Here’s this week’s challenge: Technology
Week 8: What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?
This week’s comments are provided by Phoenix resident, Irene Winterburn who is a Trial Consultant/IT, Paralegal Supervisor at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.
She is also the newsletter editor of the News Leaf, a publication of the Phoenix Family History Library where she volunteers.
“I grew up in Yuma, Arizona, where we only had two television channels. Our single black and white TV in our home was something to be desired, so our greatest joy was going to Grandma’s house on Sundays to watch the Disney program, because Grandma had a “color set.” I then remember that the remote control was invented. How did we ever live without it?! I also remember my Dad loving the reel-to-reel recording device, but was thrilled when my brother got an 8-track machine; the music would play and play without end. Later, the cassette recorder was invented and was more compact, but I thought it wasn’t as good as the 8-track because you had to stop and turn the tape over to listen to the other side. I soon learned to love it as well.
Just the other day I was reminiscing about when I started working in law firms in the early 1980’s using the best of the best: IBM Selectric typewriters with auto-correction tape. We were amazed when they came out with machines with a 30-word memory feature. We later advanced to word processors that had magnetic storage devices,and our firm spent $25,000 for several of these machines for the secretaries. Not long thereafter I brought in my own computer to use which cost me about $2,000. I loved using WordPerfect 5.0 for DOS; it was the greatest! Now when I ask our IT person about the IBM Selectric machine (which we still have), he admits he doesn’t even know how to turn it on, let alone use it. My how times have changed.
Now, being the techno-geek that I am, I’ve got to have the fastest computer possible, with several backups of my data (lots of family photos and genealogical records I do not want to lose). Best invention to date is my iPhone, and being able to access my entire address book, calendar, have the ability to Tweet, Facebook and text, plus still use it as a phone from time to time. I can also keep up on the news, read blogs in my Google Reader, map to the closest Subway to eat lunch, and play a game of cards while waiting at the doctor’s office. I used to avoid technology such as Facebook, Twitter and texting, but absolutely LOVE being able to become better acquainted with my family and friends with these tools. My one great hope is to see the day when we can access ALL printed materials from around the entire world with the click of a mouse while still in my jammies. Oh such joy!”
Irenes’ comments are very insightful and show how thoughts can be triggered as we step back in time to think about certain aspects of life. Visit Irene’s blog at Jirene’s Genealogy Tips. Check out her blog post about the Phoenix Family History Library, its resources and the newsletter she edits by clicking here.
Family History Challenge: Take time to record and preserve your own personal history as well as taking care of your family’s genealogy. Use these prompts, as you see fit, to chip away at recording your memories as well as life’s lessons learned for the benefit of future generations. Use your computer or record your memories on paper. If you have a blog, post them there.
Thank you to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog for putting together this wonderful series. These prompts are listed on www.geneabloggers.com– a valuable shared community resource. Posts from other GeneaBloggers will be found there, too.
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