The Good And Bad of Technology
I've had a computer in my life for about the last 20 years. In fact, I think this is the 20th anniversary of me getting my first computer. For about a decade before that, I was handwriting or typing my articles in the magazines that I did.
The computer certainly has made things a lot easier for me, although I also believe it is kind of devaluing what I do since nobody really seems to want to read much anymore. As far as my magazine is considered, it died. People can get it on the internet for free, so why spend money with me?
That has led me to the wonderful world of blogging. I maintain several blogs, though some of the ones that are most active are specifically related to a genre. I would much rather cover a variety of topics, the way I do here. So, I'm trying to blog here more to give me that creative outlet.
My friend told me that I needed to get a smartphone. I didn't want a smartphone. I liked my dumb phone that can make phone calls and texts. Sadly, he was right. The smartphone does make things easier for me. For one thing, it gets me out from behind my desk and out on the streets for walks. I'm able to dictate my articles into the phone. I'm multitasking, working while I walk.
During the personal crash landing that I've had in my life, I had somebody donate me a brand new laptop so that I can keep writing. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been doing much during the winter. The computer came loaded with Windows 10, and I must say, I am not a fan of Windows 10. Personally, I think it sucks.
What my laptop really is is a glorified smartphone, and not really a computer. They should have stopped at Windows 7. I don't like the "appy" feel that it has to it. It's cranky, and it crashes a lot. Personally, I think the people at Microsoft are trying to justify their big salaries by creating stuff that actually makes the operating system worse.
If I had my druthers, I would have loaded the thing with Ubuntu. My previous laptop had Ubuntu on it, because Windows wouldn't load. Actually, I like that operating system. Unfortunately, that computer died while I was working on a job that really didn't pay me much. It was a sacrifice for not much money. Although, the work I did there ended up leading me to live in a new location. I'm not really happy here, but at least I have a roof over my head.
The only saving grace to this operating system is that it does have a nice publisher program. I'll switch to one of my other computers once I'm able to hook them up, but this computer also has software that allows me to design the webpage for the people I'm working for right now. So, I put up with the clunkiness and the crashes, because at least I can still get something done.
This technology is pretty amazing. It's nice being able to walk down the road and having a little computer in your hand that has an operating system about as good as the operating system my computer had back in 1996. And, I'm just holding it in my hand. It isn't lost on me how these devices are basically like plugging into the Matrix. But, I don't put all of my personal data on my phone.
What the phone is actually doing is changing the way computers are created. At some point, we may not even use computers anymore. I think some of this technology isn't it really necessary, but it gives the tech heads something to do. And this phone gives me something to do too. At least I can get out of the house and away from my computer for a little bit. My phone is right here in my hand, allowing me to write this. I think I'll put it down and enjoy the view as I walk.