After we got home from the beach, my computer died, and then while it was out being repaired, we lost our internet connection, so the laptop was no help. Life does go on, even without the computer! But it is mighty convenient having everything up and running again.
I remember our first computer back in the prehistoric days. It was an IBM XT and it had 10 megabytes memory in hard drive. Impressive! We had it on a desk in the corner of our bedroom, and Doug used it to write Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. We printed that puppy out, chapter by chapter, with that (awful) dot matrix on the long sheets that you had to tear on the perforations or else just fold up into a stack. Terrible to read.
How did people write books before computers? It took me a while before I could write an article on the computer rather than with ink and a legal pad. It just didn’t feel right for a long time. But I made the big transition, and it is pretty hard to go back.
It wasn’t that long ago. My kids were school age. We didn’t have cell phones or email and life went on pretty well. We wrote letters; we called. And before our first computer, I typed on an electric typewriter. Imagine life without word processing! Oh the agony of the white-out tape. Back up, type over the mistake with the white-out, back up again, type the correct letter. Tedious business!
Last week I gave a “talk” for the Veritas Teacher Training using a headset and my computer (or rather, the lap top) a day or two before we lost our internet. I went into my “room” and other people on other computers signed in and listened to my talk. I confess to having a butterfly or two beforehand. Very weird way to give a talk. You just don’t know if people are falling asleep, if they are laughing at your jokes, or if they are following along or not. But it was kind of fun to try something new. Very techie.
So enough of my reflections on the machine I don’t understand on my desk. And how strange that I can hit a few buttons and you can find these rambling thoughts on your screen in your house on your desk far away.