Posted on August 20, 2012 3:31 pm under Grandma Tidbits

Once upon a time, I thought that I was technically savvy. That day has come and gone.

Seven years out of the work force have taken a toll. I can still write computer code and design a web page, but every day, I spot new software that I know nothing about. My ignorance runs much deeper, however. I don’t know how to program our television. I rarely use the remote and my sole skill is hitting the power button.

Three years ago, I heard Miss Muffin say “And that’s today’s episode of Cooking With Marshmallow”. She and her stuffed pet, Marshmallow, had just finished recording instructions for making ice water with lime wedges. While that may not be a particularly difficult recipe, she knew how to record it and put it on YouTube. At the time, I hadn’t even made my first visit to the site. Only in recent months have I become smitten with the ability to find everything from long forgotten children’s stories to jazz favorites on their site. With a little coaching from Calico, I even learned to post ones I enjoy on my blog. Recording and loading videos remain a mystery.

Cell phones have also whizzed by me. The ones I remember make calls and store frequently used numbers. Calico says that she doesn’t use most of the functions on her phone. I think she is trying to make me feel better. She texts, plays games, takes pictures and records videos. She even set up a 4G hotspot to give us some internet connectivity after we moved. What else could there be?

I used to feel just a tiny bit smug, as I coached friends in the use of technology or wrote a clever piece of code. Nowadays, the dinosaur is keeping her mouth shut. 😀

2 Responses to “Dinosaur”

  1. Jim Says:

    Me too, GMa!! :) There are books available for the consumer electronics. “_______ for Dummies” are always at least so and so good, although probably a little too simple for someone who can understand tech manuals.

    I haven’t updated my YouTube for a long time. I am ‘Jim1Jim’ there. I do have a side bar link to the my pages.

  2. Pat Says:

    I feel the same way, Grandma! I still don’t know what “The Cloud” is. I’m a non-cell phone person, so there’s one huge gap in my technical knowledge. I have three tech-savvy sons and 3 tech-savvy daughters-in-law who can help with most urgent tech questions, but they are all really busy in their daily lives. I did finally learn several years ago how to take videos with my little pocket camera and how to upload them to YouTube and how to put them on my blog. It turned out not to be hard at all and I was so happy!

    My oldest grandchild (a grandson) is 5, and he will probably pass me in tech knowledge in 4 or 5 years!