I love technology. I had always wanted to be a computer tech, however my parents thought computers were a FAD so I wasn’t allowed to take computing at school in the 1980s. This was also prior to public internet. I loved every class and I was good. Never mind I eventually got my way over 25 yrs later when my husband went to college. Computer access was important.
Since that time I have developed some excellent skills and though I still have people help me out on odd occasions, I find I am now helping others and get called a tech expert – which I’m not. I just happen to know my way around various things and can teach others a few tricks I have learnt along the way.
Then you get those who aren’t interested in computers, those who can’t or won’t learn and those who would love to learn and should really take a course to get them on the right track.
I have a client who took a computer course – WOW she is so much more confident in what she does on her computer now. It is wonderful to see her take control and understand what I am talking about, without either of us getting frustrated. Mean while my parents still refuse to have a computer in their home, they dont’ even have cell phones. A lot of their friends do, so they actually see more about my family than my parents do. Sadly I doubt they will change. We do manage to get them on Skype on odd occasions at my sister’s house.
My sister is one of those who keeps getting computer issues and viruses. She also asks how to do certain things and makes me want to pull my hair out at times. Thank god my brother is easier to deal with. Mind I don’t see either of them very often to talk with online.
One of the technologies I have learnt along the way is building and setting up WordPress Websites. I love it. It is fun and I dont’ mind sharing my knowledge even though it is only basic – well to me. Another I have learnt a little about is JAWS – Screen Reader, which is for blind and partial sighted people. I looked into the technology due to having a couple of blind clients and friends. It was an interesting learning curve to be sure. The other type of technology I learnt was helping a client run a bed and breakfast – I had to learn how to use the booking websites where consumers book rooms. Each and everyone is different to use, different specs, different ways to enter data and places to upload photos. It is totally amazing how complicated it can get. Solving problems though is another area I can excel at – sometimes I have to wait for the lightbulb to click, other times it is working through several ideas until the right one turns up.
Over the last few years I’ve had several lightbulb scenarios. Daft ones having me saying DUH me and research ones which you win and grin with delight at your success. Then comes the question. Do I share with others or hold on to my info? Generally I share, I just can’t seem to help myself.
My next learning curve – is to work out how to use Flipboard website correctly so I can share my site with everyone. After this I really need to concentrate on those who don’t use technology and give them a gentle push in the right direction, by which I mean a computer course to a level suitable to them. Then I may go see my parents and try to set up a tablet for them to use. I will need lots of luck with this last idea. I already know my dad loves Skype from my last trip to see them.
Good luck with your technology and give me a shout, you never know I might be able to help. There again I might not.