My first experience with computers was playing The Oregon Trail and Van Helsing on a DOS-based computer. My best friend and I died multiple times of dysentery and being bitten by Dracula. I still remember typing in a page long command so that your character could move a half centimeter on the screen. It was great fun for us 80’s kids, and it made us feel like computer geniuses! My family didn’t own a computer until 1997 when I started my first semester of college. Until that time, we had typed all of our papers on typewriters and a word processor. You haven’t known true agony until you have to retype an entire research paper because you misspelled a word or left out an important sentence!
By today’s standards, I would consider myself conservatively fluent in technology. I use a smart phone. I can navigate most websites and generate information from internet searches. I own and operate a kindle and a tablet. My husband is an avid gamer and possesses numerous gadgets of which I have to learn how to use if I want to be able to access my Netflix account. (He currently has 5 different gadgets that I have had to learn just so my 3 year old can watch Pocoyo!) However, I know my limitations, and I often have to ask for help. Technology changes so often that when I have one thing figured out, something new is coming along that wipes the old away.
I decided to interview my husband for his perspective and knowledge about technology. John is a controls technician, and I vaguely understand that it has something to do with computers and technology.
Me: Blank stare…