Sunday, February 05, 2012

Technology. That's always Been Your Achilles Heel in this Part of the World

I was talking on the phone with an older gentlemen. He needed to send me a document so I spelled out my email address:

Me: "E-M-A-I-L at gmail dot com."

Him: "E-M-A-I-L-X?" 

Me: "No, E-M-A-I-L at gmail..." 

Him interrupting me: "L at?" 

Me: "Yes. At."

Him (No response)

Me: As in, the at symbol." 

Him: (Pausing) "...the what symbol?" 

Later, he said he would attach a document to an email. When I got the email it said: Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to attach the document. Can I fax it to you? But he had, actually, attached the file. 

A few days ago my neighbor asked me what a browser was. I was taken completely aback. 

"You mean you don't know? I thought everyone knew. It's imprinted knowledge human babies are born with, like holding their breath underwater."

I've been so amused by the whole ordeal. I find it so odd to realize that such terms haven't really been around that long. 


  1. I saw my first browser in 1992 when I worked at the University of Utah Bookstore. I installed Linux and created the computer department webpage for the bookstore. I knew it was new but I have realized that I did both within a year or so of the invention of both. I am such a geezer!!

  2. I think that's a geekzer!

  3. Ha! I call technology illiterate people "muggles".


If, in your comment, you do not use code names as I do in my blog, I will edit your comment before I post it.