Have you noticed that there are absolutely no comfort levels in the digital world? A couple of decades ago, a veteran of the old world of telephones said to me “Boy I wish the information highway had an off ramp once in a while.” A month later she took early retirement and moved into a cave for all I know.
I still don’t use a smartphone, but I love the world of Netflix and I would be totally lost without my PVR. I do a weekly podcast on skype, with a co-host who is more than 2,000 miles away. As a semi-retired freelancer I live on the desktop computer in my home office. Fortunately I have a precious son-in-law who helps me over the major speed bumps that appear on the highway.
He helped install Windows 7 when the mighty Microsoft was pushing #8, and threatening to stop supporting dear old Windows X-P. It turned out #8 was about as popular as a lead balloon, and now they’re rolling out Windows 10! Was there a #9 and what happened to the supergeeks who designed it? We’re not really sure, but chances are they’re no longer working at Microsoft.
The company that Bill Gates started, and used to run before he and wife Melinda turned their attention to giving their huge fortune away in an effort to save the world, has not been doing all that well lately. They were very late into the world of mobile devices, and it doesn’t appear they will catch up anytime soon.
The classic phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” simply doesn’t apply in the digital world. Instead, it’s “release new and smarter products, or perish!” It’s a totally disposable society when it comes to technology, and it will always be difficult for Baby Boomers to make some of the never-ending changes.
Hey, I still miss Netscape , and talking on the telephone, rather than dodging robo-calls.
I’m Roger Currie