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Posted in Apple, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Block Island, Computers, Humility, Photography, software with tags , , , , , , , on 08/07/2018 by wooddickinson

In the ParkHistorically I have been an early adopter of new technology. Especially computer and game console technology. I have owned more computers that I care to recount. Almost all of those have gone by the wayside except the Mac and Microsoft driven computers which we used to call IBM clones.

My first Apple computer was an Apple ][plus with 16K of RAM and a cassette recorder for file storage. There were very few programs out for it so we all learned how to write are own. A lot has changed since those days. Now we look at a computer as one more appliance we have to have. Same with smart phones. We have come to depend on these devices, especially our phones. The problem is smart phones aren’t really that smart. I mean they can’t even keep themselves charged.

But the desire to stay connected through social media begs the need for a phone that can take photos, let me post them to Facebook, email and text them and do what ever else I feel I need to do with them. My point is we all have come to depend on these phones which are nothing more than sophisticated computers. When a storm blows through and you lose power in your home panic sets in. How much battery power is left on my phone! We all tweet about the power lose and looming problem of dead phone battery which means disconnection from social media.

I could go on about this for a long time but you get the drill. That’s what I love about Block Island. It is a low tech place with spotty wi-fi and nominal cell service. It is a place where you can reconnect with yourself and someone you love. We all should turn off our phones at least one day a week and allow ourselves to just be.

EMAIL!

Posted in Computers with tags , , , , on 03/17/2015 by wooddickinson

19373469Back in the “old days” of computers email applications became available and I was very excited about the prospect of much more immediate communications. This was for work application. I never really thought that people would start using it for personal communications as well.

I met my wife when I was sixteen years old and we wrote hundreds of letters back and forth. We still have them in boxes, a record and testament of our growing relationship. I use to write about everyday to her. These letters are hand written and decorated as best as we could do.

Today email has become the de facto method of communications. They are temporal and ephemeral by their very nature. Personally I keep all my email except the “junk” folder. But, junk seems like all I get. The amount of “newsletters,” offers, ads etc. far out strip emails from people I want to hear from. I find I miss important emails due to the amount of stuff coming into my inbox.  Looking at my email today I have 1400 unread emails in my inbox! How did this happen?

Well, you register a piece of software or hardware even your new toaster and it is followed by emailed offers, newsletters and other marketing material. When is someone going to tell all these companies that this amount of communicates is more confusing than the last Transformer movie. I delete “blocks” of emails now. I know in doing this I delete stuff I really want to or need to read. It’s all very frustrating. I know people, you might be one of them, that just creates a new email address on a routine basis to stop this flow of junk.

Again, when you do this, important emails will not get to you and you’ll miss the free upgrade offer of a major piece of software you use. I use scads of smart email boxes to sort things but it’s getting to be too much. I’m on an unsubscribe binge and updating my junk folder settings like crazy. What a mess. Somehow I mean to beat this back because I do want to keep my email address.

So, if I miss your emails please be patient. I’m going to get this under control one way or the other and companies out there STOP IT.

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