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Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

Life without a computer sometimes sounds pretty good to me! Computers have been part of my working life since the day I started. Well, that’s not strictly true. My lawnmowing business didn’t need a computer and nor did my farm labourer work!

I remember once playing Frogger on a Commador 64 that used cassette tapes. I can also remember getting our first family computer and how big a deal that was. I think on that computer Windows was actually an application rather than an operating system.

I broke my collar bone when I was 15 and had an assignment due at school so we got dictation software to allow me to complete it on time rather than type one handed! I think that everyone secretly wanted a go which was why we got it!

But where they can also save time, they can also be a hindrance if you don’t know how to use them. Again, when I was at school, we bought a scanner and used it for another piece of coursework. It was at the time where we didn’t realise the tolerances at which you needed to scan. I don’t know what tolerances we set, but I think there were maybe three images in the document and we had to leave it to print over night. None of this 150ppi nonsense for us!

A couple of days ago I wrote about how it was a small world because of computers. The digital age is great at capturing moments in time and more and more resources are offering you memories of past experiences. With a photo album, you know what you’re getting and I’m trying not use Timehop anymore.  I logged on to Facebook late last night and got a reminder that I would probably rather not have had and it sucked hard.

I think the key to all technology is how it’s used. I’d like to think that my life without computers would be pretty similar to what it is now (I’d still work, I’d still consume content etc), although there are parts of my life (some bigger than others) that wouldn’t have happened without technology. It really can be a great enabler.

I’m on a roll, I’m on a roll
This time, I feel my luck could change
Kill me Sarah, kill me again with love
It’s gonna be a glorious day

Pull me out of the aircrash
Pull me out of the lake
‘Cause I’m your superhero
We are standing on the edge

The Head of State has called for me by name
But I don’t have time for him
It’s gonna be a glorious day
I feel my luck could change

Pull me out of the aircrash
Pull me out of the lake
‘Cause I’m your superhero
We are standing on the edge

We are standing on the edge

Lucky from the album OK Computer by Radiohead

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