Dashboards, plug-ins and widgets, oh my…….

Several months ago I thought dashboards were attached to steering wheels, a plug-in was inserted into an electrical socket and widgets were made in factories.  I had no idea these items are found everywhere in our world. Without a dashboard I could not manage my blog site or my website.  A plug-in is necessary to increase my software capabilities. Widgets enable me to install easy to use applications on my sites.

Twenty years ago I did not even have a DOS monitor and a CPU on my desk at work. Now we have two flat screen monitors, two towers and a laptop in three different rooms in our home. They all have access to the internet with our own Wi-Fi connector. We have a copy, fax, scanner and printer machine in our home office. In high school I refused to take a typing class because I did not want to be a secretary. Now I word process everything.  

My new G2 handheld Android lets me talk or message my friends and family, manage my bank account, send and receive emails, check Facebook, tweet people I do not even know, keep my calendar, find my way anywhere in the world and a whole lot of other things I have not even learned yet. Two days after I picked it out someone told me it was already obsolete. I told them I was okay with that. Obsolete is really relative. There are a whole lot of people in my world who do not even know what a tweet is, they never check their emails and do not have a Facebook page.

 I have at least ten email addresses for a variety of reasons, two Facebook pages, a blogsite, two websites, and an internet business. I am impatient for my bank to start letting me scan checks to make deposits from my home…. Sometime this spring, so they say.

My great-grandfather had the first radio in his farm community in 1917 and used metal photo developing plates for his photography business. I take pictures with my G2, upload to the PC and print them out and check the news feed on my home screen to see what is happening around the world.  My grandmother kept the books for my grandfather’s plumbing business on ledger sheets. I bought Quicken last year and am thinking of upgrading to QuickBooks in the next week.

Lest you think all of this technology came easily to me, I resisted even a Blackberry for years before caving a little over a year ago. Up until six months ago the last games I played with a monitor and a handheld controller was that gobbling smiley face and Donkey Kong. Regular solitaire and maybe Taipei were about my speed. Now I smash zombies with plants almost daily.

No one is more surprised than me how quickly I have adapted to the new technical world order in the last year. Excuse me; I have to get back to my writing. Soon you will be able to download my eBooks after you visit my PayPal account……….

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About Lily

Born in Topeka, Kansas in the middle of the 20th Century, daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, cousin, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, reader, spiritual, writer, cook, crafter, junker...... twice-married, former non-profit executive in retread mode... currently living a bucket list life in a remodeled schoolhouse.....
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