Dear Abby, (or anyone else who will listen and comment)
Technology gives me a headache. Don't get me wrong. I'm ultra grateful for my laptop computer and the Internet. I'm also fond of DVD movies and cell phones are convenient. But ask me to comprehend and utilize anything beyond the most basic function of these things and I'm LOST.
Yes, I am one of those people who can't program a clock on the microwave or set the timer for a VCR. I have a new computer with all sorts of nifty programs but all I use it for is Microsoft Word and the Internet. I do fudge around in FrontPage for my website, but again, only with the most basic functions. We just got new cell phones. This one has a camera. Okay. I understand how to snap a shot, but how do I save it? How do I upload a pic to the computer? A friend recently told me it's Blue Tooth compatible and that I can text message too. I only very recently even heard those terms. And there are a gazillion other functions that I can't remember. *sigh* Really. All I want to be able to do is make a phone call and to retrieve messages.
I don't own a PDA. I'm quite possibly the only person left on the planet who does not own an I-Pod or some compact version of an MP3 player. I wouldn't mind having a PDA and MP3 player. They sound pretty nifty. But my temple throbs just thinking about dealing with anything beyond the 'on' button.
I recently learned that you can see and talk to friends through this web cam thingee. I remember when I was a kid and they hinted at future video-phones. Apparently, they have arrived. Blackberry. I still don't understand what that is exactly.
Is it just me? Or is technology advancing at lightning speed? It seems like there are new gadgets every day. Then the next week those new gadgets have even newer versions with more functions.
And another thing! Am I the only one left on the planet who does not have a space at My Space?? Blog-buddy/actor Bruno Amato just launched his 'Space'. A few weeks ago novelist/screenwriter Lee Goldberg launched one, too. Author J.A. Konrath has one. So does Alison Kent and many other novelists. Hey! Just saw Zach Braff has one, too!
Probably I should create a home at My Space. But it's one more thing to 'create'. One more thing to keep up with. Just now, I lack the motivation and energy. Just now I am overwhelmed with technology and yearning for simpler times. Is it just me?
Out of Step, Out of Time