Techno fear

Another old post from 2012, lamenting the addiction to technology, and the controlling practices of the major electronics corporations. It only had one like and comment, so nobody should remember it. πŸ™‚

beetleypete

There is something sinister about the way that Technology creeps up on you. One day, life is going on as normal, and the next, you can’t remember how to use a telephone box, or even know where to find one. I can almost remember the last time I made a call from a public kiosk, queuing patiently, until it was free to use. Then, in what seemed an instant, I had a mobile phone in my hand, and I have never used a public box since; though I still had a phone card in my wallet, until very recently.

Can any of you remember what life was like before mobile phones? Imagine breaking down in your car, on a country road, late at night, in an unfamiliar area. You had to walk for an unknown time, until you could find a telephone box to use, to summon assistance. You also…

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27 thoughts on “Techno fear

  1. As you know, compact discs have already given way to downloads only. Just the other day. I was explaining to Juli the meaning of cc, she had not known about the use of carbon paper for making copies. I was talking to Jerry about it on the 2nd and his son said, I know what carbon paper is. He uses it in electrical applications to check how well a connection is made under pressure in his work. He too needed an explanation for its use in making copies of typewritten documents. fortunately, he knows, as does Juli, about typewriters. πŸ™‚
    Warmest regards, Theo

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    1. We can still buy compact discs here, Theo, though I am not sure for how much longer.
      I remember carbon paper all too well. The leading brand was called ‘Onion Skin’, and I still used it until I had a laptop, in 2004. At the time, I was happily using a ‘Brother’ electronic typewriter.
      When they no longer know what a typewriter was, I hope I will be long dead. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. all very true, Pete. this tech era got us into instant gratification and one downside is the lost of basic skills. most things are now in your fingertips so people are impatient. the art of cursive writing is gone. rare are handwritten cards and correspondence are so impersonal. even social skills – people are so glued to their electronics everywhere no one smiles at one another let alone say hello to anyone. great post as always. thanks πŸ™‚

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  3. We were talking about thus just last weekend. How hard it was was to communicate , and now looking around , there are very few public phones.. and when u try to find one .. it’s usually not working .
    And the younger generation has No IDEA πŸ™‚

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      1. The schools here have started a pen pal club, that the kids seem to b getting deeply involved with , so, hopefully .. a small percentage .. will continue ? I myself have difficulty with snail mail πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, it’s all very well getting rid of phone boxes, but out here, most of us can’t get a reliable mobile phone signal much of the time. I don’t even know where the nearest phone box is to Beetley, but it is probably at least four miles south, in Dereham.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I was happy without a PC until someone gave me one and then I have been an addict ever since. Cameras I use to do a lot with regular cameras now I have to bone up on icons and jargon just to take a pic of a flower….put it on “auto” and sleep better…LOL chuq

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    1. I still like to ‘fiddle’ with cameras. But I do miss the anticipation of getting prints back from the last photo-shoot. I could still use real film of course, but processing is now too expensive.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. My daughter use to teach a class on digit photographer so I have a built in “master”…..I have two digital cameras and have decided to get off my butt and do some photos…..chuq

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  5. I remember moving into my first flat and not having a phone! I’d walk to the phone box to reverse call my parents! And I remember a time before internet too! I was 10 when we had our first pc – a Hewlet Packard which didn’t do much apart from be a glorified typewriter! I got given my dads typewriter, a pale green thing with a ball that had the letters on it and doing all my homework on it! Xx

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