Technology is Marvelous!


Today we are going to Muse about technology.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Technology is marvelous

Party Line

Party Line

I am old enough to remember telephones with no dial, when we would tell the operator the number we wished to call and she would connect us.  Many people shared a line, a party line, and some people entertained themselves by listening in on other people’s conversations.  Technology has come a long way in a short time.

In 1970 two agents in the insurance office where I worked jointly purchased a portable calculator for $750 . . . a lot of money in 1970.  It had to be plugged in and it could add, subtract, multiply and divide.  No constants.  No memory.  No formulas.

Within two years portable hand-held calculators were on the market for about $250 and they would do many functions.  People were fascinated by the device when I would use it in a sales presentation.  It became a real conversation piece.  Within a few more years calculators were being given away as a promotional item.  Again technology making big changes in a short time.

So now technology is exploding into all facets of our lives.  Change is, by the greatest measure, good but it is not without a price.

Yesterday I was scheduled to attend a luncheon.  I was ready to go.  Had my suit on and my bow tie, my braces and shiny shoes.

I sat down at the computer about 9:00AM  to write a short letter.

My computer is a marvel of technology, as they all are.  Mine is wireless.  The printer is also wireless, as is the mouse.  They get the signal through the air from the modem which sits nearby blinking and flashing its ten little lights.  It is marvelous.

So, having completed my short letter I sent the print command to the printer.  The printer made a small sound and the “printing” message lit up . . . and nothing more.  It would not print.

I turned the printer off and then back on and the computer as well.  It still would not print.

Then I discovered I could not open the internet.  I could do so on my telephone and my portable tablet but not on my computer.  Furthermore, Jeanette was able to go on the internet with her computer.  The problem was mine.

I got on the telephone with the AT&T Support unit.  Over the next couple of hours we rebooted the modem, went into the maze of internal settings on the computer and made changes, rebooted the modem, checked other things and on and on.  Nothing worked.

Finally, the representative said it appeared there might be an irregularity in the modem or perhaps the line connecting the house.  This would need to be attended by a technician in person.  It was not something we could fix over the phone.  He said he could have someone out in the afternoon between 1:00PM and 4:00PM.

Well, of course, you know we cannot live without a computer so I agreed to the afternoon appointment.  There went the luncheon.  I put on jeans.

About 3:00PM the technician arrived.  By this time my entire day had been focused on this problem.  He was a very nice fellow, probably in his late twenties, friendly and efficient.  I give AT&T a high grade for its support people.  He spent about twenty minutes checking the computer, the signal, the modem.  And voilà! the printer printed and the internet opened up.

So what did he do?

He changed a setting.

My television is also wireless.  It is on the other side of the house far away from the modem.  The modem signal is often too weak in that part of the house to run the television properly so we have a device that enhances the signal in that area.

Apparently the computer and the printer were trying to get the signal from the distant device.  The technician turned off the access to it and now they work fine using the signal from the modem which sits about a foot away.

How would we ever know something like this?

Technology is marvelous.

More to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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