Do you like getting a new computer or do you hate it?
I have mixed feelings. My 'old' computer was nearly five years old and had become so slow, with frequent 'seizing up' when I had to crash out and restart. I also had a keyboard where half the letters had worn away. But at least it was familiar.
Now I have, not just a new machine, but a different Windows version, upgraded I.E. and Office Professional 2010. My computer expert installed everything for me, and and it's all working perfectly (fingers crossed!). He's transferred all my docs and pictures, even my list of bookmarks (or 'favourites'). It's super-fast and doesn't struggle to load a new pages or post a message. The new keyboard shows all the letters and I have a nice non-reflective screen.
I know I should love it, but now I have to think about tasks which I previously did automatically. Where's the website address? Where are the drop-down menus? How do I turn the sound on or off? And why do I keep hitting caps lock instead of shift? Why do some pages not have scroll bars at the side?
I'm sure I'll get used to it in time, but is it a sign of age that it takes me longer to adapt to new things? Or maybe it's a case of preferring to cling to the familiar rather than embark on new learning curves?
Technology moves on so quickly these days; my 16 and 22 year old grandsons move with it as fast as it changes, but I guess I'm from a generation where things didn't change for the sake of change, which seems to be the case these days.
In the 'good old days, you bought something and it lasted! You didn't have to upgrade or replace it. You had it mended if it went wrong. Nowadays you get rid of it and buy a new one, since it's often cheaper to do that than to pay someone to fix it. My mother had the same vacuum cleaner for over 40 years. Things were made to last in the old days. But now?
In the last 20 years, I have had about 6 new computers (my first one didn't even have Windows and I remember using DOS commands!). Maybe that's some indication of the speed of technological progress - and I HAVE adapted, honest I have!
I'm not anti-progress - but I do sometimes question the very rapid changes. Is it change simply for the sake of it? Is it necessary? Or is it due to the greed of the manufacturers? Does Microsoft introduce new versions (e.g. of operating systems or Office) because they are necessary or simply because they want everyone to rush out and buy their new version - and therefore make older versions obsolete??
Or am I just becoming a grumpy old woman?? (don't answer that!)