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Old 04-24-2016, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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At the age of 43, started needing reading glasses. Now, eyes are getting worse and the prescription has to be stronger. I will be 50 this year. Where did the last 25 years go??? Hate how time just seems to accelerate as you get older.
Yes, perception of time passing does change as I age....
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:44 AM
 
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When I watch my grandson pretend to "text" on his toy cell phone. He's only 2 1/2. Smartphones, texting, sending emails, social media...I can't grasp any of it, and I'm frankly not interested in the new technology.

I asked my daughter the other day what "the cloud" was she was referring to. I still don't understand it.

I'll be turning 56 this summer.

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Old 04-24-2016, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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When I watch my grandson pretend to "text" on his toy cell phone. He's only 2 1/2. Smartphones, texting, sending emails, social media...I can't grasp any of it, and I'm frankly not interested in the new technology.

I asked my daughter the other day what "the cloud" was she was referring to. I still don't understand it.

I'll be turning 56 this summer.
Well, you used a computer to create and post the above message, so you do grasp a certain portion of the "new technology". I am with you in feeling that the world is passing me by in that respect, although I have used email on a daily basis for nearly two decades (I came to that late).

That leads to the observation that "new" is a relative concept. I consider smart phones "new" and email "old", but it's a matter of perspective. It was only about 15 years ago that my mother, now deceased, thought any cell phone was a newfangled device and refused to even consider getting one. She was an extreme case - refused to learn how to use the VCR my sister had given her. I don't think kids now even know what a VCR was - to them it's just something ancient like a telephone with a dial.
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:21 AM
 
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I knew I was getting old when my wife replaced chocolate sprinkles on my birthday cake with aspirins.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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That leads to the observation that "new" is a relative concept. I consider smart phones "new" and email "old", but it's a matter of perspective. It was only about 15 years ago that my mother, now deceased, thought any cell phone was a newfangled device and refused to even consider getting one. She was an extreme case - refused to learn how to use the VCR my sister had given her. I don't think kids now even know what a VCR was - to them it's just something ancient like a telephone with a dial.
I work in high tech so that has kept me somewhat up to speed but still not as much as you might think. I still get the eye roll and "just let me do it" from my kids sometimes. I have had a personal computer of some sort for over 35 years and for most of that time it's been a Windows device. I am only on my second smart phone, both Androids, and have a pretty good grasp of that now but it is still new. My kids' "iDevices" and Macs are pretty foreign to me so even though they are not all that new, if I got one I would be a babe in the woods.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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I've had a personal computer since the early 80s (I've had a terminal on my desk at work since 1974). I stay up on hardware, operating systems, and applications that do things I want to do. I skipped PDAs because they didn't do enough--I had no intention of carrying both a phone and a PDA. But smart phones--I was on them instantly. By the same token, I didn't get a tablet, either because it did not replace either my laptop or my phone. But I jumped on phablets before phablets became popular.

Applications like PhotoShop and Premiere Pro...I'm right on top of them. They make me money. And I still have a desktop computer to handle heavy-duty imagery processing.

I don't bother staying up with whatever the latest social media forms, however. Facebook, when it became useful for keeping in touch with people I know. Periscope, probably never--I expect it to become passe before it becomes necessary.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:32 AM
 
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I work in high tech so that has kept me somewhat up to speed but still not as much as you might think. I still get the eye roll and "just let me do it" from my kids sometimes. I have had a personal computer of some sort for over 35 years and for most of that time it's been a Windows device. I am only on my second smart phone, both Androids, and have a pretty good grasp of that now but it is still new. My kids' "iDevices" and Macs are pretty foreign to me so even though they are not all that new, if I got one I would be a babe in the woods.
The iPhone is easy to use. Think I'm on my fourth one. I don't line up to get the latest version, but the allure for the new always wins.

I remember my good old Motorola StarTak. A flip phone the size of a small brick. You had 30 free minutes of talk time. Then the smaller StarTaks came out.

We had Nokia phones in Kuwait. Tough little things.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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I am 68 and some old friends are starting to die. Those of us who hang in there like to compare notes to see who is worse off, and which remedies work best. We who have long term marriages are blessed to have support, and are blessed to provide support. We who have raised successful children are blessed too.
Basic truths are unchanged. Find a partner who you can support, and who will support you. Make friends who share your values. We are blessed with friends of 40+ years who have shared our journey.
If you have faith, it will make your life easier. If you start saving money early, and always live beneath your means, you will have a stress free old age.
I enjoyed read what you had to say. Life goes on for those who survive, and yet being a widow, after 50 years of marriage, there are lonely times; keeping busy brings me some peace of mind. What you have said about saving is something more young people need to hear. We saved from the beginning, and with time, increased the percentage of savings. Now, one of my part-time occupations is investing for my family. It gives me something to do and brings some security, knowing my family will be well provided.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:46 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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My kids can run circles around me in graphics applications, especially my oldest who will graduate from SCAD next year in a digital media discipline. I write software, mostly desktop frontends to databases on servers but I used to do low level stuff like ROMs for discrete devices and I have even tinkered with robotics. But my knowledge is in "silos" - very in depth knowledge of some specific areas of computing. I have a reasonably good grasp of maintaining a PC and installing/updating operating systems on PCs, but I still have trouble helping people with issues. Friends and relatives ask for my help because I am a "computer expert", but there is a heck of a lot I don't know.

I am really good at doing online searches, but I think that is akin to the way blind people become more attuned to their hearing; I have a terrible memory...
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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What makes me feel old? That I remember or at least know about the items/things below:
50 Things Only People Over 50 Understand

plus - vinyl is back but it never left my place.
How vinyl and 70s lounge style are coming back into fashion


...and my refusal to wait in line for a new phone (cell) that costs over $600.00.
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