Trust Your Technolust

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I’m so pissed off right now. I hate my computer. I’ve been having problems with Adobe Premiere and Sony DVGate, so I’ve been trying to figure it out because I’m working on this huge video project. I called Sony tech support and they told me that I’m no longer under warranty, so they couldn’t help me without charging me ludicrous amounts of money. So I was trying =another= uninstall-reinstall when the computer crashed. I had just finished reinstalling Premiere and it asked if I wanted to restart my computer. I selected ‘Yes’ and clicked ‘Ok’. But nothing happened. Since the mouse was still moving, I decided to try again. Nothing. So I did a ctrl+alt+del to find out that the setup program was ‘Not Responding’. I ended its task, but the computer still didn’t restart. A few quick ctrl+alt+dels took care of that. On the restart, I was greeted by the ugly default windows appearance (I usually have a black desktop and bright green title bars). I got an error saying that some .dll file couldn’t load. I figured that a restart would solve the problem, but to no avail. In fact, not only were my appearances changed, but all my preferences were reverted back to the factory defaults. Worse than that, all my files were in alphabetical order (not the order I wanted them in) and all my programs thought they were being run for the first time. All the user names and passwords that IE used to have stored were lost. Everything was reset. And I’m livid. It was bad enough that I had to waste time trying to fix my computer (which is supposed to work just fine and had been up until recently), but now I’ve got this to deal with.

I feel a rant coming on…

This is perfect fodder for those who are anti-technology. What’s wrong with those people? They claim that technology is going to ruin our lives. They’d rather do it the hard way and be sure that it ‘gets done and gets done right’ than take a small risk and let a computer do it for them. Or a robot. Or some machine that will make life easier. And I’m not only talking about the techno-phobes, I’m talking about the people who refuse to buy NT (New Technology, not Windows) simply out of principle. For example: I’m a DJ at a Jazz station in Cheney, so we have a lot of older listeners. Since it’s Cheney (and the surrounding area) many listeners live out in the boonies. So I’m there one night (spinning the platters that matter) and I get a call, which is not uncommon. This guy asks if I can play a certain song by this one artist for him. I look in the computer and though I didn’t find the song, I found that we did have a few albums by this artist. Now, not all the songs are listed in the computer, so I told him that there’s a chance we might have the song and I’d do what I can. He replied by saying that he’d really appreciate it if I could play the song for him. He said he could listen to the song if he bought the CD, but that he didn’t ‘want to have to buy a CD player just to listen to it.’ What the hell? A new CD player costs like $30! What in the world is wrong with you? Hello? Anyone home? Geez!

In the words of Eddie Izzard, ‘I don’t have techno-fear, I have techno-joy!’ I embrace NT and try to make it work for me. Smaller computer? I’ll take one! Faster Internet connection? Sign me up! I always say that I couldn’t last a week without my computer, and it’s true. I need to check my e-mail on a multiple daily basis. If I ever committed a crime and was sent to jail for it, I would be punished beyond belief. All they would have to do is put me in a room (or a house, for that matter) without a computer and I’d go nuts. Computers can do in one second what used to take a whole year, sometimes more! I just don’t understand why anyone would want to make life harder for themselves. I mean, if you had to choose between being paid to do whatever you wanted to do for the rest of your life (including nothing) or being forced to work for no pay, no food, no shelter and no benefits in a coal mine for the rest of your life (which, in a coal mine, probably wouldn’t last too long), chances are in the favour of getting paid to do nothing. Humans are lazy. We learn it from our elders. Which I find interesting, since they’re the ones who’ve had to live without all this great technology.

A lot of people like to blame technology for my generation’s laziness. While that may be true, I sincerely doubt it’s the only reason. I mean, if our parents are letting us get away with zoning out in front of the TV, we’re not entirely to blame. In fact, if they don’t encourage us to do other things, what right do they have to complain? They need to try and motivate us to do other things. I hardly get outside anymore (but I try to jog on a daily basis, so that gets me out) for sitting in front of my computer all day. I would probably be more apt to go outside and break away from the computer if my parents would not only find something interesting to do, but something that we could do together. Now, I’m not complaining about my parents (and as far as I know, they don’t complain about me). I’m just using myself as an example for my generation (and following generations). You send your kids to school to get an education, but you may not realize that you, as parents, have the greatest influence on your children.

A lot of parents seem to feel stupid when their kids know more about something than they do, especially when it comes to technology. It’s a fact that kids have the tendency to learn about computers (and such) faster and more readily than their parents do (my dad recently got promoted to computer tech at his library. His second day on the job he called me up to ask me about a hacking program (because they suspected they had been hacked). It’s not that he needed my help, he just knew that I knew about the program. I thought it was funny, though).

It’s late, now. I had a point when I started writing this, but I can’t recall what it was. I guess the underlying message here is: Trust your Technolust.

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