Drag me kicking and screaming into the 21st century! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Hoot Suite, Google Circles, and on and on …
I first learned to type in high school on a manual typewriter. Yep, the one you had to pull the handle on the right side to return to the left margin. When IBM came out with an electric typewriter, it was a miracle! I thought my fingers would fall off from the speed alone. And then came the MEMORY typewriter. No more correction fluid, correction paper, or typing erasers for me. Now you could correct (back space over) your mistakes before the ink hit the paper.
I first used a Panasonic that (in all honesty) looked like a microwave oven! About that size, too. The memory strip was a ribbon-like window, approximately one-inch high and maybe six-inches long. You could actually “see” your typing–or at least the last 25 characters. The memory cache would hold approximately 500 characters before the print mechanism triggered, and wow, it sounded a lot like a burst of machine gun fire.
I remember the first time I sat in front of a computer. We had step-by-step instructions: 1. Push this button. 2. Press F3 to access the reports from the night’s run. I became a whiz at working all the “F” keys in Word. And then they gave me a mouse?
We’ve certainly come a long way since then and, while I have no complaints about the incredible advances in technology, I do sometimes wish the world would slow down a little. I don’t move or think as fast as I used, too. I blame it on having stuffed my head so full of knowledge over the years that anything new has to fight to squeeze in. And the room may or may not be available. Have to run. Got to go tweet!