Friday, May 20, 2011


What would our ancestors, or even our parents, make of today's technology?

I vaguely remember a time before 24 hour tv and multiple channels. I recall oohing and aahing over the new Commodore computer - green writing on a black screen. As a 12 year old I played Pacman at the local fish and chip shop, and I remember the first mobiles were as big as the average handbag!

It really doesn't seem that long ago that I wrote on an old Olivetti typewriter. Then there were the electronic typewriters, followed soon with the inclusion of word processors. Now I just love my new sparkly white Mac notebook and with a Broadband connection, the world is at my fingertips.

I could discuss forever the pros and cons of such advancements; there are valid arguments on both sides of that debate. But earlier this week we lost our internet connection to some elusive fault, and I was surprised by what I missed the most.

I thought the loss of the ability to google - to fill in any gaps in my research as I wrote - would be the greatest loss. It wasn't. The ability to e-mail my friends, to join in the discussions on Facebook and catch up with fellow bloggers were what I missed the most.

I'm a bit old-fashioned at times and mostly I'm disdainful of this high tech world of ours, but at the end of the day it's still all about people. And that makes me happy.


  1. Awww, JT we missed you too!

    Great to see you're back in the game and using the internet to communicate which is as it should be. ;)

  2. I think eventually, we all embrace the new technology if we're to keep up with the play. Like everything else we just adjust to suit our needs. That sparkly Mac looks so sleek next to that huge clunker. I do, however, think now and then of the loss of the typewriter (they've just closed the last typewriter factory down, apparently) and the great pieces of writing that were tapped out of them.

  3. Joanne - I didn't know about the typewriter factor, but I guess it had to happen. For all like my Mac, I think a lovely old typewriter would look better on my desk! When I think 'writer' I still have that mental image of a person sitting at a large wooden desk tapping away on a typewriter - and somewhere a cat lounging!