James Bond knows his way around computers, high-tech killing devices, and just about any state-of-the-art gadget thrown in his path.
Lara Croft may have computer and tech genius Bryce working for her. But she too could program, hack, and out-tech her way around a villain.
The same seems to go for any action hero.
My own Layla in The Compass Master probably knows her way around computers and programming, even though her adventures are pretty low tech.
So I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that today I paid a nice young guy to set up and program my new TV along with my DVD player.
See, until today I had a very old (22 years) TV, a heavy but reliable clunker. Then I finally decided I could afford a cheaper version of a flat-screen TV (they’ve only been around for what, a decade?), one that, unlike my old TV, would be compatible with the on-sale DVD player I bought a few months ago. So I ordered one and it arrived days ago.
I didn’t open the box until today.
And I didn’t pull the flat screen out and screw its stand together and assemble the few parts. I did not even think of hooking it up to my cable box and DVD player, or figuring out where to insert the CD so that I could program the TV and see how the three remotes functioned.
Could I have done all this? Sure. But I… just… couldn’t… bring myself to do it because…
… I am so burned out on technology.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve worked in an office most of my life. I started on computers when they were DOS, learned Windows in its earliest incarnation, and can’t even count how many software programs and operating systems and their endless upgrades I’ve had to learn. I have survived what seems like a hundred phone systems and overseen their installations at least a couple times. I have programmed gadgets that were obsolete within a year. I have spent a large portion of my life working with technology that has gone the way of the carrier pigeon.
See, much as computers and entertainment systems can be wonderful for me to use, there’s only so much of my life I want to spend on them. For some people, programming the latest and greatest stuff is fun. But for me it isn’t a game anymore. I’d really rather just pay someone to do it for me.
How about you—is technology still fun for you? Any burn-out cases out there?