Even though I’m over 50, I’m okay when it comes to technology. Notice I didn’t use the word “savvy”. That indicates a level of proficiency that I’m not sure I want to advertise.
I used a computer in my business in the eighties. I sold computers in the nineties, and had one of the first, hardwired “carphones”. I skipped the bag phone and went right for the cell phone/pager combo. I used a computer in my home in the early nineties. Anybody here remember AOL chatrooms?
Anyway, my day job these days is for a “technology” company. Okay, it’s a cell phone company. I can help with basic trouble shooting, but there’s a lot going on with cell phones these days. I like to use words like “magic” and “gremlins” when I’m troubleshooting. Which is probably why they don’t ask me to do too much of it these days.
I was talking with a gentleman today. He was about my age. He said “my phone says it’s out of room. What does that mean?” So I starting explaining that the cell phone has a finite amount of storage space. I start talking about the cloud, and explaining why he should upload his stuff.
He stops me mid sentence and asks “Why are we both looking up? Is that where the cloud is?” I decided to hand this one off to a coworker. I know, I forgot I was a badass there for a minute.
Now, I’m really not much of a conspiracy theorist. My Mom called to tell me a few months ago that her cell phone had been hacked. I was able to almost convince her otherwise, and I got her the help she needed. The problem was, as I thought it might be, that she had every app she had ever used open. A quick lesson in closing stuff down got her back on track.
The thing about me and technology is that I can usually bang my head up against something until I get it right. In other words, given enough time, I can figure anything out.
But, let’s get back to the cloud. When I got my last phone, I retrieved all my info from the cloud. AND two pictures of some random guy I don’t know, in a room I don’t recognize. I’m glad to report that he seems happy. How cool is that…..not! Because, of course, that makes me think. I’ve got three thousand pictures in my phone. I really wouldn’t know if I was missing any of them in particular. Has someone else received any of my photos as the bonus?
If so, I hope it’s one of these:
Because they don’t know the history of holiday butter sculptures in our family!
To the point… I don’t get mad when technology doesn’t work. To me, it’s amazing that it ever works! I stand by “magic” and “gremlins” as a reasonable explanation of technology.