by Anna Sugden
My new mobile phone arrived a few days ago. The one that has a camera, an MP3 player, a video device, internet capability and, almost as an after-thought, the ability to make and receive calls. If only it could iron, vacuum and clean the bathroom.
It got me thinking about modern technology. And reminded me of my time as a teacher when I used to read one of my favourite children’s stories, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, to the class. (They loved it too). To help them understand just what life for Charlie would have been like, I would always spend time talking to them about when the book was written. They couldn’t imagine a time without CD’s and DVD’s, the internet, colour TV and yes, mobile phones. Understandable when it’s all they’ve known in their short lives.
But what about me … although I lived through those ‘ancient times’ (hmm a topic for another blog post perhaps), there are a few things I can’t imagine life without either. So, here are five things I wouldn’t want to be without:
The internet - preferably wireless and broadband. You’re all here, so you get what I’m saying *grin*. Almost instant access to whatever you need to know, see, hear and buy is truly a miracle. Internet shopping saved my sanity over the holidays - no malls, no traffic, no rude people. One of the things I can’t wait to get home to, in the UK, is internet grocery shopping! But, it’s also a great way to communicate. The art of letter-writing may be dead … but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing when you can bash out an email! How else can you converse with friends thousands of miles apart, even on different continents at the click of a mouse? And how else can you check the hockey scores, see pics of your fave players, catch highlights and learn the latest scoop before a game?
My laptop. These days, my handwriting is considerably slower than my typing. I may not be a trained touch-typist, but I can hold my own! Having my own computer that I can tote about with me (did I mention wireless internet access? *grin*), and which has all the tools I need, is perfect. I’d be lost without it. Not just for my writing and surfing, but for all the other programs too; I can play music, watch films, catalogue my books and autographs and play around with photos. Oh, and let’s not forget the adventure games. Wonderland anyone?
My iPod. What’s not to love? With all the innovations Apple has made, this is a dream device. Especially for all the travelling we do. Aside from podcasts and music, I use mine to listen to writing workshops and to catch up on the TV series I’ve missed. Now that you can surf the internet too … I’m in heaven. Is there a theme here?
A microwave. While I do enjoy cooking with a real stove or oven, there are times when convenience is the key … and a microwave is the perfect answer. Whether it’s zapping baked potatoes, a quick defrost of the left-overs I forgot to take out of the freezer or steaming veggies, I wouldn’t like to do without a microwave!
A telephone. At the end of the day, nothing beats speaking to a person. Especially when one of these lovely devices is not doing what it’s supposed to!
The next item of modern technology on my ‘to buy’ list is Tivo. Most of the shows I like to watch are on too late or clash with other things.
One modern device I doubt I will ever get is an e-reader. I love books … just as they are!
So, what are you favourite modern devices? What’s on your to-buy list? And which device are you unlikely to use?