Techno Evolution

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They were huge, then they shrunk, now they’re growing again… evolution at work.

Folks, I’d like you to tear your eyes away from this gripping introduction for just a few moments and have a good look at all the gizmo and gadget info surrounding this column (note: for those of you reading this online, I’m referring to all the pictures surrounding my column in the newspaper… you remember newspapers don’t you?)

Welcome back! Well, most of you anyway…

You know, it has occurred to me that those tech updates are my Editors little joke e.g.: ‘Hey! Let’s surround the caveman’s column with appliance and device advice!’

Oh, how they must have chuckled down at APN HQ…

I gawp in amazement at the latest widgets, doodads and gewgaws being thrust under my nose and wonder if they’ll make my life simpler and easier, or lazier and dumber?

Yet, not so long ago, I was happily surfing the cutting edge of technological progress. I could do stuff!  Like format a floppy disc, justify Wordperfect text, connect an Atari game console to the tele, write code on a cassette tape and unspool film from a camera; sometimes without losing all the photos.

But the sheer pace of change in the past decade or so has made all those hard learned skills about as useful as a wet cardboard box. Each week I gawp in amazement at the latest widgets, doodads and gewgaws being thrust under my nose and wonder if they’ll make my life simpler and easier, or lazier and dumber?

Still, in a desperate attempt to try and keep up I’ve spent an awful lot of money on stuff that quickly became landfill. In fact last week, while cleaning out my shed, I unearthed a batch of antique phones; some dating back to 2004!  So I took a photo of them with my new phone which, if history is any guide, will be joining that pile fairly soon.

I know how it feels; because as technology evolves many of us are also going the way of the dodo. Hopefully someone will develop a device to help us cavemen keep up, so keep an eye on the updates around this column!

About Greg Bray

The scribbler behind the 'On a Lighter Note' column.
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One Response to Techno Evolution

  1. Hehe, you’re right. It’s not easy to keep up. 🙂 I’m “out of the loop” myself, but that’s how it is. Anyway, some of those phones could become collectibles. Maybe something worth keeping?

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