Computers - Love Them or Hate Them Or I Really Don't Care!

With over 50 percent of seniors now using a computer, this market finally crossed that magic percentage mark. I've owned and used one since 1975, or for 42 years. When I bought-leased my first one, it was more than $10,000 for a keyboard, cpu, and printer combo. (The same equipment today would probably go for $750!!)

I found the history of this marvelous device while skimming the Wikipedia section, which stated "The first substantial computer was the great ENIAC (Electrical Numerical Integrator and Calculator) machine created by John W Mauckly at the University of Pennsylvania that used more than 2,000 vaccum tubes from 1946 to 1955. A controversy developed in 1971, however, when it was discovered that another physicist, John Atanoff had already used the idea in a simple vaccum-tube device built in the 1930s while at the Iowa State College. Courts found in favor of Atanoff and the company he worked for.

Two more devices were invented that would improve the computer field revolution, the transistor in 1947 by William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain of Bell Labs, which drove out tubes in computers, and subsequently used integrated circuitry created by Jack St. Clair Kelly of Texas Instrument and helped grow the personal computer as the top brand.

I use Pagemaker #7.0 (a professional program) which I originally purchased for $175 to construct most of my printed items...and find many more uses.

I will tell you there are times I would throw something at the computer as a result of some mishap with either me (the programmer) or my mechanical monster. Fortunately, I have a grandson who works for Best Buy and his special program can fix most of my problems from his own home by seizing the combo as I watch the arrow skim around the desktop board without me even touching that part of the program.

Besides using my computer for business, I use it for communicating with my world-wide family as they scoot around the earth, plus the use of a unit to pass pictures to one another. I can truthfully say that I normally give my computer a kiss for all it can do every day...but there are times it all goes in reverse and I'm ready to punch the desktop in the face and say, "Forget it, who needed you in the first place!"  But I always forgive this marvelous device, fix it, and continue on my merry way, and really do care!

How Do You Feel About It?  Love it, Hate It...or Simply Don't Care?



Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. Many of the stories he has written are based on factual evidence from newspaper stories and other sources available to the public. He uses his imagination in parts to help supply the “twist” at the end.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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