Friday, August 22, 2008

Hi Tech, Hi World

We have become so dependent on electronic devices that we are clueless what to do when they breakdown, even if the solution is pretty simple. We grew up listening to sermons of not to talk to strangers and have enough money at all times because one never knows what could happen. Then the world went electronic and we forgot those sermons.

Most of my childhood was spent in correcting my spelling mistakes and healing the wounds/scars I got from playing. Now with the auto spell checker, one does not need to learn spelling at all. Why, it even helps in figuring if a sentence is framed correctly. Playing with Wii, kids would never dirty their clothes or get a scratch in arms and legs. With no scar anywhere, I wonder what heroic stories they would reel when they grow up.

I have a decent sense of direction but I need to go a couple of times to a destination before the route registers in my mind. So I had every reason to thank God for GPS though I did miss the adventure of wrong routes and getting lost. In case you are one of those who first check GPS before checking if there is enough fuel in the car, all you need to do is go to a complicated circle and see how GPS seems to lose direction.

The other day I went to a hair dresser to get my hair trimmed. Their credit card slider and computer were down. Since I did not carry any cash, I had to go home with disheveled hair. I remembered in my younger days I would carry enough cash to help me out in sudden expenditure.

Though being a boon, cell phones have their own story. Recently I realized that I spend half the time asking my friend to repeat her(him)self. At least now I have an answer to those huge telephone bills.

Now when daily morning coffees have been replaced by the sweet sound of windows coming up, you can imagine the nightmare when the keys of the keyboard start to fall off. Two of the vowels have fallen off and some of the keys do not get typed when I press them. The funny part is "unable to type" key syndrome seems to be going around. So one day I could not press the "space bar", next day it was "shift", then "control". Right now it is "Alt". Now I have to change my passwords not to have the two missing vowels and space.

I can only thank God that the automatic garage opener busted after opening the garage half way. At least I was able to squeeze myself inside the home to get the keys. But now I am better prepared. I remember to take money, house keys and a map to my destination just in case any of these devices cease to function.

9 comments:

Suma said...

lol...

funny, one of my laptop keys is dangerously teetering :(

don't we get dependant on stuff so fast? i liked my previous world better, not that i'm exactly complaining now...

besides we met our sounding boards online, didn't we? :D

Sumana said...

You know what, today morning that little naughty fellow has climbed up the sofa to reach a wardrobe and thrown away my cell phone down from there. Only to see the display got broken in such a way that i can read the bottom half of the screen. Now if i get a call i am not sure who is calling.

ceedy said...

and did you not wonder - what if blogger pulled its plug...

what will happen to US :( - so much for dependence...

its all bills fault that your "gate" got stuck isnt it ;)

Archana Bahuguna said...

That's an interesting post. I have done that to many thins, including forgetting to unlock my car using the key manually when the remote was not working :-). Technology kind of plays with our common sense ;-)!

Archana Bahuguna said...

And the laptop key thing was really hilarious! :-) Best of luck ...

Joy said...

Suma: Old was gold but new is exciting :)

Sumana: I have experienced that. But think about it, you can get yourself a nice new trendy cellphone :)

Ceedy: I can't imagine world without blog now ! :( LOL at your last sentence :)

Arc: Currently it is the "Page Down" key, which I can live with :)

PixelChick said...

Just saw your comment on my blog. You a McCall Smith fan too? Me too!!

Suma said...

oi, madame, take away your BFF badge from my place pls...

ugich konitari said...

Exercising the brain, vocal chords and muscles was the norm Now it is keyboard,mice, and automatic everything, thanks to those that sell all kinds of e-stuff , supposed to make life simpler .

Is it really ? Hmm.