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Modern technology an old farts point of view.

Updated on December 22, 2010

Modern technology


Advances in technology an old farts point of view

The advances in technology in the last 50 years have been awesome.

I remember been invited to the neighbour to watch this magical black and white box called a television, It had 2 channels ITV and BBC. Fast forward to today and we have digital television with 100,s of channels. I still need help with the remote but that’s what wife’s are for.

The next big thing was the video recorder, you could set them to tape your favourite program, go out, and watch it when you got back.This was space age stuff. Again fast-forward to today and we have digital boxes that does everything you can do with television programs, (pity it can’t make a cup of tea).

The next thing to go space age was the telephone. I remember getting a cordless phone, and while using it in the garden though, hey this is a wonderful invention. Fast forward and we have the mobile.Now this an amazing piece of technology it can do everything except hold a conversation for you, although I am pretty sure Apple will be working on this for the next generation iphone

Music was the next thing to change out of all recognition. Remember the gramophone or record player, for playing all your vinyl’s your 78s 33s and45s, your collection was always growing. Then we got the cassette, followed by the Cd. Now we have a thing called an ipod, the size of a matchbox, which can store thousands of tracks.

Then came the crème de la crème the PC this is when the techies took over the world.

They speak in a foreign language of gigabytes and giga hertz URLs and usbs all delivered for us on the www; we now speak a language of initials. I can find my way around a computer but in a very beginners type of way. To me a virus was something you took antibiotics for. To a Scot like me Spam was something you fried in batter or put on a sandwich, and thank god they put the extra h in phishing.

I am enjoying all the this new technology, maybe one day this old fart will be able to call himself a techie.I think my next rant will be the Internet.

the world of e

Lets start with e-mails.

The other day my daughter was cleaning her room and came across a box of letters I had sent her when I was working away from home, it made me think, if there had e-mail available, then these letters would have been deleted and lost forever. Even when you received a dear John letter you knew the heartless bitch had to at least taken the time to write and post it .Now you get dumped by e-mail or text.


The quick and easy way to send a card, pick and write your card click your contacts, and bingo all your xmas cards are sent in one go. Now this is okay to send, but a nightmare to hang above the fireplace.


Next on my list. Remember when your kids brought home their first date, and you got out the photo album with all those embarrassing baby pictures and past them round. Now you have to gather round the laptop, or the digital photo frame.

Finally e-books

 who amongst us like the smell of a new book, or you buy an old well thumbed book from a secondhand shop and wonder how many people may have read it before you. Imaging you are laying on your lounger at the beach thumbing through the latest novel by your favourite author. Now if we are doing this with e-books there would have to be a socket outlet at every lounger in case our batteries go dead.

Now all humour aside the Internet is a wonderful thing and has opened so many doors and helped the world immensely,but it also a very dangerous place for the unsuspecting,so keep surfing and keep safe


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    • lyndre profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks everyone for your comments.

      Sorry for the delay in reply,but as I mentioned earlier internet problems

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The point of the old fart was also something I can relate to very well. We have seen many changes in our lifetime. Congrats on your nomination.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great fun, this hub, you old fart! As a technologically handicapped person I just mastered the cell (not quiet - but enough to even take pictures that I can't download to anything, so they are worthless).

      I voted for you on the hubnugget contest and hope you win; the best of luck!

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Have you included an e-frame complete with photo slides, mp3 music and movie playback, too! Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. Thanks, Lyndre and be safe there in Africa. Been there, too for the past years, as sailor.

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      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      Wow! We've come a long way baby! It's easy to see when you lay it out like this. That's a lot of change in technology in a short amount of time. I wonder how long it can continue at this pace. Thanks lyndre.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      lyndre, I still love the feel of holding a book along with modern technology. :) Thank you for this hub!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Do participate in the Hubnuggets forum as you express yourself on why you love being a Hubnuggets nominee! Best of luck and don't forget to vote!

    • lyndre profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for the comments


      I wonder how much further technology will go in my lifetime?

      Deborah Demander

      I hate the thought of the so called paperless world becoming a reality.

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I love letters. The kind on paper. And books I can hold in my hand. And photographs. Hopefully I can pass this on to my kids, so they won't become completely obsolete.


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Being a baby boomer, I can really relate to this hub. Thanks for a trip down memory lane for how far we've come in the world of technology.

      Love your profile photo!

    • lyndre profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Scotland

      Glad you enjoyed.

      Sorry for the delay in replying.I am working in Africa with limited internet access

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I had fun reading your hub. As an old fart myself I can relate. Thanks


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