Cruising

Posted on December 29, 2012 1:28 pm under General
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It has been more than twenty years, since Al Gore coined the term “information superhighway”. Although I understood the basic concept, I had no idea how large a role the internet would play in my life.

An early version of Internet Explorer was installed on my workplace computer, but it was more of a learning novelty for the programmers. My employer, like most others, didn’t have a website and HTML code was still in my future. Slowly, I found some use for this new toy. I opened my first Yahoo mail account, which I have kept for eighteen years. Before long, I acquired a dedicated phone line for my home and learned the delights of online shopping. I even tried some chat rooms, although that was short lived. Soon website development was added to my programming responsibilities and I created my own personal website. More time would pass before my introduction to social media. What was all the twitter about? And let’s not forget the blogging world.

Nowadays, freed from wires and plug-in modems, I can sit in my recliner and instruct my laptop to find lasagna recipes, window replacements, Virginia Beach vacations or the lyrics to an old song. Not all is lovely, of course. I must deal with spam, phishing and pop-ups. It’s a small price to pay for climbing in my virtual machine and cruising down the highway.

One Response to “Cruising”

  1. Pat Says:

    I enjoyed reading this because my experience has been similar to yours, especially in having no idea how large a role the internet would play in my life. We first got an internet connection at home in 1996 (eldest son’s senior year of hs); it was dial-up and, of course, interminably slow. But I didn’t realize it was slow until about 2001 when all teachers at my school got classroom computers with a high-speed connection. That’s when the bloom left the rose, so to speak, with my home internet connection. I began using my school computer somewhat more for the internet than my home computer. My 3 sons rapidly surpassed me in all things computer and all things internet, but baby step by baby step, bib by bit, I learned from them and from others how to do things on the computer. Like you, I use it for online shopping, recipes, blogging, song lyrics and email. I’m hooked. Now I can’t imagine not having a computer or the internet!