Saturday, 20 October 2012
The computer never ceases to amaze me . It is so clever and there are so many knowledgeable folk ready to help and come up with information or answers to a myriad of problems. I revel in Internet Shopping and I'm getting good at beating myself at Solitaire .I feel that in some ways I am very fortunate to be living in this age when there have been so many advances in science and technology- in fact more than at any other time in history . Although in spite of all the material progress, happiness and contentment have not kept pace. Each discovery brings its own problems. People in primitive communities with few modern trappings are reputed to lead much happier and less stressful lives than we do . Swings and Roundabouts !
Now that my son and daughter are living away and are busy leading their own lives my computers have become my surrogate children Each has its own personality with different strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes they are a bit wilful and tiresome just like any child but I love them all !
I greatly appreciate the word processing facility and look back over its development. I started out putting words on paper with a blacklead pencil ( just missed the slate era ) Then I progressed to a pen holder with dip in nib and real writing . At school each desk had an inkwell and you had to be very careful as you transferred your loaded nib to notebook as a blot resulted in the cane . The teacher then drew a red ring round the blot to show that you had received your just desserts (what an uproar that would have caused today. intimidation? assault ? bullying ?-- compensation ! ) Next if you were lucky you might have a fountain pen for Christmas, if very lucky a Waterman with a gold nib or a Swan or maybe just a Platignum but all greatly prized .Then the Biro brothers came up with their marvelous invention. The pens were very expensive at first and not many could afford one .We were all envious of a girl in our class whose brother bought her one and she would often let us all have a go with this wonderful creation. You could write for miles and miles with it and we often did, as all notes, essays, assignment and exam papers were hand written.
Now at the touch of a few keys you can produce magnificent professional looking documents, in any format, style or colour and even have them spellchecked.How wonderful ! What progress !
( Er ... I have to make a confession- I wrote this draft in longhand )
Posted by Barbara Blundell at 18:36