(No) Fun with Technology

on July 7, 2014 in Misc

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.

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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.

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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?

6 Responses to “(No) Fun with Technology”

  1. I’ve worked with computers and gadgets for over twenty years and it’s still fun to me. I have our home entertainment system so wired, I’m not sure my wife even knows how to turn it on anymore.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – No wonder you’re a ninja! But I’m sure your wife is better with your system than I would ever be!

  3. Technology is still fun for me. My latest thing is that I’d like a drone. Check out this video if you have time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI&feature=kp

    Technology fascinates me. I embrace Steve Jobs’ philosophy. He said, “A boy takes a piece of technology and asks what can I do with this? An old man takes a piece of technology and asks ‘what is it?’”

    I want to be the one that asks, “What can I do with this?” and then go on to create something beautiful.

  4. I am a techie idiot. End of story. I know how to do the things I need to do, and that’s about it. The learning curve for new technology is steep.

  5. Helena says:

    Mike – Uh-oh, I’m an old man!

    Seriously, I think your attitude is wonderful, and I kinda figured that technology must give you endless joy. In my defense, I’m the same way when it comes to things like history and archeology–I LOVE historical breakthroughs and discoveries and want to make some of my own. And I really do understand that technology can be fantastic for the human race; I’m just burned out on learning trivial programming again and again, and though it can help me, I’m not helping anyone else.

    I want to watch your video. BTW, I just read how drones are being used to help watch and protect wildlife. Cool.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – Not only is it steep, it changes every few months. And that’s no exaggeration.