Reverse Technology … Post 2

20 Jul

rocket man / iron horse

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”
– HG Wells 

“Inform Rose that I have engaged the Clock.”

I would say this: 

Of most of technological devices and gadgets I have, I’d say I know less than half 
of what they do and how to use them to their full potential. 
This goes for our TV, my camera, and our Samsung tablet.
Among other things.
I doubt that I am unique here though.

Never thought I’d ever have a colour TV. 
That was for rich folks.
Now we’ve got this gigantic Samsung Smart TV.
It might be smart, but sometimes I’m not doing so good. 

We figured most things out: like Netflix; Youtube; how to get Game of Thrones,
and how to download stuff from the Net and play it from a USB stick …

Our main issue is this thing: 
The ‘Clicker’.

These are our Clickers below:

We’ve got three of them. 
We use one (left) to turn the TV on and adjust the Volume.
And the second one (middle) to choose the Channel.
The third one (right) is for the DVD Player.

We still don’t know how to fully operate them.
I do know you can buy a movie you didn’t want by pressing the wrong buttons. 
and I think one button launches a ICBM in Dakota.

We’ve called in a Tech guy a couple of times to try to figure a few things out. 

I’ll make a simple guess why many Tech products are so difficult for us.
It’s not because we’re dumb – or don’t have Tech savvy – though we don’t.  
It’s because most modern Tech is designed by young people for young people.
That’s where the money is.
They don’t care about us older folks.

But we blunder and fumble our way through anyway.

It’s a new world out there …

Let’s get at it.

4 Responses to “Reverse Technology … Post 2”

  1. Don Ostertag July 20, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh, boy, JC, now you scared me. I got the same problems including the Samson Smart TV. I knew about buying a movie by accident but not about launching the ICBM in No. Dak. Kind of reminds me of the old song, ‘I didn’t know the gun was loaded. and I’m so sorry my friend.’
    Every time I ask one of the grandkids for help with some tech, I secretly think to myself, yeah but I know how to drive a stick-shift and you don’t.


    • jcalberta July 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

      I wrote a huge response to your comment Don. But it disappeared into the ethers. Mercifully edited by the Gods.

      We’ve definitely had problems with our TV, but persistence wasn’t futile and we can operate it OK now. Never did figure out what they call it smart though?

      Yeah – LoL – at work we have a saying when some out Tech goes down: “Find a 12 year old kid quick.” They grew up with this stuff. Hell, I didn’t learn how to type until I was in my 30’s. And I’m still no good at it.

      Your right about many city kids. They don’t know anything practical. Or how to work.

      I lived on some farms when I was a kid. Can’t go running to the store when shit happens. Or the hospital – or many things. I figure if there’s ever a huge war, the farmers will be the only people who survive.

      I shovelled asphalt for 7 years – road work. Baled hay; surveyed on the cutlines; was in the Militia – went to Camp Wainwright and trained with the Regs. Was an expert with firearms before i was 12. And on and on. I know why the Royal Family makes their kids go into the Forces. It changes and makes them into men fit to be leaders.

      Back in the 70’s I had a temporary job as an Assistant to the Personnel Manager for Westburne Drilling here in Calgary. A huge outfit. Our crusty Personnel Manager (Jack Evans) used to almost exclusively hire Saskatchewan farm boys for work on the rigs. They were strong and tough and knew how to work. No problems.

      But … it’s a different world nowadays. Or is it?

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      • Don Ostertag July 21, 2019 at 11:33 am #

        Different world indeed. Like you I grew up on a farm learned how to work using horses or tractors, learned how to fix things often often using baling wire or twin. Good foundation for later life.

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  2. jcalberta July 21, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    O so true.


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