Sunday, December 7, 2008

A friend sent me a picture the other day and it reminded me of when I was first introduced to a computer. I didn't post it here in case someone found it offensive. It's a cartoon and posted on my blog if you care to look.

It's only been ten years since I put my hands on a computer for the very first time. I was terrified! Sure I would do something to make it blow up or something. People, or co-workers I should say, got a good laugh at my expense every time I was introduced to something new about it. And I hated the computer classes I was signed up for because I always felt so frustrated and inadequate.

The first thing I had challenges with was the mouse and learning how to control the cursor. It seemed to have a mind of its own and trying to zero it in on what I wanted to click on was nearly impossible. But alas, I mastered the technique fairly early on.

Then challenges came with the mouse pad. It wasn't big enough. The mouse would be at the very edge of the pad but the cursor wasn't any where near I wanted it so I would have to pick up the mouse pad and move it beyond the mouse. One morning I came in to work and a co-worker, so called friend put his desk calendar, the kind that covers most of your desk, under my mouse and wrote Debbie's mouse pad on it. Ha! Ha!

Now let's move on to the CD player. Did you know that it works perfectly as a cup holder? Try it. At first I didn't know that's where you insert those little records. But wow, now it provides two services so you really get your monies worth.

Speaking of money, why are computers so expensive when they're only good for a few short years before they become slow and outdated? I'm on my second desk top and first lap top, which by the way, is the way to go. I doubt I'll ever buy another desk top.

I've learned a lot over the years and can't imagine not having a computer in my life. For sure I wouldn't be a published author.


Sarita Leone said...

Debbie, you are too funny! I love your sense of humor.

But really, I couldn't imagine being without a computer now. I did write my first books on a typewriter, and it was such a pain by comparison.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday! :)

margaret blake said...

Oh dear yes, computers best thing to be invented. First I wrote in longhand and then had to type the book up on a manual typewriter, plus using carbon paper. Of course a good invention then was what we call tipex, white fluid that took words out.

Now with computers it is wonderful, you can re-read without it getting tatty, no need for filthy carbon paper and tippex....well, that comes in handy for when we put the wrong addresses on the envelope.

Thanks Debbie for reminding us how lucky we are today.

Debbie Wallace said...

Me too Sarita. I started on a manual typewriter, then later electric. Still a pain.

Debbie Wallace said...

OMG I forgot all about the carbon paper, Margaret! What a mess that was. Something to remind me not all the good ole days were that great:)

Kathleen said...

My early manuscripts used to literally crack with white out so am glad for computers.

Debbie Wallace said...

LOL, I have manuscripts I typed on a manual typewriter that have turned yellow and the words so faded I can barely read them!