Computers provide the possibility to communicate worldwide, as much to learn as for fun. Dependence? Probably. Entertainment? Assuredly.

I’m fairly certain that when computers were invented, no one could possibly have forseen how valuable and so widely used they would become. If memory serves me correctly, the first computer used punch cards.  Of course there were failures along the way.  The first real working computer was invented by Alan Turing.  I recently watched a compelling movie called the Imitation Game and Benedict Cumberbach played the lead role. The movie outlines his vision, incredible fortitude and brilliance and highlights the tortures  and struggles he faced because of his chosen life style.  His design changed history and the world and is the bases for all computers today.

Personally, I’ve used  several different computers including a Tandy, a Commodore, complete with monochrome monitor and several others.  I remember reading and creating code from a magazine that enabled a car to move across the screen, or made fireworks pop and sing and I even designed cities as pictures, the backdrop a setting sun.

With each new upgrade, came more to learn, more parts, but greater freedom.

Today, the list is astounding and we are able to choose a desktop, which I prefer, a lap top, a tablet or who could have imagined the smartphone packing as much gig and ram as my lap top with far reaching on the go freedom.  Astounding, profound and exciting.

I know I’m delighted with the age of the computer and it’s continued growth.  It gives me an immediate eye on the world.  I’m able to reach out and “touch somebody” literally, with words, thoughts, pictures.  Equally delightful is the ability to share thoughts and ideas from around the world.  I spend hours perusing garden sites, photography, how to videos which weren’t available and which speed up the learning curve and more importantly, other like minded individuals such as you, yes you, the reader of this blog.

The vision  and brilliance to conceptualize an idea and make it real is continually exciting and breathtaking.  While we have become dependent at work and at home on computers which provide knowledge, entertainment, outlook, news and a variety topics, I believe it’s a good thing.

 

9 thoughts on “Computers and our dependence

    1. My son was 5 when he started programming and he’s self taught and continued every since. I started then stopped since I had to work. Still it’s astounding to see the progress that has been made and which we all enjoy.

  1. I have to say I have mixed views about the digital age. I am as addicted as the next person to my laptop – we are rarely to be found apart, but I do miss the simplicity of life before they existed, or before we were constantly tethered to them anyway. They are a fantastic resource for sure, provided we don’t let them become our be all and end all. The beauty we can miss in the world, when are faces are attached to a screen is of a concern to me. That said, I’d fight anyone who tried to take my laptop away 🙂

    1. I agree with your assessment. There are many too attached to their phones particularly which concerns me as I see little people and teens who are unwilling to play games or enter the outdoors without a phone in hand. I used to laugh when I saw videos of people walking into trees or telephone poles as a result of texting. I no longer find it amusing, since it’s become a serious issue and concern. Many can’t sit down to dinner without a phone in hand and barely look at the people around them. In truth that actually scares me because it’s a pervasive addiction and easily scoffed at since it”s “fun” how can it be wrong?
      I have to agree, because in part of writing, would fight anyone that tried to take my comp. I didn’t realize how much I used it for entertainment and communication until we had a power out that lasted 6 days. It was annoyingly wretched! lol. I can laugh now but I didn’t then, which brought me to the realization. anyway, take care, talk soon. enjoy your posts btw.

  2. I’m actually very unhappy with the direction of technology at the moment. I didn’t like Windows 8 and I dislike Windows 10 only slightly less. This computer runs Windows 7 Pro, which is fine with me … but there are a bunch of application upgrades coming down the pike that won’t run on my system. I cannot afford to replace this computer with anything nearly as good. This machine has almost doubled in price in the two years since I’ve bought it and really, there’s nothing wrong with it except that Windows 10 will not install on it (and not for want of trying). So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’ve had Macs, Windows, and all the others in between and this is the first time I’ve felt that any option that I like, I can’t afford. And like everyone else, I’m thoroughly dependent for photography and writing on the computer. I can’t even imagine what I would do without it.

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