I can't let the Jonals
of the past two days go by without adding my reflections (aka...two cents worth)
on the topic of computers. Three short years ago, I was terrified of them...literally.
I avoided places of employment if part of the job description was knowing at least
something about how to use one...I kid you not. They scared me to death; the thought
of having to use one could cause a mild but none the less alarming panic attack.
Fearfear of the unknownwas
hindering my chances for gainful employment and something had to be done. The
first computer used in our home was a Compac desktop that was manufactured in
1995, an old work horse that had been replaced by its computer-savvy owner as
being too slow, too old, too...whatever the reasons people use to justify the
purchase of a new system. That old Compac work horse found its way into my living
room...and changed my life! "Just try it..if you like it, then maybe you'll get
one of your own"...the owner said.
IT!...from the first click of the mouse...this then 56-year-old housewife/nurse
was hooked...but good. Wow! Email...sending to all my friends and family! Wow!
surfing the web...going here, going there! Wow! Instant messaging! Wow,,I've died
and gone to heaven! I thought.
computer skills increased, so did my appetite for E-toys. To make a long story
short, two weeks ago I purchased my second computer, a sleek, space-age-looking
two-toned gray Hewlett-Packard Pavilion that purrs like a kitten. My E-toy box
contains: a printer, scanner, and two digital cameras. The capabilities and functions
of any one of them boggles my mind, not that I can't learn to use and utilize
all they have to offer, but the fact they can DO it amazes me. I'm old
enough to remember NOT having a telephone, and today I can sit at my keyboard
and send to friends and family via telephone line a picture that was taken five
I find it all to be utterly