Tuesday, October 7, 2008

OK Computer

Hi. My name is Mary, and I'm a technophobe.

Hi Mary.

It's been 3 weeks since I last resisted the urge to try some new technology. I've been blogging for a few weeks now and I've learned a smattering of new, useful, tech savvy skills:
a. I created a blog by myself.
b. I discovered how to turn off the flash and I mastered the self-timer on my digital camera.
c. I uploaded photos from my digital camera onto my computer multiple times.
d. I found the location of those photos on my computer and then posted them on my blog.
e. I even managed to post on my blog a video clip from another website.
As you can see, I've been acquiring a whole new skill set. Maybe Google or Microsoft of Apple will want to hire me. With cutting-edge skills like these, who wouldn't want me?

The way I approach technology, you'd think I was raised in the 70's when the Atari was a big deal. The truth is I grew up playing Frogger on one of the original 1983 Macintosh home computers. You know, the ones that look like an upright shoebox with a screen on the top half and a slot for the disk on the lower half.
They're pretty much the same as the MacBook Air, only cooler, sleeker, and a bit more portable.

I've always been surrounded by home computers, I've just never really taken to them, despite having to use them to type countless papers throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Make no mistake about it, I can type like nobody's business--just don't ask me to create a power point presentation.

In the spirit of improvement, I read an article in the New York Times today and decided to expand my knowledge even further. Who knew that double clicking on a word highlights it? True. Try it. Now. Neat, huh? You can also hit the Space bar and the Web page will scroll down. Did you do it and find yourself reading one of my posts from earlier this week? Did you hold down the Shift key while hitting the Space bar again to scroll back up? Well, you can. It works! With tips like these, I might actually get excited about computers and refuse to be a technophobe any longer. Technophobes, read on!

Do you see that? I just created a permalink to the article on my blog. A week ago, I didn't even know what a permalink was!

And for further evidence of my mastery of technology, behold the photo (taken with my digital camera) of the Afternoon (Dish) Traffic Report (brought to you by homemade frosting. It's on my mind lately since I ate a rather large helping of it earlier today when I found a container of it in the back of the fridge. What can I say? I'm a sucker for homemade frosting.):

Photo taken at approximately 3:00pm (later than usual) because I was working out on the elliptical at 2:00pm when the photo should have been taken. This is an authentic picture, folks. No photoshopping. Please, like I could figure out how to use Photoshop.


Steve and Kenna said...

OK now I do not know how to do a permalink and I work on the computer all day long. You will need to show me how to make a permalink.

Zarebski said...
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Mary Poppins said...

kenna--for you, anything.

zarebski--i'm glad you recognize my genius ideas. What can I say? I'm pretty cutting edge.

Mrs Furious said...

I'm a total technophobe myself and it a testament to blogger that I have been able to succeed in the blogging world despite my significant handicaps. Whereas Facebook is a whole other story... I'm clueless...

PS I've been working on some seriously good life insights these days... I'll try and call tomorrow!

Mary Poppins said...

mrs f--goody