Computers are getting more and more difficult to deal with. Just as you think you’re getting the hang of them they change. The other night I saw a commercial for some computery thing on TV and mentioned to Gloria that I feel the same way about computers as our parents do about DVD players (and previously VCRs).
As simple as it may be to a younger generation, there’s something about advances in technology that seems to exclude older generations. The innate inevitable obsolescence of ever-changing technology is infectious, eventually spreading from the aging hardware to the user.
I have a “theory” that an increasing reliance on ever-changing technology will turn the current era into a historical dark age. If the world continues (and if Jesus doesn’t return for several centuries) the abundance of recorded information from our own time will be inaccessible, effectively non-existent, being stored in forms reliant on unusable ancient technologies. There will be an apparent gap between the age of printed books and whatever means of information storage they may have developed centuries ahead.
Even today, consider all the things stored on computer systems that are no longer viable. For example, the only “existing” copies of my university writings and all of the stories I wrote at that time are on floppy disks, saved from a Commodore 64 computer – so maybe in my case I should see that aspect of technological obsolescence as a serendipitous blessing.