…not that long ago, we lived at a much slower pace of life. Technology has become so instant that we expect everything to happen, right now, this minute. Like when you send and email and you expect an answer back the same day, if it doesn’t come, you start to get agitated. Life is all go, go, go!
I am old enough to remember the days before TVs and computers. In fact, even before electricity. Living on a farm we didn’t have the luxury of power. No flicking a switch for an air conditioner or turning on a fan, to keep cool. Our lights came from a generator. When it ran out of fuel, the lights went out, sending you into pitch darkness.
(Oh I remember those dark nights walking outside to the “dunny”!) The refrigerator was run on kerosene and the phone lines ran across a pole in the middle of the paddock and if a bird hit the wires, or a fire burnt it down, it would be weeks before it was fixed. We were on what is called a ‘party line’ with several other farmers and the only way we knew if the call was for us, was by the ring. Ours was a long ring and two shorts ones. To call our number, you would turn the dial all the way around, then half way, twice or before the dial, it was the handle on the phone attached to the wall. 51D was our number, easy to remember, not like our many digit numbers now and those mobile phone numbers! Who can remember their own, let alone anyone else’s!? One would have to be careful what you said on the phone, as anyone of the neighbours could listen in to your conversation (we could hear the click as they picked it up! busted!) and we worry about privacy now! And what about those timed long distance calls, as soon as the pips went, you would hang up or pay for another 3 minute call. My grandmother was a classic. If she made the phone call, it was 3 minutes tops. As soon as the pips went, `Got to go now, bye!`Clunk!
I’m also of the era of ledger machines. Each client would have a card that you would enter their purchases on from the daily journal and receipt book which was all written by hand. The customer card would be put into the ledger machine and you would enter the amount of the payment or purchase. At the end of the day, this would then print out a total of your daily transactions and had to match the total cash taken. No credit cards in those days, all cash or cheques. The end of the month was a big day, everything had to total. I used to love working the ledger machine. There was also the adding machine with the pull down handle for adding or subtracting and a bright red telephone. Typing letters was done on a typewriter from my shorthand notes.
I was reminded of the ‘olden days’ at my work on Friday. I got to work all day when one of our receptionists went home sick and would you know, the main computer had been throwing up error messages so it was taken away to have a new hard drive installed. Overnight they said. As it turns out, it still won`t be back for the Monday morning rush.
You see, in this modern day, your working life revolves around technology and if it stops working….? How can you go back? We are not really equipped to go without a computer and rely totally on it for all our appointments and payments. Fortunately, several months ago, it was decided to not go totally paperless, or we would not have a way to record patients coming and going or their treatment! However all xrays and reports are now done digitally. No computer, no xrays to view.
Prior to this, my EHD (External Hard Drive) where I backup my Memory Vault, Emails, Storybook Projects, Content, Fonts etc to, started to make weird noises. Windows kept asking me if I wanted to format it. No way! Fortunately, I’ve become very wary of technology and computer crashes, and knew that I had another back up drive in another room and I also had one at my work in the safe. I do not like that sick feeling one gets when you know you are about to loose a lot of hard work and memories.
Things come in three’s as only last week, my iPhone decided to die too. Well not die completely, the screen went blank, I could not see anything on it. According to Apple Support, it was the back light and not fixable. So off I went to the local Apple retailer and came out with the latest iPhone 4S. I could not go without a phone, as I was travelling on my own to the city the next day, 5 hours away on dead straight roads I and wanted to have some sort of contact. Yes, you`re right, what would I have done previously (Less than 5 years ago in fact!). There was already a fire that I saw on the way down, then on the way back several days later it was worse and blocked off two major highways to the north. We were having some extreme heat, with 4 consecutive days over 40c. I ended up taking another route, and only a few hours after passing through there, a fire started and that road was closed. Thankfully I had my phone so I could contact the Main Roads and find out where the fires were and plan the trip home safely.
Thankfully too, iTunes and the iCloud keeps a copy of all my apps and contacts. For my photos I use a neat app called PhotoSync that wirelessly sends the photos to my computer and then it’s just a matter of dragging them into Memory Manager. So technology can really be a good thing…when it’s working!
And to write this blog, I am sitting on my back patio in the lovely cool breeze, typing away on my iPad and my work is being saved to the iCloud or I can drop it into Dropbox and pick the file up on my computer later on. Ahhhh I LUV technology!
PS: My husband fixed my other iPhone and it is working like nothing was ever wrong with it 🙂