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It All Began with an iPhone…


I mentioned in a recent post that I would like to get an iPad. A reader sent me a funny e-mail and I knew I wanted to share a version of it as a blog post. I don't know who wrote it, and so the I's and my's are not referring to me. Anyway, here it is, with a little family news at the end of the post.

It all began with an iPhone….

March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday and I got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?

picture of iPhone

I celebrated my birthday in July and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.
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More Senior Texting Code


Back in mid-December I did a blog post called Texting for Seniors. Since more and more seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for STC (Seniors' Texting Code) — things that go beyond TTYL (talk to you later) and BTW (by the way). STC would be helpful to communicate things that seniors citizens say frequently and would want to include in a text message to their senior peeps. If you qualify for Senior Discounts and do texting, this is the code for you!

Senior Texting Code

AFT: Another Funeral Today

ATD: At the Doctor's

B2N: Bingo Tonight?

BNMD: Back In My Day

CBM: Covered By Medicare
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Do You Use the Caps Lock Key?


picture of caps lock key

About the only time I use the Caps Lock key on my computer is when I aCCIDENTALLY hit it as I reach my pinky over to hit the A key. Seriously, it has come in handy at times, especially back in the days of typing on my trusty Remington manual typewriter that lacked bold and italics.

picture of search key

Recently I read an article telling that Google is planning to delete the Caps Lock/Shift Lock key on its Cr-48 notebook (laptop), replacing the key with a search button. If users still want to have it be a Caps Lock key, they can do so by tweaking a few settings. The article about this change gives an interesting history of typewriters and keyboards and tells when and why the Shift Lock key came into being and how its use has changed through the years.

The change Google is making on its laptops may be confusing to those who frequently use the caps lock key, but it could also help people avoid being part of something like the following discussion I found online earlier this fall:
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That’s Thumb Drive!


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This week my third semester French class is studying vocabulary related to technology, using the old edition of the textbook that we're phasing out. One of the words in the vocab for this lesson is une disquette (a floppy disk) — a word wisely eliminated in the new edition. Until now I've had to supply the word une clé USB (a flash drive). The new textbook has that word and many others, but I wonder how outdated this textbook will be in 4 or 5 years when the next edition comes out.

For my young readers who might not know what a floppy diskette is, it was the wonderful invention that allowed us to store and transport data from one computer to another (picture below), and it was much smaller than the older floppies. It was also one of the main means for installing new software. I saw something interesting recently – a display of how many diskettes it would take for some of today's (bloated) software. Check out the number of floppies it would take to install Photoshop — how would you like to put in 358 diskettes in the right order to install a program?!

picture of diskette

CD's and DVD's are a much more sane way to do software installations, and writable and rewritable CD's and DVD's are great for saving and transporting files. But I have grown dependent on my USB flash drive for transporting information between my home and school computers.

For my older readers who might not know what a USB flash drive is, it is the item in the first picture in this post. USB flash drives became available on December 15, 2000, and had a storage capacity of 8 MB, more than five times the capacity of the then-common floppy disks. I hesitate to post statistics since technology changes so quickly, but this past year I heard of a new one that can hold 256 GB of information! A flash drive is also called a jump drive, a USB key, and even a thumb drive.

I loved the following picture of what could really be called a thumb drive.
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Connection VS Closeness


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How connected are you? If you are reading this you probably either have e-mail or can go online. Do you remember the days before the Internet, e-mail, and cell phones? Do you feel closer to people now, or do you long for the closeness you enjoyed back then? For millennia people sat around and talked to each other. Now kids sitting in the same room text each other. Or they're all on laptops, doing their own thing, telling the others about something cool they've found, but not being heard because everyone else is so engrossed with being "connected."

As much as people talk about being connected, it often seems as if they actually seek ways to evade each other in public. The avoidance might be unintentional, but the phenomenon is worldwide. The Japanese actually have a term for teenagers who withdraw completely from social contact with others — hikikomori. I routinely see pairs of students walking along or sitting beside each other, both of them texting someone else instead of enjoying being with the one nearby.

Though I can't recommend the source of the following as a regular diet, the cartoon does show clearly the unintentional aspect I just mentioned.

picture of cartoon

In his quest to be "connected," the poor guy in that cartoon wasn't connecting with the one near him, and probably as a result, she totally disconnected from him.
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