Technology is passing me by, and frankly, I am content to let it do so.
Don't use Blogger because serious bloggers use WordPress. That's what multiple experts have said over the years. Never mind the fact that you have to know how to access something called a style sheet to perform what should be the simplest of tasks. I now use Weebly because it couldn't be simpler.
Nobody uses Blackberry phones any more. They are slow and obsolete with tiny screens. So I switched to a Droid last year and can't type a message on it without looking like I didn't pass third grade spelling. Auto correct is of the devil.
I bought a laptop last March with Windows 8, which is the biggest technological train wreck I have ever encountered. Where is the file manager? Where do programs go when you download new software? For that matter, how in the world do I access my software programs? How do I reboot? After getting used to gadgets, you now want me to use apps instead? And no start button? Seriously? Thankfully I found a work around program that restores the start menu. But if I could downgrade to Windows 7, I would do it in a heartbeat. Of course, that isn't allowed. And even if it were, it would take me two days to figure out how to do it.
A couple of months ago I attempted to upload a book I wrote to Create Space on Amazon.com. Somehow, the pages ended up outside of some hidden margin and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to fix it. Then a horizontal line appeared at the bottom of every other page. After losing a day and a half trying to figure this all out, I threw my hands in the air and surrendered. I sent the manuscript to a small publisher instead and they are considering releasing it.
A couple of days ago an author invited me to an interview on Google+. I don't do Google+. I have an account because my Droid phone installed it one day without my consent and somehow set up an account and started inviting friends. I guess you can say that the droids really have taken over.
One of my sisters called me a few months ago to see if it would be worth the extra money to buy an iPad with a retina scan feature. I had no idea what she was talking about, and I have an iPad.
I bought a digital camcorder a couple of years ago that, as it turns out, only records in HD. The videos are in some odd format my computer cannot read or open so I had to download a third party software program just to view my video files. But the conversion process is a memory hog and it bogs down my computer big time.
I bought a supposedly simple point and shoot camera a few months ago with WiFi capability. It uploads photos to an online cloud ... one photo at a time. In other words, it does not allow you to upload galleries. I took 285 photos for one newspaper assignment I went on a few weeks ago. If I had utilized the WiFi feature to upload the photos I probably would still be uploading them as we speak.
I used to be the guy everybody called for help with their computers and other gadgets. But that is changing. Technology is passing me by and I am losing interest in keeping up. It is just too much, too fast and it is far too complicated. Shouldn't technology be getting easier to use as we make advancements?
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.