by Corinne Wnek
I recently made a conscious decision to get over my fear of technology, defined by me as any new gadget that promises to make my life easier. I feel all alone in a war of wires, connectors, adapters and operating systems, not to mention tech talk that flows like melted butter off the tongues of those not technologically challenged.
Because this is Valentine’s week, I am going to make a genuine effort to love all things high tech. But just writing this gives me goose bumps.
I am envious of people who grew up with technology. A click here, a browse there and suddenly they are everywhere on the internet. Or is that ‘the web’? I just had to know so I researched this and it seems that these words, ‘internet’ and ‘web’ are used interchangeably but technically they are not even close to being the same thing. Who knew? Apparently half the universe. I was in the other half. But I just learned the difference and I’m feeling like a brainiac already. Look it up if you don’t know.
Let’s talk iPhones. Or is it Smartphones? Is there a difference? And what does Android, Symbian and a 4G connection mean? As the sweat returns to my forehead, I repeat over and over again, “I can do this, I can do this.” Feeling more in control now, I learn that an iPhone is simply a type of Smartphone. Both products combine cell phones with a basic computer but work off of different operating systems. It’s all about the bells and whistles and cost for a multimedia enabled phone with internet capability. I can’t believe that line just came to me.
Then there’s iTunes for those of us who love music or videos. Thanks to Apple, iTunes gives us a media player and library application so we can download digital audio and visual material right on to our personal computers. And through the convenience of the iTunes Store we can buy just about anything from our favorite music and videos to TV shows. So this is why music shops and stores like Blockbuster are out of business.
I’m still working my way toward a thorough understanding of iPods and iPads, just not today. My brain’s OS, that is, operating system, is beginning to lock up, like that never ending ‘wheel of death’ that often appears on computer screens forcing us to quit a program. But I admit it. I could get to enjoy all of this new ‘i Stuff’.
Definitely more than my old steam i-Ron.