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Technology these Days

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Monday, November 27, 2000

Computers have come a long way in the past couple decades. My family has had one in the house since the early 90s. They are very nice to have for word processing, and the advent of the Internet has done wonderful things for research and communication in my house. The introduction of new technologies has proven helpful in many ways. Still, I feel that there is much room for improvement.

I still can remember the troubles I had with our first computer. While trying to set it up I came to the conclusion that throwing it out the window would have made much more progress. A few years later brought a new computer, and new troubles. The setup to the computer was easier, but the new state-of-the-art printer took about a week to get to the point where one could consider it as state-of-the-art. After that it only worked when it wanted to; if it was having a bad day it would simply print half the page. Then came the wonderfully new Pentium III. Weve had this one for about a year and a half. It will still freeze in the middle of any operation causing abrupt stops to emails, and rewrites for reports. Wonderful machines, really.

And thats only on the outside of computers. Most of the real hassle comes after you have them up and running. Trying to organize the desktop is an impossible task, if you have no prior experience or no one to tell you how. Just trying to find out what WAS the desktop was hard enough for me. It took about 3 months on our Pentium III computer before I knew the desktop was the first page with all the icons on it. The desktop links you to the word processors and the Internet. The desktop is only the very tip of the iceberg. Dealing with the word processor, spreadsheets, Internet, and all different drives can prove to be a very painful task at times.

There are also the digital cameras, personal digital assistants, cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, and many other devices. I dont have enough experience with all these things to even complain about them.

Its a fact that technology will continue changing rapidly for many years to come. Best Buy has some new and different technology in its ad every Saturday, and thats at a weekly pace. It would be nice to see some of this new and different technology making attempts to become easier to use and understand. If I were a CEO of one of those huge companies such as Microsoft, Compaq, or Hewlett Packard I would be challenging the designers of my products to make them as advanced and detailed as other technology, but still remain easy enough for my 10 year old daughter to learn all by herself. That may be too much to ask right now, but hopefully its time will come.

-David Parker

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