Tech Nerds will rule world someday soon
Sometimes I feel like that child in the fable "The Emperor's New Clothes." Either I am the only one pointing out the obvious or I'm really stupid, but it is frankly absurd for anyone to expect me or anyone else to have a clear notion on how to deal with even the most basic technology we face today.
I'm sorry to be redundant; I know I complain about this all the time, but so far it hasn't done a lick of good because technology still exists and it's still too hard.
Why isn't anyone else protesting this? Is it only me who struggles, or have the rest of you just decided to roll over and put up with the societal imbalance where we technologically illiterate though in the majority will have to succumb to the whims of the 1 percent (aka Tech Nerds)? Maybe I watched too many sci-fi movies when I was a kid, but forget Trump and Hillary those Tech Nerds are gonna rule the world someday very soon.
Sorry. I don't mean to be culturally insensitive. They're not Tech Nerds. They're called Geniuses. Don't get me started on the topic of political correctness; that is fodder for another column ... one I will probably never write because I would surely say something wrong and get blasted. Again.
But I digress.
So the latest cause of my distress is the new phone that I got. Actually, both my daughter and I finally upgraded, and things haven't been right since. It all has to do with The Cloud.
You know, I'm really not stupid. While I actually have no idea what or where The Cloud really is, I basically grasp the concept ... but who decided I was responsible enough to know how to manage backing everything up to The Cloud, and doing it in an expeditious manner?
And nothing personal, Mom, but my 80-something year-old mother also has a smartphone, and I'm pretty sure all this is over and above anything her generation can handle. But it's not like the younger generation is any better: My 20-something daughter hasn't got a clue, either.
Once again, the point is that all this technology is supposed to save us time and money, but in fact it COSTS a lot of money, and to resolve even the most basic of issues requires taking an afternoon off and a mini course at the tech center.
Ain't nobody got time for that.
My biggest problem here is that somehow, in the process of updating our phones, I ended up with a gazillion contacts, most are whom are people that my kids were friends with back in middle school. Delete them, you say? I believe that if I do, The Cloud will put them back. Get a different ID, you say? I thought we HAD different IDs, ever since a couple of years ago when my kids figured out I was tracking them with the Find Your iPhone feature.
A handy little tool, I must say. Parents, you need this, every last one of you. Just don't mention it to the kids.
Anyway, it is now one of those irritating things that I need to take care of, but probably won't anytime soon, and it will just stress me out a little every time I go to my contacts to make a call and have to scroll through 50 S's, many with little heart or happy face emojis by their name.
I'm calling for revolution here, people. Give me a newspaper and a wall phone and I'll have everything I need.
Man, I am really starting to sound like an old fogey, aren't I?