The Eighth Sin
Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?
Sin Eight: Tecno-lagging
I have Windows Vista – not Windows 7 which is what I thought I had. Not that it’s going to matter much either way. Sooner rather than later, either one is going to consign me to the big techno graveyard in the sky.
I make no excuse for the puddle-like depth of my techno savvy. I am 72. I was brought up (in Australia, ie the end of the earth) with a manually-operated telephone exchange, telegrams, 78 records and precious few stations on an AM radio. I first clapped eyes on television in my late teens, didn’t have regular access to one until my mid 20s, first laid hands on a computer when I almost 50 and groped my way blindly onto the internet when I was 60.
So really, I think I’ve done pretty well, particularly when you consider that I have no innate kinship with technology whatsoever. It was entirely omitted from my mental and genetic constitution. It is foreign to my nature. But despite this, my computer and I are good buddies. I can now cure its hiccups, and in return, it keeps me connected to the wider world of news, views, bill-paying and pictures of my grandchildren.
But not for much longer.
Google Chrome, it tells me, will soon stop supporting Windows Vista, and I’m already noticing its reluctance to shut down properly and the occasional two-fingered salute in response to polite requests.
The obvious answer is an ‘upgrade.’ To Windows 10? But I don’t want Windows 10. I haven’t heard cries of joy from its users and furthermore, it seems unlikely that my computer (a 9 y/o laptop) will cope with it. The thought of getting a new computer makes my finances shudder. The thought of learning a new and unimproved system makes my brain want to crawl into a hole and weep.
I cannot tell you how bitterly I resent all this. I have moved with the times well enough to do things the way modern society wants them done – ie, online. My current system does what both I and modern society want it to do. A new system will not improve my computer experience, let alone my life. I am being held to ransom by corporate greed that manipulates society to benefit its own bottom line, and in the process, sends people like me a clear and inescapable message: You are past your use-by date and too insignificant to bother about.
All a bit depressing, really.