Don't Feel Like A Dummy
I am amazed at the number of intelligent, well-balanced individuals who will confess to me "When it comes to computers, I'm a real dummy...". Why is it that so many people, who are successful in their choice of careers, and so good at so many things, will feel humiliated and "dumb" because they don't know how to use a computer? It seems to be a feeling of inferiority bred by the incessant exposure in all the media: television, radio, newspapers, and magazines, about computers and the internet. If you don't know about these things, it appears, then you may not have a future. While it is true that many of the things that we now use in our everyday lives: television, telephones, ATM cards and so on, have had a huge impact on how we live and work, through the advances in technology, I believe that it is up to the designers and manufacturers of these products to make them foolproof and easy to use for everybody.
People like myself, who have been "fighting up" with computers since the early days of the PC and Macintosh, have become used to dealing with equipment that does not work as it is supposed to and software that crashes frequently, but surely we should not have to put up with such bad behaviour from products that we pay good money for. I am glad to see for instance, that telecommunications companies have recognised the wonderful potential of the World Wide Web, and also recognise how difficult it still is to use. WebTV is the first attempt to bring the Web into your living room through your television set and remote control. It should be that you should be able to purchase such a product, bring it home, plug it in and be able to use it immediately without having to read a manual or take a course!
But don't despair, give it a go, I always say "your never to old to learn". (mind you I don't think my Father-in-law would agree with that. He thinks he knows everything ;o) But seriously! The older you are the better it is, for the older generation if far better to teach than the young ones (some times ;o) Please give it a go, and don't give up in the week, it will be worth it in the long run.
You will enjoy it once you try it, I promise ;o)
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