Technology is becoming a bad word with some of my friends. They are afraid of it. Everyday something new is on the market and they don’t know how to keep up.
Change is part of life. Many years ago, I was fortunate to be at an event with the wonderful Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, “Change is part of life, we all must accept it”.
Years ago I worked for the Girl Scouts and we used to say it took three years to start change. The first year everyone said, “We can’t do that”. The second year, “Half of the people said “We can’t do that, the other half said, “We can do that.” and by the third year, most of the people were saying, “We’ve always done it that way.”
I think of the way we are using computers and memory sticks. I remember when we only had computers in the office, then we were able to move to having computers at home. Then the laptop was developed and more people could travel with them. Then memory sticks were developed and people could put their files on memory sticks and carry them with the laptops. Now we have netbooks and memory sticks.
This week I was at a conference, and normally people would have given you a notebook filled with paper or a CD to take home with handouts. This week, they said the information was on a memory stick at our places at lunch.
Think of all the trees saved just by putting all the files on the memory stick.
My Toastmaster Club uses Google Documents to keep up with our schedules for speaking. We can all log in and see what the schedule is, and we have access with any internet or Smart Phone. Cloud computing will eventually do away with the memory stick.
Books are now moving to Kindles and Nooks and Smart Phones and I-Pads and Tablets. Paper Books are moving to E-Books and digital. School books are becoming digital.
More trees are being saved as this revolution happens, and think of all the children who no longer have to carry backpacks.
Smart Phones and GPS makes finding your place by putting in where you are going much easier. We are now seeing the Car navigation devices that we had to buy and plug-in being replaced by our Smart Phones. Home Land lines are being replaced by Smart Phones. I still have mine, but barely.
Keeping up can be difficult, but just think in three years, we will say, we always read our books on a tablet device, and we always used memory sticks and we always found our way with our smart phones. We always text our neighbors before we come over.
We will be asking, Call on the phone? What is that? I hope not, I enjoy talking to people on the phone and hearing a voice. Let’s not do away with people as we keep up!
- Reversible Plug-Ins – Insert the Double U USB Port From Both Sides (GALLERY) (trendhunter.com)
- SatNavs and netbooks going the way of the Walkman (telegraph.co.uk)