Just Sayin’: The Tech Wars

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A few months ago I wrote a couple of pieces for aNewsCafe.com. And, fortunately —  and out of character for me — I happened to print them out and put them in my “Just Sayin’” folder.

And then, obliteration reigned. My computer crashed. It went, clutching the vestiges of my imagined genius to its electronic bosom and sank into oblivion of the electronic River Styx. Granted, it had crashed before, at least umpteen times. After all, it’s a 2004 model. Besides, always before, the wizardly gurus of the tech world have been able to breath life back into the infernal machine. But not this time. Cue sad music with much gnashing of gears and smoldering motherboards.

So, since the middle of August, I’ve been beholden to library computers; friend’s computers; my Kindle; and my phone and most recently my iPad.

And now? Ahhh. I now I have a brand new (to me) pre-owned (by my daughter) laptop that I am sure ill do me fine the rest of my natural (and a few un-natural) days. Of course, I said the exact same thing in 1983 when I bought my first computer, a Tandy, 10 mg hard drive . Ooooh, I was living on the cutting edge.

All that to say this: Like Jack Nicholson, I’m baaa-aaack!

Of course, I still have to learn to use this *&^$# thing. Even though my last one was a Mac laptop, as is this one, we all know how much the tech world has evolved since 2004. The slight problem here being that even though the world around us, and the tech world in particular, evolve at a frenetic pace . . . we of the 80+ contingent of the population, do not evolve at that pace.

I, for one, insist that as we get older, we don’t get any more learning curves to master as we age. As we grow older, the learning curve just gets steeper, and, in some cases, more slipper.

And it didn’t help that about the same time my very old smart phone decided that the end had neared, and I, heeding my daughter’s advice, moved from an Android phone to an iPhone. Copy and insert the paragraph above right here. I kept whining, “But I’m too old for this kind of stress!” To which she would patiently answer, “Just keep after it, Mom. You always master it in the end.” And I have. Kinda. And as an aside, have you noticed that as we move into old age, the child becomes the parent? Yup. It’s true. And to that I say, “What a relief!”

So, with the help of various friends and even a few of my students (do you have any idea what it does to your ego when a 12-year-old student has to explain, with great patience, for the third time how to do something?) . . . and even Matthew (our Align Workout Studio guru), I’m receiving the ultimate tech support.. Talk about a full service gym! I’ve begun my relationship with the newest member of my family.

As a promise , no, make that, as a profound hope, I will try to keep my long absences to a minimum. No guarantees, you understand. At this point in my life, it’s considered a guarantee made on an act of faith when one orders pizza delivery!

Adrienne Jacoby
Adrienne Jacoby is a 40-plus-year resident of Shasta County and native-born Californian. She was a teacher of vocal music in the Enterprise Schools for 27 years and has been retired for 11 years. A musician all her life, she was married to the late Bill Jacoby with whom she formed a locally well -known musical group who prided themselves in playing for weddings, wakes, riots, bar mitzvas and super market openings. And, oh yes … she has two children, J’Anna and Jayson.
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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    So glad you’re b-a-a-a-k! Yep, new devices are daunting. I have a Win8 laptop that I have barely touched because it is so unlike Win7. My old one (2007) is SO slow that the wait while it thinks is frustrating. A computer-knowledgeable friend said to download ClassicShell because it makes Win8 and Win10 act like Win7. That move is on the horizon.

    As an aside, our InterMountain AT&T store, Mad Mountain, prefers Android products – but sells iPhones, too, ‘natch – because if/when something goes wrong, the staff can generally fix an Android problem themselves or can get help over the phone. iPhones, however, have to be taken or mailed to either Reno or Sacramento for repair. Not a viable solution.

  2. Welcome back, AJ. We’ve missed you. 🙂 xo

  3. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Welcome back!

  4. This made me smile. I think that local teens could make a mint, going door-to-door, offering iPhone support to the struggling masses. I hear ya, Adrienne. I need to do some updating and cleaning out on my Mac – and I just keep putting it off — because I don’t know enough to fix it if it all goes to heck. So you enjoy yourself and listen to that wise kid of yours.

  5. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Great article Adrienne! What worries me is that a lot of the problems older people are having with new technologies is not the technology itself, but aggressive and intentional obfuscation of information. I’m thinking in particular of visual cues about how to bypass or delete garbage that is being pushed at the user.
    I’m thinking about how installing a program or app may may override the settings you’ve gotten used to. The first thing I would do when I visited my old friend Ray was clear all the garbage he had unknowingly installed on his computer because he was just trying to get that darn pop up off the screen!
    Again, great article Adrienne. I want to read more.

    • AJ AJ says:

      Gosh, Joanne . . . . can you do that for me? There are some apps that I absolutely do NOT want and I can’t figure out how to un-install them. I’ve tried dragging them to the trash and then emptying the trash, and they just come right back . . . just like the bad penny!!

  6. Avatar Sally Wells says:

    Oh AJ -you made my day – says “she” who many years ago (’82-92′) owned a ComputerLand franchise and actually created a classroom for our general population who didn’t have a clue as to how to get around a Personal Computer while trying to read instructions out of a “manual” of gold ancient existence! At one point my children were impressed as other mothers had no idea of the use and “how to” produce anything of value! Just imagine how infrequent those persons were buried with frustration seeing no use for what the “computer” should do. The years have past, and my knowledge is of the “has been” variety! Wasn’t it said the populous would use far less paper with the advent of the “computer” when in reality, we probably use 100% MORE!

  7. Avatar Jorgi B says:

    It’s so good to see you back, Adrienne. I have missed your columns. You always bring a smile to my face.