If she had not been trying to show off her new iPhone and her apparent family wealth I would not have been so hard on her.

    I started on a mainframe in '75 and I now work for one of those little companies in California who makes all those devices. But at parties or even at a doctor's visit, if I say who I work for they want me to fix their phones. So now when asked I just tell people I was just paroled.
     
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  10. MrSteve

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    I too love useful or fun tech, but until a smart coffee maker can actually fill itself with water and get the Folgers out of the cupboard and put it in the machine l, I have no use for it.
     
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    It's not worth drinking over.
     
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    I saw this one guy trip on the SAME EXACT SPOT on a sidewalk two evenings in row, as I waited in traffic and he walked/lurched by.

    This all really hit home one day, when my teenage daughter was so busy with her phone that she walked into traffic right in front of an oncoming bus. I grabbed her arm and jerked her to safety on the sidewalk as the bus went hurtling past. She looked at me, grinned, and then went right back to her phone. Sweet jumpin baby jesus on a breadstick.
     
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    Geez, glad you were there to save your kid...
     
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    me too. She grew up and moved away and has done well for herself, so, I'm glad for all that.
     
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    Is it the ultrasonic clicker kind.

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  16. MrSteve

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    Yeah but he was an angry, mean drunk.
     
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    Anyone who remembers that stuff is too old to have the ability to keep that stuff straight.
     
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    I'm 59, and do not hate / fear technology. Am I dialed into the latest & greatest? No, but I do OK. As an aside, I simply don't feel a need for FB, Twitter, et. al. Not hate, just no perceived need.

    Again, I'm not a "hater". At least not of technology (in & of itself).

    Here's what I DO dislike, however: the paradigm where many (certainly not all) people have allowed technology to open the door to a lifestyle that has morphed from wanting "information" to now wanting "instructions". The clearest example is a Rand McNally roadmap vs. a dash-mounted GPS. One offers information from which a person can make an educated plan while the other simply tells you want to do, removing all personal responsibility.

    At face value, many would say "so what?", but I would counter that knowledge is something that can't be taken away, and cognitive employment of that knowledge allows for endless possibilities. By contrast, in thick fog (when your GPS can't find the satellite), many modern drivers can't find their own way home. How many "young folks" these days have even learned how to read a map (compared to us old farts)?

    Letting technology do the thinking for us is becoming a real 'thing'....and to my mind that's not always a step towards the positive advancement of mankind.
     
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    Did he ask for that? I play some bass, but would have zero interest in a multi-effects pedal - not because I don't understand the technology, I just don't see a need for it.
     

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