We all know how fast technology moves. Let us know what you do to keep up with it.
This is something everyone knows: Technology is a tool; pick the right tool for the right job; it’s a mistake to engage in technology solely for technology’s sake because none of us have either the time nor the money to pursue it fully.
That said, it should be clear that everyone is going to have to make choices and decide who they are, with a view of how to use technology. For example, I know a minister who has a congregation that looks like it’s straight out of the 1930’s. They are nice people. He publishes a magazine which was started decades ago and sends publications world wide. He has his own PC running XP and has a Juno account which he dials out to every once in awhile to trade emails on a very limited basis. Those to whom he sends his publication simply don’t want to get online. This is an example where technology is used, but at a level of someone who uses it sparingly without having much need of it, although he and his wife do look like the dashing couple in their sportscar with the top down on a pleasant sunny day.
On the other hand, although I’m retired (RIFfed from being a Systems Programmer on an IBM Mainframe as the sole support for the Payroll / Personnel and Budget / Finance applications for a government agency), I’ve been working on creating websites, one of which is for the above mentioned pastor and yet another using rather advanced controls for another project. I am also going to get to all those Microsoft .net, .aspx, SQL Server, C#, LINQ, WPF, Silverlight and related manuals in my bookshelf, one of these days. I’ve already written a Chaplain’s Library System and want to hone my skills further. In addition, I’m learning to use technology tools to make video presentations for one or more of the aforementioned websites. I have Windows 7 Ultimate on a 64 bit HP PC with the I7. I just got a Plustec 35mm Scanner for over 3,000 slides taken 50 years ago by my brother.
I keep up using books from Amazon.com and researching technology there to make sure I get as best technology as I can. Quality is the key here for me. I have a tap into the 3,000+ Professional Education programs from Robert Half. I monitor the stuff from Zdnet.com.
In my spare time, I look at fan videos on Vimeo and You Tube. I have subscriptions to Asimov’s and Analog. Analog, in particular, has some really great scientific stuff and thoughtful editorials.
Outside of that, I like NCIS, Eureka, Law and Order UK and Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, and, of course, Dr. Who and the occasional Sarah Jane Smith Adventures. I find that my cat does NOT like Dr. Who.
It’s too bad I’m bored because there’s nothing to do in retirement except filling out Social Security questionaires.
Comment by Mikey for President — March 27, 2011 @ 2:25 pm
Thanks again for the comment. You’re right, technology is a tool and to prosper you must pick the right one. Wow, someone is still actually using Juno. I’m also needing the same books on my shelf. Me and your cat has something in common. I’m a fan of NCIS and Criminal Minds.
Comment by techplusinc — March 27, 2011 @ 11:37 pm
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