Friday, October 21, 2011

Recent Technology

Chad just submitted his first essay to his college class. He was required to email it to the teacher. The teacher liked it but the issue was with its format. The teacher wanted it in a format we do not have on our computer. I could not help thinking that if Chad was to type it out (double-spaced, of course) on paper and submit it, there would be no problem. Instead, we had to buy some hardware to meet the needs of the teacher. Sometimes, technology can be a nuisance (and, more often than we realize, I'm thinking). On the flip side, I was the one who walked into the office supply store and asked for help to buy the flash drive we needed. I'm proud of myself for remembering what to ask for, even if I had no idea where it was or what it looked like. I am techless and don't mind asking for help. I even got a storage card for my new phone-camera. Aren't you impressed?

Todd has been hankering to buy a larger TV than we've been watching for the duration of our marriage (23+ years). When we married, I contributed my 13" that I bought with the insurance money I received after a burglar broke into my home and stole my brand new TV (before I ever met Todd). That really ticked me off, I had bought that first TV on a Wednesday and we (my sister and I) were robbed a few days later. At least I got compensated the full purchase price! Anyway, I have always been happy with a 13" TV. Todd put up with it as long as he could stand, until last weekend. He found a 26" screen TV on sale and I reluctantly agreed. It's way too big for me but I guess it's my turn to be tolerant. I have never liked the big screen, either in theatres or in private homes. We have distant friends whose TV is practically life-sized. Makes me uncomfortable to have basketball players standing right next to me on the screen. I suppose the smaller screen seems more intimate to me but Todd is happy which makes me happy.

Chad recently bought a DVD with a huge collection of old Sherlock Holmes movies and TV shows. They date back to the 1930's and 40's. Basil Rathbone (from the 40's) is amazing to watch. Face it ... when we think of Sherlock Holmes, it's his face we picture. My opinion, anyway!

After about 1-1/2 weeks of nice walking weather, we are back to rain and wind. So goes October. I just read it's supposed to be wetter than usual in the Pacific Northwest this winter. I'd like to know what they mean by "usual"?


jugglingpaynes said...

We have a collection of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock as well! Marina had read many of the stories and I wanted her to see who I equated with the great detective. No actor has the "nose" for Holmes like Basil Rathbone did!

I still have the old 19 inch I bought when we moved to this house eleven years ago! I told my husband I didn't want to replace it with a flatscreen because it still works well!

Computers seem to be the norm for college now. Most of Marina's classes have some online aspect. Although I've never needed to install new software for it since my husband is in the computer field. Our technology is usually more advanced than the college!

Peace and Laughter,

Paula Vince said...

Technology is speeding too fast for me to keep up and the kids rub it in. What a nuisance that issue about Chad's assignment format must have been for you all.
I can't help shaking my own head when I remember completely an entire University degree in the early '90s without a computer or internet access at all. I'm sure you'd remember similar too, of plugging away on an electric typewriter and using that roll of liquid paper thready stuff to blot out mistakes. What a pain, but we used to think it was awesome technology.

Cate said...

I'm another who completed a 4 year degree with virtually all handwritten assignments back in the '80s! My two have to submit everything online now for their university courses, and all of their assignments are put through a program that checks for plagiarism before the lecturer even begins to look at it.