Severed from … Everything? OMG!

Yesterday, not only did I post late (and, perhaps, not very well), I also lost Internet connection for about an hour.

My Internet company doesn’t do badly. They average less than an hour a month. For a national company to only lose us for that small amount round the clock in a month seems acceptable to me; however, it didn’t at the time!

For me, it’s a triple disaster. I use the same cable for Internet, TV, and phone. Also, my small town is a “dead zone” for phones, so, when they are out, I am … OUT!

My son was using his IPAD for some things and wondered if it was having problems. I had just been online, but went back to check. Modem lights had only two on. After checking connections, resetting twice, even rebooting PC (more of “for something to do” as my Internet is wireless and doesn’t need the PC to work), I decided it was “down”.

It was kinda funny afterwards to think about how two grown men were a little at a loss because of this. We had a few moments of “what do we do now?” before doing some “manual” things like playing cards and talking.

It got me as time went on that I have become spoiled by the Net. When I grew up, there were no computers that I could afford. A calculator that did square roots was $80 and had a long instruction sheet on how to use it. I received one for Christmas (I believe) when I was in High School and I was ecstatic. I learned it inside and out, I did multiplication problems constantly, did percent, and all types of pattern math. I really soaked it up.

Isn’t she a beauty? This is the same model I had in High School.

Today, that “computer” can be found for $2-5 and inserted in a wristwatch (which, by the way, are not used anymore by anyone under 30). I visited the Smithsonian a long time ago and found the computer ENIAC? spellbinding. All it really did was count really fast, but it was the size of a room.

When I think that from 1974 to now we have come so far that I have a flash drive, smaller than a toothbrush, that will hold 16GB of information (that’s 16,000,000,000 bytes, by the way) and it cost under $20 as opposed to my first computer job in which a plate about 2 feet across and over 1/4 inch thick was used to hold 1 MB (1,000,000) of info, it nearly drops me.

I know kids today don’t fully understand what has happened to our world in less than 40 years. How could they? They were born into computers. I loved telling how I started out with my trusty calculator and moved through the computer ranks to get to teaching.

Even teaching has become so computerized that it is hardly recognizable. “Smart boards” have taken over chalkboards and most paperwork and planning and communications are done via Internet and Intranet.

High School? Wow!

I am okay being out here looking in now. I get to see how it increases. I am just wondering what it will be like in 10 years? I think we will all be amazed.
Ask yourself, “What technology do I take for granted now, that I didn’t even have when little?”
I would love to have you share that with us here.

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  • magsx2  On June 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I also find that kids have a hard time believing we only had B and W TV, and TV used to finish at 8 pm some channels didn’t start until 6 pm here, no microwaves, we used to heat things up in the oven etc. It makes you wonder what the generation that are yet to be born will have as standard, indeed the generation growing up now will find things a lot different as they get older. The mind boggles. 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On June 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I remember, for the most part, when cable TV started and I got it! The number of stations dizzied me.
      I do, also, remember the TV stations signing off for the night around midnight or so.
      Yes, the future will be interesting.


  • Indira  On June 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Enjoyed your post. Our PC is not even one year old and we survived without it. Now when we can’t go outside often, this helps us to chat and be in touch with friends.


  • Aspergers Girls  On June 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I often think about that, too. We are becoming more and more like computers are self….will we have a microchip in our brain…..things keep getting smaller and smaller…maybe we already do??? Matrix and such….interesting to think about. Great post. 🙂 Sam


    • kindredspirit23  On June 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Being the Matrix? Interesting. Then, I want to fly! And to be able to do the Kung Fu stuff!
      Of course, it could go the other way. Then, I could program my date to treat me well and even pay for the evening! Wow! 🙂


  • Soma Mukherjee  On June 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    ha ha you know i have tried telling my daughter how there were no computers when we were her age and he gave me the strangest look i have ever got..she just could not believe we didnt have all the things she has all those PSP’s and gadgtes of todays…
    that first pic made me laught out loud cos i do complain to the provider..he he he
    but could not see the 2nd and last pic..unfortunately there are blank to me ..may be something wrong this side..
    wonderful write up


  • buckwheatsrisk  On June 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    oh my gosh i laughed my way through this one! how about cell phones, bank cards, home phones that were only attached to the wall with a long cord…(dial at that)



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