Jeez, technology scares me.


I am 57 years old.

That’s getting up there, you know?

I remember when new technology meant that TV had more than three channels.  The cool kids were able to watch those awesome UHF channels!  Wow……

I remember when new technology meant 8 Track tapes.

Please stop laughing. I am not kidding.

I am old.

So very, very old.

I’ve done my best, though, to stay up to date and in the know.  I have a laptop (thank you school!) and I know how to use it (thank you, professional development program!)

I use Facebook. (How else can I track my kids’ every move?)

I have used Skype.  (OK, it was 5 years ago, but still….)

I have a Twitter account. (Well, I got it when Twitter was new and I was curious. It doesn’t really work without a smart phone, so……..)

And….as you know doubt know by now…..I have a BLOG!!  On WORDPRESS!  This no doubt makes me so tech savvy that I am just about ready to get myself an IT job.

At school, I am considered to be one of the more technologically adept teachers. I use Google Drive, Wikis, Educreations, Evernote, iBooks, Collaborize Classroom and Glogster.

I rock.

The thing about technology, though, is that no matter what you learn, no matter what you master, you will continuously be reminded that you are, at heart, an idiot.

Case in point:

As a very hip, up to date, cutting edge technology user, I follow a lot of blogs these days.  One of them is written by a guy named Alexey, at Inside My Glitching Mind.  This blog features incredible photos of all manner of interesting things from around the world.  One of the cool features is a collection of photos of fences.  Fences from all over the world.

What an intriguing idea!

I happen to have two very interesting fence photos myself!  Both were taken in Newport, Rhode Island, along the famous Cliff Walk.  We were on the outside (poor people) side of the fences, looking in at the glamorous (rich people) side.

“I like these photos”, I though to myself. “I will send them on to Alexey!”

Ha.

In order for my photos to be used on his blog, they have to be a certain size.  Um.   OK?  I looked at my photos on iPhoto, but couldn’t figure out how to change the size.  I asked my friend, the IT person at school, and she sent me the directions.

I was SO proud of myself when I made my photos nice and small!  Yay!!  I couldn’t wait to see MY pictures on that great site!  I wrote a nice email to Alexey and hit “send”.

Very quickly, I got a reply.  “You forgot to attach your photos”, it said.    Hehehe……

I attached and resent.

Another quick reply. “Your pics are too small. They need to be 680 pixels to fit the blog theme.”

Oh, right.

Pixels?

I prepared to give up.

“You could upload them to your blog”, came the ever patient Alexey’s reply, “And I can get them from there.”

So, here they are.  What do you think?

God only knows if they have enough pixels in them.

This kind of shows the greed, and bad grammar, of the very rich.

This kind of shows the greed, and bad grammar, of the very rich.

This shows a lovely, welcoming gazebo, just beyond the "Keep out" fence.

This shows a lovely, welcoming gazebo, just beyond the “Keep out” fence.

26 thoughts on “Jeez, technology scares me.

  1. Being 6 months younger than you, I managed to avoid 8 tracks. I want it recorded here and now that I thought they were bulky and stupid and what was wrong with Cousin Brucie on the radio anyhow? I still listen to the radio so that I don’t have to fuss with technology — tell me what I want to hear, please, but if it is Carly Simon I will switch stations …

    Your pictures are wonderful. It took me 6 months as a blogger to upload photos, I think, or thereabouts. And just the last time I posted I had a great picture I took of the “Got History” t-shirt. But when I downloaded it, it was sideways. I couldn’t rotate it, so I googled and got a right side up shirt. Sigh.

    We are still smarter and more creative than the average bear. Or the average boomer. That’s something, right?

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    • Ha! That IS something, for sure! I love the story about the T shirt! I am trying to avoid using clip art or googled images on my blog; I still get hits from people searching for “duck” images, from a post more than a year ago!
      And it was another blogger (was it you???) who had to teach me how to upload photos!
      Ah, well! I just found out that my school is buying us all Chrome Books, and I had to go to apple.com and find out what the heck a Chrome Book is!

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      • I think it was me — or we talked about it while the other person was telling you how to actually do it. In fact yeah, I’m sure I was in the you’re not a dope, I couldn’t figure it out either!,” camp.

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  2. Haha. Ok, if you get to blame your age, then what excuse do I have? I just (tried to) participate in a Twitter rally for #JusticeForEthan, and I have to say, I did not understand what I was doing. At. All. I’m about to turn 32, I don’t think I have a good excuse!

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  3. My (adult) children can’t get their heads around the fact that when I was their age there were no personal computers, mobile phones, and a gazillion TV channels.

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  4. I think you might have hit on an important point–you admitted to constantly questioning your technological capability. That’s the same as questioning your current methods and being open to new ones. That, to me, is the most important thing of all. As far as I am concerned tech is just a means to an end–note that’s for ME not everyone, mind you; for IT support people, for example, tech itself is the thing! Like you, I’m an educator so teaching and learning is my ‘thing’ and technology is just among the stuff I use to get the job done. Electronic equipment certainly measures high there among the things I use but I don’t mind admitting that lowly tech such as paper, writing implements (pens, pencils, brushes, markers and the like) and such are also valued parts of my toolkit.
    …and i’ll NEVER stop adding to that kit. It’s half the fun :>)

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    • Oh, I agree totally!! As soon as I realized (back in about 1988) that I wouldn’t blow up New York with one false move, I have learned to embrace my techie mistakes. Still, I find the complexity of it all daunting sometimes, you know? But my pictures made it to Alexey’s blog, so it was worth it!

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  5. Fortunately, I started very early on learning as much as I could about software and technologies. My mom avoids them all like the plague. But when I look up words for her on my ipad to help her with the crossword puzzle, she is so impressed!

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  6. For your very ‘young’ age, you are doing great. The important thing is that you’re continually willing to learn. It’s amazing how some very intelligent people are just overwhelmed by the computer and cannot pick-up the simplest tasks…makes me feel like a tech-pert. But I don’t have a Smart phone and don’t want one, so I should probably keep my mouth shut ‘cuz I have no idea what’s the purpose of Twitter? Maybe you can enlighten me? 😉

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    • Ha! My sons and husband and I are holding on to our “dumb” phones desperately, as we have NO desire to be constantly connected!
      As for Twitter…..I didn’t use it at all until yesterday, when I was able to follow events coming out of Boston with updates literally every second.
      Still don’t “tweet”, though!

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