Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Confessions of a Luddite



Despite the fact that I work in the computer bidness, I find that I'm often at best behind the times when it comes to technology. Sometimes I just don't understand the appeal at all.

I was actually called a Luddite by a friend a couple of years ago because I didn't have A) a computer and B) a DVD player.

Well, I don' t have a computer because my company gives me a laptop to work with. I do have a separate disk drive that I download all my personal stuff to, but I see no reason to purchase my own computer when I have unlimited access to a quality, state-of-the-art system for free. Plus, I'm a computer guy. Computers are my work. I don't relish the idea of coming home every evening and popping open work.

I have since remedied the DVD situation twice over.

There are various reasons that I don't keep up with technology. Sometimes there are terribly adverse side-effects, but most of the time I simply don't care. I don't see how going to the trouble of setting up or installing the latest thing-a-ma-jig (version 2.1) is going to enhance my life, at least not enough to make it worth the trouble.

Plus I'm cheap and these things often cost money. But I'm not interested in many of the things that are free, either.

I don't Twitter (or tweet).

I don't Facebook.

I don't MySpace.

I don't Tumblr.

It took years, but I do have a cell phone. I don't have a PDA. In fact, my phone doesn't even have a camera. I still write things down in my Day-Timer and refer to it.

But despite all my issues with new technology, despite my aversion to things high-tech, despite my avoidance of whatever the "latest" doodad is, there is one piece of technology which I dearly love and which I look forward to trying out every time I see one. If it weren't for the potential embarrassment factor, I could play with one of these things for hours. This is simply the niftiest piece of technology that has ever been invented:

11 comments:

LiLu said...

The fact that you even know what Twitter, FB, MySpace and especially Tumblr are puts you ahead of most in the game. B would LOVE it if I chose to ignore all of them...

Gilahi said...

LiLu - These days, not knowing what those things are would be akin to not knowing what Cheerios are (it's a breakfast cereal). You read about them in blogs, in the news, on comics pages, everywhere. Hard to get away from them these days.

fiona said...

Is the towel dispenser screaming or the person attached to the hand?
I can see your fascination...you are SO low maintenance, I think I love you!

Gilahi said...

Fiona - I think it's the dispenser. It's true, it doesn't take much to amuse m.... Oh look! A squirrel!

Mike said...

Picture yourself in the restroom where some of the things are auto and some aren't. Go ahead, wave your hand at the faucet. Nothing's going to happen.

Gilahi said...

Mike - Yeah, you think about that every time you meet someone new and shake their hand.

Melissa B. said...

Yeah, blogging and e-mail are enough for me, too. Facebook just plain creeps me out. And we were the last on the block to get an answering machine...

JJ said...

OH those things really piss me off. We have one at work and it only works when it wants to work, not when you need it. I.E. when I'm in a rush and really need to dry my hands? Nope. Not having it.

Gilahi said...

Melissa - I don't have an answering machine, but I do pay the phone company for voice mail.

JJ - Never had a problem with one. I suppose it's just a matter of time, though. Batteries and all that. This is why God gave you shirt tails.

Melissa B. said...

Just checking in...and reminding you about Sx3 today. Can you say Global Warming?

Gilahi said...

Melissa - Thanks for stopping by!

 
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